Students design ‘exoskeleton’ for dogs with hip dysplasia


>>Narrator: Purdue mechanical
engineering students have designed an exoskeleton that
could help tens of thousands of dogs with hip dysplasia. The malformed hip sockets can
cause dislocations, swelling and arthritis, leading to
a lame, immobilized animal.>>Our device is supposed to
combat that by targeting dogs with mid to severe hip dysplasia
by transferring the loads that they would be carrying
on their hind limbs away from their hind limbs
and into the forelimbs and into the body of the dog.>>Narrator: Jim Burgin led
the team of four students who adopted their
senior design project from another student team that launched the concept
the previous semester. Ian Ashland said their
interdisciplinary project required the team to work with
researchers and technicians across campus to develop a
lighter, better fitting brace.>>Ian Ashland: The things that
we learned in this semester that the previous eight
semesters of college we really, you know, didn’t learn because
that was all like, you know, doing the math of all the… This, it was, constant
crisis management, some communication
skills, that sort of thing. And that will help
in the workplace.>>Purdue veterinary
technologist Kris Kazmierczak conducted trials
on both models.>>Kris Kazmierczak: I’m
really impressed with the work that they did and that — with the design that they
came up with the brace. They have taken it
to the next step.>>Narrator: She thinks the
device could eventually return mobility to animals that
otherwise might be subjected to invasive hip replacement
surgery or lifetime medication.>>Kris Kazmierczak: Some of these medications are a
little bit harder on the liver and the kidneys as they’re
cleared from the body, so, you know, if you can ease
that load on the patient, then this may be quite
helpful for them.>>Narrator: The first model
improved the animal’s gait by 65 percent. The second test animal, Stella, also took well to
the new device.>>All dogs will respond
a little bit to it, as anybody would,
but over the course of the last week we can
essentially put it on and she can walk
without any problem.>>Narrator: Stella’s trial
showed less stellar statistical improvement because her disease
is not as advanced as some dogs and the device still
needs to be tweaked.>>I believe it really does
have potential to help, you know, society as a whole. Because if you help animals,
everybody’s got a soft spot for dogs, and in the end
you are helping somebody who can’t help itself and
you’re also helping the owner because if this device works as
planned, the owner will be able to actually step down the
medication that it’s on. So over time it will actually
be a financial help as well.>>Narrator: Purdue has
filed a preliminary patent on the device, giving
the university one year to file a full patent on a brace that has already garnered
worldwide attention. At Purdue University, I’m Ray
Cupperly.

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  3. Sonya692000 says:

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  4. Dogglebee675 says:

    My 1 and a half year old english mastiff named Jo, has signs of hip dysplasia. He is 175 pounds, and his back legs have fallen into the splits quite a few times, whining and crying every time, especially when we tried to assist him to get out of it by pushing his foot under him… Is there any way I could order one?

  5. deano prince says:

    my best friends 9 year old boxer named tyson has severe hip dysplasia he can barely walk 2 steps without falling please help ive known him since he was born its so sad

  6. Titan Polus says:

    so what happened to the product?

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