Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > Multimedia Updated 13 March 2014 Animals with prosthetic limbs It's not only humans who can replace lost limbs with prosthetics – animals can too! See how these animals have been given a second chance. 0 Subscribe to receive health tips daily » Like Health24 on Facebook » Ask CyberVet » Leopard filmed licking a baby impala Mutts entered into the US 2015 World's Ugliest Dog Until a few years ago, there wasn't much hope for these and other disabled animals of ever leading normal lives again. But thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, and the small but growing field of animal prosthetics, it's now possible for pets and farm animals with missing limbs to walk, run and romp on all four legs.OrthoPets, in Denver, manufactures prosthetics and braces for about 1,200 animals worldwide each year. Most are dogs, but they've also worked with cats, cows, birds, llamas, horses, even an orangutan. The external prosthetics are built to "last a lifetime" by using tough industrial grade plastic. To combat chafing and irritation the devices are lined with special colour-changing foam that turns black, alerting owners if a problem arises. For an animal to be outfitted with an artificial limb, which is attached with straps, front legs must still have the elbow joint and part of the radius and ulna. The knee joint, as well as part of the tibia and fibula, must be present on rear legs. Prosthetics for cats and dogs cost between R6 0000 and R10 000. The price for larger animals, such as cows, llamas and horses, can be up to R21 000.Credit for info and pics: All thanks to YorkBlog.com. Oscar the cat with prosthetic hind legs Oscar the cat had his hind legs severed by a combine harvester, but can walk again after being fitted with prosthetic limbs in a world-first operation. Oscar was given a pair of artificial limbs by veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick, using a technique developed by a University College London team. Fuji the dolphin with a prosthetic tailfin In 2002, a female bottlenose dolphin, estimated to be 37-years-old and called Fuji lost 75% to disease. She was rescued and taken to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan. Her prosthetic tail was custom made by the tyre company Bridgestone using the same material used for Formula One race car tyres and it was reinforced with artificial bone made of carbon-fibre. Yu Chan the turtle with prosthetic flippers Yu, a female loggerhead sea turtle, was pulled from a Japanese fishing net that washed ashore on the southern island of Shikoku in 2008. Her front flippers were mutilated from a shark attack and she was riddled with bites. Yu was fitted with 26 different prosthetics over the years, but they either fell off quickly or caused the turtle pain. In February 2013 the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, unveiled the latest artificial flippers made from rubber and wetsuit material. Motala the elephant on prosthetics A 48-year-old female elephant named Motala walks on her newly attached prosthetic leg in August 2009 at the Elephant Hospital in Lampang province, north of Bangkok. Motala’s front left leg was maimed after she stepped on a land mine at the Myanmar-Thai border. Macho the horse with a prosthetic leg An Indian horse nicknamed Macho, fitted with an artificial leg, enjoys a meal in Bombay in June 2003. Doctors amputated the horse’s front right leg and gave him a plaster of Paris prosthetic after an animal welfare group found him on a highway bleeding from a leg wound. Hoppa with his prosthetic legs Hoppa, a 4-year-old mixed-breed dog born without front legs, uses a prosthetic device to walk outside in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv Pay de Limon with his prosthetic limbs. A dog named Pay de Limon (Lemon Pay) runs fitted with two front prosthetic legs at Milagros Caninos rescue shelter in Mexico Cit NEXT ON HEALTH24X How old can humans actually get? 2018-07-02 14:18 More: How to have healthy petsMultimedia advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Fitness Use this workout plan to master the superman push-up in under a month Diet and nutrition 8 prebiotic foods you should probably add to your diet News Good Sex? Bad Sex? Rad Sex? Sex Can you really get an STD from kissing? Fitness 4 amazing body benefits of weightlifting that’ll persuade you to give it a try Lifestyle Where snakebites are deadliest From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? 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