WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - One Purdue engineering class' senior project has gone to the
Students in John Nolfi's mechanical engineering class designed
an exoskeleton for dogs with hip dysplasia. The condition occurs
when a dog's leg and hipbones do not meet properly. The exoskeleton
works as a joint outside the body to carry some of the load the
real joint can't handle. The carbon composite brace conforms to the
shape of the dog and has been shown to improve mobility up to 55
Senior Jim Bergeron hopes it will improve the lives of dogs.
"The dog will kind of step gingerly on it, and then, what we're
hoping to see is, when we put the brace on that she'll just be
walking around like a normal, happy dog," he said. "I hate looking
at the dog here and seeing her in pain, you know, it breaks my
heart and so it's going to be fantastic actually if it works so,
we're really hoping it will."
Veterinary Surgeon Gert Breuer says they are in the early
stages of testing, but if further testing is positive they hope to
be able to market the device.