WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - One Purdue engineering class' senior project has gone to thedogs.
Students in John Nolfi's mechanical engineering class designedan exoskeleton for dogs with hip dysplasia. The condition occurswhen a dog's leg and hipbones do not meet properly. The exoskeletonworks as a joint outside the body to carry some of the load thereal joint can't handle. The carbon composite brace conforms to theshape of the dog and has been shown to improve mobility up to 55percent.
Senior Jim Bergeron hopes it will improve the lives of dogs."The dog will kind of step gingerly on it, and then, what we'rehoping to see is, when we put the brace on that she'll just bewalking around like a normal, happy dog," he said. "I hate lookingat the dog here and seeing her in pain, you know, it breaks myheart 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 earlystages of testing, but if further testing is positive they hope tobe able to market the device.
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