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Casting Instructions

Creating the Best Possible Animal Leg Support
for Your Pet

In order for your pet to receive the maximum amount of comfort, it's important to make sure that Phoenix Animal Solutions' braces fit perfectly. If the animal has any type of growth or abnormality in the injured area, we might need to work from a casting. Not to worry--we've included easy-to-follow instructions as well as helpful videos.

How To Create a Casting

The casting should be made with the animal standing, bearing weight on the affected limb. You want to try to match the position and angle of the limb. If the animal is unable to stand, leave him or her in the prone position and match the weight-bearing angles of the leg when casting. The supplies that you’ll need include:

  • Stockinette
  • Hook Cutter
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Yellow Cutting Strip
  • 2” wide Flexible Casting Material (1” for cats and small dogs)

Casting Instructions

1) Start with your gloves on.

2) Place stockinette over the entire surface that needs coverage.

3) Place cut strip along front portion of affected limb with groove facing up. This will give you a path to cut the cast off with the hook knife.

4) Submerge fiberglass in cool water for 6 seconds. Wrap leg with 2 layers of fiberglass casting tape. Remember to wear gloves. Be careful as too not wrap too thick!!! This will cause problems with cutting the cast off. Only a thin layer of cast is needed!!! Material will set up within 1-3 minutes, so work quickly.

5) Smooth the cast with your hands making sure to get all contours of the limb, making sure to get an accurate representation of the affected limb, including dew claws, anatomical abnormalities, or angles of the limb. Most importantly is to mark where the most distal part of the limb is by either smoothing the cast around the toes or by marking the most distal toenail with the sharpie on the cast itself.

6) Try to match the angle of the opposite leg, so that we can make the brace in the most functional position (this can be either a weight-bearing cast or in hand cast). It is also important to splay the toes out while casting by putting your thumb in the middle of the toes. The angle of the cast is the angle of the finished product.

7) Using the Sharpie, mark down the length of the cutting track on the front of the casting. Cut down the track with the knife.

8) Remove the casting. Mark the casting with the animal’s name, the date, which limb you cast, and the top and bottom of the casting.

9) Ship Casting to Phoenix Animal Solutions.

Cast Leg Brace

Casting Supplies Can be Purchased From:
Phoenix Animal Solutions
42580 Magellan Square
Ashburn, VA 20148
(703) 980-3560