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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 Design 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 an Animal Leg Cast

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. We've included helpful instruction videos for a foreleg cast and a hind leg cast. The supplies that you'll need include:

Casting Supplies Can be Purchased From:
Animal Ortho Care
43760 Trade Center Place, #135
Sterling, VA, 20166
(703) 474-6204

  • Stockinette
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Casting Scissors
  • A Cutting Knife
  • A Sharpie Marker
  • Yellow Cutting Strip
  • Flexible Casting Material (2" Wide)

Casting Instructions

1) Start with your gloves on.
2) Use no more than 2 layers of flexible casting material. Only a thin layer is necessary.
3) Pull the Stockinette on the limb, similar to a sock. Have an assistant hold the  Stockinette in place securely around the top joint.
4) Before placing the casting material, place a cutting track on the front of the limb. It is very important to place the cutting track.
5) Once the limb is covered, smooth the casting with your hands, making sure to get an accurate representation of the affected limb, including dew claws, anatomical abnormalities, or angles of the limb.
6) Using the Sharpie, mark down the length of the cutting track on the front of the casting. Cut down the track with the knife. The bandage scissors can be used to cut the remaining Stockinette.
7) 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.

Leg Brace