Information for Owners

What We Do

  • Fabrication of braces for pets that are non-surgical candidates, for post-surgical support, or for those looking for conservative treatment options
  • Artificial limb fabrication for pets with acquired or congenital amputations below the elbow or knee

PawOpedic is a provider of custom braces and artificial limbs for the pets you love. In order to fabricate a custom brace or artificial limb, we require a verbal or written prescription from your veterinarian. We will work closely with you and your veterinarian to ensure the safe quality care your pet deserves.


Process Steps (Greater Seattle Area Residents)

Step 1) Obtain a referral/prescription from your veterinarian - Work with your veterinarian to determine if a brace or artificial limb may be appropriate for your pet.

Step 2) Evaluation and casting of affected limb or body part - We will make a house call to your home or veterinarian's office to conduct an evaluation and take appropriate measurements and a mold of your pet's affected body part(s).

Step 3) Fitting of brace or artificial limb - We will return in about 5-10 days to fit your pet's device.

Step 4) Follow-up - We will conduct follow-ups via phone, email, FaceTime, or in person to ensure your pet is doing the best they can.


Process Steps (For pet owners outside of the Greater Seattle Area)

Step 1) Obtain a referral/prescription from your veterinarian - Work with your veterinarian to determine if a brace or artificial limb may be appropriate for your pet.

Step 2) Evaluation and casting of affected limb or body part - PawOpedic will speak with your veterinarian to determine your pet's specific needs. A casting kit will be mailed to your veterinarian's office so that they can take a mold of your pet's affected body part along with appropriate measurements.

Step 3) Fitting of brace or artificial limb - You pet's custom device will be shipped directly to your veterinarian's office for the fitting. PawOpedic will be available to assist as needed.

Step 4) Follow-up - PawOpedic will conduct follow-ups via phone, email, FaceTime, or in person to ensure your pet is doing the best they can.


Insurance Coverage

Many of our clients have had success getting reimbursed for the cost of their pet's artificial limb or brace. Tips for reimbursement:

  • Submit your detailed PawOpedic invoice that is marked as paid.
  • It never hurts to submit pictures of your pet's device.
  • Understand the difference between a covered service and plan exclusion. If a brace or artificial limb is denied because it is a plan exclusion than you have little to no recourse and will not be reimbursed. However, if your pet's device is a covered service and it has been denied don't give up. Call your provider and ask them what specific steps you need to take to qualify for reimbursement. A detailed letter from your veterinarian's office explaining how your pet's device will prevent future surgical or medical procedures may be all it takes to change their mind.
  • Carefully read and understand your plan details. Insurance plans are often complex and coverage details are sometimes open to interpretation.
  • Be persistent, if you don't have luck call back at a later time or different day to see if any customer service representative may be more helpful.
  • Finally, file an appeal if all other options fail.