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Good Enough Mother: Olivia’s Journey And My Pet’s Brace (VIDEO)

Good Enough Mother:
Olivia’s Journey And My Pet’s Brace (VIDEO)

(Disclosure: I received a brace for Olivia in exchange for my authentic postings about

We off on a journey!

Oh you guys.. I am so excited to tell you about this. Those of you who follow me on social media, know about my little Olivia. Well she’s not so little; my trusty companion and yellow lab has a torn ACL. 

I came home from a business trip a few weeks ago to see her limping really badly.

Turns out it is not an uncommon injury among yellow labs, sadly. 

When I took her to my vet, he told me we could have it repaired to the tune of $2500 dollars but there was also some risk involved. 

Olivia is a mature baby; she turned 12 in November. Surgery with dogs that age carries with it the chance the something could go wrong. Add to that the time to keep them quiet and still post-surgery and it all seemed like an impossible feat for us. 

Olivia yawning. That’s all.. 

So I started looking online. I thought maybe I could find a way to wrap her leg in order to give it some stability. 

While I did not find that, I did come across a website for 

Wait, What? Someone actually makes BRACES for dogs like Olivia?

Sure enough!

Dr. Jim Alaimo  is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist with 25 years of experience in the human orthotic industry . He is 1 of only 3,000 individuals certified as a Prosthetist Orthotist in USA! He started My Pets Brace in 2011 with the mission of helping pets live happier lives.  In fact, 80% of braces provided are knee brace for ACL injuries. Olivia is in good company. 

While they serve pets locally from our greater Philadelphia office, they also have international clientele to whom they mail their custom-made braces.  

So I reached out to them to find out if they would be willing to take a look at Olivia. 

Olivia favoring her back, right leg 🙁 

The folks there are so kind they agreed to allow me to tell their story through Olivia’s torn ACL. 

So we are off tomorrow.. headed to Morgantown, PA to meet with them.

 Make sure to follow me here, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as I will be documenting Olivia’s journey with My Pets Brace, the leaders in the design and fabrication of knee braces for dogs with ACL injuries. And please like My Pets Brace Facebook page so you can see all the good work they do!

Okay, off to bed as we are on the road early tomorrow. 

I leave you with a “before” video of my big girl. As you can see she is really favoring that back right leg. Dr. Alaimo will make that ALLLL better!


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