In UC Davis ,3D printed mask designed to be used as a cast for a dog’s fractured skull were designed by its biomedical engineering students and veterinary surgeons .
Lately a four month old Staffordshire Bull terrier pup was presented a special 3D-printed mask . The little dog had a crushed cheekbone, a fractured jawbone and her mandibular joint. In addition her face and neck had multiple puncture wounds. The poor pup demanded a very difficult surgery. Thanks god the veterinarian surgeons established the surgery successfully.
After her surgery, Loca tried her new face mask, a Exo-K9 Exoskeleton, which was designed especially for her by biomedical engineering students at the varsity. The mask helped her jawbone to stay situlated.
UC Davis School wrote on a post in their page: “Loca did extremely well throughout her 3-day hospitalization,” “She soon began eating soft food and remained comfortable on her pain medications. additionally to the Exo-K9, Loca was fitted with a padded neck bandage to supply stabilization of her neck fracture and limit her range of mobility during the healing process.”
As long as Loca needed to wear the mask, she wasn’t allowed to do the stuff what she would normaly do. For example she wasn’t able to chew toys, bones etc. It was also difficult for her to eat or drink. She was fed a pap until her injuries would fully heal.
We wish Loca the best and hope that she will soon be able again to live a normal life!