BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A bull terrier puppy suffered a severe bite from another dog, leaving her with serious damage to her jawbones and cheekbones. Fortunately, a team of researchers from UC Davis knew the perfect way to help her heal. They had developed a 3D-printed face mask for dogs that suffered injuries in the mandibular area of their skull, and the four-month old puppy was the perfect patient to test it.
The face mask helped the puppy’s jawbones regrow
The four-month old puppy is a female of Staffordshire bull terrier called Loca. She suffered an unhappy incident with another dog which bit her on her head and left her with severe skull damage. Fortunately, her young age increased her chances of recovery, so the researchers decided to test the Exo-K9 face mask on her.
The face mask was custom-made according to the size of Loca’s head. Therefore, after performing the measurements, the researchers 3D-printed it so that it would fit perfectly around the puppy’s head. This way, they could make sure the recovery would be complete. Also, they adjusted the mask with a collar, so that her neck would remain stable.
The recovery is going well, and Loca will soon be a normal puppy
This face mask works like a regular cast that people use for broken bones. Thanks to her young age, her bones can now regrow in the proper shape of the mask. Also, the scientists performed a surgery on the pup to remove all the broken bone fragments.
The intervention was successful, as Loca’s condition is already getting better. Soon after the surgery, she could eat soft foods, and received pain medication to which she responded well. However, for a month, she couldn’t chew on anything hard, so she couldn’t play or eat whatever she wanted. When she returned for the monthly check-up, the researchers happily noticed the recovery was going great.
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