A number of animal species have been kept by human society for labor, companionship, egg-laying, milk, meat, and their hides, and dogs and horses in particular have been and still are useful for all sorts of labor. In times past, horses were practically thework animal, being responsible for pulling along carts and carriages, plowing fields, and serving as fast personal and war mounts for cavalry. Today, no one is riding horses into battle and farm horses have largely been replaced by tractors since the 1910s. All the same, horses today are valued for hobby breeding, showing off at horse shows, leisurely riding, and racing. Dogs, meanwhile, are still useful as hunting companions, guarding property against intruders, and simple companionship. Over 75 million pet dogs can be found in the United States today, and over 400 breeds of domestic horses can be found around the world today.
These animals have been valued and useful for centuries or even millennia, and thus there are entire fields of medicine for their care. Horse doctors practice a profession that dates back centuries or more, and ankle brace socks, braces for calves, the best horse blankets, and more are some physical recovery items that horse doctors may recommend for use on an injured horse. Horse neck covers and leg braces help these animal recover faster, and meanwhile, there are similar services for pet dogs. For example, hock joint dog wraps may be put on a dog’s sprained wrist to aid in recovery, and at a vet clinic, a dog owner may be urged to put hock joint dog wraps on their pet after an injury.
As mentioned earlier, horses have a time-honored role in human society, and even if most of their labor is now mechanized, horses are beloved animals and a lot of expense goes toward their care. Many ranch owners carefully breed and look after their horses, and a horse owner will soon consult a horse doctor if their charges are showing signs of distress. A horse may suffer from a bone fracture, for example, or a sprained joint or muscle or even arthritis. A horse doctor may diagnose these problems after a physical examination, and the horse doctor may provide or describe items that the horse owner may use to help their animals recover.
If a horse starts refusing to bear weight or run, it may have a fractured bone or distressed joint, and it may often shift its weight from one leg to another. An affected horse may have leg braces or wraps fitted on, so that the animal can walk or trot without further distressing the affected body parts, which makes recovery easier and prevents discomfort on the animal’s part. If need be, a horse may also have fleece blankets, body wraps, or a neck brace put on, designed for a horse’s body. A horse owner may take measurements of the animal first to ensure that they get leg braces or neck braces of the correct size, and use straps and fasteners to keep them on during use.
Something similar can be said about dog care, too. These pets are more common than horses, but they may also suffer from injuries. If a dog starts limping or acts strangely, it may have suffered a strained hock joint (similar to a human wrist joint) on its paw, or a bone fracture. If these signs of distress are observed, the owner may take that dog to a local vet clinic for a diagnosis and recommended treatment. For physical injuries, hock joint dog wraps can be fitted on to help the dog walk or even run without distressing the affected leg, making recovery easier and faster. These hock joint dog wraps may be used, or even a solid leg brace for a bone fracture if need be. To support all this, a dog owner may provide a therapeutic dog bed, which is deep and soft to easily accommodate the dog’s body while it lays down. This prevents further stress on the affected body parts when the dog lays down, aiding recovery. Such therapeutic beds can be placed on the floor or in kennels or carrying crates if need be.