Proposal_B4_Dyson_Dasia - Perched Pooch Project Proposal Dasia Dyson and Karina Vargas Abstract In our project we will be creating a prosthetic for a

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Perched PoochProject ProposalDasia Dyson and Karina VargasAbstractIn our project, we will be creating a prosthetic for a small dog out of affordable materials such asplastic. We want to create an affordable, durable, comfortable prosthetic that may replace theexpensive prosthetics that we know today. Starting small with a small dog will help us test thebest products to create a prosthesis that can be manipulated in the future to adapt to differentanimals of all shapes and sizes.
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IntroductionStatement of ProblemA prosthetic is an artificial limb made for an amputee to remain balance and closely regain function of the missing limb. For example, a person or animal with a missing leg would use prosthesis to be able to walk again. Animal prosthetics, or prosthetics in general, are very expensive. A person without insurance can end up paying around $600- $3000 for their dog’s prosthetic depending on its size (wagwalking.com). We would like to create a prosthetic for a small dog model using various materials that are typically cheaper than those that are used in prosthetics today. In other words, we want to make an affordable, effective, comfortable prosthetic for the animals in need. Purpose of ResearchThe purpose of our research is to find cheap materials such as plastic, wood, and silicone to form a prosthetic for a small dog. We are specifically working with a small dog, like a chihuahuaor a terrier, for our research to keep one focus, then we may expand to more dogs of different weights, measurements, injuries. Our research can even be implemented in humans in the future. The cost of a new prosthetic leg for a person can range between $5,000 -$50,000, and they typically don’t last for more than 5 years (hss.edu). If our prosthetic is able to sustain a small dog’s wear and tear, then larger models for other dogs, animals, and even humans. Significance of ResearchOur research will help those in need by helping their pets get the support they need without breaking the bank. The materials we use will also eliminate the need for bulky straps and buckles, which can be uncomfortable for the animal.
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