The Walkin’ Hip-EEZ® with the Hip Donut provides a simple, non-surgical method to treat and prevent pressure sores in canines. Patients who are ‘down’ and have hip weakness, whether from mobility loss, arthritis, or old age spend extended periods of time lying down, leaving them prone to painful decubitus ulcers. The Hip Donut alleviates pressure on the coxofemoral joint, distributing weight safely away from the femoral head while the patient is laying down. Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP (US Patent No. 10881082. Issue Date: 01/05/2021).
- Promote Healing: Donut allows body weight to be displaced away from the sore, allowing it to heal
- Stays in Place: Hip Donut attaches with touch fastener to the inside of brace to stay securely in place
- Medical grade foam creates a cushioned barrier between the coxofemoral joint and the ground, preventing development of sores in areas of muscle or fat loss
Measure from 1 inch above the right stifle to the middle of the top of the back above the pelvis. It’s best to measure the patient in a normal standing position and to use a soft measuring tape.
Once you’ve measured, reference our chart below. Find the measurement and weight range that best matches your patient. If they are between sizes, it’s better to choose using the weight range as opposed to the leg measurement. Remember, your patient’s measurement may not be an exact match to the chart. If you’re having trouble deciding on a size, please contact our Veterinary Support and Outreach team for assistance.
Hip-EEZ® Measurement Guide:
|Hip-EEZ® Size||Leg Measurement||Weight||Donut Size|
|Small||8″||15 – 24 lbs.||Small|
|Medium||11″||25 – 34 lbs.||Medium|
|Medium/Large||14″||35 – 49 lbs.||Medium|
|Large||17″||50 – 85 lbs.||Large/XLarge|
|XLarge||19″ or greater||80 lbs. or greater||Large/XLarge|
- Make sure that the Hip-EEZ® Full Support or Amputee system is adjusted to best fit your patient.
- Gently undo touch fastener at top of leg panel on the side you’re planning on using the Hip Donut. With the Velcro facing out, line up the Hip Donut directly over the femoral head, making sure it’s in the center of Hip Donut. Hold the donut in place with one hand while pulling the leg panel taut and reattaching it to the other support panel. Then remove your hand from the donut and gently press on the outside of the leg panel all around the donut to finish securing it.
- At this point your Hip Donut should be in place over the coxofemoral joint, and your leg panels secured. If you need to reposition the donut, take your time and get it set correctly. We recommend that placement be checked often if the patient moves around a lot while laying down on that side. The goal is to have your patient laying with pressure on the donut, relieving the joint.
The Hip-EEZ® Donut is specially designed to aid in the treatment and/or prevention of pressure sores. Over the years I know we’ve all struggled with finding a donut solution that will stay in place to help these patients. From firsthand experience, I know how devastating pressure sores can be to an elderly pet. So, I designed the Hip Donut to stay in place and be easy to use. I do recommend using an Idoban drape with patients that have open wounds. This will help keep the area sterile and prevent the medical grade foam from rubbing on new developing skin.
As with any new product, continuing to collect data and feedback from professionals is key. Working together as a Veterinary community to create, provide and improve products that aide in healing our patients. I can only hope these products are able to help your patients as well. Please reach out to us and share your thoughts and help us continue to collect more case studies on using the Hip-EEZ® Donut with the Hip-EEZ® systems. We want your help in making sure our products meet the needs and approval of our fellow pet lovers.
– Renee Mills, CCRP, Inventor of the Hip-EEZ, vertebraVe and No-Knuckling Training Socks
How does the Hip Donut work?
The Hip Donut provides cushion and alleviates direct pressure over the femoral head, which will prevent ulcers and allow existing ulcers to heal without the need for a surgical procedure.
Learn more in our blog post here: Pressure Sore Treatment with the Hip Donut
How long can my patient wear it?
Your patient can wear the Hip Donut while walking, running, sitting, and laying down. However, it is mainly designed to be used while the dog is laying down. This means the Hip-EEZ® support system can be worn overnight when using the Hip Donut, but it should be removed for a couple of hours afterwards allowing the skin time to breathe.
Can I use the Hip Donut if my patient has an open wound?
We recommend that a sterile barrier like an incise drape be used between the Hip Donut and the patient’s skin when used on areas containing open wounds.
How do you clean the Hip Donut?
Spot clean Hip Donut with damp cloth or sponge and lay flat to let air dry. Machine washing is not recommended and may affect the stability of the product. To remove hair from foam and touch fasteners, we recommend using a lint roller.
Can my patient go to the bathroom with the Hip Donut on?
Yes, your patient can use the bathroom with the Hip Donut on. There should be no interference with urinating or defecating for male or female dogs.
My patient falls between sizes, how do I choose the right size?
If a patient falls between two sizes, we typically recommend going with the weight measurement as opposed to the leg measurement. If you need assistance with sizing, please contact our Veterinary Outreach and Support Department.
My patient already has a Hip-EEZ® Base System. Can I purchase just the Hip Donut?
Yes, the Hip Donut can be purchased separately from the Hip-EEZ® Base System.