Your pup is young, healthy, and active so why would you need a dog ACL brace?
You may not right now, but picture this: it’s a beautiful day outside and you and your dog are having the best tail-wagging time. You throw a ball and they leap into the air, catch it and land clumsily before walking back to you.
As they get closer, you notice your dog is limping.
Don’t panic! It’s very common for a dog to hurt their leg and they can recover from it. Many things could cause an injury, such as a broken nail, or a sprained ACL.
Technically speaking, dogs don’t have ACLs. They actually have CCLs (cranial cruciate ligaments), which connects their upper leg bone (femur) to their lower leg bone (tibia). It’s extremely similar to an ACL, so much so that the CCL is commonly called an ACL.
A sprained ACL is one of the more serious leg injuries a dog can have. Thankfully, it is treatable and, with proper care and a brace, your dog will be back on their feet in no time.
What is a Dog ACL Brace?
Dog braces are a quality and affordable way to support your pup’s physical health. Think of it as a removable cast for their leg that provides support while restricting movement between their tibia and femur.
A dog ACL brace should be designed with your pup’s comfort in mind. At Doggy Brace, the soft neoprene won’t irritate their skin and the back strap is completely optional. Our braces are also adjustable to fit your pet’s needs.
If you’re using a brace to help your dog recover from an injury, it discourages your pup from straining their leg, while providing pressure-relieving support when they’re moving around.
Great For Preventative Care!
Do you know why an athlete wears a knee brace? It helps prevent excessive movement and rotation while supporting the athlete’s knee and reducing the risk of injury.
Experts drew inspiration from athletes and developed a brace that can help prevent ACL injuries in for all canines. Doggy Brace products discourage your pet from making too tight or too quick movements, which are two of the most common ways they injure their legs.
If your dog has a sprained ACL, they will avoid putting weight on their injury. They’ll overcompensate and put too much weight on their healthy leg instead, which increases their chance of spraining or tearing their other ACL. A brace allows your pup to comfortably put more weight on their hurt leg so they’re not dramatically shifting their weight onto one side.
Some dogs are more prone to leg injuries too! Their age, weight, and breed all play a factor in their chances of injuring their ACLs. Studies have shown that St. Bernards, Labradors, Newfoundlands, Mastiffs, Rottweilers, and Akitas are more predisposed to ACL injuries. Older dogs and those that are overweight have a higher chance of injury too. Doggy Brace significantly reduces the risk of a sprained ACL (or worse) because of the added support.
Can a Dog ACL Brace be an Alternative for Surgery?
Doggy Brace is designed for preventive care and recovery from sprained ACLs. It is not an alternative to surgery if your vet believes surgery is the best course of action. A torn ACL will not heal on its own.
However, surgery may not be an option for your pet due to their health, age, or if they have an aversion to anesthetics. If this is the case, braces for an injured ACL can help support your dog’s joint so they can comfortably move while they recover.
A sprained ACL should not require surgery. A brace is a fantastic option to support your dog while they recover.
How Much Does a Doggy Brace Cost?
The cost of the brace depends on how big your dog is. You’ll have to get your dog’s weight and measure the length of their tibia and their upper thigh circumference. Check out our handy sizing chart to figure out exactly what your pup needs.
Our Doggy Brace cost breakdown is as follows:
Two Ways to Wear!
There are two optional ways to fit your Doggy Brace. If your dog is comfortable with the Traditional option, we encourage that as it gives the best fit. If you find that you have to tighten the strap, remember to take time with the brace off to promote good circulation. Be aware of your dog and their behavior.
- 1. Undo the straps
- 2. Slip the brace onto your dog’s hind leg (logo out)
- 3. Tighten the straps
- 4. Wrap the back strap around your dog’s back and secure it on the brace
If your furry family member finds the back strap uncomfortable, you can simply remove it. The back strap is completely optional: it’s used to help keep the brace from slipping and provide a second layer of support. If your dog doesn’t like it, you can easily snip the strap off with scissors.
- 1. Find the strap base on both sides of the brace
- 2. Using scissors, carefully cut the strap as close to the base as possible
- 3. Remove loose stitching and follow TRADITIONAL steps 1 & 2
Freya loves wearing her brace! It helps support her left hind leg while she looks for other dogs to play with.
What are Doggy Braces Made of?
Our products at Doggy Brace are made from soft neoprene and have adjustable straps.
We do not use metal, plastic, or any rigid material in their construction. Our braces are designed with comfort in mind and will not scratch or irritate your dog’s skin.
How Strong is it?
Our products are extremely durable and designed to withstand even the most enthusiastic dogs. The neoprene is a flexible synthetic rubber that is commonly used in wetsuits, so it’s waterproof too!
Life Expectancy of a Doggy Brace
Neoprene is an extremely durable material that can last for years. It’s scratch-resistant and weather-resistant too!
Though our Doggy Braces are designed with longevity in mind, you should watch your pup closely the first couple of times they wear the brace to avoid destructive habits like chewing or scratching.
Because neoprene is commonly used in wetsuits, it is easy to clean! Just use warm water and soap, and be sure to dry it thoroughly before using it again.
If you need to store it, keep it in a cool, shady, and dry area, as the material can fade over time.
How to Order
Our straps are adjustable and designed so one size fits most. To pick the right brace, you’ll need an adjustable tape measure to find your dog’s tibia length and upper thigh circumference and you’ll need to be able to weigh them. Head over to our sizing chart to find the perfect fit!
How tightly do I cinch the strap?
You want to tighten the strap enough to keep the brace tight against their leg. Remember that your dog can’t let you know if something is too tight or their paw is going numb so you want to be careful and aware of your dog’s comfort. Remember to alternate time on and off with the brace to promote healthy circulation.
How do I return the strap or get a replacement?
Doggy Brace cares about happy dogs. If you have any issues, please reach out to our support staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to work with you and walk you through our return and refund process.
Should I use a brace instead of surgery?
Always talk with your vet about what options are available for your pet. A torn ACL will not heal on its own. Talk with your vet to see if surgery is an option for your dog. If your vet does not recommend surgery, a brace can be used as a form of conservative treatment.
What colors are available?
It’s possible but very rare for a dog to chew through their brace or to chew it off. If you do notice that your dog is biting at the brace, you may need to adjust the fit or remove the back strap to ensure comfort.
Why does the brace keep slipping down?
The brace is adjustable and so is reliant on you putting it on correctly. So long as the brace is the right size, and the back and leg straps are tightened correctly the brace should stay at the right height. Of course, with very active dogs there is the chance you will need to readjust periodically.
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