Dog Leg Brace | Supportive Care for Your Dog’s Leg
Knees are one of the most complex joints, and your dog relies on them functioning correctly to do just about everything! Sprains, minor tears, and other injuries are some of the most common injuries among our canine friends. They still need to walk on it to get around and when they have an injured knee you will see the tell tail (get it!) signs: sitting abnormally to take the pressure off their knee, swelling in the joint, or lameness. Limping, yelping, whimpering – it breaks your heart to see them in pain. There’s something you can do about it! Support their knee and support their healing using a dog leg brace from Doggy Brace!
What is the Doggy Brace Dog Leg Brace?
The Doggy Brace dog knee brace is a specifically designed neoprene knee brace to fit your dog’s hind leg to support your pup’s injured CCL! CCL issues are one of the most common injuries dogs of all breeds and sizes encounter. The knee is a complex joint and rigorous activity, poor health, or any combination of the two can position dogs for injury. By supporting the knee, injuries can be prevented.
How Does it Work
The Doggy Brace dog leg brace works just like a brace for humans! The cranial cruciate ligament is analogous to the ACL in humans, when it is injured the knee loses stability, causing pain and dysfunction. The Doggy Brace provides extra exterior structural support to keep the knee in place, stabilizing the weakened joint so that it performs correctly without the pain.
The Doggy Brace is a kind of stifle brace that controls the backward slide of the tibia and femur, preventing these bones from sliding outside of the natural range of motion.
Using a Doggy Brace provides a number of benefits for both your furry friend and you! The dog leg brace helps your pet protect their joint, assisting with pain and helping their mobility. In keeping the joint secure, it can also help keep the injury from worsening. The only way to fully repair a completely torn CCL injury is to undergo costly surgery. By giving your dog a brace to support their knee, you can delay and prevent the need for surgery — saving you on costly medical procedures.
Doggy Brace has worked hard to produce an affordable brace for pet owners. The cost is based on the size of the dog and the amount of material necessary to make the brace. By utilizing an all neoprene design, we are also able to keep the costs down and create adjustable braces to fit most dogs, without expensive customization being necessary.
For a range from $99 to $114, you can get the right brace to support your dog’s knee and help stop their suffering.
How to Fit Your Dog Leg Brace
Looking to see what brace will fit your pooch the best? Take a look at this handy size chart. Get a tape measure (if you have it, a tailor’s tape measure will be better,) a scale, and your dog and you’ll be sure you get the best fit for your furry friend. Weigh your dog, measure the length of the upper leg (the femur), the lower leg (the tibia), and the circumference of their thigh. With these numbers, compare against our Sizing Chart to find your pup the perfect fit!
Two Ways to Wear!
There are two optional ways to wear your Doggy Brace for optimal comfort and use. 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.
For full security:
- Slip the brace on your dog’s leg, with the Doggy Brace logo facing out.
- Tighten the straps around the leg
- There are two straps, one to secure the brace below the hock (or ankle), and one to secure above your dog’s stifle (or knee).
- The strap at the top of the brace for around the upper leg is long. This is so you can wrap it as many times over as needed to make a snug fit (but not too snug) for your dog.
- Wrap the back strap around your dog’s back and tighten. This will help keep the brace from slipping down if it gets loose.
This dog leg brace was designed with comfort in mind! If your furry family member finds the back strap uncomfortable, you can simply remove it. So long as the brace and straps are tightened correctly, your dog’s leg will still be fully supported. Follow these instructions to remove the strap:
- Find the strap base on both sides of the brace
- Using scissors, carefully cut the strap as close to the base as possible
- Remove loose stitching and follow TRADITIONAL steps 1 & 2
The dog leg brace is made of resilient neoprene, the same protective material used in orthopedic braces and by water sport enthusiasts. Doggy Brace does not use any metal, hard plastics, or rigid pieces in our braces. We have seen that metal components can irritate your dog’s skin or worse!
The neoprene material is a family of synthetic rubbers, that have great flexibility. This material is sturdy enough to support the knee as while being flexible enough to move with your dog!
Neoprene is a sturdy material and will hold up to years of use. Resistant to weather, scratches, and heat the brace should last your pup as long as they need the support! Just be sure to watch your dog the first few times they are wearing and using the brace to discourage destructive habits like chewing — our braces stand up to lots, but few things get in the way between a Golden Retriever and their favorite pastime!
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
After measuring your dog’s leg, choose your size and go ahead and get your dog the help they’re looking for! Simply click these links to put your order in and you will receive your brace in about seven days!
Quality & Satisfaction Guarantee
Problems happen, or sizing issues crop up. If you have any problems, reach out to our support email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take care of you. We want you to be happy, and your dog to feel good.
How do I choose the correct size for my dog?
Our straps are adjustable and designed so one size fits most dogs. Unfortunately, there is no X breed gets Y brace. You’ll need to do a little bit of homework to pick the right brace size. 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 tight 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?
If you have any problems, reach out to email@example.com. We want you to be happy, and your dog to feel good.
Should I use a brace instead of surgery?
A completely torn CCL will not heal on its own without surgery. Talk with your vet to see if surgery is needed 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?
In our constant effort to keep the cost of the brace low for customers, we only offer black braces.
Will my dog chew their brace off?
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 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.