Unfortunately within days our dog chewed through the straps....sigh.....my husband fixed them- ish. It's obvious that she is steadier on her leg with the brace. We now know that she cannot be left with it on unattended though. Still, not an option our vet gave us- and really worked just like the video said. Becareful not to get the wrap on your dogs hair / skin....
Our Dog had just had surgery on his right knee and within a few weeks we noticed he had started to limp on his right one. We immedietly started to process of getting him a custom brace for his right knee. Its been a rough road as someone has always had to be by him, or with him constantly. It's been 60 days and the big lug is moving around so well now. He has even tackled the stairs on his own a few times. It's given him some freedom of movement and its given our family some breathing room. This brace has been a life saver. I just can't say enough about how happy it's made us all.
We adopted a Lab that was 8 at the time. He was somewhat on the heavy side as well.
After a few months he started limping. Terribly. He would not put pressure on his right back leg. It was sad to see him struggle.
We took him to the vet and were told his ACL was lax, but not torn. He also had moderate to severe knee arthritis. But surgery was not needed. We were given meds for pain, with mild help. But no other options.
I decided to take matters into my own hands. I researched knee braces and found some on Amazon and ordered. They were very difficult to use and obviously uncomfortable for the dog. They had some strange system with straps and a chest harness to hold it on the back leg and even at that there was very little support. But I might add that the Amazon braces were cheap and not well-made.
I returned those and kept looking for help for our "old-guy."
I finally found Animal Ortho Care. I researched the brace and the system really made sense to me (the mechanics and the quality of the product.) This only goes around the leg with a few straps. After about 10 minutes of trial and error you can finally get this on properly, but the directions are well written.
In addition to straps to hold it on the leg this also has a hinge system to prevent side - to -side movement and to also prevent translation of the knee from back-to-front. Thus controlling that knee movement to allow the condition to stabilize. The product is very well made and sturdy... our dog is 90 lbs and there has been no sign of breaking.
It took him a few days to get used to wearing it a few hours at a time - but not to be worn at night or when were gone. Eventually he learned to walk in it after a few days. He stopped limping rather quickly and within a few weeks he no longer needed it. He walks much better now. If I see him limping again I'll put the brace back on until he is better.
Now, he does not have an ACL tear, so I can't say for sure if this would help that....
I got this for my older dog (13.5) who has arthritis and I really see a difference using this product. I put it on for the 2 hours and he doesn't even seem to notice it - I started with every day for 2 weeks and now I just use it ever other day. I have noticed improvement in his mobility, even his energy!
While we loved the brace, Sadly we had to return due to a fit issue. We are now awaiting s custom !
Customer service is awesome!!!
uses it when she walks the dog works great and ginger rolls on her side to have it put on
I’m very pleased with the quality of the product and most importantly the fit. After a couple attempts at getting it right on her leg, I have the method down. Lily was more than excited to feel some real support, off hiking we went, she is getting used to it already, gradually increasing our ventures. I would love to see some leather strapping for longevity, something to look into for the future.
After much researching we chose this company. There was a bit of a hiccup as they sent us the wrong casting instructions so we had a very hard time doing the cast. But I could have searched around more on youtube for a "how to make" it properly. The staff have great customer service and checked via a photo if the cast was good enough to make a brace from which I appreciated. The brace has helped our dog take short walks again which he appreciates! We have a 120lb mastiff mix who tore both his CCL's and our vet recommended surgery. We are thankful to have found the cast as another option.
We ordered a brace per the vet’s measurements and received it quickly. Looked great and came with extra padding to prevent sores. Very good product but our dog’s leg was just too thin for it to stay on. The vet recommended we send it back after she determined it wasn’t going to work.
We contact the support group and they instructed us on how to return the brace and refunded the eligible cost back. The whole process was easy and I would use AOC again in the future.
Great knee brace for my dog.
Ozzy has adapted to the brace well and it daintily is helping. I can see he feels better. Limps less even after I take it off for nights. He's a happier boy!
This brace enabled our 70 pound chow mix to walk again. It has given him the confidence to stand and relieve himself and do his daily “walkabouts”.
Whether opting out of surgery or assisting with healing this is a definite asset to the recovery of your dog. I noticed a great improvement in the stifle and my boxer very patiently waits for me to strap him in before his walks. Love it and very grateful to have this option.
Brace kept the leg secure, yet she could still get around comfortably. Had to adjust a couple of times, but overall the vet was impressed the the stibility of ACL after one month
Easy to figure out after watching the video. Worked very well. I should be more disciplined about it, but I worry about leaving it on all the time when I’m not home. Definitely helps my shepherds ACL.
miniature schnauzer 14 year with hip dysplasia. Took her out of pain. But still have to use it to to three times daily to keep her pain-free. Highly recommend a device .
A little over 2 months in, and our dog definitely shows a difference while wearing these. It takes much longer for him to get fatigued and hiking seems too bother him slightly less although we still have not tried anything over 2 miles. It is a definite improvement but not a miracle cure. The fit and quality are excellent but putting them on and off is rather tedious hopefully with more time we can update the review in an even more positive way.
This brace has saved two of my dogs from surgery and they are back to being happy playful puppies. In addition to how wonderful the brace is the customer service is the best. Thank you for all of your help.
Brace gives my 12 year german shepherd much needed support for his torn acl in right knee. Only suggestion would be longer upper and middle straps. Otherwise, no complaints. Really helps him to stand for longer periods. Thanks!
Our 6 year old chocolate had knee surgery on his right back leg which was quite expensive and then we also either needed the same surgery on his back left knee or we try the brace? We decided to go with the brace rather than another $5000 for another surgery. The brace has been a success !! He is walking and running like a puppy again and it also seems to have made his knee a bit stronger when he is not wearing the brace. My only concern would be that I don’t see a way to order a few extra buckles in case we lose one? Other than that the brace seems to be a great way to avoid costly surgery.
My dog is a boxer boarder collie mix who tore her ACL, although not completely because she was still able to bear some weight on the leg. She is 12 years old and has a lot of arthritis and the vet did not think she was a good candidate for surgery due to these factors. He recommended a brace to try and heal the leg. The performance knee brace worked extremely well. She was able to walk much better immediately after putting the brace on. After about 3 weeks we saw substantial improvement in her gait when the brace was off. It is very important to take your time when fitting the brace to ensure a tight fit to prevent the brace from slipping down the leg. I am extremely impressed with the quality and function of this brace, I highly recommend it!
I ordered this for my dog when she began experiencing weakness in her back legs. It gave her more support immediately. The product is definitely worth purchasing.
The brace has really helped our 15 year old cocker spaniel! She is walking so much better. We thought she would always be crippled from this injury, but instead has greatly improved after wearing the brace, even with us removing it at night. We so appreciate your help!
One of my feral-born dogs, Yogi, repeated tore his right ACL/CCL and, then, he tore his left ACL/CCL really bad. Because of these tears and the conformation of his hind legs, the vet said he would continue to experience repeated tears. I spent hundreds of dollars this past summer buying every over-the-counter gadget I could find - human, dog, and hand-made. Nothing would stay on.
I'm so glad I found the AOC website! It’s the only company that doesn't require a veterinarian or video call to do the molds. (My mobile dog vet was very familiar with these tears and we're doing everything including an anti-inflammatory drug, pain medications, and stem cell therapy. She recommended over-the-counter products - none of which worked - but she didn't know anything about custom braces.) (I've given her your information and picture of Yogi in his braces in case she has other clients like us.)
Yogi is running and playing, again and, after a long, miserable summer, he’s happier than ever!
We are extremely happy with the ACL custom brace for our 9 year old, 130lb, Saint Bernard, Brandy. She wears it about 3-6 hours a day and she barely limps after only 6 weeks. Usually only time we see her limping now is first thing in the morning or when it rains or snows. In addition to the brace, we also invested in a ramp, for getting out of the truck backseat (we think it was how it happened) and we give her a manganese tablet once a day with a meal. Your custom brace is the best! We bought 2 different braces from Amazon, and they didn't fit at all. Yes, it's a little more expensive, but get what you pay for, as we learned with other braces. We kept her confined to a small yard till we received the brace to keep her from injuring her ACL worse. Our Vet had given her a prescription for an anti-inflammatory and although she didn't limp when taking it, it also made her think she could use the leg and could have made it worse. You sent us all we needed to make cast (watching videos really helped as well) and her pink camo brace fit perfectly when we got it back. I totally recommend AOC! We're extremely happy Brandy will not need surgery! And Brandy's happy that she gets to roam all of our 3 acres again!
The custom brace has allowed my dog to continue with his daily activity with the assured support to avoid further injury and support healing
My dog immediately benefited from the brace that was made by Derrick Campana and his team. It took a few weeks to complete, which made me nervous while I had a hobbling pup, but the wait was well worth it. Bravo!
It's great to deal with people who care more about the patient than the profit! Thanks!
This is an excellent brace built by AOC! I have a 120+ pound Newfoundland and opted for a Holistic approach to heal her knee. It is taking time, but we are walking and increasing her condition and stamina. She wears the brace for about 12 hours a day and she doesn’t mind it a bit. Thank You for making such an excellent product!
Does a great job.
Our dog is doing so well since we received our brace. Had no problems at all and are very pleased!
Very satisfied with prices and fast delivery!
My dog had a right hind leg torn ACL and the custom knee brace is helping my dog so much, that he did not need surgery. He needed few weeks to get used to it, he would just lay down after putting it on and would not walk. But he got used to it, he’s now running around with it. It is pricey but I will do what it takes to not subject my dog to surgery if it can be helped.
Product is very good, do you make any socks for thinner legs I have to fold the sock over horizontally a little too wide. Other than that it works very well on Abby’s brace.
Custom Dog Knee Brace | CCL/ACL Stifle Rear Leg Dog Brace
Custom Dog Knee Brace | CCL/ACL Stifle Rear Leg Dog Brace
Rudy was fitted for a knee brace to help manage his left rear knee which had sustained ACL damage. The alternative was $3,800 surgery (TPLO) which doesn't have the best track record according to my research and opinions from other Vets. Rudy is a farm dog and "restricting" his movements, as the vet I took him to told me to do, is next to impossible. When I learned about Animal Ortho and did some research, a brace seemed like a viable alternative. Rudy is now doing great and my equine vet (who also does small animals) was so impressed he asked for your contact info.
Derrick is a magician and Rudy's leg is doing great! Thank you!
My sweet 8 year old pointer has the heart and energy of a puppy so when she hurt herself I wasn’t to surprised but definitely still upset with her. She had a tumor removed on her shoulder a few months ago and her recovery was hard for her. She didn’t do well under anesthetic so this was the best option. Within a few days she put wait but on her leg and now months later she’s doing so well. ❤️ Thank you all so much!
Customer service top notch could not ask for any better, sizing did not work sent product out immediately. Awesome product
Happy with this company.