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Custom Dog Knee Brace | CCL/ACL Stifle Rear Leg Dog Brace


Custom Dog Knee Brace - Order Process

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MEASURE

Measure your dog's thigh length. 

Purchase

Purchase your Custom Dog Knee Brace. 

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Cast

We send you a Casting Kit for you to make a mold of your dog's leg.

Build

You ship us the mold. We use it to build a custom knee brace for your dog.

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FIT

We ship you the finished custom brace. You fit it to your dog and they are on the way to recovery!

How to Measure

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Thigh Measurement

Measure from the center of the dog's knee to the groin.  

How to Cast

Details

BUILDING YOUR DOG'S KNEE BRACE

fabrication time takes 12-14 business days after receiving your cast

HINGE: TAMARACK

Hinged braces allow for some or full range of motion at the joint. Most hinged braces are made with a tamarack hinge. Some diagnoses will require an alternative hinge. In rare cases if an alternative hinge is needed, there will be an additional charge for the hinge.

SHELL

Our shell is made with a durable polypropylene. It is very important that you cast your dog's leg properly. The imprint from the cast is the blueprint that we use to make the shell. If casted properly, the shell should fit your dog's leg like a glove. A not so good cast will result in a not so good fitting brace.

PAW SEGMENT

Most dog knee braces are made WITHOUT a paw segment, unless the paw is affected. If it is affected, we recommend the knee & hock brace. A paw segment will help with knuckling, when the superficial digital flexor tendon frequently overrides the injured Achilles tendon. A paw is not recommended if there is no knuckling, a bilateral diagnosis, or if the dog is very active. If unsure if a paw is needed, please contact your veterinarian or contact us.

A dog knee brace is commonly referred to as a stifle or ccl brace.

conditions

  • CCL Tears, Sprains & Strains
  • Custom dog knee braces can be used post-operatively following a ligament repair
  • Your pet is not a surgical candidate.
  • Post-operative management of the leg
  • Chronic Pain due to Osteoarthritis
  • Contralateral (opposite) limb management post-operatively
    • Unfortunately, 50% of dogs tear their CCL in the opposite leg within a year. Dog CCL braces are used to prolong this amount of time OR prevent it from happening altogether.
  • Partial tears - average amount of time needed to wear the device (depending on tear) is 6 months to fully stabilize
  • Distal femoral or proximal tibia/fibula fractures, as an alternative to splinting
  • Patellar Luxation –Secondary to use for CCL injuries, BUT are an important application
    • Cannot directly control the patella, since it is such a small bone
      • An effective method to reduce Patellar Luxation (sideways movement) is to limit ROM where the Luxation occurs
      • Luxation usually occurs in deep flexion or full extension
      • Stifle braces reduce the sideways movement, helping the patella to stay in place

 

Benefits

  • Option for non-surgical candidates due to age, cost, other contraindications
  • Stabilizes the joint
  • Provides support to the affected area
  • Decreases healing time and decreases cost
  • Return to improved activity level and near normal joint function
  • Allows for easier wound inspection
  • Releases pressure on Contra-lateral Limb

 

Hinge alternative

  • If the range of motion needs to be limited based on your dogs condition, then a Range of Motion (ROM) hinge would be recommended. The cost of a Range of Motion (ROM) hinge is an additional $100.
Features

FEATURES

  • Hand-sculpted using thermal & vacuum formed technology
  • Fitted to your pets very own limb
  • Cushioning non-porous medical grade foam to ease pressure on affected area
  • Adjustable durable hook and loop strap system to tighten and loosen for comfort
  • Made is the USA
  • Removable
  • Six Month Warranty

WHY AN AOC CUSTOM BRACE?

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FREE ONSITE CASTING

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LIFETIME WARRANTY ON HINGE

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FREE REPLACEMENT STRAPS WITHIN FIRST 90 DAYS

TECHNOLOGY

  • Waterproof
  • Tamarack Hinges
  • Allow Motion that mimics normal ligament mobility
  • Durable Non-Slip Tread (if applicable)
  • Depending on hinge used, the brace allows full range of motion, limited range of motion, or a locked position.
Customer Stories

Follow HUSKY SQUAD:

Follow the Husky Squad, as JC and Victoria use an alternative, non-invasive holistic approach to treat Tidus, after he sustains an ACL injury.

Product Comparison

Product

Details
  • SIZES
  • INJURY SEVERITY
  • ACUTE INJURIES
  • PRE-OPERATIVE
  • POST-OPERATIVE
  • LUXATING PATELLA
  • CHRONIC CONDITIONS
  • TREATS KNUCKLING
  • TREATMENT AREA
  • TREATMENT TIME
  • ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • SUPPORT LEVEL
  • AVAILABILITY
  • COLORS
  • PRICE

Custom

Brace
  • BUILT TO SIZE
  • moderate-severe
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • all areas
  • lifetime
  • high
  • high
  • made to order
  • color options
  • $$$

PERFORMANCE

Ready to Fit Brace
  • MD | LG
  • mild-moderate
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • -
  •  
  • -
  • rear legs
  • 6 - 18 months
  • medium - high
  • medium - high
  • in stock
  • black
  • $$

EMbrace

Support
  • SM | MD | LG
  • mild
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • -
  •  
  • (toe-up)
  • hock, carpal, toe-up
  • Up to 6 months
  • low-med
  • low-med
  • in stock
  • black
  • $
Use & Care

CARE:

Wipe down surfaces with alcohol.

MATERIALS:

  • Outer Shell: polypropylene, polyethylene, co-polymer
  • Inner Liner: closed-cell polyethylene foam

 

FAQs

FAQs

How does this Custom Dog Knee Brace help my dog?

AOC's Custom Dog Knee brace  assists with healing from injury and also post surgery. Additionally, our custom braces help with chronic conditions like arthritis. As a pair, these braces helps with giving added support to your dog's weight bearing leg following the injury of one leg.

What is the difference between the Custom Dog Knee Brace and  Performance Dog Knee Brace?

Our Custom braces are built specifically for your dog. Measurements aren’t needed for this type of brace. Instead you or your vet would take a cast of the area. The cast is then used to build a custom brace. Little or no adjustments are needed to fit our custom brace.

The Performance brace is a standard size off-the-shelf brace that offers a customizable solution to injury stabilization following injuries and surgery to the knee (stifle) and specifically the Cranial Cruciate Ligament. It has a 6-18 month treatment time. Sizing is based from measurements of your dog, which are listed on the product page. You may need to make adjustments to the brace in order to fit it properly.  

What is included with the purchase of a Custom Dog Knee Brace?

Our Custom Dog Knee braces come with a FREE casting kit.  Whichever shipping option you choose at checkout, will determine how the casting kit and final brace will be sent to you. We offer free ground shipping, 2-day business day, and overnight business day available for an additional charge. It is the your responsibility to mail back the cast.

What happens if the fit is not correct?

Not to worry, we will work with you through adjustments until the fit is correct.

What if my dog's knee brace needs refurbishment?

You can order straps and pads off our website. If you need the Liner replaced, you will need to send it to us for repair at the cost of $125.00.

Is this brace waterproof?

All of our custom dog braces are made with a non-porous padded liner and a polypropylene plastic. Both materials can be wiped down to dry and/or cleaned. Straps and strap pads will need to be air dried.

How often can my dog wear this brace?

In most cases after the Break in Period of two weeks you can leave the brace on as long as needed but make sure to take off at least twice a day for skin examination. Please remove the brace before your dog goes to bed at night.

Can they go up and down stairs?

After a few days of use and they seem to be adjusting to the brace, you can introduce them to stairs.

How long is the fabrication process?

Once we receive the cast it takes 12-14 business days to fabricate. We offer Free ground shipping, but Expedited Shipping can be included for an extra charge. If you choose expedited shipping at checkout, we will ship both the Casting Kit and your dog's Custom Brace based on that option.

Is the casting process difficult?

We provide casting videos on our website under the Pawcademy section. Instructions will also be included in the casting kit. If needed, we can also walk you or your Veterinarian through the casting process.

Is the fitting process difficult?

Our Custom Dog Braces are designed for easy on and off application with Velcro straps. If you have any fitting concerns please send pictures with the custom brace on your dog to care@aocpet.com

Customer Reviews

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J
J.C.
Brace

The customer service was good but still not sure the brace fits right. It is way too hard to get it on correctly because of the way the straps stick together and how much the bottom strap has to be tightened so that it will stay on at the hock.

Hi Jacqueline,
The fit of a custom brace is very important and important to us that it is right. I'll have a Customer Care Representative reach out to you and help you further. We want to ensure your dog's brace is effective. Appreciate the time you took to write us a review.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

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W.W.
Excellent brace

Very happy with our custom brace. YouTube videos made the casting process super quick and easy. Turn around time was a couple weeks as expected. Great quality brace. Had 1 fitting issue that was quickly fixed, customer service was great! From the time I sent it back for adjustments, to the time it was returned and back on my dog was only 6 days, it was really easy to do. I’ve only had to add a neoprene hock support to help it stay in place better, but it makes for a better fit for my dog(she lost a lot of muscle in the 2 wk downtime since injury after we made the casting, so no big deal) but now she’s back to great support and able to be weight bearing with a CCL injury and building that muscle back up. Healing injuries are a process and there is no quick fix, but with patience & a great quality brace we are well on our way to re-stabilizing our knee and our pup is so happy to put it on because she gets to enjoy more of her regular life even with an injury. Thanks AOC!

Will,
Amazing to hear how well your dog is doing. Seems like your dog took well to the brace upfront which is great. If you ever have questions or concerns down the line please do not hesitate to reach out. Appreciate you taking the time to write us a review.

Best,
Anima. Ortho Care

J
J.R.
I haven't decided how to feel about it.

Well, the brace itself seems nice. It does support the leg somewhat, but Hugo (my dog's name) does not always put the leg down, meaning he keeps limping even with the brace, is like 50-50. The brace is bit abrasive on his skin and he has developed rashes and bloody spots because of it. In addition, shipping was a super nightmare. We (AOC and I) tried FEDEX, UPS and USPS…and they all took longer than expected, so between ordering the brace and receiving the custom brace was approx. 9 weeks. I think the current brace could take a couple adjustments but I’m afraid that if I send it back for that, we would be without a brace for a long while. I do have to say that the person I emailed back and forth from AOC was very responsive and kept me updated, so that was great and gave me peace of mind.

I know Hugo needs another support/brace for his other leg, but I am a bit hesitant as I’m not as pleased as other customers. I have had this brace for approx. 5 weeks and we are still trying to get used to it. I also do not think the straps will hold or stay in shape for long as they already look worn out. The color I picked for the brace (unicorns) was a hit!

Hi Johana,
I am so sorry to hear the brace took so long to get. I do see there were issues with carriers and your order, so I'm sorry for this extra stress. If there is irritation on the leg, most of the time it is because the straps are too tight/loose. I'll have a Customer Care representative reach out to you directly to help you further and assess what the problem is.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

T
T.
Would Definitely Recommend

Definitely would recommend. My boy was not a candidate for surgery due to his age and we needed something as he is 160 lbs and that's a lot of weight on three legs. The vet just recommended pain meds. However, the pain meds were tearing his tummy up. Ortho Care answered any questions I had. There is a huge difference when he has it on compared to when he is not wearing it. When he doesn't have it on he's unstable and will barely put any weight on that leg. The braces are expensive but well worth it. I am starting to see some wear and tear on the straps which may be worrisome as we haven't had the brace for even two months.

Hello,
Wow, this was so amazing to read. I am so glad he is doing so well with the brace. The straps should hold up much longer than 2 months. So if the strap becomes unusable this early you will definitely want to reach out to customer care. You can reach them at care@aocpet.com

Thank you for the review and letting us know how your sweet pup is doing.

Best,
Victoria

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D.A.
Custom Knee Brace for a Siberian Husky

Excellent so far. Fits well and assists with the injured CCL. 'Obi' happily wears it all day as if it does not exist .Obvious Improvement with less trauma to the stifle.
Great movement and flexibility with brace on. Thanking you all. 'Obi' 6 years old, Australia.

Hi David,
So wonderful to hear!!! Love that you are seeing such great results. Appreciate you taking the time to write a review.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care