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

Custom Dog Knee Brace - Order Process



Measure your dog's thigh length. 


Purchase your Custom Dog Knee Brace. 



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


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



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

How to Measure


Thigh Measurement

Measure along the front of the leg from the knee center to the fold of the leg at the hip.  

How to Cast



fabrication time takes 5-7 business days after receiving your cast


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.


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.


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.


  • 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



  • 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 $200.


  • 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









  • 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


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Product Comparison




  • moderate-severe
  • all areas
  • lifetime
  • high
  • high
  • made to order
  • color options
  • $$$


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


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


Wipe down surfaces with alcohol.


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




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

Customer Reviews

Based on 464 reviews
Braces with missing joint screw.

These braces were expensive and the screw in the main joint fell out. Not happy with new braces. Unacceptable!!

Hi Bill,
I am so deeply sorry for this experience. Our braces are all checked prior to being packaged up so all should be together and in tact well. I do see you connected with a Customer Care rep already and they are helping you through this situation. We appreciate you reaching out to us and letting us know about this. Please keep us posted if you have any other questions or concerns down the road. Our customers are very important to us (our human and fur baby customers) and your satisfactions means a lot to us. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care


Brace seems to help good, gives my dog confidence. I only leave on for an hour or less because it causes inflammation on her hock. But at 9-10 years old is a better option than surgery. The recovery time is long for tplo surgery.

Hello Matthew,
We are happy to hear the brace is helping your dog. With a custom brace there should not be any irritation along the leg, so we definitely want to help you figure out the issue so your dog can get even more relief. I do see a Customer Care rep reached out to you yesterday, offering assistance for the fitment of brace so we hope to hear from you soon so we can help you further. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

stifle joint brace for Barney

I think the brace has been a great help for Barney, the fit has changed noticeably since he has been losing weight along with muscle atrophy of the affected leg/joint - I would suggest that your service take into consideration that many dogs that sustain this type of injury will quite likely be overweight to some extent makine fit adjustment a much more prominent consideration for owners who normally would not be completely comfortable with the vet complexities of proper fitment

Hi George,
We are happy to hear the brace has helped Barney! We definitely understand there could be some muscle gain/loss with a brace. For custom, we build the brace from the cast we received, however our fabrication does have the capacity to modify a brace slightly to help with this change. If you would be interested in this down the line please contact our customer care team at They would be happy to assist further. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

Amazing product

This ccl brace changed our husky’s life. Definitely recommend if a pup hurt herself and you don’t want/need the corrective surgery.

Hi Joshua,
We are so glad you are seeing such great results, it makes us so happy to hear this. We hope for continued improvement for your husky. Please let us know if there are any questions or concerns along the way.

Animal Ortho Care

A life saver

This brace literally saved our dogs life! We own a Big spayed 11year old Akita female and of course she is over weight! She injured her knee and arthritis had set in and she was limping badly and eventually couldn't stand and started dragging her butt. We used a sling to hold her up to do her business and when winter approached it was not easy. We started doing cold laser treatments with our vet but as soon as we stopped she would start going down hill. She was not a candidate for surgery and we had to find a way to help her or put her down. We came across the Animal Ortho Care website and decided to call them. They where awesome and talked us through the process. We where so excited when the brace came and we where thrilled just seeing the amazing results in the first week! Now that she has had it for 60 days she is like a new dog! She is happy, plays with her toys goes up and down stairs with no help and at times she gives me the stink eye and tries to run! We couldn't be happier and it's very emotional to see where we started and how Great she is doing now! Thank You Animal Ortho Care for making such an awesome product!
Dave & Lynny Benzinger

Hi Dave,
Wow, how amazing to hear!! We are so glad your dog is getting back to her normal self. We hope you continue to see great results. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care