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L'il Back Bracer Dog Back Brace


Details

The L'il Back Bracer is the only patented orthopedic back support brace for dogs. Our patented design helps keep your dog’s back supported when dealing with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and other dog back pain.

Conditions

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
    • Type 1 - This type of IVDD is more common in small dogs, such as Dachshunds. Type 1 IVDD is characterized by the protrusion of the inner nucleus of the intervertebral disc.
    • Type 2 - This type of IVDD is more common in larger dogs but can happen in small dogs. Type 2 IVDD is characterized by the bulging of the intervertebral disc.
  • Herniated Spinal Disc, Ruptured Disc, or Slipped Disc
  • Chronic pain from Arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Pre-surgical spinal support
  • Post-surgical spinal support
  • Preventative care for dogs with a high risk of spinal injury
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) - please note that this is a degenerative condition and the L'il Back Bracer cannot stop the disease progression. If your dog is showing signs of paralysis due to DM, we recommend you consider our Haute Wheels Pet Wheelchair.

Features

  • Comfortable, ergonomic construction to alleviate pressure on spine
  • Dog brace designed to stabilize the back from above & below
  • Snug, adjustable fit provides gentle, constant pressure for calming effect on nervous system
  • Incorporated D-ring to attach a leash
  • Easy to take on and off
  • Medical grade, moisture-wicking, Breathe-O-Prene® fabric
  • No need to remove dog brace for dogs to “do their business”
Sizing Chart

Small

Back Measurement = 10.5" - 12.5" 
Chest Measurement = 12.25" - 14.75" 


Medium

Back Measurement = 12.5" - 14.5" 
Chest Measurement = 14.5" - 17.5"

Large

Back Measurement = 15.125" - 17.125" 
Chest Measurement = 18" - 21" 


NOTE: Correct measurement is critical for best fit. Your dog MUST fit into BOTH back and chest measurements. If they are outside the measurement guidelines the brace will not fit. Our Haute L'il Back Bracer may be a better alternative for your pet.

Fit Instructions

Our dog brace is designed for ease of use. Straps for girth and width are adjustable, just like a human back brace.

  1. Slip the body portion over the dog's head.
  2. Put one front paw through the loop, then the other.
  3. Place the dog brace over the rear legs next.
  4. Adjust the velcro on the brace at the chest using the front straps. It should be snug for support.
  5. Adjust velcro at the rear, pulling up or by criss crossing straps.

Remember, make the dog brace snug but not too snug - just like a human brace!

 

Care

CARE

To clean the brace just hand wash and lay flat to dry. For removing hair, we have found that a rubber pet hair remover brush works best.

FAQs

FAQS

How does the L'il Back Bracer provide support?

The L’il Back Bracer is an orthopedic support garment for dogs suffering with IVDD or other back injuries.  The brace is made of a very high quality breathable and antimicrobial neoprene that is very comfortable for your dog.  There are stays that line the back and abdomen to provide the needed support and stabilization of the spine.

How often should my dog wear the brace?

It depends on you and your dog.  Some pet parents will put the back brace on for the majority of the day while some just use our back brace for walks or times of high activity and play.  The back brace is flexible, so it allows the muscles to engage and ‘work’, it is not like a stiff cast.  This is important so that the muscles do not become weak from wearing the brace.

*Please note that our dog back brace is not meant to replace the crate rest period that is prescribed by your Veterinarian. 

Can I LEAVE THE BRACE ON MY DOG ALL DAY?

We do not recommend letting your dog wear the brace all day. You may leave the brace on your dog for up to 14 hours a day. However, be sure to remove the brace when your dog is resting, this will prevent irritation and allow their body to air out. Check for any signs of irritation and/or swelling after removing the brace.

Please remove the brace before your dog goes to bed at night.

Can my dog “do their business” while wearing this back brace?

Yes, our back brace fits in a way that leaves that area of your dog free to take care of business without the brace blocking that part of their body.

Does my dog need to have a separate harness for walks?

The L’il Back Bracer has an attached “D” ring so when taking walks the brace acts as a harness.  Just attach the leash to the ring and enjoy a safe supported walk.

How do I care for the brace?

To clean the brace just hand wash and lay flat to dry.  For removing hair, we have found that a rubber pet hair remover brush works best.

Can my dog jump with the brace on?

The L'il Back Bracer stabilizes the spinal column (from about where a collar would sit) and its snug fit provides overall comfort. While all dogs and all cases can vary, the L'il Back Bracer has successfully helped in many cases with increased mobility and relief. The feedback we have received on dogs regaining their mobility or at least increasing it has been tremendous.

As far as "jumping", it depends on whether your l'il one will continue to jump with the brace on. Our L'il Back Bracer's design is flexible, not like a stiff cast, so they are able to move as they normally would - just with a l'il support. Some dogs keep real still with the brace on and do not jump or run due to the calming effect the snug fit has on the nervous system, while some dogs resume their normal activity while wearing it.

Will my dog get muscle atrophy from the L'il Back Bracer?

No. Our back brace is lightweight. Helps give support down the spine.

What if my dog doesn’t like it?

It is common for dogs not to like a brace.  A natural thing for them is to sit still. Or perhaps even whimper with it because they aren’t sure what to do with the brace on. To help with this, we recommend a break-in period of 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off. Give your dog a treat and praise him/her for wearing the brace. This will hopefully allow your l'il one to associate the brace being a good thing.  Increase the amount of time each day. 

Can the brace be worn in the water?

Yes.  The material is a breathable, neoprene material.  Recommended washing instructions is: hand wash and then air dry.

Customer Reviews

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Marie Calderon
The best!

The brace has helped my little doxie so much. He hasn’t had as many flare ups since wearing the brace. He hates it wearing it though. He’s a stubborn little doxie.

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Ellen G.
Works great!

I put the brace on my Dash/Corgi during the day and take it off before bed. She is showing a lot of progress with her back leg and she’s starting to walk on it and not limp. I’m so happy that I stumbled across your product it’s really helping her be still and when she has to move around she’s not constantly trying to jump on anything so that’s a plus thank you!

Hi Ellen,
This is so amazing to hear! Thank you for sharing a bit about your dog and how the brace has helped. We hope you see continued improvement with each week. Please let us know if you have any questions. We appreciate you taking the time to write us a review.

Best,
L'il Back Bracer

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Tim Chapman
Lil Back Bracer

Great product that does what it says it will do. Took a little while to get my dog used to it but he is getting the support he needs

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Ismael Medina

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Geneva Buske
Iffy

My little Dachsi hurt her back a year ago, was doing good then hurt it again. I got her this brace hoping it would help and it may, but having problems getting her to want to use it. I will keep working with her and is not fault of the brace, just a stubborn little red dog.

Hi Geneva,
Sometimes it does take dogs a bit of time to acclimate to a brace. If you haven't done so already try giving a treat whenever you put the brace on and give them lots of praise for doing it. This will help the dog associate the brace with a good thing and can help get them adjusted quicker. Please let us know if you have further questions or how we can assist. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review.

Best,
L'il Back Bracer