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L'il Back Bracer Dog Back Brace


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.


  • 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.


  • 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


Back Measurement = 11" - 13" 
Chest Measurement = 13" - 15" 


Back Measurement = 13" - 15.5" 
Chest Measurement = 14" - 17"


Back Measurement = 15.5" - 17.5" 
Chest Measurement = 18" - 21" inches

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!




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.



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. 


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

Based on 99 reviews
Really helps

Bought my dachshund one a while ago and my pittie chewed it up... so I bought another as soon as his back was starting to hurt. He is 15 now and you can't tell.

Hi Samuel,
Wow, this is so great to have read!!! This makes us so happy that you have seen such great results. We hope for many more happy years ahead! Thanks for taking the time to write us a review.

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My girl developed a herniated disc and lost total control of her back, hips, and back legs. After 6 days hospitalization with 3 days in critical condition she came home seriously impaired and daily meds. I ordered the back brace and it was worn 24/7. I planned surgery within days hoping for a good outcome but she became too serious to make the trip. She wore diapers, the back brace, and remained restrained as she improved slowly. Two months into her recovery she continues to wear the brace, continues with much crate time but with some daily inside home activity. She’s proving more difficult each day to keep a girl down wanting instead to run and play. She continues daily meds and the brace is supportive as her injury heals. The only time she is without the brace is during the time I wash and dry it and for sure that is crate time for her. I highly recommend the brace.

This makes us so happy to hear that the brace has helped stabilize her spine and give her much needed relief during her flare up. We wish for continued improvement and hope for no more injuries!


Keri Vaught
Elderly Dog

I have a 12 year old yorkipoo that has a severely arthritic back and ruptured disc and could no longer walk without his back legs swaying back and forth. The Vet said he would break his back completely within the year and we need to start considering our options. He walks SOOO MUCH better in this brace and has so much energy back. It seems to alleviate so much of his pain. I’m SO THANKFUL for it.

Hey Keri,
Thank you for the update of your dog. We are very pleased to hear that the brace is giving his energy back and he is adjusting well to walking in it. We wish you and your dog the best.


Grace Lee-Beko
L’iL Back Bracer Dog has brought our 16 yo Pomeranian back!

We were about to make a tough decision the weekend before the bracer arrived. Within 2 days after putting it on our dog, our Pom showed confidence when walking around. The Bracer was a must for all pets with back issues. Thank you!

Hey Grace,
Thank you for taking the time to review our product. We are so happy to hear that the brace gave an increased quality of life for your senior dog.

Animal Ortho Care

Sharon Christian

My little man is walking better, sleeping better, overall better quality of life.

Thank you for providing the feedback. We are very happy to hear that your dog is adjusting well the the brace and can find comfort. Please keep us updated on his recovery and well being while using the lil back bracer.

Animal Ortho Care

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