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Custom Dog Wrist Brace | Carpal Dog Front Leg Brace

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Custom Brace Order Process

Purchase

Purchase your Custom Brace. 

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Cast

We send you a Casting Kit for you to make a mold of your pet's limb.

Build

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

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FIT

We ship you the finished custom brace. You fit it to your pet. Your pet is on its way to recovery!

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Details

BUILDING YOUR DOG'S CARPAL BRACE

AFTER RECEIVING your dog's CAST,

FABRICATION TIME WILL TAKE 5-7 BUSINESS DAYS.

HINGE: TAMARACK-TETHER

Most dog wrist braces are made with a Tamarack-Tether hinge, which allows for a limited range of motion in order to prevent abnormal motion. Some diagnoses will require an alternative, Range of Motion (ROM) hinge. There is an additional $200 charge when fabricating a custom brace that requires a ROM hinge.

SHELL

Our shell is constructed from durable polypropylene. The cast you send us forms the blueprint for the shell, so it is imperative you cast your dog's leg correctly. When cast correctly, the resulting custom brace fits the contours of your dog's leg precisely.

paw segment

Most dog wrist braces are made without a paw segment. This is especially advised when the dog is particularly active or has a bilateral (both legs) diagnosis. If you are unsure if a paw segment is needed, please contact your veterinarian before ordering.

 
A dog wrist brace is commonly referred to as a carpal brace or front leg brace.

Conditions That Benefit From a Custom Dog Wrist Brace

  • AOC's Custom Dog Wrist Braces help with injury prevention and recovery
  • The most common diagnosis this brace recommended for is Carpal Hyperextension
  • Custom Dog Wrist Braces can also address angular deformities of the front leg; specifically Carpal Varus (joint bowed outward) and Carpal Valgus (joint bowed inward)
  • This brace also provides support with Radial Nerve Paralysis or Brachial Plexus Avulsion (tearing) diagnoses
  • Wrist Braces are employed in carpal contracture management, stretching the Carpal Flexor ligaments into a more functional position

Benefits of the Custom Dog Wrist Brace

  • Provides support to the affected area
  • Stabilizes the joint
  • Decreases the time and expense of recovery
  • Helps improve your dog's activity level by providing a return to near-normal joint function
  • Allows for easier wound inspection
  • Reduces pressure on the contralateral (opposite) limb, preventing further injury
Features

features

  • Custom-fitted to your dog's limb
  • Non-porous medical grade foam cushions and eases pressure on the affected area
  • Durable hook and loop strap system allows easy adjustments for fit and comfort
  • Made in the USA
  • Removable
  • Two-month warranty for brace alterations and modifications
  • One-year warranty for manufacturing defects
  • Lifetime warranty on Tamarack Hinges
  • Free replacement straps during the first 90 days

why an aoc custom brace?

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LIFETIME WARRANTY ON TAMARACK HINGE

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FREE REPLACEMENT STRAPS WITHIN FIRST 90 DAYS

technology

  • Hand-crafted using vacuum forming and thermal technology
  • Waterproof
  • Tamarack-Tether hinges allow for limited ligament motion in order to prevent hyper-extension and hyper-flexion
  • A specialized ROM hinge can be fabricated with the brace instead.  There is an additional $200 charge when fabricating a custom brace that requires a ROM hinge.
Casting

HOW TO CAST FOR A CUSTOM CARPAL DOG BRACE

Care & Use

CARE:

  • Use light soapy water or antibacterial wipes to clean the plastic shell and non-porous liner of the brace.
  • Hand-wash pads as needed and let them air dry.
  • Remove any hair or dirt from the hook and loop straps with a wire brush, gently brushing in one direction on the hook side only.

USE

  • It is required that you follow the break-in period protocol for your dog. This helps to prevent irritation and allows your dog to become comfortable when wearing their brace. Failure to follow the break-in period could result in further injury to your dog. 
  • Your dog may wear their brace whenever they are active, both indoors and outdoors. Custom Dog Wrist braces are waterproof and therefore can be used in the water, such as for hydrotherapy sessions.
  • Remove your dog's brace when they are not active for extended periods of time. This allows their leg to relax, prevents irritation, and allows their skin breathe.
  • Once your dog has successfully completed the break-in period without irritation occurring, they may wear their wrist brace for up to 14 hours a day. Wearing the brace for longer than 14 hours could result in irritation and/or injury. 

Break-In Period

Similarly to breaking in a new pair of shoes, the Custom Dog Wrist Brace should initially be worn in short increments as your dog builds up a tolerance to the device. For best results, place the brace on your pet for only half an hour the first day. You can typically increase this time by a further half hour each subsequent day. You can facilitate this process by positively reinforcing and rewarding your dog for wearing the brace. Please keep in mind that the break-in period and time of each increment will depend on your pet's diagnosis and overall acceptance of the brace.

If there is any irritation or skin breakdown, discontinue use of the brace for one full day. If irritation continues, contact us at care@aocpet.com.

Skin & Brace Examination

It is crucial that you thoroughly inspect your pet's skin after each use of the Custom Dog Wrist Brace. This is especially important during the initial break-in period. While it is not uncommon to see minor problems for the first few weeks of brace usage, make note of any blisters or other unusual marks on the skin. Skin redness that does not disappear within an hour after the brace is removed and other signs of skin breakdown are indications of excessive pressure from the brace. The brace can easily be modified to relieve these areas of irritation.

You should also carefully examine the brace itself after each use. Identify any cracks, tears, or areas of unusual wear. Padding and the hook and loop straps can be replaced by contacting Animal Ortho Care. Consult our warranty terms for other details on the service process.

Hygiene & Cleaning

Both the Custom Dog Wrist Brace and areas of skin that come into contact with it must be kept clean. This reduces the chance of your dog contracting contact dermatitis or other skin conditions. Regularly clean the brace with a mixture of half water, half isopropyl alcohol. After cleaning, dry with a towel or let the brace dry at room temperature. Do not speed the drying process through use of applied heat, such as from a hair dryer. Never put a wet brace onto your pet, as it will affect the fit. A properly-fitted brace can be worn in water, but should be thoroughly dried after use before re-application.

MATERIALS:

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

 

FAQs

FAQs

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

Purchases of our Custom Dog Wrist Braces include a free casting kit, which you will use before we begin fabricating the brace itself. Once you have cast your dog's leg - or legs if you are ordering a pair of Custom Braces - you will mail us the casts. At that point we craft your brace order based on the cast of your dog's leg, and then send the Custom Braces back to you.

What happens if the brace does not fit correctly?

Please contact us and we will work with you to find the fit! The hook and loop straps give you some freedom to adjust the brace yourself. Depending on the issues with the fit, we may instruct you to ship it back to us for more extensive modification.

Please note it is imperative that you take an accurate cast of your dog's leg in order for the brace to have the best possible fit. Please refer to our casting directions and be sure that you are familiar with them before attempting a casting.

What if my dog's brace needs refurbishment?

Refurbishing your dog's brace is easy. Strap replacements are free within the first 90 days of your purchase if you order and replace them yourself. We offer various methods for refurbishing your brace depending on what needs to be done. You can order new Straps (1 inch or 1.5 inch) and Pads to replace on your own. If you don't want to replace the straps yourself or need a liner replacement, you can use our Custom Brace Refurbish Service and we will refurbish the brace based on what you order.

How often can my dog wear this brace?

There is a two-week break-in period where you will gradually increase the time your dog wears their Custom Dog Wrist Brace by 30 minute increments. Once this period is complete, 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 leg 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 use stairs while wearing this brace?

Yes! However, give your dog a few days of using the brace before they attempt stairs. If they seem to be adjusting well to the brace and moving comfortably, you should be able to introduce stairs. Be sure to supervise their first few attempts.

How Long Is the Fabrication Process?

Once we receive the cast of your dog's leg, it takes 5-7 business days to fabricate the brace. Expedited Fabrication is available for $150.00 per brace which reduces the fabrication time to 3 business days.

How Long Will Shipping Take?

We offer free 5-7 business day ground shipping in the US for both the casting kit and custom brace, as well as 2 Business Day or Overnight shipping options for an additional charge. If you select an expedited shipping option, we will ship the casting kit to you based on that option. Once we receive the cast of your dog's leg and fabricate the Custom Brace, we will ship that using the same option you selected at checkout.

Is the Casting Process Difficult?

The difficulty of casting will depend on your dog; more anxious or badly injured dogs may find the process more distressing. It is recommended that you perform the process with at least 3-4 people depending on your dog's energy level.

Detailed instructions on how to cast are included in the casting kit. We can walk you or your veterinarian through the casting process, so please contact us with questions or concerns before you begin casting your dog's leg. We also offer FREE on-site casting at our Arden Hills, Minnesota location.

Customer Reviews

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Lynn H
Leg brace

AOC has been great to work with in trying to find the best fit for our dog. They have reworked our brace 2 times in trying to get it just right. Very helpful and caring people!

Hey Lynn,
We thank you for taking the time to write a review on the custom carpal brace. It has been a good experience working with you and your vet as well! Please keep us updated on your dog's brace and if you need any assistance, contact customer care!

Respectfully,
AOC

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Philip St. John
Brace for our corgi

The brace works perfectly! Our corgi had orthrodesis surgery and he started dragging his paw. No braces or sleeves we’re working. This brace is doing the trick. It is easy to put on him, he walks well in it. We’re super happy we chose to get this. Would very highly recommend it.

Hey Philllip,
Thank you for the update on your corgi! We are happy to hear he is adjusting well to the brace and it is providing support and comfort.

Respectfully,
AOC

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Penelope Giles
Careful of the back leg rub

Overall, this is an excellent fitting brace and provides impressive support for a carpal hyperextension.

Follow the directions carefully, because leaving on too long can cause a 'rub'. Ours developed a 'rub' on the back portion of the front let on the middle strap. Despite having been on other braces, this part of the leg was still 'unacclimated'. I put a 'non-adhesive' pad (via tape) on the pad and (hopefully) that will make it less susceptible to being irritating.

Hi Penelope,
We are so happy to hear the brace is providing great support. Carpal hyperextension is probably the #1 reason customers purchase a custom carpal brace. So know you and your dog are not alone :-) We are so sorry to hear though about the irritation. Just like a new pair of shoes the leg itself needs to acclimate to the brace, so the break in period is definitely important to follow. But glad to hear you have it under control. Please let us know if you have any questions along the way, always happy to assist. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

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AJ Faber
Incredible Product!! Best customer service

I’m an extremely happy customer. Not only was the process simple and the instructions clear, but they were true to their word with making multiple tweaks and adjustments so we could make it perfect for my little guy, Declan. The turnaround time for each adjustment was SO quick and the craftsmanship is meticulous! They ended up making something entirely unique (a bumper for his wonky paw!) and I feel so grateful to have found this team. All that really matters is my dog can now happily go frolicking and not risk hurting his deformed leg nor scraping up his paw:) We clocked a couple miles today and he was using the brace it like it was his natural leg, he acclimated so quickly!

Hey AJ,
We are so happy to hear that Declan's modified brace is working well and his paw is protected once again! Thank you for all the kind words, you have been a great client to work with. We hope the best for you and Declan. Please keep us updated :)

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

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kristen Chance
Corgi wrist brace

My corgi tore her collateral ligament and surgery didn’t work. We ordered a custom brace from you and it’s working out very well. She is getting used to it and relying a bit more on it each day. The fit is excellent. My only complaint is that it tends to slip a lot. I find I need to wrap her leg w a gauze wrap to help keep brace in place. The sock was too thick and if it had any wrinkles in it she would develop a rub. Overall I’m so happy w the brace. It has allowed her her freedom to go about her regular day following me around our horse barn. She plays w her brother , chases her toys and has even gone swimming in it so she and I thank you!!!

Hi Kristen,
It is wonderful to hear the brace seems to be helping your sweet Corgi. I'm so sorry to hear the sock was a bit too big for the dog's leg. The sock helps with moisture wicking and extra padding. This sock does not need to be used but we include it just in case it would be helpful. We are happy to hear the gauze wrap seems to be helping while your dog wears the brace We hope for continued improvement for your dog with each day. Please do let us know if you have questions along the way. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

The sock helps with moisture wicking and extra pad