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Custom Hock (Ankle) Brace | Dog Tarsal - Rear Leg Brace

CUSTOM DOG Braces - Order Process


Purchase your Custom Brace. 



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


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



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



Hock Circumference

Measure the circumference of the leg just above the hock.



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-tether 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 braces are made WITHOUT a paw segment, unless the paw is affected. This is advantageous, as most dogs like to feel their paw hit the ground. 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 ankle brace is commonly referred to as an Achilles, Hock or Thoracic limb brace.


  • Used for Ruptured Achilles Tendon
  • Primarily used post-operatively from Achilles Tendon repair instead of using an external fixation device which requires drilling into perfectly good bone
  • Knuckling is a common condition caused by the superficial digital flexor tendon frequently overriding the injured Achilles tendon. If your dog has this condition then we would recommend a paw segment to help give control to the leg.
  • Uneven distribution of pressure can be resolved with a hock brace with a paw segment 


  • 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
  • Release pressure on Contra-lateral Limb



  • 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.



It's ok if your pup gets the brace wet.


Our flex motion hinge allows for some or full range of motion, mimicking normal ligament mobility

Durable non-slip tread

For braces that require a paw segment (boot), your pup will not be sliding around on slick surfaces.



  • 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 in the USA
  • Removable device
  • One Year Warranty



how to cast for a custom hock dog brace

Use & Care


  • Wipe down surfaces with alcohol.


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


Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
H C McGehee
Very well made; only one suggestion

It would be much easier to slide a tapered Velcro strap through the metal piece as opposed to a blunt tip piece of Velcro. The blunt tip has to fit more exact and that can be hard to do on a rambunctious Lab. All in all the brace was a perfect fit.

Thank you so much for your feedback, we will share this great feedback with the team. We are so happy to hear the brace fits well. Please do let us know if you have questions along the way. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

Arlene Adamic

The people there are so nice .I had to cancel my order because of the virus my dog was not diagnosed with Cushing desease. He fell and went lame we had to hire dog ambulance out of Cleveland to get him to animal hospital.When he fell he ripped his elbows off with exposed bone. They couldn’t be fixed and we had no choice but to let him go. We are heartbroken but we couldn’t get the braces soon enough. We got a refund. Should one of my other Standard Poodles need help or any of my friends I will definitely send them there .Hope that explains it all.

Hi Arlene,
We are so deeply sorry to hear what happened. It is never easy to lose a furry loved one. Please know if you ever need anything down the line we are always here to help.

Animal Ortho Care

Jessica Gianetto, DVM
Had to send back

The leg brace rubbed a bloody sore in 24 hours on my dog’s leg (even though a cast was made). I contacted the company and had to send it back for them to adjust it (I had to pay for the extra shipping cost) and I’m still waiting on the fix. The customer service was friendly and easy to work with.

Hi Jessica,
Thank for you for writing us a review. Appreciate you allowing us the opportunity to make adjustments to have the brace fit better. Please let customer care knows if you have any questions or concerns once you receive the modified brace.

Animal Ortho Care

Ellen Gajda
Comfortable, Effective Leg Brace

My 100 lb. yellow lab, Noah has shown significant improvement in healing his partially torn tendon by wearing this custom-made leg brace.

2 braces for degenerative Achilles issues

The braces themselves are great. It’s wonderful to see my pup walk, run, jump and play again! We are having one issue with the straps are already showing sever signs of wear and tear. We have only had the braces for about 70 days. For the price of the braces I would have thought the straps would hold up better. The hard brace portion is fantastic and holding up well.

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