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

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Custom Dog Leg Braces - Order Process

Purchase

Purchase your Custom Dog Knee Brace. 

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MEASURE

You will receive an email with a form that requires measurements of your dog's leg.  

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Cast

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

Build

You send us the measurements and the mold. We need BOTH to build a custom knee brace for your dog.

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FIT

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

How to Measure Your Dog's Leg

First, Find the Knee Center

To start measuring your dog's leg you will need to find the knee center. First, bend your dog's knee. You will feel two bumps at the front of the knee, one at the top and one at the bottom. The middle of these two bumps is the knee center.

Illustration showing the space between a dog's knee center and the fold of their leg at the hip which is measured for this brace

Thigh Measurement

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

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Details

BUILDING YOUR DOG'S KNEE & HOCK BRACE

AFTER RECEIVING YOUR DOG'S CAST,

FABRICATION TIME WILL TAKE 5-7 BUSINESS DAYS.

HINGE: TAMARACK-Tether

Most knee and hock braces are made with a Tamarack-Tether hinge, which allows for full range of motion while preventing 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 important that 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 knee and hock 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 piece is needed, please contact your veterinarian before ordering.

 
A dog knee & hock brace is commonly referred to as a stifle & ankle brace.

Conditions that benefit from a custom knee & hock brace

  • When both the knee and hock joints are affected and/or injured
  • Conditions for which surgery is not available or recommended for your dog
  • Post-operative care following surgery
  • Contralateral (opposite) limb management, preventing your dog from damaging their healthy leg
    • Post-operatively to support the healthy leg
    • Amputation of a hind leg to prevent and/or slow the progression of joint breakdown
  • Reduce sideways motion of the knee (patellar luxation)
  • An alternative to splinting for distal femoral or proximal tibial/fibular fractures
  • Helps prevent hyperextension

Benefits of a Custom Knee & Hock Brace

  • Provides support to the affected area
  • Stabilizes the joint
  • Decreases the time and expense of injury/post-surgical recovery
  • Helps improve your dog's activity level by providing a return to near-normal joint function
  • Allows for easier wound/surgical site 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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FREE ONSITE CASTING

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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 natural ligament motion while preventing 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.
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 Knee & Hock 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 Knee & Hock 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 Knee & Hock 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 Knee & Hock 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

How does this Custom Dog Knee & Hock Brace help my dog?

AOC's Custom Dog Knee & Hock 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 included with the purchase of a Custom Dog Knee & Hock Brace?

Purchases of our Custom Dog Knee & Hock 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.

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?

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, and reduces the fabrication time to 3 business days.

How Long Will Shipping Take?

We offer free 5-7 business day ground shipping 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 location.

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Customer Reviews

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Ralph
Great product

We are very happy with the brace. Our dog is doing very well with it. It took a little while for her to get used to it, but it has really be a big help.

Thank you for the feedback and keeping us up to date on her progress with wearing the brace. Please reach out at anytime if you have any questions or concerns. We wish you and your dog the best.

Respectfully,
Animal Ortho Care

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Pamela Richardson
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Hi Pamela,
We are happy to see that you are happy with your product. Please do let us know if you have questions down the line, always happy to assist. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

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Elizabeth Kanter
Disappointed

My dog is a tripod with spinal damage.
The video on casting was good but the fitting instructions are awful.
My dog refuses to wear the brace. Expensive trial and error.

Hi Elizabeth,
We are so sorry to hear the fitting of the brace has been difficult for you. I do see a Customer Care rep has already reached out to you to provide further assistance. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

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Shea Rose
Knee and hock brace

I love it! Super easy to get on and off. I can also tell a huge difference in how my dog walks. She only has 3 legs and her knee and hip tend to bow out when she walks. But with the help of her brave she walks a lot straighter and seems to have a lot more support!

We are so happy to hear your dog is adjusting well to the brace. We hope you see great improvement with your dog's mobility with each day. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Thank you for taking such great care of your pet and trusting us to help!

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

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Marnie Lynch
Great product bad timing!!

It fits great, my problem has been trying to get her comfortable with it. When she wears it, she drags her leg. I have now returned to work and am worried about leaving it on her. I think she would chew it off when I’m not around. I feel the product is great, but I would tell people to consider their situation before committing to this. The product’s are expensive if you can’t always be there with your dog.

Hi Marnie,
Glad you like the product. Do note it is common for a dog not to love a brace, especially right upfront. Even little moments of improvement and tolerance with the brace is something to celebrate. We do encourage to give your dog a little bit of time to adjust. If you have further questions down the line please do not hesitate to reach out.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care