Most braces are made with a Tamarack 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.
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.
Dog knee braces are made without a paw segment. If the dog's paw is affected by the condition you are seeking a brace for, we recommend purchasing our Custom Knee & Hock brace instead. If you are unsure if a paw segment is needed, please contact your veterinarian before ordering.
A dog knee brace is commonly referred to as a stifle or ccl/acl brace.
CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM A CUSTOM DOG KNEE BRACE
Partial tears, which require an average of 6 months to stabilize and may take up to a year to form mature scar tissue to better stabilize the knee.
Full tears, which take longer on average to heal than partial tears due to the severity of the injury. These injuries may begin to stabilize within a year and may form mature scar tissue to stabilize the knee within 2 years. Please note that a full tear may not heal with conservative treatment depending on the severity of the injury.
Post-operative care following a ligament repair or other surgeries
Conditions for which surgery is not available or recommended for your dog
If you prefer a non-invasive option for your dog's recovery
As a complimentary treatment option for physical therapy methods, including hydrotherapy and acupuncture
Contralateral (opposite limb) management during post-operative care, preventing your dog from damaging their healthy leg while the other leg recovers
Chronic pain from osteoarthritis
Distal femoral or proximal tibia/fibula fractures, as an alternative to splinting
Patellar Luxation, by limiting the sideways movement of the leg and helping to keep the patella in place
Sprains and Strains
Benefits of the Custom Dog Knee Brace
Provides an option for dogs who are non-surgical candidates due to age, cost, other contraindications
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
when a custom dog knee brace may not be suitable
Due to the standard hinge sizes and limited hinge modifications that are currently available, some breeds may have difficulties with the strength of the hinge. Breeds that are less than 15 pounds may have a difficult time bending their knee with the hinges we use, even after modification of the brace and hinge.
Due to the natural anatomy of some breeds, the Custom Dog Knee Brace may not be able to stay on your dog's leg. Breeds who do not have a prominent hock, such as some Bulldogs, may have difficulties with brace suspension, meaning the brace may slide down the dog's leg with use. The hock is a key point that is used in order to keep your dog's knee brace on their leg.
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
Two-month warranty for brace alterations and modifications