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L'il Back Bracer Dog Back Brace


The Lil Back Bracer is the only orthopedic support brace for dogs. Patented design to help keep your dog’s back supported when dealing with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) and other dog back pain.


  • 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”

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 all 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. 

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.

How to Measure

NOTE: Base of neck to start of tail measurement is critical for best fit.


Measures from 11" - 13" inches
Weighs less than 12 pounds


Measures from 13" - 15.5" inches
Weighs between 12 to 22 pounds


Measures from 15.5" - 17.5" inches
Weighs between 22 to 32 pounds

Customer Reviews

Based on 84 reviews
Helped immensely

Using this brace along with eight weeks of the 8 weeks crate rest and medication helped my dog walk again. I am so grateful and I’m using it to prevent further injury

Hi Shelly,
So wonderful to hear!! We love hearing these kind of updates. Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

its good products

service waa good .. when i told them that they miss 1 pcs from my order .. the feedback was so fast .. n they sent to me immedietly ... its help my kid very much .. not to pain .. help him during theraphy

Hi Maya,
So glad to hear this is helping your pup. We hope you continue to see great results. We appreciate your understanding and allowing us to make things right for you. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Animal Ortho Care

Gave my chihuahua life!

My sweet old girl started having back issues a few years ago and every couple months had to be immobile in a crate for a week or two because she threw her back out. This brace allows prevention of this as well as allowing her to run and play and explore to her hearts content. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Hi Allison,
Awww that is so amazing to hear!!! Thank you for sharing part of your story with us. And thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

On the web

Works perfectly for my little Shih Tzu. Would highly recommend four little ones with back problems

So wonderful to hear you are seeing good results with your dog! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care


The customer service was terrific. The back braces are doing wonders for our dachshunds thank you.

Hi Laurel,
Very cool to hear about your sweet pup! So glad you are seeing great improvement. Appreciate you taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

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