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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.


Back Measurement = 11" - 13" 
Chest Measurement = 13" - 15" 

Weighs less than 12 pounds


Back Measurement = 13" - 15.5" 
Chest Measurement = 14" - 17"
Weighs between 12 to 22 pounds


Back Measurement = 15.5" - 17.5" 
Chest Measurement = 18" - 21" inches

Weighs between 22 to 32 pounds

Customer Reviews

Based on 93 reviews
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It seems to help my Scooter motor a little better.

Hi Beverly,
We are so happy to hear the brace helps Scooter with his mobility! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care


Unfortunately, my sweet Bella passed away before receiving the brace.

Hi Javalyn,
We are so sorry to hear of your sweet Bella. Our sincere condolences to you as we know losing a pet is never easy.

Animal Ortho Care

Perfect for what we needed

One of our patients had back surgery. As we were working with her to build her strength and the ability to walk again the back brace provided the support We needed to prevent her back from twisting when she fell From trying to walk. Also with the spine in alignment the muscles were able to work more efficiently and gain the strength faster.

Hi Stacy,
We are so happy the dog is doing so well with this brace and you are seeing good improvement. Appreciate you taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

Helps with 2 yr chi/ shih tzuh mix with lower back pain due

For a dog with probable lower back disc injury from a tail incident

Pros- helps with movement restriction (he is a very active young intact male.) it helps when there is no crate options and with improvisation. More than once he over exerts himself and defies authority like a rebellious teenager. The brace doesnt make jt harder for him to move but it makes it so he doesnt :carelessly jump too much, :make movements that will over stretch to cause injuries .
And the very annoying : so he doesnt hump his dog toys and hurt himself.
Breathable, and flexible with his movements. He CAN lift a left to pee.
But he is a puller and it can be a bit stressful in the product in my opinion.

It helps when he defecates .which is what I think contributed to his back pain. With the brace he defecates in a more assisted position for his lowwr back and does so with more ease , no back pain

The velco has to be handled with care, if you are careless with unpulling the velco it can tear.
—if you accidently slip out the velco belt from the loop it is a hassle to get back in so IT IS recommended to not pull them out when you fit it in, but just leave it stuck at the end of the velco so have some room to work with.
If u are not patient putting it on can be a hassle but it can also be very easily done once you get the hang of it. He runs away if he sees me grab it but he does that for anything he doesnt like to sit through like a 3 year old child.
—it doesnt hurt them but you do need to mind your dogs fur if their long.
All in all its a game changer that DOES offer some relief the very least but at the most it can be very beneficial for pain. His back spasm episodes dropped significantly from every day to only once in a few days after a week or two of using it with every walk. Or at least some hours in for the day

So wonderful to hear you and your dog like the L'il Back Bracer and that you are seeing great results. Thank you for taking the time to write us a thorough and honest review.

Animal Ortho Care

Super Support

We originally bought this when our 5 year old dog could barely use his back legs. We kept it on him at all times for the first 6 weeks sometimes only removing it at night so he could sleep. Now we have been using it on and off with our dauchshund for the last few weeks. It has been great. The sizing chart was spot on, easy to adjust and fits perfectly. The Lil brace keeps him from jumping on and off the couch and provides great support while he is playing with his new puppy friend. Saved us from spending thousands on surgeries. 5 stars all the way.

Hi Joseph,
We love hearing great progress from customers. Sounds as if your dog is making tremendous leaps with recovery. So wonderful to hear. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Animal Ortho Care

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