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Performance Dog Knee Brace | CCL-ACL Stifle | Dog Rear Leg Brace


Ready to Fit Dog Knee Braces - Order Process

MEASURE

Measure your dog's leg using the measurement guide below.

Purchase

Enter your measurements and purchase your Ready to Fit - Dog Leg Brace. 

FIT

We ship your dog brace based on your measurements. You fit it to your dog's leg, and they are on the way to recovery!

How to Measure Your Dog's Leg

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Thigh Circumference

Measure the circumference of the thigh, half-way between the Groin and Knee joint line

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Tibia Length

Measure the OUTSIDE of the leg, from the head of the fibula (this is the bump just below the knee joint) to above the hock, before the curvature.

Details

Ready to Fit - CCL Dog Rear Leg Braces provide a customizable solution for stabilization following injuries and surgery to the Knee (Stifle), and specifically, the Cranial Cruciate Ligament.

Conditions:

    • CCL Ligament Tear or Rupture (Most Common use)
    • CCL or Collateral Ligament sprains
    • Post-Surgical and/or post injury recovery
    • Wound management
    • Stifle (Knee) Arthritis
    • Ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue injuries and fractures

Benefits:

    • An orthopedic-style dog brace that offers access points after CCL surgery
    • Provides functional, active support during rehabilitation after injury or surgery
    • Provides functional support alternative to costly CCL Surgery
    • Decreases healing time and decreases cost
    • Allows the return to improved activity level and near normal joint function
    • Allows easier wound inspection
    • Relieves stresses on a contralateral limb
Features

Features:

  • The proprietary thermoplastic material can be heated at low temperatures
  • When heated in the Caerus Slim Line Heater, or with a hairdryer, the brace conforms to the shape of your dog's leg.
    • Cushioning medical-grade closed-cell foam eases pressure on affected areas
    • Hook and Loop Closure System featuring Fidlock® Fasteners.
      • Once a snug fit is determined, the Fidlock fastener eliminates the need to readjust for a correct fit every time the brace is applied.
    • Made in the USA
    • Easy to apply and remove
    • Twelve Month Warranty

Technology:

    • Fidlock Fasteners are based on a one-of-a-kind, multi-award-winning technology that revolutionizes traditional fastening systems. The result is a whole new dimension in terms of functionality and safety
    • Waterproof
    • Range of Motion Hinges
      • Allow a full range of motion, limited range of motion, or a locked position
Fitting Instructions
Use & Care

Use and Care

Wipe down surfaces with isopropyl alcohol.

AOC Ready to Fit and Custom Braces are designed to be worn with a snug fit.  Wearing loosely will result in friction and skin irritation. The following will serve as a reference reminder when you have a general question regarding the wear and care of your pet’s braces.

Feel free to contact Animal Ortho Care with any further questions or concerns for the following braces:

AOC CUSTOM BRACES – 651-447-2411

PERFORMANCE READY TO FIT BRACES– 651-440-9321

EMAIL for BOTH BRACE TYPES – care@aocpet.com

Break-In Period

Similar to breaking in a new pair of shoes, the Braces must be worn in short, increasing increments in order to build up a tolerance to the device. Both the length of the break-in period and the time of each increment will depend on your pet’s diagnosis and should be discussed with your Animal Ortho Care practitioner and/or veterinarian. For best results, place the brace on your pet for only a HALF Hour the first day and increase by half-hour per day. If there is any irritation or skin break-down, discontinue use for ONE full day. A short period of time is required before your pet accepts the brace. In order to facilitate your pet’s acceptance of the brace, associate with positive reinforcement, such as a treat.

Skin & Brace Examination

It is of extreme importance that your pet’s skin is inspected thoroughly after every usage. This is especially important during the “break-in period.” The occurrence of skin redness does not disappear within 20 minutes or evidence of skin breakdown is a sign of excessive pressure. Any unusual marks on the skin, blisters, or excessive wearing of the device should also be noted. If any of the previously stated conditions present, discontinue the usage and contact Animal Ortho Care. Keep in mind, it is not uncommon to see minor problems within the first few weeks. These braces can easily be modified to relieve any areas of irritation. It is also important to inspect the brace regularly for any cracks or tears. Padding and Hook and Loop (“Velcro”) can be replaced by contacting Animal Ortho Care.

Proper Hygiene

It is important to keep both the skin in contact with the brace as well as the brace itself be kept clean.  This will reduce the chance of your pet contracting contact dermatitis or other skin conditions. Your pet’s brace should be cleaned regularly using a mix of half water-half alcohol and a clean towel. Use a towel or let the brace dry at room temperature. Do not use a hairdryer to speed up the process.  Cotton socks have been provided with Custom Braces only, except for very small braces and stifle (knee) braces, to help with excessive sweating and to keep the device clean. You can wash these with soap and warm water to keep clean. Never put a wet brace or cotton stockinet on your pet. Devices can be worn in the water.  They must be thoroughly dried after use, BEFORE re-applying. 

Application

Complete Application Steps are found with Instructions accompanying each type of Brace.  As a general principle, apply the lower section of Stifle (Knee), Tarsus (Achilles) and Carpal (Wrist) Braces First.  Align the axis point of the hinge or Tamarack with the pivot point of the Knee, Achilles or Wrist Joint, respectively.  For Ready to Fit Braces with Boa Closures, use your Thumb and Index Finger only to snug fit. 

Weekly – Check and Tighten as needed all screws as they may loosen with wear

Materials

  • Outer Foam Layer – Loop-backed closed-cell foam
  • Inside Thermoplastic Layer - Low-temperature thermoplastic
  • Inner Foam Layer – Triple Thickness closed-cell foam
  • Range of Motion (ROM) Hinges and Uprights – Lightweight aluminum
  • Fidlock® Fasteners
  • Hook and Loop – Highest grip rating
FAQs

FAQS

What applications are appropriate for this Performance Dog Knee Brace?

This innovative brace provides prophylactic and rehabilitative support for injuries to the stifle/knee joint and ligament, such as CCL rupture surgical repair. It is indicated for use as an alternative to costly CCL Surgery or when the patient is not a surgical candidate.  The brace may also be used as a sophisticated wound management device with access points post-surgery.  

What is the difference between the Ready to Fit Performance Dog Knee Brace and the Custom Dog Knee Brace?

The Performance brace is a standard size off-the-shelf brace that offers a customizable solution to injury stabilization following injuries and surgery to the knee (stifle) and specifically the Cranial Cruciate Ligament. It has a 6-18 month treatment time. Sizing is based on measurements of your dog, which are listed on the product page. You may need to make adjustments to the brace in order to fit it properly.  

Custom braces are built specifically for an animal. Measurements aren’t needed for this type of brace. Instead, you or your vet would take a cast of the area. The cast is then used to build a custom brace. 

What is unique about the hinge/hub components?

Our patent-pending design provides Range of Motion (ROM) Control, Axial Rotation of the Extensions and Valgus/Varus deviation. This combination more closely accommodates the range of anatomical variations, making this a truly customizable, off-the-shelf brace. 

Should I leave the brace on my dog all day?

We do NOT recommend your dog wear the brace 24/7. At a minimum, remove the brace during the dog’s longest rest time and at night. Each dog will be different for how much the brace will be needed. 

What if my dog doesn’t like the brace?

Some dogs may need more time to get used to the brace.  For initial product break-in and to prevent irritation, start treatment durations by utilizing brace for 30 minutes on followed by 30 minutes off.  Gradually increase daily.

I am not sure if I am measuring correctly for a Performance Dog Knee Brace.  Can you help me?

There is a video on the product page that shows how to measure. Click the link "How to Measure"

When ordering a Performance Dog Knee brace, my dog’s measurements don’t show up in the ranges it gives me. What does this mean?

Please contact us to discuss the measurements.

I am having problems getting my dog's knee brace to fit. What do I do?

Please watch our fit video under the Pawcademy section on our website. If the video does not help, we are happy to help you fit the brace on your dog. Please email care@aocpet.com. In the email please describe the issues you are having and also 2-3 photos of the brace on your dog to the best of your ability. This allows us to see what you are seeing, how the brace currently fits on the dog and how your dog’s leg is built.

Can the brace be worn in water?

Yes. We recommend that the brace is fully dried before you reapply the brace.

 

 

 

Product Comparison

Product

Details
  • SIZES
  • ACUTE INJURIES
  • PRE-OPERATIVE
  • POST-OPERATIVE
  • CHRONIC CONDITIONS
  • TREATS KNUCKLING
  • TREATMENT AREA
  • TREATMENT TIME
  • ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • SUPPORT LEVEL
  • AVAILABILITY
  • COLORS
  • PRICE

PERFORMANCE

Ready to Fit Brace
  • XS | SM | MD | LG
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • rear legs
  • 6 - 18 months
  • medium - high
  • medium - high
  • in stock
  • black
  • $$

Custom

Brace
  • BUILT TO SIZE
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • all areas
  • lifetime
  • high
  • high
  • made to order
  • color options
  • $$$

Customer Reviews

Based on 130 reviews
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(16)
4%
(5)
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B
B.T.
Amazing customer service

I purchased the performance knee brace for my 10 year old dog. Unfortunately my pet was to big for the largest size and I had to return it but the customer service with this company is unbelievable. It’s so great to see a company who still values their customers and go above and beyond to help!

L
L.P.
acl brace

We purchased this brace to provide our dog with support until we make a decision on surgery. Price was fair and the brace fit well and gave our pup support to walk again. It was easy to take on and off.

N
N.N.
Orthro Brace

So far, the brace is helping my dog be able to walk at least. It has only been two months and it takes time for the ACL to heal. But as far as now, we like it.

H
H.M.
Exactly what our lab needed

Our lab has bi-lateral acl tears, and unfortunately the $3,400 per knee surgeries are not an option. After being unable to get the pre-fit braces to work due to her long skinny legs, we opted for the custom fit braces. They give our lab exactly the support she needs to stay steady on her feet. We’ve had no issues with her wearing them comfortably, and customer support is outstanding.

M
M.K.
Practice and patience

I have a Weimaraner and we’ve had to slowly work up to wearing it. I ordered according to the measurements but it still seems loose and doesn’t want to stay up. I’ve ordered a compression sleeve to put under it so I can velcro them together. Overall I wish the quality of the brace was a little sturdier for better joint support. I think it will be better once she’s able to withstand wearing it for longer periods of time. It’s easy to use and the magnetic clip idea is very useful when you just want to apply it and go. I would love to see more color options, especially given the cost. I still recommend this product over others I’ve researched for this particular injury. There’s limited choices for CCL injuries out there and this one out rates others I’ve seen.


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