Dog Leg Support Products

Considering that dog leg problems are relatively common, and that many older pets will experience some loss of mobility due to either a weakening of the bones or some other type of condition, there are a wide variety of support products available to help your pet. These range from full harnesses to individual leg splints and bracers, with a number of styles and options to choose from. Here are some of the different types of dog leg support products that are currently available:

Rear Harnesses

Most commonly used by larger dogs that suffer from displasia or by pets that have dislocated or broken hips, rear harnesses are very helpful in increasing your pet's mobility. The harness wraps around the dog's hips but generally leaves him unencumbered. As the owner, you'll be able to provide additional support to your pet by gently lifting up the harness at a 90 degree angle as you walk with your pet. This will mean that your dog will not have to work as hard to get his body to raise up off of the ground. Rear harnesses come in a variety of different types and styles, including those that allow your pet the freedom to urinate and defecate without removing the harness.

Front Harnesses

A number of different front harnesses exist for the same general purpose as the rear harnesses above. They are common for pets that have lost the use of some of their legs or that have weakened front legs for some other reason. Attach the harness around the dog's chest and legs and gently lift up on it as you walk to provide a bit of relief for your pet, which allows him to walk more easily.


For dogs that have broken or damaged a leg bone, splints are an excellent choice. These devices attach to the affected leg and ensure that it remains stable and strong as your pet moves around with it. This helps to aid in the recovery process.

Mobility Braces

Mobility braces connect across your pet's spine to ensure that his back and legs stay in proper alignment as he moves. These items are great for pets with back conditions that could otherwise become more serious. They allow your pet to continue to be mobile and active without as much concern for the health of his body overall.


If your pet has lost total use of one or both of his back legs, you may consider getting a small cart attachment for him. This props up the rear portion of his body on a small cart with wheels, allowing his front legs to do the work of pulling his body unencumbered. This is a great alternative for a dog that has a severe loss of leg power. You'll need to be careful as to where you take your pet, considering that the cart cannot go up or down stairs very easily.

Ask for vet for more information about any of these products.