Alleviating Orthopedic Problems with Dog Braces

With all the dog braces out there, which one is right for your pet? Your dog may be a candidate for a dog brace or other mobility aid if he suffers from any of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Sprain or muscle weakness
  • Hip dysplasia (mild to moderate)
  • Back leg fatigue
  • Post-operative or injury recovery
  • Joint weakness or pain
  • Limping
  • Mobility handicap

Dog Braces Aid Physical and Emotional Well-Being

Utilizing a mobility aid can help restore your dog's confidence and enable pain-free activity. Dogs are migratory animals and need to walk every day. Daily exercise and play are necessary to maintain your dog's emotional and physical well-being. If he doesn't get what he needs, your dog can develop additional physical and emotional disorders, such as obesity, heart disease, bone disorders, anxiety and aggression.

Dog braces are designed to support specific areas of leg discomfort, pain, instability or disability. These are some of the most common types of dog braces and mobility aids.

Hip Brace for Lower Back and Hip

A hip brace is designed to support the lower back and hip area. A brace of nylon, neoprene or other fabric wraps the lower back, hip and upper leg and is connected to a harness.

Wrist Brace or Wrap

The wrist brace or wrap is designed to stabilize the forearm bone, wrist and leg muscles and tendons. A brace of nylon, neoprene or other fabric is fastened an inch above the wrist bend.

Hock Brace or Holder

A hock brace or holder is designed to stabilize the back leg bone, knee and leg muscles and tendons. A brace of nylon, neoprene or other fabric is fitted to the natural angle of the joint in the back leg. It resembles a human knee brace and works in a similar way by supporting that joint medially and laterally.

Lifting Harness

The lifting harness is designed to help you lift your dog's front and back ends. A harness of nylon or other fabric usually lined with fleece (for comfort) supports under his chest and under his hips while your dog stands, walks, or climbs.

Dog Wheelchair

A dog wheelchair is designed for dogs that have lost use of their back legs. It is usually a cart or 2-wheeled harness strapped to the dog and support most or all of the dog's rear weight.

Get a High-Quality, Durable Brace

When shopping for dog braces and mobility aids, make sure to choose one made of durable material and quality construction. Check with the retailer about its exchange and return policy. Your first choice might not be the most comfortable for or acceptable to your dog. You will want to find a place that is willing to help you find what works best for your pet.