This knee brace can be used as an alternative to surgery, as well as for post-surgery rehabilitation. This brace can be left on all day but should be removed while your dog is resting and sleeping. This brace contains two removable angled splints that further restrict the movement of the knee, so you can choose the level of support your dog needs.
- Cruciate ligament tears
- Luxation of the patella
- Knee joint conditions such as arthritis and arthrosis
- Varus and valgus
- Alternative to surgery in combination with physiotherapy
- Post-surgery rehabilitation (recommended to be used for 2 months with splints after surgery, can be applied 2 days after cage rest recovery)
- The brace can be used in pre- and post-surgery
- Breathable fabric
- Excellent wearability
- Hand washable
- Adjustable straps
- Abdominal belt keeps the support in place, making sure it does not slip down or rotate
- Two angled lateral splints in aluminium inserted into special pockets restrict movement
- Stability to aid recovery
- The brace can also be used without splints for conditions such as arthritis and arthrosis. This is because the compression it provides increases the blood pressure in the area, raising the temperature and reducing the pain caused by the conditions
- The brace has two pockets, which contain two angled splints that restrict the movement of the knee when necessary
Please view the diagram below for reference and measure the circumference around the thigh above the knee (A), below the knee (B) and check that the height of the brace is suitable for your dog's size (h).
Front brace (h)
* XXS size is recommended for Chihuahua and dogs weighing 2-4 kg.
*XL fits a maximum size of A - 60cm.
Indication of breed sizing is below. This is only an indication as you must take an actual measurement to ensure the correct size.
- XXS (CATS and TINY DOG): Pomeranians, Chihuahuas
- XS (SMALL DOGS): Jack Russell, Shih Tzu
- S (MIDSIZE DOGS): Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, French Bulldog
- M (MEDIUM DOGS): Border Collie, Bulldog, Kelpie
- L (LARGE DOGS): German Shepherd, Labrador/Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, Doberman
- XL (GIANT DOGS): Bullmastiff, Great Dane, Large Rottweiler and Doberman…
HOW LONG TO USE THE BRACE?
Statistics when using the Balto Knee Brace:
The scar tissue that will stabilise the stifle needs 1 to 3 months to build up in order for the dog to walk without a brace. During this first period we advise you use the brace every time the dog is active. Remove it at night or when the dog is resting.
After this initial period the scar tissue needs another 6 months to consolidate and be strong enough to bear the full weight of an active (running, jumping, turning) pet without the brace. During this second phase, you can use the brace only during times of increased activity (e.g. in a dog park or on long walks)
- It is very common for a dog to develop a cruciate injury on the second leg after the first one. The double knee brace has been designed to lower this risk especially with overweight and older dogs.
- Keep in mind that the brace provides a support externally so it is still possible for the dog to chew and scratch and you can remove it when you leave the dog alone.
Recommendations for use
- During the period of restraint, it is advisable not to leave the dog alone for too long, because it might try to remove the brace by biting or scratching it
- Be careful of the band when applying the brace to a male dog. When wrapping the band around the pelvis, pass the band in front of foreskin in order to avoid compressing the urethra.