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K9 Dog Orthotics & Prosthetics

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Walkin’ Pet’s Pet Orthosis (braces) resolve mobility issues by renewing the natural ability of your pet to recover and restore a complete quality of life, allowing movement and function in a comfortable support brace.

If your pet suffers from an injury, a missing limb, disease, age-related degeneration or weakness, or is in need of added support post-surgery or for rehabilitation, your veterinarian may have suggested a custom limb support aid to walk on all fours, eliminating further issues with compensating limbs.

Walkin’ Pets full-time in-house Orthotics will craft a brace unique to your pet and the affected limb.  All that will be required before we start is:

  • Purchase your cast-making kit
  • Make the quick casting (The process is typically 5 minutes of your and your pet’s time)
  • Mailing the boxed cast to our office in Arizona
  • And in approximately 2-weeks receive your pet’s brace
  • Follow the fitting and adjusting period direction
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All orthotics are custom made and shipped from our Walkin’ Pets Orthotics Division in Phoenix, AZ.

The Basics

Outer Shell is made from lightweight thermoplastic, vacuum-formed with a double-thick comfort inner foam liner and four Velcro® straps to snuggly fit your pet’s limb.  All orthoses are custom-made from your pet’s mold. (Casting Kit sold separately or together with Orthosis purchase).

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Pivot Joints Walkin’ Pets orthotics employs a stainless-steel low-profile flexure joint used to offload the joint by mimicking the actions of a healthy ligament. The pivot joint allows for better axial rotation and helps to eliminate rotational forces on the joint. This is a high-strength load-bearing element, which provides smooth articulation and durability.

Buckles/Fasteners are stainless steel parts and are replaceable. Walkin’ Pets braces can be worn in the water and with proper cleaning will last the lifetime of your pet.

Velcro® is standard, adjustable, and replaceable. Walkin’ Pets Orthotic is provided to the customer with plenty of slack so Velcro® can be cut to the appropriate length once fitted to your pet.

STIFLE Orthosis (Knee Brace)

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The Walkin’ Pets Stifle Brace is custom-made to provide the knee support your pet requires, while stabilizing the femur and tibia to prevent anterior translation and minimize the stress on the CCL. The metal joints help prevent unwanted axial rotation in the knee joint along with medial/lateral support. This allows your pet to maintain a natural range of motion and gait.

Knee injuries and cruciate tears are the most common injuries in dogs. A custom stifle brace stabilizes the knee joint after injury or during surgical recovery. It is possible your dog may require a brace on the other limb to protect against excessive wear while the affected side is healing.

  • Custom-fabricated to perfectly fit the contour of your dog’s hind limb and provide support to the knee joint
  • Bracing the knee allows the pet to return to near-normal joint function.

Our Walkin’ Pets Stifle Brace benefits pets with the following conditions:

  • Aid in post-operative protection and healing and allow for weight-bearing sooner
  • Stabilize the knee for pets when surgery is not recommended
  • Allows pet to return to near-normal joint function
  • Reduce pressure on the opposite limb (contralateral limb) & prevent further injury
  • Accommodates Varus/valgus deformities, partial ligament tears, and a luxating patella
  • Supports knee injuries and cruciate tears during recovery
  • Aids in fracture management, tendonitis, prevention of compulsive disorder, long-term splinting, and contracture management

How to Cast a Pet’s Limb for a Knee Brace

ELBOW Orthosis (Elbow Brace)

The Walkin’ Pets Elbow Brace supports and stabilizes a dog’s elbow joint. Each elbow brace is custom-made to provide the elbow support your pet needs while limiting joint flexion and allowing for a natural range of motion.

  • Custom-fabricated to perfectly fit the contour of your dog’s elbow and provide support to the elbow joint.
  • Bracing the elbow allows the pet to return to near-normal joint function.

Our Walkin’ Pets Elbow Orthosis benefits pets with the following conditions:

  • Aid in post-operative protection and healing and allow for weight-bearing sooner
  • Joint laxity or instability
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon tears
  • Stabilize the elbow for pets when surgery is not recommended
  • Allows pet to return to near-normal joint function
  • Reduce pressure on the opposite limb (contralateral limb) & prevent further injury
  • Accommodates Varus/valgus deformities, partial ligament tears, luxating patella
  • Supports elbow injuries and elbow tendonitis during recovery
  • Aids in fracture management and long-term splinting
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How to Cast a Pet’s Limb for an Elbow Brace

CARPAL Orthosis (Wrist Brace)

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Walkin’ Pets Custom Carpal Brace stabilizes a dog’s lower front leg at the ‘wrist’. An orthotic carpal brace stabilizes a dog’s limb to provide stability, in addition to controlling the range of motion and providing stability and pain relief. Range of motion joints can be added to allow for motion while still stabilizing the affected area.

  • Custom-fabricated to perfectly fit the contour of your dog’s forelimb and provide support to the wrist joint.
  • Bracing the forelimb allows the pet to return to near-normal joint function.

The carpal joints are like shock absorbers during weight-bearing activity and can be easily injured because of the lack of supporting muscles in this area.

Injuries to these joints can result from either acute trauma or activities that cause a sudden repetitive sprain to the ligaments surrounding them.

The Walkin’ Pets Carpal Orthosis benefits pets with the following conditions:

  • Carpal Hyperextension
  • Aid in post-operative protection and healing and allow for weight-bearing sooner
  • Stabilize the joint for pets when surgery is not recommended
  • Allows pet to return to near-normal joint function
  • Reduce pressure on the opposite limb (contralateral limb) & prevent further injury
  • Supports wrist injuries during recovery or in place of long-term splinting

How to Cast a Pet’s Limb for a Wrist Brace

TARSAL Orthosis (Hock Brace)

Walkin’ Pets Custom Tarsal Brace stabilized a dog’s lower back leg at the ‘heel’ and ankle. Each hock orthotic is custom-made to provide the ankle support your pet needs while limiting joint flexion and allowing for a natural range of motion. An orthotic tarsal brace stabilizes a dog’s limb to provide stability, in addition to controlling the range of motion and providing stability and pain relief.

  • Custom-fabricated to perfectly fit the contour of your dog’s forelimb and provide support to the heel joint.
  • Bracing the tarsal allows the pet to return to near-normal joint function.

The tarsal joints are like shock absorbers during weight-bearing activity and can be easily injured because of the lack of supporting muscles in this area.

Injuries to these joints can result from either acute trauma or activities that cause a sudden, repetitive sprain to the ligaments surrounding them.

The Walkin’ Pets Hock Brace benefits pets with the following conditions:

  • Tarsal Hyperextension
  • Aid in post-operative protection and healing and allow for weight-bearing sooner
  • Stabilize the joint for pets when surgery is not recommended
  • Allows pet to return to near-normal joint function
  • Reduce pressure on the opposite limb (contralateral limb) & prevent further injury
  • Supports heel injuries during recovery or in place of long-term splinting
  • Supports hock injuries and tarsal tendonitis allowing a dog to stay active
  • Supports a dog’s tarsal joint to provide stability to the lower hind leg as it heals
  • Decreased healing time for tarsal injuries and minimizes discomfort
  • Achilles tears or following an Achilles repair surgery
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How to Cast a Pet’s Limb for a Hock Brace

What is the difference between an orthosis and a prosthetic?

An orthosis or orthotic device is a custom leg brace designed to support and stabilize a specific joint on a pet’s body.

A prosthetic is an artificial limb used to replace a missing limb or partially missing limb.

Prosthetics

Canine prosthetics replace a missing limb or part of a limb. A prosthetic leg for a dog can be made for a partial or complete limb amputation with designs for both front and hind legs. A back leg prosthetic fits below the hock joint, and a front leg prosthetic sits below the elbow joint on all partial animal prostheses.

Benefits of dog prosthetics include increased mobility, preventing further stress on the remaining healthy limb, and improving a pet’s quality of life. 

For more information on canine prosthetics and how to get one for your pet, please contact us at 888-253-0777.

Hip Braces

Hip braces are primarily used for hip dysplasia as well as other issues involving the hips and upper legs. For a hip brace to be made, a cast mold of the abdomen and thigh is needed. A custom dog hip brace can be used to support hip conditions such as post-operative recovery from total hip surgery, severe hip dysplasia, and femoral head ostectomy.

A hip support system, such as the Walkin’ Hip-EEZ offers hip joint support in a soft, neoprene that hugs a pet’s hip joint. The Hip-EEZ Hip Support System can be combined with one of four attachments to treat and support the following canine hip conditions: hip subluxation, decubital ulcer treatment or prevention, hip leg crossing, and hip support for hind limb amputees. 

A range of motion joint can also be used to set the desired range or to statically progressively aid in contracture management.

For more information on canine hip braces and how to get one for your pet, please contact us at 888-253-0777.

How to Cast

How to Cast a Rear Leg

How to Cast a Front Leg

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the custom brace help my dog?

Orthotic leg braces for dogs are designed to stabilize the joint and support the affected area. An orthosis allows pets to return to near-normal function and bear weight sooner. A canine leg brace is designed to protect an injured limb and prevent further injury.

An orthosis or dog leg brace is ideal for:

  • An alternative to surgery.
  • Pets who are not surgical candidates, whether due to age or cannot go under anesthesia
  • Pets that suffer from a chronic injury that requires a brace to prevent further harm to the affected limb or joint.
  • Reduce pressure on the opposite or contralateral limb.
  • Aid in post-operative healing and rehabilitation.
  • Help pets stay active longer and, therefore, healthier.

What is included with the purchase of a custom brace?

Each canine orthosis comes with everything your pet needs to support their limb, including:

  • The brace 
  • Casting Kit*
  • Fitting assistance and guidance from the orthotics expert

*The casting kit may also be purchased separately. If you have already purchased the Walkin’ Pets Casting Kit,  the cost of the casting kit will be deducted from the final purchase price after checkout.

What comes in the casting kit?

A casting kit includes all the materials you need to make a cast of your pet’s limb.

Each casting kit includes:

  •  A cut strip
  • Casting tape – 2 rolls
  • Pair of gloves
  •  A Stockinette
  • Safety knife
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Casting instructions & order form

Not included but is required:

  • Small bowl filled with cool water to submerge the casting tape
  • Permanent marker
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How long is the fabrication process?

Each orthosis is fabricated by hand and custom-built to fit your best friend. Once the mold has arrived, fabrication will start immediately and take 7-10 business days to build. Casting kits will be shipped to the specified address within 24 hours of receiving the completed order form. 

How long does it take for a pet to adjust to wearing a custom leg brace?

It’s perfectly normal for there to be an adjustment period as a pet is getting used to wearing a brace. Your pet will need to break in the brace slowly for over a week or so. Every pet is different, and your pet may require more time. 

To help your pet adjust to their new orthosis, we recommend the following schedule:

Day 1: Brace should be worn for one to two hours

Day 2: The brace can be worn for two to four hours.

Day 3: Extend the length of time the brace is worn to four to five hours.

Day 4: Extend the wear time between five to six hours.

Day 5: Your pet should be able to wear its leg brace all day. 

How often can my dog wear their leg brace?

Walkin’ Pets Braces are custom-made to fit your dog comfortably and can be worn all day. A dog leg brace is intended to be worn for extended periods. A custom leg brace is usually recommended for injured pets who need their leg braced for several months or more as they heal or for pets who require long-term leg support.

Can my pet sleep in their orthosis?

The orthosis is designed to support a dog’s leg or joint as they move throughout the day to prevent further injury as the leg heals. Pets do not need to wear the brace when they are resting, and the orthosis should be removed at nighttime.

What happens if the brace is not adjusted or fitted correctly?

Every Walkin’ Pets Brace is hand fabricated by a certified orthotist who builds the brace to perfectly fit the mold and measurements provided to us. Each custom brace is crafted to fit your pet. Once you have received your orthosis, our orthotics specialist is happy to schedule a video call to review the fit and protocol to help your pet adjust to their new brace. 

Any signs of hair loss, skin irritation, redness, swelling, or sores should be reported to your veterinarian and orthotist immediately.

Is the brace waterproof?

Yes, the dog leg braces are waterproof and can safely get wet. All foam liners are made from non-porous, closed-cell foam that does NOT trap moisture. It is not recommended that your pet leave the device on after getting it wet, as this can lead to skin irritation.

These devices can be used in underwater treadmills, etc., but should be taken off immediately following treatments to be dried off. Please follow the recommendations of your veterinarian or therapist as to use during treatments, etc.

How can I clean the brace?

We recommend cleaning once a week with a 50-50 solution of water and alcohol once a week. Towel dry or allowed to dry at room temperature. In between cleanings you may add baby powder to the inside of the brace to reduce abrasion. To remove excess hair from touch fasteners, we recommend using a lint roller.

Is the casting process complicated?

Although it’s much easier than you may think to take a cast of your pet, for best results we recommend that you contact your veterinarian to assist you with the casting process. Once you place your order, Walkin’ Pets will ship you a casting kit with everything you need to get started.

We recommend a pet’s cast be taken with them in a standing position, bearing weight on the leg. The affected or injured leg should always be the leg that is cast. See the video below for step-by-step instructions on making a cast of a pet’s hind limb.

How to Cast a Rear Leg

How to Cast a Front Leg

Once the cast is complete, ship the cast back to the Walkin’ Pets fabrication facility in Arizona, and we’ll ship the finished product within 7 – 10 business days. Need help? Our orthotics specialists are happy to help answer your casting questions; please call us at 888-253-0777.

How do you measure for the brace?

Each Walkin’ Pets Brace is hand-made to fit your pet perfectly. To ensure the perfect fit for your dog’s leg brace, please use the casting kit shipped to you to make an impression of your dog’s leg. Along with the cast, we will need the following measurements:

Rear Leg Measurements (needed for pets ordering a knee or hock brace):

Length Measurement 1: Inside of groin to the inside of knee center

Length Measurement 2: Inside of knee center to inside of hock center

Front Leg Measurements (needed for pets ordering an elbow or carpal brace):

Length Measurement 1: Inside of armpit to inside on elbow center

Length Measurement 2: Inside of elbow center to the inside of carpal center

How are Walkin’ Pets Braces manufactured?

Once our certified Orthotist receives the cast of your pet’s limb and the brace has been paid in full, he will review the impression and the measurements submitted. He will begin to assess your pet’s medical needs and contact you with any questions regarding your pet’s diagnosis before fabricating.

During the fabrication process, the Orthotist will modify the plaster mold using hand tools and craft the design of the limb for a proper fit. This is done by adding and subtracting plaster material in the correct areas to achieve an ideal fit and form for your dog’s brace.  The Orthotist will relieve boney areas and compress soft-tissue areas to obtain a total control brace.  Then co-poly plastic is heated to 160 degrees, and the plastic is then vacuum formed over the plaster model.  After the plaster is cooled, it is cut off the model using a cast saw. The brace is then trimmed, smoothed, and straps are added for proper suspension.

Once the brace is completed, it will be shipped to you to fit on your pet. Need guidance on how to fit the orthosis to your pet’s leg? Our orthotics specialists are happy to walk you through the process over the phone or through Facetime. To schedule a fitting appointment or speak with one of our orthotics specialists, please call us at 888-253-0777.

Is my dog too heavy for a brace?

There is no weight limit for any orthosis or prosthetic. Each brace is custom-made to fit your pet’s weight and size. If your pet has a conformational deformity or specific diagnosis that we need to be aware of, please speak to our orthotics specialist before fabrication.

Not sure if an orthosis is right for your pet, call us at 888-253-0777 to speak with one of our orthotics specialists.

What materials are Walkin’ Pets Braces made of?

All Walkin’ Pets Braces are manufactured using the same materials used in the human field of orthotics and prosthetics. Each Walkin’ Pets Brace is constructed of medical-grade plastics, titanium, aluminum, touch fasteners, and carbon fiber.

Can a custom brace be returned?

Each brace is uniquely fabricated to fit one patient only, the process greatly increases your chances of success. Since the brace is custom-fabricated, it is not eligible for return. All custom brace sales are final, and no refunds, returns, or exchanges will be made. In the unfortunate event of patient death during the fabrication process, the customer is responsible for a portion of the cost which we will determine based on the materials used thus far, handling, and labor costs.

What is the warranty on each custom orthosis?

We offer a 60-day warranty on all custom braces, during the 60-day period our certified orthotist is available for consults, fitting advice, and happy to assist with any necessary adjustments that need to be made. Further warranty information is available in our Custom Orthotics Terms & Agreement.

Benefits of a Brace (Orthosis) or Prosthetic

Orthosis (commonly referred to as braces) will aid in quicker and proper post-operative healing or when surgery is not an option for your pet.

Stabilizes your pet’s joint and supports the affected area to help pet patients regain passive joint motion. You will see the difference immediately as your pet returns to near-normal joint function.

An Orthosis or prosthetic also alleviates the pressure put on the opposite (’good’) limb & prevents additional injury.

It further allows the injured limb to rest by protecting it from added injury while allowing smooth, free motion of your pet’s supported joint/limb.

Not only is the brace preventing cumulative injury, but it will also correct movement and provides a more productive range of motion.

Your pet will be able to bear weight sooner which will fend off a decrease in muscle mass loss.

If you are using splints, the orthosis will be used in their place

Our braces are custom-made with the latest technology and fabrication processes and employ durable and waterproof components.

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