The Walkin’ Hock Splint will accommodate injuries to the heel and stabilize the lower rear limb while keeping the paw free. This type of splint is ideal for Achilles Tendon problems and immobilization of the hock joint. The hock splint stabilizes your dog’s ankle or hock joint injury for protection as they recover.
- Supports pet’s hock or heel.
- Conditions that may benefit from the Walkin’ Hock Splint include:
- tarsal hyperextension
- tarsal joint instabilities or malformations
- soft tissue injuries to tarsal tendons/ligaments
- osteoarthritis of tarsal joint
- Degenerative Joint Disease of Tarsus (DJD)
- post-surgical protection.
- To get more of a custom fit add Walkin’ Custom-fit Foam for an additional $9.95
THE COMFORT & SUPPORT YOUR PET NEEDS
The hock splint gives your pet the support they need & keeps your dog or cat’s leg in a normal walking position, allowing them to place weight on their injured limb and allow their paw to move naturally.
HELP YOUR PET’S LEG INJURY HEAL
Designed to fit comfortably and provides joint support for your pet, this hind leg brace immobilizes the joint allowing your pet to heal as they progress through physical therapy and recovery.
PROTECT YOUR PET’S WEAK LIMB
This durable and lightweight splint extends above the hock and down to their ankle to ensure your pet’s lower leg is fully supported and protected.
The Hock Splint does NOT extend under the paw; if full lower limb bracing is needed, please see our Walkin’ Rear Splint.
For more information on how splints can help heal dog injuries, please visit this blog post.
It’s important to remember that any splint or bootie placed on a pet’s foot will need to be removed at bedtime, and should be removed for at least an hour during the day to allow the foot to breathe. During nighttime hours we recommend using the Walkin’ Hock Hugger to continue to offer light support.
See Instructions section for suggestions on how to best introduce the splint to your dog.
How to Choose the Right Size
Please keep in mind that the Walkin’ Front Splints are designed to support the lower part of the legs. They will not stabilize the elbow on the front leg. Please check with your local veterinarian before using the splint on your dog or pet.
If you have a cat and are interested in these splints, you will need to order the XXSmall or XSmall Splint, depending on the size of your cat. See chart.
Measure from the top of your pet’s paw at the point located on the backside of the leg to the midpoint between hock and knee.
|Size||A: Total length||B: Top of paw to hock joint|
If joint is swollen due to arthritis or other medical condition, go up a size to accommodate swelling, and adjust fit using the Walkin’ Splint Custom Fit Foam.
Assembly & Usage Instructions
How to Introduce a Splint to Your Pet
It’s important to remember that any splint or bootie placed on a pet’s foot will need to be removed at bedtime, and should be removed for at least an hour during the day to allow the foot to breathe.
When introducing a new splint to a pet, it’s important to start slowly. Positive reinforcement methods, using praise, treats, or toys should always be used in association with the splint. The splint will initially make the pet walk “funny” or maybe not want to walk at all. Using positive reinforcement to encourage walking is always the best approach.
Day One: Place splint on pet for 10-15 minutes at a time, then remove. Try these short sessions 3 to 4 times during Day One.
Once the splint is removed, look for any areas of irritation or rubbing on the pet’s skin that may have been caused by the splint. If you notice an area of rubbing, please consult one of our customer service representatives for fitting assistance and your veterinarian with any medical concerns.
Remember that every pet is different; it may take pets longer than a few days to get used to the splint, and that’s OK. It’s more important to make sure the pet is comfortable with the splint and the fit is correct than to rush the process. Continue with these short sessions until your dog adjusts. If you are concerned that the fit isn’t correct, please contact our customer service department or consult with your veterinarian.
Day Two: If your pet is having a hard time adjusting to wearing the splint, continue with the short 10-15 minute sessions, as described in Day One. If your pet seems to be walking a little better and is getting used to the splint, then it’s time to increase the session length a bit.
Place splint on for 15-30 minutes at a time, then remove. Try these sessions 3 to 4 times during Day Two. Again, look for any signs of discomfort, and respond accordingly.
Day Three: If your pet is still having a hard time, continue with the short 10-15 minute sessions, as described in Day One. If the pet seems to be walking a little better than in Day Two and is getting used to the splint, then it’s time to increase session length again.
Place splint on for 30-60 minutes at a time, then remove. Try these sessions 3 to 4 times during Day Three. Once again, look for any signs of discomfort, and respond accordingly.
Ongoing: Once the pet is able to comfortably wear the splint for 4 hours or more in the day, and no areas of rubbing or irritation are present, it’s all right to increase wear time to almost a full day, if needed. If you are unsure how long the splint should be worn based on your dog’s medical condition, it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian.
Custom Fit Foam
Walkin’ Splints Custom-fit Foam can give your Walkin’ Splint a more custom fit to provide optimal comfort for your pet. Using the included Walkin’ Splints templates, the adhesive-backed foam can be cut and trimmed to fit any size or type of Walkin’ Splint (front, rear, hock, carpal, bootie). Then peel the backing and adhere to your splint for a custom fit without the cost!
- 9″ X 12″ adhesive-backed foam.
- 1/4″ thick, Closed Cell Foam Sheet
- Easy to cut and trim foam.
- Pattern templates included to match every size and type of Walkin’ Splint.
- Instructions included with templates.
- Gives Splint a better custom fit for an additional $9.95
Every pet is different, and their needs will vary. The Walkin’ Splint Custom-fit Foam template is a guideline for the most common shapes needed to customize the fit of your Walkin’ Splint. Each template can be cut, trimmed, or altered for your pet’s comfort – every pet is different!
- Choose a pattern template that matches the type of splint you have (front, rear, hock, carpal, bootie).
- Cut template from pattern sheet, choosing the size that matches your splint size.
- Trace or tape cut shape to paper-backed side of foam sheet.
- Carefully cut shape.
- Before removing backing, check fit, and trim if necessary.
- Once completely satisfied with fit of splint on pet’s leg, peel backing and adhere to splint.
Please note: If additional support is needed, foam can be stacked.
Frequently Asked Questions
To determine if the splint’s width will comfortably fit your pet, measure the width of the hind leg at the hock joint. For the most accurate width measurement, we recommend placing a piece of paper behind your pet’s leg and making a mark on either side of the leg. Once complete, measure the distance between those two marks to determine the width of the back leg.
|Splint Size||Leg Width at Hock|
Customer Photos & Videos
Walkin’ Hock Splint pet photos, sent in by happy customers!