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Walkin’ Rear Splint

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Walkin’ Rear Splint

For a more customized fit to your splint, we recommend using the Walkin’ Splint Custom Fit Foam.

During night time hours we recommend using the Walkin’ Hock Hugger to continue to offer light support when not wearing the splint.

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Product Details

The Walkin’ Rear Splint for dogs and cats helps with injuries to the lower back limbs that need to be splinted or braced. Modeled after human splints, this product will provide stability and support for your pet’s lower rear limbs. The rear splint provides complete lower leg support, to help pets heal from injuries impacting their back paw, hock, ankle, and toes.

  • Constructed of waterproof hard plastic exterior, soft interior foam padding, non-skid pad on bottom, and touch-fastener closures.
  • Rear Splint extends above hock and completely under the foot, giving full support to bottom of pet’s leg.
  • Keeps pet’s leg in normal walking position.
  • Supports and stabilizes hock and paw areas of rear limbs.
  • Allows weight to be put on the broken or weak limb.
  • Provides an easy way to provide daily wound therapy.
  • Reduces the standard cost of bandaging and casting.
  • Lightweight design increases the pet’s tolerance of the splint.
  • To get more of a custom fit add Walkin’ Custom-fit Foam for an additional $9.95
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THE COMFORT & SUPPORT YOUR PET NEEDS

The rear 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.

Walkin' Rear Splint

HELP YOUR PET’S LEG INJURY HEAL

Designed to fit comfortably while providing joint support for your pet, this rear leg brace helps promote your pet’s healing during physical therapy and recovery.

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PROTECT YOUR PET’S WEAK LIMB

This durable and lightweight splint extends above the hock and completely under the paw to ensure your pet’s lower leg is fully supported and protected.

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. 

It may take a few days for your cat or dog to become acclimated to the feeling of walking around with a splint, but our unique design will have them feeling comfortable quickly.

See Instructions section for suggestions on how to best introduce the splint to your dog.

Please Note: There is no “right” or “left” leg or paw designated for splints; splints may be used for either the right or left leg/paw. If you order a splint and it is marked with “L” it refers to the size (Large).

The Walkin’ Rear Splint may benefit pets with the following conditions:

  • osteoarthritis of the tarsal or metatarsal joints
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • polyarthritis
  • soft tissue injuries to tarsal or metatarsal tendons/ligaments
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • tarsal
  • or metatarsal joint instabilities or malformations
  • neurological conditions causing knuckling of paw
  • post-surgical protection

How to Choose the Right Size

The Walkin’ Rear Splints come in a range of sizes to fit your dog or pet perfectly. The sizes range from XXSmall to XLarge to make sure most breeds are covered. All splints come with adjustable straps to best fit the splint to your pet’s dimensions. Splints will not be effective if they are too loose or too tight.

Please keep in mind that Walkin’ Rear Splints are designed to support the lower part of the legs. They will not stabilize the knee on the rear 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 for dog splint
width of dog leg brace

A: Measure from end of longest toenail to midpoint between hock and knee.
B: Measure from the end of longest toenail to top of hock.
C: To measure paw width, place dog’s paw on ground so there is a natural splay, and measure the widest part.

SizeABC
XXSmall6.25″4.5″Under 1.25″
XSmall9″6″Under 1.5″
Small10″7″Under 1.75″
Medium11.25″8″Under 2.25″
Large13.5″9.5″Under 2.75″
XLarge15.5″11″Under 3″

It is recommended that you measure the dog in a standing position, if possible.
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.

If your dog’s measurement falls between sizes, please call us at 1-888-253-0777 and our Customer Service Department will help you to determine the correct size.

Please Note: There is no “right” or “left” leg or paw designated for splints; splints may be used for either the right or left leg/paw. If you order a splint and it is marked with “L” it refers to the size (Large).

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

Instructions:

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!

  1. Choose a pattern template that matches the type of splint you have (front, rear, hock, carpal, bootie).
  2. Cut template from pattern sheet, choosing the size that matches your splint size.
  3. Trace or tape cut shape to paper-backed side of foam sheet.
  4. Carefully cut shape.
  5. Before removing backing, check fit, and trim if necessary.
  6. 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

How long should my pet wear the Walkin’ Splint?

Splints are not designed to be left on your pet for a long period of time. Introduce your pet to the splint by slowly fitting the splint onto your pet. Do this for the first handful of times your pet has to wear the splint. Have your pet wear the splint for two hours on, followed by two hours off. When your pet is resting or relaxed for a long period of time, keep the splint off. Always remove the splint overnight. Please see Instructions section for more information.

How do I use a Pet Splint?

Injuries to the lower limb of small animals often need to be splinted or braced. Please see your veterinarian to determine whether this is the best treatment for your pet. These splints can be used on the lower leg for stability and support and are available in a full range of sizes and shapes to accommodate the front or rear leg comfortably. Your pet should always be supervised when using the splint.

Where do I put the splint?

Walkin’ Rear Splints are placed on the back of the leg and held in place by padded touch-fastener closures straps. They extend about halfway up the leg. The bottom of the splint extends completely under the paw to provide weight-bearing support. This is ideal for fractures, knuckling, and other ailments.

What are the splints made of?

Splints are made of hard plastic with a soft foam lining and a non-skid pad on the bottom (see photos). The non-skid pad will not work well on some slippery surfaces. Before using the splint, test it on the surface to make sure it will grip adequately.

How will I know if the splint fits well and how long to wear it?

Splints should be used only when recommended by a pet care professional who will determine whether the splint is appropriate, how long it should be worn, and what problems might occur that would indicate that the use of the splint should be discontinued. These include chafing, muscle atrophy, or extreme distress of the animal.

How should I start using it on my pet?

Occasionally, animals resist having the splint put on and may try to escape. An animal with a splint halfway on can injure himself or herself. Put the splint on in an enclosed area, and secure the pet with a leash or other restraint. As you start to put on the splint, reward the pet with special treats. Start with two to three minute sessions, and increase the time as your pet gets used to the splint. Please see Instructions section for more information.

How do I put the splint on?

Putting a sock on the leg before applying the splint is sometimes more comfortable for the dog. Rear splints should be applied on a standing animal. Starting at the bottom, place the foot flat in the bottom of the splint. Make sure that the toes do not extend over the bottom edge. Snug the bottom strap first. Check for a snug fit after the animal has taken a few steps.

Can my dog sit and lay down with a splint on?

Yes, your pet can sit and lay down with our splints.

rear dog splint
rear dog splint

My dog has a rear limb knee problem (ACL or Patella). Will a splint work for my dog?

No, splints will support the lower limb for the animal but will not go high enough to support the knee on the dog. Click here for a possible alternative.

My dog seems to fall in between sizes in your chart; should I order the larger size?

If your pet’s measurement falls between sizes, please call us at 1-888-253-0777, and our Customer Service Department will help you to determine the correct size.

Can I change or remold the splint with heat?

Yes, you can heat and flare the plastic away from a problem area, but you cannot change the angle of the splint. You will need a heat gun to do any modifications; the splint will be non-returnable once heat is applied. Make sure you cool the splint completely before trying it on your pet.

Does the splint have any tread or soling on the bottom so the dog will not slip?

Yes, the splints have a non-skid soling surface on the bottom (see photos).

Do the splints have any padding inside, and can it be cleaned?

Yes, the splints are fully lined with a closed-cell foam that can be washed.

Customer Photos & Videos

Walkin’ Rear Splint pet photos, sent in by happy customers!

Watch these videos of pets enjoying their Walkin’ Rear Splints!

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