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Walkin' Front Splint
Walkin’® Front Splint: For dogs and cats for stability and support of the lower front limbs in the carpal and paw areas.
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Walkin’ Front Splint

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

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How to put on the Walkin’ Front Splint

 

The Walkin’ Front Splint for dogs and cats assists with injuries to the lower front limbs that need to be splinted or braced. Modeled after human splints, the Front Splint provides stability and support for the lower front limbs of your pet (carpal and paw).

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

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 night time hours we recommend using the Walkin’ Wrist 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 USAGE tab 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).

Conditions

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

  • osteoarthritis of the carpal or metacarpal joints
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • polyarthritis
  • soft tissue injuries to carpal or metacarpal tendons/ligaments
  • carpal or metacarpal joint instabilities or malformations
  • brachial plexus or radial nerve damage Injuries
  • neurological conditions causing knuckling of paw
  • post-surgical protection.

Sizing

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.

Front Splint Measurements

A: Measure from end of longest toenail to midpoint between carpal pad and elbow.
B: Measure from end of longest toenail to just above carpal pad.

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.

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Size A B
XXSmall 5.75″ 3″
XSmall 7.75″ 4.25″
Small 9″ 5″
Medium 10.25″ 6″
Large 11″ 7″
XLarge 11.5″ 7.25″

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).

How to Measure for a Walkin’ Pet Splint

 

Custom Fit Foam

Learn how to use Walkin’ Splints 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 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.

Usage

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.

FAQs

Q How long should my pet wear the Walkin’ Splint?
A 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 USAGE tab for more information.

Q How do I use a Pet Splint?
A
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.

Q How does the splint attach to my pet?
A
Walkin’ Pets Splints are placed on the back of the leg and held in place by padded touch-fastener closure 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.

Q What are the splints made of?
A
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.

Q Should I talk to my veterinarian about the splint?
A
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 use of the splint should be discontinued. These include chafing, muscle atrophy, or extreme distress of the animal.

Q How should I get my pet used to the splint?
A
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 USAGE tab for more information.

Q Any advice for the best way to put the splint on my pet?
A
Putting a sock on the leg before applying the splint is sometimes more comfortable for the dog. Front splints should be applied on a sitting 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.

Q Can my dog sit and lay down with a splint on?
A
Yes, your pet can sit and lay down with our splints.

Q 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.

Q Can I change or remold the splint with heat?
A
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 as soon as heat is applied. Cool the splint completely before you try it on your pet.

Q Does the splint have any tread or soling on the bottom so the dog will not slip?
A
Yes, the splints have a non-skid soling surface on the bottom (see photos).

Q Do the splints have any padding inside and can it be cleaned?
A
Yes, the splints are fully lined with a closed cell foam padding that can be washed.

Photos

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

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Reviews

 

Just wanted to share the wonderful results with your walking splints. “Roo,” short for Kangaroo, was born with two defective front feet, which folded up the back of his legs. With surgery, we were able to loosen the tendons which dropped his feet down, but Roo needed the extra support which your splints supply. He is in physical therapy demonstrating his new talents! I want to shout it to the world! Roo will continue to dance on!

Thank you, Patty Olear

“Spyro is the happiest, sweetest dog I know in spite of his disability,” said Gail Wellauer, Adoption Counselor at the Finger Lakes SPCA in Auburn, New York. Spyro was brought to the Finger Lakes SPCA as a neglect case when he was six months old. He arrived with a broken left front leg, and a partially severed nerve in his right front leg due to getting hit by a car or some sort of trauma. His former owners neglected to give him any medical attention. Since Spyro’s arrival, his tail never stopped wagging even while undergoing bandage changes, casting, shots, acupuncture, poking, and prodding. The shelter provided the vet care for the injuries and began the long rehab path. His nerve damaged leg is supported by a Walkin’ Front Splint.

-Spyro’s Owner

Spyro with his New Walkin Wheels Front Splint

 

A big thanks to Handicapped Pets for their wonderful feline front leg brace. Our Scamper was abandoned as a little kitten at our local Humane Society, starving, dehydrated, with worms and fleas and with a large abscess infection on his wrist. His paw was completely paralyzed from the wrist down, with no movement ability and no sensation at all. After the wonderful nursing care back to health by the staff at the Humane Society, he was ready to find a home, and who did they call, but us!

Before we discovered your brace, Scamper had to walk on his ‘wrist,’ which caused him to be quite twisted in his spine and to lose the fur on his wrist where he dragged it on the floor. Now, when wearing your brace, he walks upright without being hunched over. He does everything with his brace on, runs, jumps, and even chases our other cat all around the house! He goes outside on his rope with his brace on quite successfully. Without his brace, he wouldn’t be allowed to go outside, because with no feeling in his paw, he could get quite hurt outside. Thank you again for giving Scamper a normal life despite his ‘disability.’ We are indebted to you forever!

-Arlene Kahn, Eric Goldman, & Scamper

Cat in Walkin' Front Splint

I just wanted to thank you for your speedy delivery time! I ordered a small for my 52-pound Boxer and it fits perfectly. He has nerve damage and brachial plexus injury and the splint is the only way he can walk normally. I am so lucky to have found this company! My vet will be referring you in the future; she is the only vet doing physical therapy in my area. The splint gives me hope that he will not lose his leg. Time will tell. I just wanted you all to know that getting the splint so fast around Christmas was wonderful! Before ordering, I called and spoke with someone about the sizing, and she was very friendly. Keep up the good work!

Thank you, Laura

 
 

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