Dogs get injured just like us — and just like us, there are medical devices available to help ease the pain and let them recover faster. One of these devices is a knee brace. By taking some of the weight of the affected leg and stabilizing the joint, they can add support for a wide range of injuries, from ACL tears to sprains and more serious surgeries. Many also help with age-related conditions, such as arthritis or problems stemming from weight issues. For this list, we made sure to include only vet-approved models suitable for a wide range of breeds, ranked in terms of quality and type. We also included a few alternative options, including hock and therapeutic braces.
1. Ortocanis Original Knee Brace for Dogs
Most of the models in this list are veterinarian-approved, but few were as carefully designed to treat knee-related issues on dogs as the Ortocanis Original. It works just like a knee brace does on humans, compressing the affected joint and tightening the surrounding muscles so that the wearer regains their normal gait and balance. In doing so, it also increases the temperature of the joint, helping to reduce pain and prevent the injury from becoming even more serious. Finally, it comes in a range of sizes, making it suitable for dogs of all breeds and ages.
- Flexible neoprene material preserves mobility
- Lightweight and easy to put on
- Covers the length of the leg
- Can be difficult to keep on some dogs
- May create chaffing
2. WalkAbout Canine Knee Brace
One of the most common issues with knee braces is trying to actually keep it on your dog. If you’ve had trouble with this using other models, try the WalkAbout Canine Knee Brace. The neoprene compression sleeve features one of the more ergonomic straps out there, running up and over the dog’s rear and attaching to their chest harness for guaranteed security. It doesn’t include the chest harness, unfortunately, but it is compatible with most generic kinds. You can also use it on both knees simultaneously and it still stays on fairly secure.
- Comes in range of sizes
- Bottom cuff is adjustable
- Good for sports injuries
- Somewhat expensive
- Doesn’t work great without a harness
3. Labra Extra Supportive Dog Canine Rear Leg Hock Joint Wrap
Another common leg injury for dogs, aside from the knee-related ones, are those affecting the hock. Analogous to the ankle in humans, this joint requires its own brace — like the Labra Hock Wrap. Securing to the joint via four velcro straps, the brace helps stabilize the lower part of the leg, making it ideal for treating ACL and foot injuries. Used in conjunction with medical gauze or wrap, it can also help protect wounds and cuts after operations. And unlike other models, this one is comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time and durable enough to last many years.
- Four different sizes
- Easy to adjust
- Not for knee injuries
- Not for dogs under 10 pounds
4. Ortocanis Original Knee Immobilizer for Dog
Serious injuries require more immobilization than a regular brace can provide, which is why the Ortocanis Original Immobilizer is worth considering. In addition to compressing and tightening the affected joint, it also incorporates two metal splints that help restrict mobility and prevent further damage. That makes it ideal for such issues as ligament rupture, ACL tears, and Patella dislocation, or any others that call for partial immobilization. Still, it does allow for some movement, allowing your dog to walk comfortably while they’re on the road to recovery.
- Easy to adjust ergonomic design
- Available in various sizes
- Splints are articulated
- Very expensive
- Harness isn’t super secure
5. Caldera Pet Therapy Wraps
Regular braces are great for support and stabilization, but they generally will not help with joint insulation, muscle pain, or hot spots. To treat those things and more, try the Caldera Therapy Wrap. Designed alongside professional veterinarians, the wrap includes a patented gel pack that can be heated or chilled and slipped inside, thereby offering some direct relief to the affected area. The pack is reusable, and the wrap features an easy to use harness that stays secure on most dog breeds.
- Anchors to collar
- Non-toxic and non-hazardous
- Great for older dogs
- Not for very small breeds
- Can be difficult to initially put on
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my dog need a knee brace?
Much like for humans, knee braces for dogs work by stabilizing and alleviating the pressure on the joint and leg. Many also help compress the joint, keeping the tendons and ligaments tight together. In doing so, a brace can help treat a wide range of knee-related issues and ailments in dogs, from ACL tears to sprains and more serious surgeries. They’ll also help with age-related conditions, such as arthritis or problems stemming from weight issues when they are drooling over in their finest dog beds with a warm dog blanket on the side. As soon as they recover from the pain they might start playing again with their grass patch for dogs.
How do I know which knee brace is right for my dog?
Knee braces come in various designs and types, and which is right for you will depend both on your dog and their particular ailment. Most options on this list are traditional knee braces, meaning they both support and compress the joint using a wrap (usually neoprene) and an attached harness that connects it to the dog’s body. But recognizing the wide range of ailments our pets can suffer from, we’ve also included other types of braces, including those for the hock (the lower joint on a dog’s leg, analogous to the ankle in humans), and even therapeutic wraps for treating joint inflammation and hot spots.