Buying a Back Brace for your Dog

Whether you have an overweight dog that needs extra support, an elderly dog with an aching back, a dog diagnosed with IVDD or other related back problems, a back brace for you dogs will stabilize the spinal column, curtail twisting, relieve stress, and provide comfortable, firm, back support for dogs. Dogs come in different shapes and sizes and they all have different personalities. Introduce your dog gradually to the brace. Calmly fit the brace on your dog, perhaps offering a treat before, during or after wear. Have patience and praise your dog, especially if your dog has never worn a garment before.

The back braces available at Zoomadog, are the best products available. They are Vet approved, durable and comfortable. Getting the correct fit for you dogs back brace is so important, so please read below how to size up your dog correctly.

We suggest you introduce your dog gradually to a back brace. Some dogs may require an adjustment period but it won’t take long to know how well your dog is responding to the firm support. Once your dog is comfortable wearing the brace it can be worn for longer periods. Generally you can use it during times of activity and remove it when your dog is resting,your dog will enjoy a the break. It is not necessary to have your dog wear it at nighttime while sleeping unless your veterinarian recommends it. What is most important is your dog’s comfort while wearing the brace. It should be snug but not too tight in all positions. There should be no movements obstructed. Your dog’s comfort is everything!

At Zoomadog we sell two brands of back braces for dogs, the Wiggleless and the Lil Back Bracer. You can see them both below:

Lil Back Bracer

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Primary features of the Lil Back Bracer dog brace:

  • Comfortable, ergonomic construction to alleviate pressure on spine
  • Dog brace designed to stabilize the back from above & below
  • Recommended for both treatment and prevention
  • Snug, adjustable fit provides gentle, constant pressure for calming effect on nervous system
  • Incorporated D-ring to attach a leash
  • Easy to take on and off
  • Medical grade, moisture-wicking, Breathe-O-Prene® fabric
  • No need to remove dog brace for dogs to “do their business

The Lil Back Bracer is the only orthopedic support brace for dogs. Patented design to help keep your dog’s back supported when dealing with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) and other dog back pain.

Primary features of the Lil Back Bracer dog brace:

  • Comfortable, ergonomic construction to alleviate pressure on spine
  • Dog brace designed to stabilize the back from above & below
  • Recommended for both treatment and prevention
  • Snug, adjustable fit provides gentle, constant pressure for calming effect on nervous system
  • Incorporated D-ring to attach a leash
  • Easy to take on and off
  • Medical grade, moisture-wicking, Breathe-O-Prene® fabric
  • No need to remove dog brace for dogs to “do their business”

Small

Weighs less than 12 pounds
Measures less than 13 inches

Medium

Weighs between 12 to 22 pounds
Measures at least 13 inches

Large

Weighs between 22 to 32 pounds
Measures at least 15 inches

Our dog brace is designed for ease of use. Straps for girth and width are adjustable, just like a human back brace.

How to Use L'il Back Bracer

1. Slip the body portion over the dog’s head.
2. Put one front paw through the loop, then the other.
3. Place the dog brace over the rear legs next.
4. Adjust the velcro on the brace at the chest using the front straps. It should be snug for support.
5. Adjust velcro at the rear, pulling up or by criss crossing straps

Remember, make the dog brace snug but not too snug – just like a human brace! 
To ensure that your l’il one is taking to the brace well, check on a daily basis to make sure there are no sores or stress points. If there are, remove brace and consult your veterinarian.
 

How does the bracer provide support?The L’il Back Bracer is an orthopedic support garment for dogs suffering from IVDD or other back injuries. The brace is made of a very high quality breathable and antimicrobial neoprene that is very comfortable for your dog. There are stays? that line the back and the abdomen to provide the needed support and stabilization of the spine.


How often should my dog wear the bracer?

It depends on you and your dog. Some people put the bracer on all day while some just use the bracer for walks or times of high activity and play. The bracer is flexible so it still allows the muscles to engage and ‘work’, it is not like a stiff cast. This is important so that the muscles do not become weak from wearing the bracer.

*Please note that the bracer is not meant to replace the crate rest period that is prescribed by your Veterinarian

Can my dog “do their business” while wearing the bracer?

Yes, the brace fits in a way that leaves that area of your dog free to take care of business without the brace blocking that part of their body.

Does my dog need to have a separate harness for walks?

The L’il Back Bracer has an attached “D” ring so that when taking walks the brace acts as a harness. Just attach the leash to the ring and enjoy a safe supported walk.

How do I care for the brace?

To clean the brace just hand wash and lay flat to dry. For removing hair, we have found that a rubber pet hair remover brush works best.

The Wiggleless Back Brace for Dogs

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Features Include:

  • Four Sizes/Lengths: 9″, 11″, 13″,17″
  • Durable, Lightweight, Breathable Materials
  • Built-in Boning For Firm Support
  • Adjustable and Easy To Use
  • ‘D’ Ring For Leash

In Addition:

  • High-Quality, Medical Grade Construction
  • Double Mesh For Stability And Durability
  • Refined Cuts Under Front Legs And Around Torso For Unisex Fit
  • Brace Weight:  9″-7.5 oz,  11″- 9 oz,  13″-11 oz,  17″-22.6 oz

Dogs prone to back problems are often classified as chondrodystrophic breeds, which include, but are not limited to Dachshund, Beagle, Shih Tzu, English Bulldog, Pug, Basset Hound, Miniature Poodle, French Bulldog, Miniature Schnauzer, Pekingese, American Cocker Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Corgi, and Scottish Terrier.

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR DOG

Follow the steps below to take the necessary measurements to fit your dog. We know dogs come in different shapes and sizes so these measurements are approxomate. If you are still uncertain on which brace to order, please contact us.

Length/Size MeasurementMeasure from the base of your dog’s neck to the front of the thigh. This measurement helps you pick which size of brace fits your dog.

9″ Brace – fits between 7″ to 10″                

11″ Brace – fits OVER 10″ up to 12″

13″ Brace – fits OVER 12″ up to 15″

17″ Brace – fits OVER 15″ up to 20″

 wiggleless dog back brace length measurement guide for dogs with back pain.

 

 

Chest
Measure the distance around the widest part of your dogs chest, right behind the front legs. This measurement helps you determine if your dog falls within the chest adjustability range.
9″  11″13″ Braces have chest adjustability from 14″ to 24″.

17″ Brace has chest adjustability from 23″ to 36″.

wiggleless dog back brace girth measuring guide for dogs with IVDD or back pain

At Zoomadog UK we sell a full range of dog mobility aids, including protective dog boots, dog paw knuckling aids, dog walking and lifting harnesses, leg supports, dog leg splints and even wheelchairs for dogs. Please contact our friendly team on 01624 829575 for advice on choosing the correct product for your dog.

Order your product today online or just call us for some friendly advice at Zoomadog  01624 829575