No dog owner wants to see their dogs having torn acl, meniscus or ligament. Unfortunately, accidents still happen and the best we can do is to give our pets more comfort via a good dog knee brace. An alternative is to send the dogs to surgery but I prefer letting nature does it thing by having the dog heal itself. As long as we can strength the joints via the knee braces, our dogs will usually get well over time. At least that is what happen to my own dog.
Back on track knee brace review
The Back on Track brace is the one that I have some personal experience with and one that I am comfortable in recommending. While there are some nitpicks here and there, it works pretty well as it holds the joints in place and allow my dog to recover. You see, my playful pet injured its ligament due to some over zealous jumping and resulted in me searching high and low for something that can help in its recovery. I am glad I finally got it because it works and the dog is now once again back to its playful self.
One thing I was uncertain of was whether my dog will react badly to the knee brace being strapped around its leg. Fortunately, that was not the case. In fact, it quite like the new addition and treated it almost like a toy. When it was time to take it off, it was actually kind of reluctant to do so!
Compared to just bangaging your dog, which I was considering, it seems that the Back on Track knee brace is able to provide some form of pain relief via its infrared heat. I was skeptic at first but my dog did seems to be more happy once the brace was on the leg. At least, it start to walk more than when it was initially injured.
This knee brace has three sizes so you can use it for almost any dog. Want a knee brace for Dachshunds? Get the small one. For a large dog like great Dane or German Shepard? Get the biggest one.
The downside of this product is the Velcros. As you see, there are 4 of them on each brace, which is intended to provide maximum flexibility in adjusting the fit. However, one or two piece can stick out, especially when the fitting isn’t exact. When this happens, they can stick either to the knee brace in the other leg or to other furniture. As I said, this is not a deal breaker but something of a minor irritant.
The Velcros also tend to trap hair which can be difficult to remove. I try removing them but gave up after a couple of minutes. Anyway, I don’t think I will reuse this product that frequently after the dog fully recovered so I can let the hair remain trapped around the Velcros area.
Walking Wheels knee brace review
Another brand worth considering is this one from Walking Wheels. I have not used it personally but reviews on Amazon were quite negative on some aspects and turned me off this product.
One of the biggest I read concerns the length of the knee brace. According to a few reviews, it is not long enough to go beyond the ankles of certain bigger dog breeds. This means the product loses its ability to actually protect the dog and defeats the purpose of buying it in the first place. Hence, if you have a big dog like the Great Dane that needs knee braces, I would avoid buying this if possible.
Another thing to note is that there is a difference between the right and left legs. Be aware of that when you are buying from this brand.
Besides the above 2 points, the knee brace is actually quite well made, going by happy reviewers who said quality was high. Comfort is also assured as the brace is well cushioned and does not have any sharp corners poking the skin of the dog.
What to look out for when buying a knee brace
Whether buying any of the two brands recommended above or other models, the things you need to pay attention to is similar. I listed below what I felt was important when I was doing the purchase.
- Sizing: the one number problem is finding the right sizing knee brace for your small or big dogs. Most models provide detail measurements of the knee brace so pay attention to them. Nevertheless, it is still possible to buy a knee brace that doesn’t fit well. My suggestion is to try a few models by ordering them from Amazon and returning everything except the one that fits the best.
- Comfort: Related to the sizing problem is the issue of comfort. By default, any knee brace that doesn’t fit well will be uncomfortable to the dog. Besides this, you should pay attention to the material used and whether they are well cushioned.
- Pain relief: This is something I only found out after the fact but some types of dog knee brace provides pain relief, like the one I am using. If you want this benefit, remember to look for models that has infrared heat as this is how it can soothe the pain from knee problem.
- Adjustability: Another thing related to sizing is the ability to adjust the tightness of the knee brace. This is usually done via the use of Velcros so look out for these when you want to be to change the sizing on the braces.
Surgery is not the only option when it comes to healing our dog’s leg problem. Even when I was doing research online, I saw many dog owners who revealed that their dogs can recover naturally by simply using these knee braces to protect the joints. After using it for my dog, I can see that it does work and I recommend anyone to try this out before going on the surgery option.