Hip Hound Brace
Designed for dogs who suffer from arthritis, mild to moderate hip dysplasia, decreased endurance during activity, hip pain, lower back pain or weakness, and back leg limping.Read More
The Hip Hound Brace is for Dogs of All Ages
The Hip Hound dog hip brace is appropriate for puppies and young dogs who suffer from low back pain and early hip dysplasia symptoms. The brace also supports the lower back and hip area for dogs recovering from surgery or injury.
The Hip Hound is also useful for older dogs who have difficulty getting around easily. The support and stability provided by the hip brace help decrease dog hip pain and inflammation while being active. However, please note that if your dog cannot stand on their own, the Hip Hound mobility brace will not provide enough support for them. Additionally, a brace will not provide support for dogs with degenerative myelopathy or a neurological/ neuromuscular disorder.
Available in Sizes Small Through Extra-large
The Hip Hound includes the space mesh material brace and harness. It fits dogs with a height of at least 13 inches (for the brace) and a chest circumference of at least 12 inches (for the harness). Both the brace unit and harness are adjustable. Since the brace is designed to be used when your dog is active, you can leave the harness on and slip the space mesh material brace on and off as needed. See How to Measure
Indications for Use
- Mild to moderate hip dysplasia
- Decreased endurance during activity
- Hip pain
- Low back pain/weakness
- Back leg limping or fatigue
- Post operative support
- The dog hip brace can be worn during the day and taken off at night
- Please REMOVE the brace and harness at night so the skin can breathe — please also remove the brace and harness if you are crating your dog or leaving them unattended
It comes in a nylon mesh draw-string bag for easy and clean storage. Just throw the bag in the back of your car and head out for fun with your dog!
More about Ortho Dog
Our braces, the people who make them, and our commitment to helping dogs.
For a Good Fit, Take Careful Measurements
Before you can purchase an Ortho Dog Hip Hound, you will need to measure your dog’s height and chest circumference to determine if it will fit. This will inform what size harness and hip brace to order. If you have a German Shepherd, read our specialized sizing instructions.
How Do I Measure? Along with our instructions below, we’ve provided a video to ensure proper measurement for all of our products.
Step-by-step instructions for measuring for the Hip Hound Brace
All measurements should be taken with your dog standing.
Use a soft measuring tape (or string) for a snug measurement.
Measure the circumference of your dog’s chest by wrapping the tape completely around the body. The minimum size to fit is 12 inches, with a maximum of 43 inches.
Measure your dog’s height from the bottom paw to the top of the lower back. The minimum height requirement is 13 inches.
Enter your dimensions in the “Measure Your Dog To Get Started” fields on this page and submit with the “Does it Fit?” button. Based on your measurements, the results will let you know what size harness and brace to order. Please note our harness color is determined by size and you will not have a choice regarding color.
How to Put on the Hip Hound Brace
Along with our instructions available for download, the video below demonstrates how to fit the Hip Hound hip brace on your dog.
We recommend taking your dog on a short, leashed walk once the brace is secured. Positive reinforcement (treats, encouragement, and praise) is essential in helping your dog adapt to wearing a brace. The Hip Hound can be worn during the day and taken off at night.
The Hip Hound Brace should always be removed at night so the skin can breathe. Please also remove the Hip Hound Brace if you are crating your dog or leaving them unattended.
Free Fit Consultation
Your dog’s hip brace may be an improper size or require some adjustments if the elastic leg straps cannot be secured mid thigh, or the leg panels are too loose over your dog’s hips. We’ll be happy to help with a Free Fit Consultation. Simply email us three photos of your dog standing in the brace, and one of our fit specialists will provide specific recommendations for your pup.
Still Having Trouble?
We welcome any questions to support you and your pup with your Ortho Dog brace! If you are having issues with the brace fitting properly, please contact us and we’ll walk you through it, or exchange your product for a different size.
- Spacer mesh material
- Stainless Steel hardware
- Nylon Mojave side squeeze buckles
- Nylon wide-mouth Sliplocks
- Nylon low profile strap keepers
- Heavy weight nylon webbing
- Commercial grade nylon Velcro
- Embroidered Ortho Dog emblem sewn on brace
Made in USA
Ortho Dog hip braces are manufactured in the United States, and are all sewn locally in Western North Carolina.
Ortho Dog is grateful to work with veterinarians across the country and internationally to supply affordable bracing solutions as an alternative to surgery. All of our braces have been designed with deep input from the veterinary community.
OrthoDog’s hip harness has been instrumental in keeping my dog, Gus, from needing surgery on his hip. Diagnosed with dysplasia as a puppy, most recently, now almost 11-year old Gus dislocated his hip. Rest, then reintroducing short walks, coupled with wearing OrthoDog’s hip harness has been a godsend for Gus.
- Susan A
We ordered the hip ortho support brace for our 14 year old poodle with hip issues. The company was great. They called after I ordered to clarify the size of my dog since I had mistakenly inputted the wrong weight. My dog still has issues but the brace provides support to his back legs and makes it easier for him to walk on wood floors, with less slippage. He appears to like it and will wear it the entire day.
- Marianne E
I have a 13yo borzoi who has been wearing an Ortho Dog Hip Hound Brace for 8 months now. Emma walks and plays with more confidence when wearing her brace. I have noticed she spends more time with me and the other dogs then she did before wearing the brace. I purchased the brace because Emma was slipping on the tile floors in the house. She fell twice in just a couple days and I was worried she would really hurt herself. She hasn't slipped or fallen since she started wearing the brace! Thank you Ortho Dog for making this affordable product that has made such a difference in Emma's life.
- Janet A
I have a nine (9) month old puppy with hip dysplasia. Running left her lame with heat radiating from her hips. Using the OrthoDog Hip Brace she can run with her dog friends, chase squirrels in the park, generally romp around twice a day off leash without issue, no limping afterwards, no heat on her hips. The Hip Brace has been a game changer for my little girl.
- Andrea K
The hip harness worked amazing. It took my dog about a hour to get up to it. He used to walk a little crooked and when he used to shake him self he used to stumble and now he walks straight. The walks are a little easier on me and him . I also had to help him up the steps now he just hopps up. Thanks John
- John M
The staff at Ortho Dog were extremely kind and considerate. They were very careful to make sure that I received the correct size, and went out of their way to help us considering my dog’s condition and challenges. I’m still trying to get her acclimated to the back support harness, so feedback of whether it will work is delayed at our end.
- Daphne D
My 10 year old Labrador is back to strutting in his walks with his Ortho Dog Brace. He wants to put it on and gets excited . He knows it helps him tremendously. Thanks so much Ortho Dog and you all are all so helpful in all
- Jean H
In 2019 Tansy tore one of her back ACLs and the following year, she tore the other back ACL; both were corrected with surgery. However, after that she began developing arthritis in her back and hips. Over the last several months, the signs of aging and the arthritis have quickly caught up with Tansy. She has been having a very difficult time moving around or standing for any length of time. Her front paws began to deform, likely in part due to her compensating for the pain and deformation in her back end. An Aunt told us about OrthoDog and said it had worked wonders for their dog. We knew we had to try it in hopes of giving Tansy a better quality of life for whatever time she has left. Tansy doesn't necessarily like wearing it, and she acts like a bit of a baby about it, but it has been nothing short of a wonderful little miracle seeing our sweet fur-baby being able to move around better, after only a few days of wearing the brace. It's still obvious in her mobility that Tansy is 15 years old, but the Orthodog brace has brought a little bit of her spark back as she seems to be in less pain and able to move around more freely. For all of that, we are extremely grateful and feel the brace is worth every penny! The customer service has also been fantastic - from verifying measurements so we make sure to order the correct size, to consulting on the fit of the brace after we received it. Thank you, Orthodog, for helping us make Tansy's life (and ours in return) better!
- Brianne T
I followed the measurement instructions provided and placed my order. By the next day Ortho Dog sent me a message to confirm the size and asked if I could send a picture of my dog to help get sizing right. My dog is a labradoodle and MUCH bigger than most. Ortho dog and I decided on a smaller size then originally ordered. When it arrived it was to small. Ortho dog immediately sent me a larger one at no cost and had me return the old one to donate. I appreciate their concern and their quick wonderful responses. They weren't just trying to sell me a product, they were trying to help my dog. I appreciate they accepted my return and how wonderful their customer service is. I would recommend this company and I would use them again. Thank you Ortho Dog.
- Cary Y
I received a hip brace for my German Shepherd and it’s been excellent. Highly recommend a purchase. The customer service helping to make sure it was properly snug and roomie enough was top notch.
- Christopher T
This brace really made a big difference with my 11 yo German Shepherd. She’s been on medication for her hip for years and it is hard on her stomach. She’s been off of it for over a week and is doing great! Customer service was amazing too. I’ll buy another one when this one wears out. Thanks Ortho Dog!
- Julie B
Absolutely phenomenal experience with Ortho Dog’s customer service and I’m very satisfied with the high quality brace for my disabled dog. I could immediately see a difference in his gait. I was most impressed with the fact that the team was truly dedicated to getting the right sized product for my pet and offered several phone consultations. I will recommend them to every friend and family member in need of these types of products and braces for their fur babies.
- Madeline R