Cruciate Care Knee Brace
A non-rigid knee brace designed for dogs who suffer from a torn ACL (anterior or cranial cruciate ligament), strains or sprains of the canine knee, back leg limping or fatigue, arthritis, post-operative support and stabilization, or when knee immobilization is needed.Read More
A Torn ACL is the Most Common Dog Injury
A torn ACL requires rest, immobilization, and often surgery for repair. The Cruciate Care Knee Brace acts as a CCL brace or ACL brace for dogs and offers therapeutic support and stabilization before and after surgery. It is also useful in cases when surgery is not necessary or feasible. Immobilization of the knee and leg promotes reduced pain and inflammation and support during healing. In 60% of cases, a dog with a torn ACL will later injure the other knee. It is our hope that by stabilizing the injured knee as well as balancing the dog’s back and hip areas, further injury can be reduced.
A Soft Knee Brace, Highly Adjustable, and Appropriate for Dogs of All Ages
Our unique and original butterfly design of the back anchor support of the dog knee brace also lends support to the lower back and hip areas to reduce strain from limping. By stabilizing and balancing the rear end of the dog, the brace may help prevent injury of the other knee or joints.
It fits dogs with a height of at least 19 inches, thigh circumference of at least 9 inches (for the brace), and a chest circumference of at least 12 inches (for the harness).
We designed this dog knee and ACL brace to fit the natural angle of the knee to prevent it from hyper-flexing while still allowing limited mobility. Flexible metal stays on either side of the knee aid in keeping the knee in its natural position and foam padding at the knee offers a more cushioned support. The brace allows your canine friend to move easily and without strain on the joint.
Indications for Use
- ACL tear (anterior or cranial cruciate ligament, CCL) of the knee
- Strain or sprain of the knee joint
- Back leg limping, instability, or fatigue
- Post-operative support
- Knee stabilization
- The dog knee brace can be worn during the day and taken off at night
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!
For a Good Fit, Take Careful Measurements.
Before you can purchase an Ortho Dog Cruciate Care Knee Brace, you will need to measure your dog’s height, thigh circumference, and chest circumference to determine if it will fit. This will inform 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. If you have a German Shepherd, read our specialized measurement 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 Measuring Instructions for the Cruciate Care Knee Brace
- Be sure to take all measurements while your dog is 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 the circumference of your dog’s thigh by wrapping the tape completely around the area halfway between the bend of the knee and the groin. The minimum size fit is 9 inches, with a maximum of 19 inches.
- Measure your dog’s height from the bottom paw to the top of the lower back. The minimum height requirement is 19 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 Cruciate Care Knee Brace
Along with our instructions available for download, the video below demonstrates how to fit the Cruciate Care Knee 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 knee or ACL brace.
The Cruciate Care Knee Brace should always be removed at night so that the skin can breathe. Please also remove the Cruciate Care Knee Brace if you are crating your dog or leaving them unattended.
Signs of a Poor Fit
Your knee brace may be an improper size or fit if the brace does not return to the proper position when your dog moves from a seated or down position to standing.
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 – lightweight, dries easily, washable, molds to fit dog’s body
- Stainless steel hardware
- Nylon side-squeeze buckles
- Nylon wide-mouth slip locks
- Nylon low-profile strap keepers
- Heavy and lightweight nylon webbing – strength, flexibility, adjustability
- Commercial-grade nylon Velcro
- Metal stays – lateral stability
- Embroidered Ortho Dog emblem sewn on brace
- Nylon draw-string mesh bag for easy storage
- Braces sewed by local sewers
Made in USA
Ortho Dog 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.