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How Many Hours a Day Should My Pet Wear a Dog Knee Brace?

Derrick Campana

When your dog injures themself, like tearing their ACL/CCL, a fantastic alternative to surgery is a dog knee brace. This will put your beloved pet on the path to recovery. That is… if they wear it often enough.

Do they need to wear it all the time? How long is long enough? Bionic Pets is here to answer all of these questions and more! 

Table of Contents

  • The Benefits of a Dog Knee Brace
  • How Many Hours a Day Should They Wear It?
  • When to Wear it
  • When to Take it Off
  • Reach Out to Bionic Pets to Learn More

The Benefits of a Dog Knee Brace

When your dog is injured, you can't simply wait for them to get better. That doesn't mean expensive surgery is the only other option, though. Whether or not your dog needs surgery depends on many issues, including their overall health, age, weight, breed, severity of the injury, and more. 

Only your vet can determine your dog’s needs. That being said, you'll want to ask your vet if bracing is an option for your dog. A dog knee brace allows natural healing and scar tissue to fully develop. This reduces their pain now, as well as significantly reduces their chance of re-injury.

With the right dog knee brace from Bionic Pets, it is very possible your dog won’t require surgery and their knee will either heal or be manageable. When your furry friend is wearing a dog knee brace, they're well on their way to recovery!

How Many Hours a Day Should They Wear It?


As important as their knee brace is to their recovery or long-term management of an injury, they don't need to wear it all the time. While the brace is comfortable, it is still a good idea to give your dog "time off" from the brace to promote good circulation. 

When to Wear it

Your dog should wear their brace during: 

  • Walks
  • Playtime
  • Exercising 
  • Time outside
  • Time spent in a new environment that isn’t their home
  • Anytime they’re with other dogs that aren’t in their household

When to Take it Off 

Your dog shouldn’t need their dog knee brace when:

There is no general rule for how long your dog should wear the brace. It all depends on your dog’s activity level, age, weight, energy, and environment. Some breeds are more prone to running around and will need additional support. Dogs who zoom around the yard all day will wear it a lot. Other dogs that prefer naps over playtime probably don’t need to wear it as often.

Reach Out to Bionic Pets to Learn More

If you have any additional questions, like whether or not your dog is a good candidate for a knee brace, please reach out to our team. Bionic Pets is always here to help with anything you and your beloved pet need. That is our mission!