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The Benefits of a Tarsal Brace for Your Dog

Derrick Campana

Tarsal Brace for Your Dog

When your dog isn't able to enjoy life the way he or she used to, you want to do something to help. Whether it's from an accident, an injury, or a chronic condition, your dog's mobility problem is able to be helped. Oftentimes, this solution is a tarsal brace for your dog.

What is a Tarsal Brace for Your Dog?

Think of your dog's hock or tarsal as your ankle. The ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your ankle make up the support that protects your ankle. Your dog has these too! If you wore an ankle brace, it would externally support the internal network of support you’re built with. The same goes for your dog's tarsal brace! They are used to limit specific, unwanted motions. Typically, a brace will limit your dog's ability to move his or her leg in a way that will create even more damage. They will also provide extra weight-bearing support.

Tarsal braces are also sometimes called an ankle brace or a hock brace, as dogs have slightly different anatomy than we do. Whatever you want to call this mobility solution, it aids in support of the hock and prevention of hyperextension or collapse of the Achilles tendon. What you're looking for is a tarsal brace that includes a tether strap that allows for an adjustable and incremental range of motion mimicking a healthy Achilles tendon.

What are the Benefits of a Tarsal Brace?

The last thing you want is for your dog's condition to get worse. The main benefit of a leg brace is that it stops this from happening. Tarsal braces can reduce swelling by serving as a compression device around your dog's injury. Reducing swelling can really help in their injury recovery. This can help prevent further damage and pain. Depending on the severity of the injury or chronic, your dog may need to wear this tarsal brace in the long-term. These braces are not an instant cure for conditions or injuries. As well, they may not "cure" your dog at all- but rather aid and support him or her in a way that makes the dog more comfortable. 

Not just any brace will do. Your dog is the best, and you want the best for them! What you're looking for is one of the custom-made tarsal braces crafted by the experts at Bionic Pets. The tarsal braces we make are individually made based on the measurements you provide. That is why we can say with confidence that the brace will be perfect and your dog will regain his or her mobility. Very soon, they will be able to walk, run, jump, and play!