The Lil Back Bracer is the only orthopedic support brace for dogs. Patented design to help keep your dog’s back supported when dealing with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) and other dog back pain.
Primary features of the Lil Back Bracer dog brace:
- Comfortable, ergonomic construction to alleviate pressure on spine
- Dog brace designed to stabilize the back from above & below
- Recommended for both treatment and prevention
- Snug, adjustable fit provides gentle, constant pressure for calming effect on nervous system
- Incorporated D-ring to attach a leash
- Easy to take on and off
- Medical grade Breathe-O-Prene fabric
- No need to remove dog brace for dogs to “do their business”
Measures from 11-13 inches AND weighs less than 12 pounds
Measures from 13-15.5 inches AND weighs between 12 to 22 pounds
Measures from 15.5-17.5 inches AND weighs between 22 to 32 pounds
How does the L’il Back Bracer provide support?
The L’il Back Bracer is an orthopedic support garment for dogs suffering with IVDD or other back injuries. The brace is made of a very high quality breathable neoprene that is very comfortable for your dog. There are stays that line the back and abdomen to provide the needed support and stabilization of the spine.
How often should my dog wear the brace?
It depends on you and your dog. Some pet parents will put the back brace on all day while some just use our back brace for walks or times of high activity and play. The back brace is flexible, so it allows the muscles to engage and ‘work’, it is not like a stiff cast. This is important so that the muscles do not become weak from wearing the brace.
*Please note that our dog back brace is not meant to replace the crate rest period that is prescribed by your Veterinarian.
How does the L’il Back Bracer compare to other dog back braces?
The L’il Back Bracer was developed through years of research alongside a panel of veterinary doctors. Two factors that separate our braces from other dog back braces are the following:
1. Rigid stays are strategically placed in the brace to safely guide your dog’s spine while your dog is recovering from IVDD. This will help to reduce the pain and the perpetual IVDD cycle.
2. Our brace spans the entire length of your dog’s back, supporting 3 major regions: thoracic, lumbar and sacral. Some dog back braces only support through the thoracic and lumbar regions.
Whether you choose our brace or another brace, a “good” dog back brace should support the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions.
Can my dog “do their business” while wearing this back brace?
Yes, our back brace fits in a way that leaves that area of your dog free to take care of business without the brace blocking that part of their body.
Does my dog need to have a separate harness for walks?
The L’il Back Bracer has an attached “D” ring so when taking walks the brace acts as a harness. Just attach the leash to the ring and enjoy a safe supported walk.
How do I care for the brace?
To clean the brace just hand wash and lay flat to dry. For removing hair, we have found that a rubber pet hair remover brush works best.
Can my dog jump with the brace on?
The L’il Back Bracer stabilizes the spinal column (from about where a collar would sit) and its snug fit provides overall comfort. While all dogs and all cases can vary, the L’il Back Bracer has successfully helped in many cases with increased mobility and relief. The feedback we have received on dogs regaining their mobility or at least increasing it has been tremendous.
As far as “jumping”, it depends on whether your l’il one will continue to jump with the brace on. Our L’il Back Bracer’s design is flexible, not like a stiff cast, so they are able to move as they normally would – just with a l’il support. Some dogs keep real still with the brace on and do not jump or run due to the calming effect the snug fit has on the nervous system, while some dogs resume their normal activity while wearing it.
Will my dog get muscle atrophy from the L’il Back Bracer?
No. Our back brace is lightweight. Helps give support down the spine.
What if my dog doesn’t like it?
It is VERY common for dogs not to like a brace. A natural thing for them is to sit still. Or perhaps even whimper with it because they aren’t sure what to do with the brace on. To help with this, we recommend a break-in period of 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off. Give your dog a treat and praise him/her for wearing the brace. This will hopefully allow your l’il one to associate the brace being a good thing. Increase the amount of time each day.
Can the brace be worn in the water?
Yes. The material is a breathable, neoprene material. Recommended washing instructions is: hand wash and then air dry.
Where is your back brace manufactured?
Our dog back braces are proudly made right here, in the U.S.A.
What if the brace does not fit my dog — can I return it?
Yes, you can! We do not want you to waste your money and keep a product that does not fit your dog. As the L’il Back Bracer is a veterinary medical device, we cannot resell a used product as “new”, so we will donate to shelters and rescues. We kindly ask that you clean thoroughly, and remove all hairs for a full refund. Soiled, used and stained products are not eligible for a refund. Thank you!