FAQs L'il Back Bracer
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 and antimicrobial 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 (up to 14 hours) 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.
Can I leave the brace on my dog all day?
This brace is not meant to be worn all day. You may leave the brace on your dog for up to 14 hours a day. However, be sure to remove the brace when your dog is resting, this will prevent irritation and allow their body to air out. Check for any signs of irritation after removing the brace.
Please remove the brace before your dog goes to bed at night and when they are resting for long periods of time.
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 not uncommon for dogs to not love the brace straight away. A natural thing for them is to sit still or whimper when wearing 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 until they can wear the brace up to 14 hours.
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. Do not put a wet brace on your dog as this may cause irritation.