The achilles tendon of a dog is situated in the hind leg at the hock, similar to its location in humans. Just as in humans, injuries to dogs ́ Achilles tendon are painful and recover slowly. The Achilles consists of three robust muscle tendons: biceps femoris, semitendinosus and gastrocnemius. Above the Achilles tendon lies the tendon of flexor phalanx superficialis. These tendon structures are crucial for maintaining the stability of tarsus (hock) and providing power to hind leg movements. When the Achilles tendon experiences strain or a partial tear, the tarsus can lower than in a healthy leg.
An Achilles tendon support is designed for rehabilitating Achilles tendon injuries and providing support for chronically strained hock. Injuries like these are especially prone to occur in slippery conditions. The support prevents excessive bending of the hock and assists in maintaining the leg’s proper position. Even a slight adjustment in leg positioning can lead to improved posture and more comfortable movement for the dog.
Use the support on the dog until the leg has healed sufficiently, and the dog moves confidently without the support. The typical usage duration is about 2-3 months. The support can be used throughout the dog’s lifetime. If needed, you can also consult a veterinarian regarding the usage of the support.
Gently put the brace on the dog’s leg. The size label should be on the backside of the support, and the metal pieces should go on on the sides. Fasten the brace using the Velcro straps. After a few minutes, you can ensure that the support is at an appropriate tightness.
If needed, hand wash with a mild laundry detergent or diluted dish soap. Wiping and removing fur, for instance from Velcro, is often sufficient when necessary. It’s advisable to remove the support for swimming.
Frictionless and lightweight inner lining
Strong neoprene reinforcement warms up and conforms to the shape of the dog’s leg. Thanks to the soft lining, the support is suitable for postoperative use.
Shaped metal reinforcements
The support maintains its shape due to the bent metal part, providing enough space for the joint. Biomechanically designed range of motion provides the correct joint angle for different situations.
Durable outer layer
Made from highly durable Cordura material.