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Hock orthotic brace

  • Hock ligament injuries
  • Preventing hock hyperextension
  • Treatment of hock arthritis

The purpose of our hock orthotic brace

The hock joint of a dog is located in the hind leg analogous to a human’s ankle joint. Dogs are considered digitigrade animals, meaning they stand on their toes and tarsus (ankle region) elevated. The hock should maintain a slight angle. Taituki’s hock brace is designed to preserve the correct hock position, preventing excessive extension of the hock and providing lateral stabilization to the joint.

When our hock brace is needed

Injury to the collateral ligament of the hock can occur when a dog abruptly slows down or tumbles while walking. This might lead to limping or hock soreness. Certain dog breeds such as chow chow, akita or bernese mountain dog may naturally have hock joints that overextend, and Taituki’s addresses this issue and can assist osteoarthritis. In severe cases of osteoarthritis, surgery might be necessary but Taituki’s hock brace can aid in the recovery process.  

Usage time for our hock brace

If it’s an accident but the ligaments are not completely torn and do not require casting or surgery, the Taituki hock orthotic brace can be used immediately. The hock brace is worn by the dog for 4-8 weeks. If the injury is mild and there is no limping after the initial period, the brace can be used for walks. If there is swelling, warmth, and tenderness in the hock, it’s advisable to keep the brace on throughout the day. Orthotic brace usage can be discontinued when there is no tenderness, swelling, or warmth in the joint, and the dog no longer shows signs of limping. If the ligaments have permanently stretched, it’s recommended to use the brace for longer walks and during slippery conditions, for example, during inclement weather.


Putting on the hock brace

Put on the support with the size label on the front side. When putting it on, gently bend the leg and position the brace over the hock. Fasten the Velcro straps and make sure the brace is snug enough and won’t slide down.

Washing the hock support 

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 brace for swimming.

Materials used

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 brace is suitable for postoperative use.

Shaped metal reinforcements

The orthotic 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.

Professional help for choosing the right orthotic brace

Helps your dog to recovery

Taituki is suitable for use before and after surgery to accelerate healing

Long-term support

Taituki is suitable for long-term use. Orthotic support activates muscles and gives confidence for movement

Professional service

Maksuaikaa jopa 12 kk!

"I'm thankful for the joint brace. It fits perfectly and helps when walking outdoors. It has helped me to continue my favorite activities. What a great invention!"
Taituki testimonial
7 yr -Pyrenean shepherd dog
"I have been wearing Taituki wrist braces for about a year now. With the Taituki joint support, I'm able to go on long walks in the woods and my wrists are considerably more stable now."
12 v - Labrador retriever
"I have wrist overextension. With the help of the joint brace, I have been able to cutoff almost all the medication and the joint brace does not bother me at all."
Taituki testimonial
9 v - Landseer