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The Pros and Cons For a Custom Cruciate Ligament Knee Brace For My Dog?

The Pros and Cons For a Custom Cruciate Ligament Knee Brace For My Dog?

Yes a custom knee brace for your dog and their cruciate ligament knee injury can be very expensive! 

So, is a custom knee brace the right choice for your dog and is it worth it?

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Whether your dog has had TPLO surgery on their cruciate ligament or not, a knee brace can make all the difference between a successful recovery or not. Read through the pros and cons for a custom knee brace for your dog.


  • It sounds obvious but a custom-made brace is uniquely shaped for your dog’s shape, with over 200 breeds of dog, it can be difficult for a standard size or brace, however good, to fit your individual dog
  • Exact fit speeds up the healing process as the brace supports the knee joint in the correct places, compared to a standard brace
  • A custom fit means no rubbing from the brace
  • A custom fit means that instead of giving general support to your dog’s leg and joints, it is more targeted and therefore more effective, as well as being more comfortable
  • A custom fit takes into account and adapts to your dog’s unique way of walking
  • Custom knee braces are much lighter than standard knee braces, this means that it does not hamper your dog in any way, making it suitable for more elderly and frail dogs as well
  • Custom braces don’t have strapping over your dog's bottom, straps can apply extra pressure on their back / hind quarters
  • If you have insurance, your insurance company will likely cover the cost, you can check with them
  • Often custom braces are cheaper than surgery


  • Custom knee braces take time to make - about three weeks
  • They are very expensive, if you have insurance, check if your insurance can cover it

Titus, the husky, did not have TPLO surgery as he was 10 years old. It is really worth reading his story further to see how his owner chose alternative options to surgery, and Titus made a full recovery:

Read about Titus, the husky, and how he recovered from his cruciate ligament injury without surgery 

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