BT Balto Hock Brace (Firm to Full Support With Removable Splints)

BT Balto Hock Brace (Firm to Full Support With Removable Splints)
BT Balto Hock Brace (Firm to Full Support With Removable Splints)
BT Balto Hock Brace (Firm to Full Support With Removable Splints)
The hock brace is used for support and stability of the dogs hock, for symptoms such as pain, lameness or difficulty in moving. This brace is ideal for achilles tendon problems and injuries requiring immobilisation of the Hock joint, but as it has removable splints it can also be used for conditions such as arthritis and arthrosis. It can also be used as hock protection, it can cover plasters or bandages and be used as a post-surgery support.

This hock brace has three removable splints, two lateral splints and an adjustable fore splint. These can be used in any combination required. 

Please ensure you accurately measure your dog using the sizing guide below.

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Uses:
  • Hock hyperextension
  • Arthritis
  • Arthrosis
  • Post-surgical support
  • General hock weakness and pain
Features:
  • Breathable fabric
  • Excellent wearability
  • Hand washable
  • The brace can be used in pre- and in post-surgery
  • Rigid splints included which fit into the brace
  • Does not affect natural movement
  • Reduces pain, swelling and supports muscles in the hock
  • Reduces the amount of strain on the joint
Recommendations for use:
  • During the period of restraint, it is advisable not to leave the dog alone for too long, because it might try to remove the brace by biting or scratching it.
  • Caution: Direct contact between the splints and the skin means that the brace may cause reddening if the dog is taken out to play or run while wearing it. We recommend that this be prevented by placing some gauze or cotton wool between the splints and the skin.
  • Consult a veterinarian when using rigid splints.
  • Always remove the rigid splints before washing.

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Bt-Hock-Sizes

Size Leg Circumference below the Hock Distance "A” on the brace Approx Dog Weight
XXS 4.5-7cm / 1.77-2.75in 5.5cm / 2.2in 5-10kg / 11-22lb
XS 6-8cm / 1.9-3.2in 6.5cm / 2.6in 10-15kg / 22-33lb
S 8-11cm / 3.2-4.33in 7.5cm / 3.1in 15-20kg / 33-44lb
M 11-13cm / 4.33-5.12in 8.5cm / 3.4in 20-30kg / 44-66lb
L 13-15cm / 5.12-5.9in 9.5cm / 3.8in 30-45kg / 66-100lb
XL 14-16cm / 5.5-6.3in 10cm / 4in Over 45kg / Over 100lb


 

How to Introduce a Splint to Your Pet

It’s important to remember that any splint or bootie placed on a pet’s foot will need to be removed at bedtime, and should be removed for at least an hour during the day to allow the foot to breathe.

When introducing a new splint to a pet, it’s important to start slowly. Positive reinforcement methods, using praise, treats, or toys should always be used in association with the splint. The splint will initially make the pet walk "funny” or maybe not want to walk at all. Using positive reinforcement to encourage walking is always the best approach.

Day One: Place splint on pet for 10-15 minutes at a time, then remove. Try these short sessions 3 to 4 times during Day One.

Once the splint is removed, look for any areas of irritation or rubbing on the pet’s skin that may have been caused by the splint. If you notice an area of rubbing, please consult one of our customer service representatives for fitting assistance, and your veterinarian with any medical concerns.

Remember that every pet is different; it may take pets longer than a few days to get used to the splint, and that’s OK. It’s more important to make sure the pet is comfortable with the splint and the fit is correct than to rush the process. Continue with these short sessions until your dog adjusts. If you are concerned that the fit isn’t correct, please contact our customer service department or consult with your veterinarian.

Day Two: If your pet is having a hard time adjusting to wearing the splint, continue with the short 10-15 minute sessions, as described in Day One. If your pet seems to be walking a little better and is getting used to the splint, then it’s time to increase the session length a bit. 

Place splint on for 15-30 minutes at a time, then remove. Try these sessions 3 to 4 times during Day Two. Again, look for any signs of discomfort, and respond accordingly.

Day Three: If your pet is still having a hard time, continue with the short 10-15 minute sessions, as described in Day One. If the pet seems to be walking a little better than in Day Two and is getting used to the splint, then it’s time to increase session length again.

Place splint on for 30-60 minutes at a time, then remove. Try these sessions 3 to 4 times during Day Three. Once again, look for any signs of discomfort, and respond accordingly.

Ongoing: Once the pet is able to comfortably wear the splint for 4 hours or more in the day, and no areas of rubbing or irritation are present, it’s all right to increase wear time to almost a full day, if needed. If you are unsure how long the splint should be worn based on your dog’s medical condition, it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian.


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