Common Signs of Knee Injury in Dogs

Lameness in the rear legs is one possible sign of a knee injury in dogs — and an indication that you should take them to your vet in Guelph for a check-up. Other signs include inflammation and swelling around the knee, a clicking noise in the knee, or abnormal sitting behaviour.

If your dog does have a knee injury or ACL injury, then your vet may recommend surgery, depending on the age of your pet and their current health condition. Whether you decide to move ahead with surgery or not, a dog knee brace can provide an excellent way to reduce pressure on the knee joint, alleviate pain in the area, and prevent the condition from worsening.

At Applied Biomechanics, we can provide a range of customized leg bracing solutions for dogs, including options for both single and double braces.

Our Knee Bracing Solutions: Dog ACL Brace / Dog CCL Brace

If your dog has a problem with their knees, then it is most likely related to your pet’s ACL/CCL. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) — which is called the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) for dogs — is a common source of knee injuries for both humans and animals.

Although CCL is the proper canine name for this ligament, you will typically hear vets refer to it as the ACL for convenience, as this is a term that is frequently used when discussing knee injuries for athletes and most people will recognize it.

The ACL/CCL is one of the ligaments that connects a person (or a dog’s) femur (thighbone) with their tibia (shinbone) and helps keep the two bones in proper alignment during motion, i.e. walking, running, etc.. However, repeated strain over time can cause damage to the ACL/CCL, causing it to rupture and leading to pain, inflammation, and further damage to the knee area.

A dog ACL brace or dog CCL brace can help control the motion of the tibia against the femur and reduce the symptoms mentioned above. A brace can be used in a situation where knee surgery is not possible (due to advanced age or high costs), or it can be used to support recovery and rehabilitation post-surgery and allow healing to take its natural course with a reduced risk of re-injury.

Other Types of Dog Leg Braces

While knee braces are the most common type of bracing provided for dogs, our team can also provide a range of other canine bracing solutions, including:

  • Dog Ankle Braces (Rear Leg)
  • Dog Tarsal Braces (Rear Leg)
  • Dog Elbow Braces (Front Leg)
  • Dog Wrist Braces (Front Leg)

These braces can be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Collapsed Pastern
  • Cruciate Tears
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Dysplasia
  • Joint Instability
  • Nerve Injury
  • And more

While bracing is most often used in the case of chronic conditions, it can also be a helpful way to support recovery after surgery.

Dog Wheelchairs

At Applied Biomechanics, we also offer dog wheelchairs to provide improved support for the mobility of your canine companion. There are a range of dog wheelchair designs available, including rear support wheelchairs, full support wheelchairs, and more.

Each dog wheelchair is designed to fit the measurement of your pet, whether a little dog, a big dog, or something in between. The wheelchair devices are fully adjustable and designed to reduce pressure on the front legs and keep your pet’s spine in alignment to prevent further injury.

Dog wheelchairs have been shown to increase your canine’s quality of life, allowing them to walk and run again, as well as slowing the progression of a range of spinal conditions. Learn more about a custom bracing solution for your dog, contact the team at Applied Biomechanics today.

Get your pet the support they need.