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Elbow Braces for Dogs

A custom elbow orthotic supports the elbow joint, relieves joint pain, reduces inflammation, and stabilizes the upper front arm so that dogs can remain active as they heal. Custom bracing is recommended for chronic conditions, during injury recovery, or when surgery is not an option. 

Where is my dog’s elbow?

A dog’s elbow is the second joint in the front limb, below the shoulder joint, and is found on the back of the front leg. A dog’s elbow is comprised of three bones, the humorous and the radius. When functioning correctly, a dog’s elbow allows for natural movement and range of motion in the front leg. 

How can an elbow brace help my dog?

Elbow Brace for dog with elbow dysplasia

Canine ligament injuries occur when a tendon is overstretched or twisted. Although tendon tears are more common in a dog’s knee, they can also occur in the elbow. Supporting the elbow with a custom brace alleviates joint pain and protects the elbow from further injury as it heals. The elbow orthosis provides both medial and lateral stability to the upper arm. 

In addition, an elbow brace prevents the dog from putting too much pressure on its injured elbow and keeps the forelimb in optimal alignment. Along with the injury, a front leg brace can also be for dogs dealing with joint pain from a degenerative joint condition or osteoarthritis. 

Types of dog elbow problems:

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Elbow joint instability
  • Elbow luxation
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Dogs with arthritis or dysplasia should maintain a healthy weight. Obesity will further strain a dog’s front legs and worsen joint pain. In addition, dogs place most of their weight on their front limbs, meaning their elbows and shoulders take a lot of wear and tear, which is why choosing the right orthotic brace for your dog is crucial. 

Can a dog elbow brace be worn on both legs?

Dogs can wear canine elbow braces on one or both front legs. When a dog wears two orthotics on both front limbs, it’s often referred to as bilateral elbow braces. 

When should I consider using an elbow brace for my dog?

Elbow brace for canine dysplasia

Your veterinarian may recommend an elbow brace if your dog shows signs of an elbow injury. 

Elbow injury signs include:

  • Limping or lifting the front leg off the ground while walking
  • Joint stiffness, especially after a long walk or playtime
  • Ebow appears swollen and sensitive to touch
  • If dislocated, the dog may not be able to bear any weight on the injured leg
  • Dog shows a reluctance to walk or exercise

By bracing the elbow joint, there is a reduced risk of elbow hyperextension, luxation, and the front leg is better stabilized, allowing the dog to get back to daily activities. The Walkin’ Pets custom elbow brace is designed to provide medial and lateral stability due to the laxity of the elbow joint.  It can also provide support in the anterior and posterior plane of the joint via a rigid connection with stainless steel articulation joints.

Do I need a prescription for an elbow brace?

Although a prescription is unnecessary, always consult your veterinary physician before ordering an elbow orthosis. Each brace is custom fabricated to conform and support a dog’s elbow and customized to suit a dog’s specific diagnosis. Work with your veterinarian to determine the best plan for your dog’s recovery.  Rehabilitation and veterinary follow-up are critical to a dog’s healing process. In most cases, additional treatments will be necessary. Your dog’s brace is just one piece of their treatment plan.

Helping your dog heal from an elbow joint injury

Custom elbow support is only one part of your dog’s rehabilitation.  Contrary to popular belief, dogs don’t distribute their weight evenly across all four legs. Instead, the front legs, carpal, elbow, and shoulder joints support 60% of a dog’s total weight. Therefore, for severe elbow injuries and joint pain, it may also be necessary to find a safe way to support the front of your dog. 

Common reasons why a dog may need an elbow brace include:

  • Severe Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Injury from a trauma
  • Ligament laxity
  • Disease

At times, the custom elbow brace can be attached to the carpal brace to provide ultimate stability from elbow to paw.

Front Support Harness

BuddyUp front harness for dogs with weak front legs

A front lift harness wraps around a dog’s chest and back. Most dog support harnesses feature a handle on the top that allows you to lift your dog safely. Supporting your dog’s front legs will make it easier for your dog to climb stairs and walk without placing full weight on their forelimbs.

It’s important that your dog’s front harness offers the right level of support. If you need a lifting harness for a dog’s front legs, look for one that will support the chest as well as underneath the abdomen. Also, if your dog is using a wheelchair or plans to in the future, pick a harness that is also wheelchair compatible. This means that the harness can be used to support your dog as you get them into their cart and has the proper wheelchair clips so you can get your dog in and out of its wheelchair easily.

Full Support Cart

Dogs unable to support themselves at all may require a full support wheelchair. This style of dog wheelchair provides equal support to a dog’s front and back legs. Typically the front wheels of a quad wheelchair feature caster wheels. Casters allow for ease of movement and make it easier for a dog with weak front legs to maneuver and steer its cart.


Along with bracing, rehab therapies are beneficial for dogs with elbow dysplasia. Massage and hydrotherapy are just a few techniques that may be used for a pet with elbow issues. An underwater treadmill and swim therapy work to strengthen the front leg muscles with lower pain and less stress on the elbows. Strengthening the muscles around the elbow joint will help lessen the overall elbow pain. A supportive brace may be worn during treatments to limit joint pain as the dog moves.

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Full Support Dog Wheelchair
Full Support Dog Wheelchair


  1. Hi, Do you think the “Splints ” in an e-mail you sent me, would be any good for back legs of a Canadian Shepherd?not a hip problem but Arthritis.

    • Hi Angela, a splint can be beneficial, but it depends on where the joint injury is. If the condition is in the hip, a hip brace may be the best option. Please call us at 888-253-0777 so we can discuss your dog’s diagnosis and which splint or brace would work best. Thank you!

    • Hi Nancy, thank you for reaching out. We are currently offering elbow braces through our site, but we’d be happy to refer you to someone who does. Please call us at 888-253-0777

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