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How to Choose a Walkin’ Dog Splint

Walkin’ Pet Splints are made to support the lower limbs of animals. Walkin’ Pets modeled the dog splint after human splints for lower leg, ankle, and foot injuries.

How to Choose a Walkin’ Dog Splint

Small animals frequently need to splint or brace injures to a lower limb. Choosing a splint is simple if you follow the diagram below to see which is right for your pet.

Where Does it Hurt?

First of all, identify where the dog’s injury is: front or rear paw, carpal, or hock?

Hock or Carpal of Dog

A pet’s front and back legs are shaped very differently. Therefore, identifying which leg and joint are affected will play a big part in choosing the proper leg support for your pet.

A dog’s front legs include the wrist or carpal joint on the lower part of the leg, with the elbow on the upper leg.

The lower rear legs of a dog are made up of the ankle or hock joint with the knee on the upper leg. The hock connects the shin bones to the bones of the paw. The hock has a much deeper bend than the carpal joint in the front leg.


There are three different Walkin’ Pet splints designed for a pet’s front leg. The Bootie, Carpal, and Front dog splints provide stability and support for the lower front limbs of your pet (carpal and/or paw).

Bootie Splint

Bootie Pet Splint (front leg)

A Bootie Splint will support a dog’s front foot and wrist up to the carpal joint. It will not provide support to the carpal joint.

If support under the paw is needed, use a splint with a boot for injuries such as knuckling or toe injuries.

 Carpal Splint

Walkin' Carpal Pet Splint

Use the a carpal splint is best for support around the carpal (wrist) joint for conditions such as carpal hyperextension, carpal joint instabilities, osteoarthritis of the carpal joint, or soft tissue injuries.

The carpal splint will support a dog’s carpus and directly above and below the joint. With this brace style, the dog’s paw is left free, so the pet can walk normally. If your dog requires support under its front foot, you will need a Front Splint.

Front Splint

Walkin' Front Pet Splint

A front leg splint offers pets the most lower front leg support. This splint will support above the carpus and under the pet’s paw.

Consider the Walkin’ Fit Adjustable Splint for stability and support of the lower front limbs (carpal and paw) for problems including neurological conditions (causing knuckling), carpal joint instabilities, polyarthritis, and soft tissue injuries.


Walkin’ Pets has three different style of rear leg splints. If your pet needs support for the lower rear limbs (hock and/or paw), then consider the Bootie, Hock, and Rear dog splints for stability.

Bootie Splint

Rear Bootie Pet Splint

A bootie splint will support a dog’s rear foot and ankle up to the hock joint. It will not provide support to the hock joint.

If your dog is knuckling, or has injured it’s ankle or back toes, then use the a splint with a rigid boot for support under the paw.

 Hock Splint

Hock Pet Splint

The hock splint stabilizes a pet’s hock joint, while leaving the hind paw free. This style hind leg brace immobilizes the hock joint to stabilize the joint injury.

Use a style splint for support around the hock joint for injuries including tarsal hyperextension, tarsal joint instabilities, osteoarthritis of the tarsal joint, and soft tissue injuries.

Rear Splint

Walkin' Rear Pet Splint

The rear splint offers the most support for a pet’s lower hindlimb. This style splint will stabilize from above the hock joint down around the ankle and under the back paw.

Use the Walkin’ Fit Adjustable Splint for stability and support of the lower rear limbs (hock and paw). This can help address neurological conditions causing knuckling of the paw, tarsal joint instabilities, polyarthritis, and soft tissue injuries.

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  1. Thank you very much for this blog, help us realize the great bravery and tenacity of the animals, know how to adapt to the changes and move forward.

    A greeting from Spain

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