Walkin’® Rear Splint for Dogs and Cats
PLEASE NOTE: There is no “right” or “left” leg or paw designated for splints; splints may be used for either the right or left leg/paw. If you order a splint and it is marked with “L” it refers to the size (Large).
Injuries to the lower back limbs of small animals frequently need to be splinted or braced. The Walkin’ Rear Splint is modeled after human splints and will provide stability and support for lower rear limbs in the hock and paw area.
The splint is positioned in the back of the dog’s leg and can be adjusted with padded Velcro straps which are secured over the front of the leg. Inside the splint, interior padding keeps the leg secure and comfortable. Non-slip pads on the bottom of the splint add stability.
The rear leg splint extends above the hock and completely under the foot, giving full support to the bottom of the dog’s leg.
The Walkin’ Rear Splint is designed for maximum comfort and mobility. It may take a few days for your cat or dog to become acclimated to the feeling of walking around with a splint, but our unique design will have them feeling comfortable quickly. For more information on how splints can help heal dog injuries, please visit this blog post*.
- Keeps the dog’s leg in normal walking position
- Allows weight to be put on the broken or weak limb
- Provides an easy way to provide daily wound therapy
- Reduces the standard cost of bandaging and casting
- Lightweight design increases the tolerance of the splint for the dog
Conditions that may benefit from Walkin’ Rear Splint:
- Osteoarthritis of the tarsal or metatarsal joints
- Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
- Soft Tissue injuries to tarsal or metatarsal tendons/ligaments
- Achilles tendon injury
- Tarsal or Metatarsal joint instabilities or malformations
- Neurological conditions causing knuckling of paw
- Post-surgical protection
Sizes and Measurements
The Walkin’ Rear Splints come in a range of sizes to fit your dog or pet perfectly. The sizes range from XX-Small to X-Large to make sure most breeds are covered. All splints come with adjustable straps to best fit the splint to your pet’s dimensions. Splints will not be effective if they are too loose or too tight.
Please keep in mind: Walkin’ Rear Splints are designed to support the lower part of the legs. They will not stabilize the knee on the rear leg. Please check with your local veterinarian before using the splint on your dog or pet.
If you have a cat and are interested in these splints, you will need to order the XX-Small or X-Small Splint, depending on the size of your cat. See chart below.
A: Measure from end of longest toenail to midpoint between hock and knee.
B: Measure from the end of longest toenail to top of hock.
It is recommended that you measure the dog in a standing position, if possible.
|A – Total Length of Rear Splints||6.25″||9″||10″||11.25″||13.5″||15.5″|
|B – Length to top of hock||4.5″||6″||7″||8″||9.5″||11″|
|Recommended weight range||under 10 lbs.||10-25 lbs.||25-40 lbs.||40-65 lbs.||65-85 lbs.||85+ lbs.|
If your dog’s measurement falls between sizes, please call us at 1-888-253-0777 and our Customer Service Department will help you to determine the correct size.
Video for measurement: https://youtu.be/q2oyaJI4wSw
“How Long Should My Pet Wear the Walkin’ Splint?”
Splints are not designed to be left on your pet for a long period of time. Introduce your pet to the splint by slowly fitting the splint onto your pet. Do this for the first handful of times that your pet has to wear the splint. Have your pet wear the splint for two hours on followed by two hours off. When your pet is resting or relaxed for a long period of time, keep the splint off. Always remove the splint overnight.
“How do I use a Dog Splint?”
Injuries to the lower limb of small animals often need to be splinted or braced. Please see your veterinarian to determine whether this is the best treatment for your pet. These splints can be used on the lower leg for stability and support and are available in a full range of sizes and shapes to accommodate the rear legs comfortably. Your pet should always be supervised when using the splint.
Walkin’ Rear Splints are placed on the back of the leg and held in place by padded Velcro straps. They extend about halfway up the leg. The bottom of the splint extends completely under the paw to provide weight-bearing support. This is ideal for fractures, knuckling, and other ailments.
Splints are made of hard plastic with a soft foam lining and a non-skid pad on the bottom. The non-skid pad will not work well on some slippery surfaces. Before using the splint, test it on the surface to make sure it will grip adequately.
Splints should be used only when recommended by a pet care professional who will determine whether the splint is appropriate, how long it should be worn, and what problems might occur that would indicate that use of the splint should be discontinued. These include chafing, muscle atrophy, or extreme distress of the animal.
The First Time
Occasionally, animals resist having the splint put on and may try to escape. An animal with a splint halfway on can injure himself or herself. Put the splint on in an enclosed area, and secure the pet with a leash or other restraint. As you start to put on the splint, reward the pet with special treats. Start with two to three minute sessions, and increase the time as your pet gets used to the splint.
Putting the splint on your pet
Putting a sock on the leg before applying the splint is sometimes more comfortable for the dog. Rear splints should be applied on a standing animal. Starting at the bottom, place the foot flat in the bottom of the splint. Make sure that the toes do not extend over the bottom edge. Snug the bottom strap first. Check for a snug fit after the animal has taken a few steps.
“Can my dog sit and lay down with a splint on?”
Yes, your pet can sit and lay down with our splints.
“My dog has a rear limb Knee problem (ACL or Patella). Will a Splint work for my dog?”
No, splints will support the lower limb for the animal but will not go high enough to support the knee on the dog. Click here for a possible alternative.
“My dog seems to fall in between sizes in your chart; should I order the larger size?”
If your pet’s measurement falls between sizes, please call us at 1-888-253-0777 and our Customer Service Department will help you to determine the correct size.
“Can I change or remold the splint with heat?”
Yes, you can heat and flare the plastic away from a problem area, but you cannot change the angle of the splint. You will need a heat gun to do any modifications; the splint will be non-returnable once heat is applied.
“Does the splint have any tread or soling on the bottom so the dog will not slip?”
Yes, the splints have a non-skid soling surface on the bottom (see photos tab).
“Do the splints have any padding inside, and can it be cleaned?”
Yes, the splints are fully lined with a closed cell foam that can be washed.