I used the ATrac canine stifle brace on my 8 yr old husky mix and it worked great! The initial fitting was a bit challenging, but after that the brace was easily put on and taken off. He adapted to the knee brace immediately. My only recommendation would be to shave your dog, especially in the summer – it makes the brace fit better, causes less sore areas, and the Velcro straps last longer and stay clean. however, I had to ‘brush’ them clean weekly. The few sore areas he did develop I treated with non talc baby powder and soon it callused and did not cause problems anymore.
It allowed my dog to move around – our dogs are outdoor dogs on a larger property and I was not able to control his activity while gone – the stabilizers helped, and I was able to wean him off the pain meds within 1-2 weeks using the brace 24/7. Being a Physical Therapist, I followed the protocol fairly closely – making adaptions depending on his progress. When the time came after 3 months or so we began the weaning process using our common sense, such as taking it off on the weekends only and then increased slowly by 1 day at a time. After a total of 4-5 months I felt comfortable leaving the brace off completely, HOWEVER we do not encourage jumping in any way shape or form anymore since we believe it happened jumping in/out of our pick up truck. Now we lift him or use a ramp.
I can only recommend this brace, it did the trick if you follow the protocol and use common sense. It was worth every dime, thank you so much for making something like this available!