Balto – Dog Knee Brace – BT JUMP

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BT-JUMP is a dog knee brace designed for cases of cruciate ligament, luxation of the patella, knee joint conditions such as arthritis and arthrosis, varus and valgus.

It can be used both as an alternative to surgery, and in post-surgery (TTO, TTA, TPLO, DeAngelis).

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Balto – Dog Knee Brace – BT JUMP has been designed for cases of cruciate ligament rupture (ACL), luxation of the patella, knee joint conditions such as arthritis and arthrosis.

It can be used both as an alternative to surgery, and in post-surgery (TTO, TTA, TPLO, DeAngelis, tie rope, extracapsular).

BT JUMP has two pockets, which contain two angled splints that restrict the movement of the knee where necessary. An abdominal band ensures the brace is secured at the right height on the leg. An additional “Collar Link” is provided and can be used if needed in order to prevent the abdominal belt from sliding.

The brace can also be used without splints for conditions such as arthritis and arthrosis. This is because the compression it provides increases the blood pressure in the area, thus raising the temperature and reducing the pain caused by the conditions.

 

SIZES AND MEASUREMENTS

Before proceeding with your purchase, please make sure you have taken the correct measurements on your dog as shown below.
If you have any doubt, please contact us by email and give measurements (A, B, h), weight, breed and Height (Ground to Top-of-back) of your pet.
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Sizes Circumference A Circumference B Front height A-B
Weight
XXS Less than 15cm / 6in <5kg / 11lb
XS 16-18cm / 6.3-7.1in 5-7cm / 1.97-2.75in 10cm / 3.94in <7kg / 13.3lb
S 21-25cm / 9.27-9.84in 8-15cm / 3.15-5.9in 15cm / 5.9in 7kg-12kg / 13.3-26.5lb
M 26-31cm / 10.24 – 12.2 in 10-16cm / 3.94 – 6.3 in 18cm / 7.09in 12kg-25kg / 26.5-55lb
L 29-34cm / 11.42-13.39in 12-18cm / 4.72-7.09in 22cm / 8.66in 25kg-50kg / 55-110lb
XL Over 36cm / 14.17in Not required 25 cm / 9.84in >50kg / 110lb

 

 

ADDITIONAL MEASUREMENTS FOR SMALL BREEDSBT-JUMP-DogsHeight

 

Sizes H
XXS < 25cm | 10in
XS 25-37cm | 10-14.5in
S > 37cm | 14.5in

 

 

IMPORTANT:

  • Measurement A IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEASUREMENT: DOG STANDING, Circumference at MID-THIGH LEVEL
  • The weight is just to guide you but not to make your decision as overweight or large-bodied with short legs could lead to errors
  • If you hesitate between 2 sizes, always SELECT THE SMALLEST SIZE.
  • Please contact us if you have any doubt.

 

EXAMPLE OF BREEDS
**Please Do Not Select The Size Of The Brace Based On These Examples, You Need To Measure Your Dog.

  • XXS (CATS and TINY DOG): Pomeranians, Chihuahuas
  • XS (SMALL DOGS): Jack Russell, Shih Tzu
  • S (MIDSIZE DOGS): Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, French Bulldog
  • M (MEDIUM DOGS): Border Collie, Bulldog, Kelpie
  • L (LARGE DOGS): German Shepherd, Labrador/Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, Doberman
  • XL (GIANT DOGS): Bullmastiff, Great Dane, Large Rottweiler and Doberman…

 

CHOOSE THE CORRECT SIDE
If you are standing behind the dog looking in the same direction then the right leg is the one on the right.
For example the dog on the photo is wearing the brace on its RIGHT LEG.

THE NEED FOR RIGID SPLINTS IN A DOG KNEE BRACE

Ensuring the stability of the affected part often means aiding recovery.
The 2 angled lateral aluminium splints inserted in the sides of the BT-JUMP Dog Knee Brace restrict movement, as required, controlling the area which needs to be held still, while the abdominal belt keeps the support in place.
 

FITTING A BALTO KNEE BRACE

Look at your brace and identify the abdominal belt, the collar link and the brace with its straps.
Find the patella or knee cap of your dog. The hole of the brace should be centered on the knee cap of your dog.

 

 

Note: It is easier to fit the brace if your dog is standing.

  1. Open the abdominal belt and close it around your dog’s belly. Tighten it just enough to help position the knee brace at the right level on the leg.
  2. Open all the straps of the brace and place the knee brace with the hole centered on the patella.
  3. Starting at the top, close one strap at a time. Please note that for small breeds (XXS and XS size) the brace has only one knee strap. Adjust the abdominal brace a bit tighter if needed.
  4. The dog should have its leg straight when sitting and lying down. If the brace slides down and the dog flexes its leg when sitting or lying down then it means it is too loose.

Note: If your dog tends to lift or drag its leg instead of bearing weight on it while walking, check the lowest strap near the hock. It may be too tight and be putting too much pressure on the tendon, therefore loosen slightly.

 

 

 

ABDOMINAL BELT POSITION
On male dogs the abdominal belt can be positioned in front of the penis or over the penis. The fabric of the belt is soft and comfortable in order to prevent skin irritation. Please check twice a day to ensure a comfortable fit. The abdominal belt is only meant to keep the brace at the correct height on the leg so please do not over-tighten the belt to avoid rubbings.

Please note that overweight dogs can have issues because of the abdomen hanging lower which can apply extra pressure against the belt.

 

RECOMMENDED ACTIVITY LEVEL

Your pet is in a recovery period so he/she cannot do as much and as long as before their cruciate tear injury. The healing is slow and depends on the level of activity of your dog. Once the knee is stable (surgery or knee brace) the key to a full, strong recovery is to do as much exercises as possible to prevent muscle wastage but while avoiding pain and a flare up. Ideally, look for a canine rehabilitation practitioner with a CCRP or CCRT qualification. They will establish a specific protocol and home exercise program according to your dog’s specific needs and level of recovery.

 

The level of exercise needs to be progressive.
It is safe to start with slow walks on a short lead for 5 minutes twice a day (straight lines on flat ground is best) then increase the time and type of ground. For small breeds who like to speed up on 3 legs, walking on gravel will slow them down. Weight-shifting exercises are an easy way to remind your dog that they can trust their leg again.
While your dog is standing (brace ON), place your hands around her/his rear then gently push the bottom from left to right very slowly so your dog will have to put their weight on each leg, shifting their weight from side-to-side.

 

Hydrotherapy is fantastic but swimming is a very fast motion that could damage the joint if done too soon. Start with walking in water first.
Please control the play time with other dogs or yourself. We recommend your dog does not jump or run for 1 to 3 months.

 

 

HOW LONG TO USE THE BRACE?

  • The tear can be partial or total
  • There is the possibility of other damage present in the leg (collateral ligament, meniscus injury, patella luxation, sprain/strain on the hip back or hock)
  • The weight of your dog is another variable. Small breeds less that 10kg tend to improve faster than larger breeds or overweight dogs

 

Statistics when using the Balto Knee Brace:
The scar tissue that will stabilise the stifle needs 1 to 3 months to build up in order for the dog to walk without a brace. During this first period we advise you use the brace every time the dog is active. Remove it at night or when the dog is resting.

After this initial period the scar tissue needs another 6 months to consolidate and be strong enough to bear the full weight of an active (running, jumping, turning) pet without the brace. During this second phase, you can use the brace only during times of increased activity (e.g. in a dog park or on long walks)

  • It is very common for a dog to develop a cruciate injury on the second leg after the first one. The BT-JUMP-DUAL dog knee brace has been designed to lower this risk especially with overweight and older dogs.
  • Keep in mind that the brace provides a support externally so it is still possible for the dog to chew and scratch and you can remove it when you leave the dog alone.

 

 

ADAPTATION PERIOD

  • Most dogs get used to the knee brace very easily within a few minutes or hours.
  • If not then check the fitting again and help your dog with some exercises.
  • The weight-shifting exercise described in the section above is ideal.
  • Be sure to provide lots of treats and rewards when the dog is wearing the brace for encouragement.
  • Start progressively, only wear the brace for 15 minute intervals to begin with, several times on the first day. Then increase this to 1h, then 2h 3-4 times a day the following days.

 

CARING FOR YOUR BALTO KNEE BRACE
If necessary, you can wash the brace gently by hand with soap and warm water (Less than 30dg Celcius | 86dg Fahrenheit).
Please make sure the brace is dry before fitting it on your dog in order to prevent infections.

 

 

SINGLE OR DUAL BRACE?

It is very common (50% to 80% of cases) for a dog with a damaged first cruciate ligament on one leg to damage the other one on the opposite hind leg during the immediate months to 2 years.
The Balto knee braces are designed so that 2 simple BT-JUMP knee braces on each side can be used together in a double knee brace. The BT-JUMP-DUAL dog knee brace.
The exception is the XXS size for smaller breeds as the BT-JUMP-XXS brace is too small to have an internal ring.

 

 

 

UNDERSTAND THE CRUTIATE INJURY AND TREATMENT OPTIONS:

 

 

WHAT IS A DOG CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURY?
The rupture of the cruciate ligament means that the knee joint of your pet is unstable. The instability is triggered each time the dog bears weight on the leg. In the short term the injury is painful and can be swollen, then a lack of activity leads to muscle wastage (atrophy). Within the time frame of a few months to a few years the long term consequences of this instability is the onset of osteoarthritis.

 

BALTO KNEE BRACE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT TO SURGERY
Your veterinarian can perform surgery and place an internal support (tie rope or screws and plate) to stabilise the knee joint. The knee braces can also bring an external support to settle the joint instability. This is the reason why the BT-JUMP dog knee brace features two splints inserted into a comfortable, padded fabric to provide real support.

 

BALTO KNEE BRACE AS SUPPORT FOR POST SURGERY
After any stifle surgery on your dog (such as tie rope technique, TTO, TTA, TPLO, D’Angelis, Extra-capsular imbrication technique, luxating patella surgery, Tibial Crest Transposition), the knee is painful and swollen from the implant stabilizing the knee joint. The first 2-3 weeks are delicate and even though the joint is stable, over-activity of your pet could damage the corrective work of the surgery. Some dogs will be easy to manage and some may become restless confined and / or limited to restricted activity. For those canine patients that become too energetic, the use of a knee brace will help support and protect the surgery site.
The brace is then not used all the time but only when you are unable to restrain the activity level of your dog.

 

 

UNDERSTAND LUXATING PATELLA AND TREATMENT OPTIONS:

 

 

 

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USE

  • During the period of restraint, it is advisable not to leave the dog alone for too long, because it might try to remove the brace by biting or scratching it
  • Be careful of the band when applying the brace to a male dog. When wrapping the band around the pelvis, pass the band in front of foreskin in order to avoid compressing the urethra.

16 reviews for Balto – Dog Knee Brace – BT JUMP

  1. The brace was used as part of an alternative treatment to surgery for a torn ACL on a Jack Russell Terrier. It was easy to fit and straight away my girl was able to put weight on her injured leg. With frequent use, hydro therapy and light exercise she is on track to a full recovery. I would recommend this product to all dog owners whos best mate has suffered a knee injury. Troy

  2. G’day

    Thank you for such a wonderful product.
    Our miniature poodle was limping and favoring his back left leg. A vet said it was a torn crucial ligament and the operation was very expensive with a very long recovery so we decided to try the Balto Dog Knee Brace. We use it when we take him for walks, especially if we suspect he might run. After four weeks he is not limping and is putting weight on his bad leg. We are still being very careful with him but his recovery has been amazing. We will make sure he keeps wearing it for at least another month on his walks. I would recommend the Balto Dog Knee Brace to anyone.

    Kind regards Rob and Rocco.

  3. We bought the brace for our female Jack Russell, who had a ruptured cruciate ligament injury.
    It has been quite successful as part of her treatment, and we have avoided surgery. She has made good progress to this point.
    It is quite easy to fit and she does not mind wearing it. We had to add some padding round the bottom to stop rubbing, and the strap tends to slide off her back. We solved this problem by using a safety pin to pin the strap to her coat, which she mostly wears.
    Our vet was quite pleased with the design.
    As part of a coordinated recovery program of rest, antiinflammatories, and gradual reintroduction of exercise, I would definitely say that the brace has been worthwhile. Regards Howard

  4. The knee brace is awesome and the most reasonably priced. We received it before the set dates. It was a good fit, unfortunately we are having to put our beloved Abraham to sleep tomorrow, which breaks my heart. Due to the fact that he is 13 he is not a good candidate for surgery so his health has declined rapidly in the last week. Thank-you for a great product. Tracy

  5. We bought a knee brace for our 11 year old lab x beagle, Bosco, who tore a cruciate ligament about 6 weeks’ ago. We hesitate to put him through surgery, due to his age.

    Initially, Bosco couldn’t put any weight on his injured leg. But since using the brace, mainly only when going for short walks, he is much stronger in the injured leg, and the brace is also helping to take some of the pressure off his good leg. He can now walk up a couple of stairs again, and even jump on our bed. J

    I would highly recommend trying the brace, if surgery isn’t an option. Or maybe even before surgery, and for post op recovery?

    Thanks Alpha Mobility Solutions.

    Melissa
    Victoria

  6. Firstly the Knee Brace I bought for my dog (right knee Crucial Ligament) from your Company was easy to use, once I finally read the instructions ;-).
    I only use it when my dog jumps around a whole lot and it helps tremendously, the first time she had it on she wasn’t game to move, but now she wears it and walks easily with it on.

    So I guess that makes me Happy with the Results it Gives to My Dog.

    And I have Recommended the Balto Knee Brace and your Company to my Veterinary Service and have given my Vet your card, as I took the Brace in to show her. She said that she had other Dogs with some kind of damage or pain and would suggest it to their owners.

    Sincerly,
    Francesca

  7. After 1 month use: The dog knee brace has worked wonders. I have kept the brace on Buster all day everyday and only take it off at night. He has had it off all day today and is walking without a limp at all. I will see how he goes again tomorrow and if he is still able to use his leg normally I will then only use the brace when he is going for long walks or running. I am so happy thank you so much. Shirley, NSW.

  8. I am so happy with the results achieved by using the Balto Brace.My boy Buster had a severe cruciate ligament injury and was looking at surgery as an only answer.I discovered the Balto Brace on the Internet and decided to give it a try.After several weeks of wearing it all day and only having it off at night while sleeping Buster is back to his happy self no limp and no pain.I am amazed at the results.
    Thank you so much. Shirley.

  9. We have a Golden Retriever with cancer in the left front leg. We decided to let her live out her life since she is 12 years old instead of having it amputated. The brace is being used successfully to provide support for her weakened leg and to relieve pain. It is working very well.
    Tom. Delaware, USA

  10. Hey yall,

    Just wanted to tell yall thanks. Im very impressed with how fast this item shipped and the immediate quality in the product i received. Upon putting the brace on my dog and following the instructions on the box and online i noticed how well it fit and how well it adjusted to my dog. She quickly adapted to the brace and after a full afternoon of her trotting around the yard i have yet to see it slip down her leg nor does it seem to bother her. Praying this product helps naturally heal her partially torn ACL. Compared to other braces that are available (some around $700US or more and a month of waiting) for just over $100 bucks and fast shipping im very very impressed.
    Thanks again yall!
    Steve and mugsy.

    => Slip problem is corrected by linking the back strap to the collar.

  11. How are you?
    I received your braces today. I am extremely satisfied with them! I have been searching for the right braces for her for some time now. I was constantly “goog-ling” images for “canine knee braces” and I became frustrated. As far as your product goes; there definitely weren’t enough photos on the web. Photos of dogs wearing them-at least not in the US! I purchase a lot of products online. Especially on Amazon.com. I rarely write reviews. But, my brother swears by them and goes by them religiously. Therefore, I’d like to offer to write a review about your braces.

    I cannot get over the fact that my puggle started walking with them on and went outside to the bathroom with very little hesitation.
    I’ll attach a bunch of photos that I took of Razin this evening. You are very welcome to use them. If you give me some instructions on how/where I can post my very positive review with pic’s that would be great as well. Such as pet forums, blogs, etc.
    Thank you again. Karin

    Post on dogkneeinjury.com

  12. I wanted to share my appreciation for your well designed braces. My dog tore his cruciate ligament in October just about as soon as we got to Colorado. All he was doing was running outside at our campsite. The next thing we knew he wouldn’t walk with his left leg down. We couldn’t, and still can’t afford a $4,000 surgery. We did our research and came across this amazing brand. As soon as we put it on him he was able to walk with his left leg again, but only with the brace on. After 2 months Nero could walk without the balto brace. Now about 5 months out, we still make him wear it when we go for short hikes or if we know he’s going to be playful and be running around for protection. To be honest I think we’ll always make him wear it for those purposes as there is a noticeable difference when he wears it! Thank you for providing such excellent support for such a reasonable price. We don’t know what we would have done without it. Brittany

  13. I just wanted to say thank you so much for your help on Christmas Eve with fitting a Balto Knee brace to my dog Scully. The vet specialist was recommending costly major surgery to “fix” her cruciate ligaments, but she is really coping very well with the Balto brace. While I have restricted her from climbing stairs, the brace allows her to quite happily go down stairs, walk and even run around the back yard and I’m only giving her some Chinese herbal pain medication once a day. She doesn’t seem to have any pain at all when wearing the brace and with the addition of some hydro-therapy to build up the muscle mass on that right hind leg, she is coming along really well. Thank you again, the brace is fantastic support for her leg!
    Connie S

  14. We recently purchased a Balto knee brace for our dog Sally. She has a rupture cruciate ligament in her right back leg and we are trying to avoid surgery. When we received the brace, we watched the video and gave it a go. We find it a lot easier to put it on if we put the belly strap on first and loosely position the leg brace. We then position the leg brace, tighten the 2 leg velcros, then tighten the belly strap. Otherwise you tend to end up with velcros getting stuck to each other and it gets messy and frustrating. Sally doesn’t seem to mind wearing the brace. I leave it on her all day and take it off in the evening. She puts weight on the leg, and seems to enjoy light exercise. She relaxes on the lounge at night quite happily. If she doesn’t wear the brace all day, she gets quite cranky – obviously in pain. We would certainly recommend this item, although we haven’t had it long enough to know if it will fix our problem, but we will continue to use it.
    Alison & Geoff

  15. Received both Left and Right Large Balto knee braces Saturday. My husband had flown home from work to help fit it on our 110 lb. pup. We both thought it may prove a nightmare to fit. However was rather simple. Hardest part was our big and wiggly dog who tried to lie down and hide the injured leg. Once we got it on it was a different story. Our Boo is not bothered by the brace and was literally instantly putting weight onto the injured limb. We left it on overnight as she has 24 hour access to our property and is fairly active keeping an eye on her territory. She has not shown any discomfort nor tried to chew or remove the brace. Once we figured out we needed to use the collar strap to keep the belly strap from slipping due to lying down etc. this brace has not moved or shifted.

    Yesterday I ordered another pair (left and right) in the XL size. Our Boo hits the top range of Large fitting…and the Velcro straps that secure the brace around the knee joint are at their limit. But it is working fine….We are just hoping the XL may be a tad easier to put on and remove with longer straps that don’t catch up her fur as much when being engaged. So I suggest the measurement of “A” is very important (the “thigh”). Also, as a note; the collar strap has proven vital to keeping the brace stable. (We had to take the longer belly strap off the Left side brace we also bought… to fit the collar to belly strap length as the provided strap was way way too short to work.)

    We have a large wiggly dog. Not easy customer to deal with so we rigged up a temporary “head and haunch no sit” grooming support that will keep her standing while we remove and place the brace. Takes only a minute or so to fit once we became familiar with the brace. I do suggest the collar strap is very important. It keeps the belly strap from slipping backwards with change of position from lying to standing and general wiggling. The collar strap keeps the belly strap in place…that in turn keeps the brace itself from rotating or slipping out of position off the knee joint.

    I am so very pleased with this brace. Boo’s injured Right leg was a mess. Within a few minutes of applying the brace she was relaxed and putting more weight on the leg. Was instantly noticeable. Last night (after applying the collar strap) she was able to get onto the couch for a nap. This has not been possible for many weeks.

    I cannot praise this brace enough. Like a human knee brace it seems the side supports provide instant relief as pressure is being taken off nerves and the joint is stabilized. We wait for the XL model and will give it some time before we apply the brace to the opposite leg.

    With an inoperable knee injury a brace was our only choice. I researched all available and did not like what I saw for many reasons. Then found Balto. Highest marks from both of us and our Boo.

    Maryann and Ray – CANADA

  16. We received the Balto knee brace the other day for our four-year-old cattle dog, Indy, who tore her ACL. It seems to already be working as she is able to put pressure on her back right leg, something she has not been able to do in the last three weeks.:( We will be going with the surgery in December, but needed something in the time being. I am eager to see her progression and I am happy that she is not three legged anymore. I will be posting here in the next few weeks to let you know how she is doing. After reading the testimonials on here I am so happy to hear the stories of healing. I wish all the injured pups out there happy healing and all the dog moms and dads the strength to get through this time. Peace.
    The Bengers, Sharpsville, PA

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