Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Support System
Support brace for ambulatory canines suffering from hip pain.
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The Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Support System is designed to provide support to the patient’s hip joint, combining the use of compression and support to alleviate hip pain. Compression and lift are the key to making the Hip-EEZ the premiere product for ambulatory pets suffering from pain or discomfort in the hip joints. Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP (US Patent No. 10881082. Issue Date: 01/05/2021).
Use the Hip-EEZ to treat the following conditions: Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, Conformational Deformities, Hip Trauma Recovery, and Post-Surgical Recovery.
Customize your patient’s treatment plan by combining the Hip-EEZ with one of four attachments:
- Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Bridge: A non-surgical hip subluxation solution
- Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Donut: Decubitus ulcer prevention and treatment
- Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Cross-Assist: Corrective training tool to prevent hind leg crossing
It is important to remember that seeing the results of the Walkin’ Hip-EEZ will take some time. Some patients may take to the mobility aid right away, while others may have a longer adjustment period. A slow acclamation to wearing the Hip-EEZ is important. For best results we recommend including the Hip-EEZ into your patient’s multimodal treatment plan.
Measure from 1 inch above the right stifle to the middle of the top of the back above the pelvis. It is best to measure the patient in a normal standing position and to use a soft measuring tape.
Once you have measured, reference our chart below. Find the measurement and weight range that best matches your patient. If they are between sizes, it’s better to choose using the weight range as opposed to the leg measurement. Remember, your patient’s measurement may not be an exact match to the chart. If you’re having trouble deciding on a size, please contact our Veterinary Support and Outreach team for assistance.
|Size||Right Leg Measurement||Weight|
|Small||8″||15 – 24 lbs.|
|Medium||11″||25 – 34 lbs.|
|Medium/Large||14″||35 – 49 lbs.|
|Large||17″||50 – 85 lbs.|
|XLarge||19″ or greater||80 lbs. or greater|
Barrel chested breeds, such as Boxers or Staffordshire Terriers, may need to have a customized Hip-EEZ System to best accommodate their shape. Please contact us at 866-578-2926 if you feel that your patient’s chest is larger than average for their size, and we may need to customize your Hip-EEZ order.
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The Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Support System is the first multi-module device that accommodates a range of deficits and injuries affecting a pet’s hip joint. Incorporating the Hip-EEZ attachments allows you to customize your patient’s treatment plan for their specific needs and conditions.
Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Donut
Designed for treatment and prevention of Decubitus Ulcers. Place donut over the patient’s ulcer or pressure sore to provide cushion and distribute weight safely away from affected area. Allowing patient to lay down comfortably and ulcers to heal safely.
Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Bridge
A non-surgical solution to aid in conservative management of a mild to moderate hip subluxation. Bridge conforms directly over the femoral head to push it downward and inward. When secure, the bridge keeps the femoral head in position as your patient is standing or moving. Ideal in a rehab setting combined with structured exercise.
Walkin’ Hip-EEZ Cross-Assist
Attachment provides a barrier between the upper thighs, preventing patients from crossing their hind legs. Use as a training tool during recovery to help patients regain strength and teach them how to keep hind legs from crossing when walking or standing. Ideal for patients suffering from hind leg weakness, neurological diseases, strokes, spinal compression and post-surgical procedures that may be affected by hind leg crossing.
The Hip-EEZ Full Support system is specially designed based on inspiration from Canine Rehabilitation cases that needed something more. Hip Dysplasia is the “mother of all orthopedic diseases”. Joint and pain management play a very large role in the needs of these pets. I designed this product to provide more support and compression to the hip joint while allowing movement.
As with any new product, continuing to collect data and feedback from professionals is key. Working together as a Veterinary community to create, provide and improve products which aide in healing our patients. I can only hope these products are able to help your patients as well. Please reach out to us and share your thoughts and help us continue to collect more case studies on the Hip-EEZ. We want your help in making sure our products meet the needs and approval of our fellow pet lovers.
– Renee Mills, CCRP, Inventor of the Hip-EEZ, vertebraVe and No-Knuckling Training Socks
How does the Hip-EEZ work?
The Hip-EEZ uses supportive neoprene panels to provide support and compression around the hip region, providing a sense of lift to the leg by attaching above the stifle and securing atop of the pelvis. Interchangeable attachments allow for customized patient treatment plans for multiple functions and conditions, making this hip brace unique.
My patient falls between sizes. How do I choose?
If a patient falls between two sizes, we typically recommend going with the weight measurement as opposed to the leg measurement. If you need assistance with sizing, please contact our Veterinary Outreach and Support Department.
How long can my patient wear it?
The Hip-EEZ can be worn while walking, running, sitting and laying down. Hours of wear at a time are okay. We do recommend that the Hip-EEZ be removed before bed, and that patients not be left unattended with the Hip-EEZ on.
Can my patient go to the bathroom with the Hip-EEZ on?
Yes, they can go potty with the Hip-EEZ on. There should be no interference with urinating or defecating for males or females.
What should I do if a patient refuses to walk while wearing the Hip-EEZ?
If a patient is hesitant to walk once the Hip-EEZ is on, try making a couple adjustments. Check that the strap connecting the hip panels to the chest harness isn’t too tight. By loosening this strap, it may make it more comfortable for the patient, while still holding the panels up.
Remember it may take time for a patient to get used to the Hip-EEZ. Use treats and positive reinforcement to encourage them. Not sure if the fit is correct? Contact our Veterinary Support and Outreach Department for assistance. We may request photos or videos of your patient wearing the Hip-EEZ in order to provide the best fitting advice possible.
How quickly can I expect to see results?
Some patients may show immediate improvements while wearing their Hip-EEZ mobility aid, and others may take more time. Please expect that it may take 2-4 weeks for the patient to completely adjust to walking and running while wearing the Hip-EEZ. A slow acclamation to wearing the Hip-EEZ is important and is completely normal for a full hip mobility device.
If your patient is suffering from any conditions affecting the hip joints which cause pain or change in mobility, we recommend developing a multimodal treatment plan approach. Using the Hip-EEZ to provide comfortable mobility along with canine rehabilitation therapy, structured exercise, joint supplements, and pain management will allow for the best outcome.
Will the Hip-EEZ help a dog if he’s unable to walk?
Patients must be ambulatory in order for the Hip-EEZ to benefit them. The only exception would be the combined use of the Hip-EEZ with the Hip Donut Attachment, which is designed to help non-ambulatory dogs with decubitus ulcer treatment and prevention. If a patient is completely down and needs support to stand and walk, we recommend the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair.
Can I use the Hip-EEZ for water therapy?
Yes, the Hip-EEZ can be used for water therapy, but we recommend taking the brace off once the patient is out of the water and allowing plenty of time to dry. We do not recommend use of the Hip-EEZ attachments for water therapy as these are made from a foam material that can deteriorate from prolonged exposure to water.
Can the Hip-EEZ be used as a lifting harness?
No, the Hip-EEZ is not designed to be used as a lifting harness.
Can my client hook their leash to the D-Ring on the Hip-EEZ?
Yes, you may hook a leash to the D-Ring while the Hip-EEZ is attached. However, we recommend attaching to another spot during long walks so that the location of compression from the Hip-EEZ is not altered while the leash is attached.
How do you clean the Hip-EEZ?
Hand wash Hip-EEZ with clean cloth or sponge. Lay flat to let air dry. Machine washing is not recommended as it may affect the stability of the product. To remove hair from side panels and touch fasteners, we recommend using a lint roller.