The Walkin’ Hock Splint supports injuries to the heel and stabilizes the lower rear limb while keeping the paw free. This type of splint is ideal for Achilles Tendon problems and immobilization of the hock joint. Modeled after human splints, this product will provide stability and support for a pet’s lower rear limbs.
- Constructed of waterproof hard plastic exterior, soft interior foam padding, and touch-fastener closures
- Supports hock and provides support to lower rear limb
- Keeps pet’s leg in normal walking position
- Allows weight to be put on the broken or weak limb
- Lightweight design increases the pet’s tolerance of the splint
- The Walkin’ Hock Splint Prokit comes with 1 of each size
- Supports and stabilizes pet’s hock joint
- Stock in clinic to provide easy and immediate splint fittings
- Provides an easy way to provide daily wound therapy
- Reduces the standard cost of bandaging and casting
The Walkin’ Hock Splint may benefit pets with the following conditions:
How to Utilize the Walkin’ Hock Splint in Your Practice
Stock splints in surgery departments for easy on-site fittings. Walkin’ Splints accommodate a range of conditions and patients. Stocking in-practice gives you the ability to send directly home with client. Splints can also be stocked in ER departments or general practice to stabilize fractures and/or tendon, ligament injuries.
Combine the splint with the adhesive foam inserts to create a custom fit for each patient based on pets’ individual needs. Ideal for patients with malformations, skinny limbs or pets requiring additional support. Foam can also be used to eliminate rub points and protect sensitive areas.
Recommend to clients for at-home use, Walkin’ Splints are easy for owners to use. Ensuring that patients receive continued support and immobilization at home as well as giving pet owners the ability to maintain daily wound care throughout the healing process.
Measure from the top of your pet’s paw at the point located on the backside of the leg to the midpoint between hock and knee.
|Size||A: Total length||B: Top of paw to hock joint|
If joint is swollen due to arthritis or other medical condition, go up a size to accommodate swelling, and adjust fit using the Walkin’ Splint Custom Fit Foam.
How to Measure for the Walkin’ Hock Splint!
We know patients come in all shapes and sizes. To make it easier to select the right size splint for your client, here are a few additional measurements:
|Splint Size||Leg Width at Hock|
For the most accurate width measurement, we recommend placing a piece of paper behind your patient’s leg and making a mark on either side of the leg at the hock joint. Once complete, measure the distance between those two marks to determine the width of the pet’s leg
How long should the Walkin’ Hock Splint be worn?
Splints are not designed to be left on pets for extended periods of time. Pet’s should be introduced to the splint by slowly fitting the splint onto the pet as instructed in the Patient Resource Guide: How to Introduce a Splint to Your Pet
When splint is removed, your patient may still benefit from lighter leg support. We recommend they wear the Walkin’ Hock Hugger at nighttime or when splint is removed.
How do I use the Walkin’ Hock Splint?
Injuries to the lower limb of small animals often need to be splinted or braced. These splints can be used on the lower rear leg for stability and support and are available in a full range of sizes to accommodate comfortably. Inform your clients that pets should always be supervised when using the splint.
Where do I put the splint?
The Walkin’ Splints are placed on the back of the rear leg and held in place by padded touch fastener closure straps. They extend about halfway up the leg to support the hock joint while keeping the paw free.
What are the splints made of?
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.
How will I know if the splint fits well and how long to wear it?
Splints should be used only when recommended by a pet care professional and will vary from case to case based of patient’s need. Work with your client to determine whether a 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. Possible problems may include chafing, muscle atrophy, or extreme distress of the animal.
How should I start using it on my pet?
Every patient is different, and we recommend you guide your customer throughout their pet’s course of treatment. When educating clients please refer to the Patient Resource Guide: How to Introduce a Splint to Your Pet for step by step instructions on how to begin using the splint.
How do I put the splint on?
Initial splint fitting and adjustment should be completed with the guidance of a Veterinary Professional. Putting a thin sock on the leg before applying the splint is sometimes more comfortable for the dog. Splints should be ideally be applied on a standing animal. You may apply to an animal laying down. Just make sure to check the fit and retighten straps if needed when they stand up. Starting at the bottom, tighten the bottom strap first and work your way up the splint. Check for a snug fit after the animal has taken a few steps. When tightened correctly you should be able to comfortably slide a finger under each strap.
My patient has a rear limb knee problem (ACL or Patella). Will a splint work for this dog?
No, splints will support the lower limb for the animal but will not go high enough to support the knee on the dog.
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 1-866-578-2926 and our Veterinary Resources Team will help you to determine the correct size. To accommodate swollen limbs or malformations, most customers order a size larger than needed and insert adhesive foam to customize fit.
Can I change or remold the splint with heat?
Yes, using a heat gun the splint can be heated to modify the splint width. In most cases, it is recommended to order one splint size larger than needed and customize fit using insert adhesive foam.
Do the splints have any padding inside, and can it be cleaned?
Yes, the splints are fully lined with foam and may be spot cleaned and left to air dry. If additional padding is needed, please use with the Custom-Fit Foam Kit.