The first week should be seen as a phase of getting used to wearing the brace. The dog must be able to get used to it calmly. It must be checked whether the brace sufficiently immobilizes. Furthermore, the owner must check whether pressure points occur when wearing.
When people have to start wearing a brace, they are guided by a physiotherapist or physiotherapist to learn how to walk again. In the animal world this is not (yet) always possible. That is why you, the owner, are your dog's daily rehabilitation supervisor.
You then have to explain to your dog what he can do with it and what not. Learning to use the brace properly sometimes takes time and practice. And you can help your dog with that. So you look for the moments when your dog uses the brace optimally. And this will be different for every dog. Some dogs walk best with their brace on while walking on a leash. Other dogs walk best indoors with the brace.
What is allowed and what is not allowed with the brace?
What is important is that you temporarily do not allow the highest level of activity of your dog: ball games, walking in the field ... and preferably as long as the rehabilitation period is running. In this way the joint can heal optimally.
Your dog can go in the water with the brace, but discuss with the vet whether this is good for the dog. Because, for example, with wounds (after surgery), a dog is absolutely not allowed in (polluted) water.
What materials does a hip brace consist of?
The materials that are used partly depend on the weight of your dog, the activity level and the condition for which the brace will be used.
All materials used are water resistant and the brace can therefore also be rinsed with plenty of water.