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Balto® Hock – Hock Brace

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The Balto Hock Brace for dogs is shaped like the tarsal joint and can be used with or without the lightweight, aluminum splints to support a variety of injuries and illnesses. Compression from the brace increases the blood pressure in the area of the hock to slightly elevate the temperature which reduces pain caused by the conditions. Excellent after surgery to promote comfortable and supportive healing.

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Sizing guide for all braces

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XX-Small BTHOCKXXS 5 - 10 lbs 3.75" 3" 1.75-2.75"
X-Small BTHOCKXS 10 - 20 lbs 4.25" 3.25" 2.25 - 3"
Small BTHOCKS 20 - 55 lbs 5" 4" 3 - 4.25"
Medium BTHOCKM 55 - 75 lbs 5.75" 4.75" 4.25" - 5
Large BTHOCKL 75 - 110 lbs 6" 5" 5 - 5.75"
X-Large BTHOCKXL 110+ lbs 6.25" 5.5" 5.75" - 6.25"

Measurement A: Circumference above the hock
Measurement B: Circumference below the hock
Measurement C: Height of the brace

Returns & Shipping

Once the product reaches the purchaser, Balto USA reserves the right to refuse a full refund. Balto USA will accept returns or requests for refunds for any product within 30 days of receipt of product. Refunds will only be honored if during the initial fitting the product is determined to be a poor fit, function, and/or the product is affecting the health or healing of the patient. Visual inspection may be required.

The brace must be in resale condition to receive a refund. This means that the brace cannot have hair, wear, dirt, and/or no modifications can have been made to the brace. If the packaging is damaged there will be a 10% restocking fee deducted from that product's refund. After we receive the brace back, we will evaluate its condition and then issue a refund.  Balto USA does not offer refunds for refusal from your pet to wear the product. If the purchaser simply does not want to use the device for reasons other than described above, Balto USA will not issue a refund.

Balto USA will NOT cover the cost of return shipping. If you are needing to exchange your brace, a return mailing label will be provided for you once your request has been approved. To exchange a product, you will need to place your new order online. Once we receive the return or exchange back, we will evaluate its condition and then issue you a refund. Returns and exchanges must be in resale condition to receive a refund.

If for any reason delivery is confirmed by the carrier and the product cannot be found, a police report must be filed before a replacement is sent. If the product is lost by the carrier, Balto USA will file a claim and a replacement will be sent.


Promotion Return Policy: The purchase of any Balto USA product(s) using a promotional code(s) must additionally abide by the Balto USA Promotional Return Policy requirements. If a return is requested, the customer can: a) return promotional item(s) in their original, undamaged packaging with the return of their Balto USA product(s) purchase or b) return only the purchased Balto USA product(s) and have market price of the promotional item(s)* deducted from the refund of payment. In the event that the returned promotional item(s) are found used or damaged upon receiving, the market price of the promotional item(s)* will be deducted from the return of payment.


*KONG® Assorted Box - The assorted box includes 12 KONG® toys (small to large breeds) - $164.00 value.


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Full Description

Addressing hock pain, lameness and neuromuscular problems, the Balto® Hock also aides:

  • Achilles injuries and orthopedic conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Pre/Post-surgical immobilization
  • Contralateral support
  • Protection and supporting bandages

The brace can even be used as an alternative to surgery if the patient is not an ideal candidate and can also be used without splints for conditions such as arthritis and arthrosis. Compression helps increase blood pressure in the area, raising the temperature of the immediate area and helping to reduce pain. Sizes ideal for cats also available.


  • Removable aluminum splints
  • The front splint is slightly adjustable
  • High quality breathable fabric
  • Additional compression
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Hand washable (always remove the rigid splints before washing)
  • Available in 6 sizes

Quick Tips

  • Allow up to two weeks for your pet to fully accept the brace
  • Wear the brace for 30 minutes a day, increasing 30 minutes each day after, for up to 12 hours
  • Consult your veterinarian for specific instructions on when to wear your brace
  • Remove the brace when your animal sleeps at night
  • Inspect your pet for signs of skin irritation. If any are present, contact your veterinarian
  • In addition to wiping the brace clean, keep skin and fur that comes into contact with the brace clean
  • Inspect your brace regularly for any damage

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Used to control the range of motion (ROM) and stabilize the tarsus or hock. Use to stabilize the tarsus or hock and provide compression.


The aluminum splints are not removable, but are adjustble. The aluminum (slightly adjustable) splints are removable bilaterally.


Uses adjustable hinges and padding for a secure fit. Uses adjustable Velcro for a secure fit.

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Reviewed by Monika T.
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Rated 5 out of 5

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We love those braces (got 2, one for each hind leg), they are supportive and help him heal. Great quality!

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Good morning! Thank you for your positive review. We are so glad that the the hock braces are working out for you and your dog. Happy healing!!

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Reviewed by Kathy W.
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Rated 3 out of 5

Watch for signs of rubbing and sores

Provides the support needed but the arrangement of the ribbing causes unnecessary rubbing which has lead to bleeding. Very slow process to allow my dog to become comfortable in the brace.

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Reviewed by Ted D., from United States
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Rated 5 out of 5

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Marley is a 13-year-old black female English Lab weighing about 70 lbs. She has had a total of 3 surgeries in just 2 years. The original CCT replacement with a cadaver tendon has lasted about 2 years when the tendon tore through the anchor point. As a solution, a decision was made to try and fuse the joint with a bracket though that had to be removed eventually due to an infection setting in. Screws and pins were used alternatively, but one of the screws backed out, requiring another surgery to remove and replace it.

Marley wore a custom brace right after the second surgery, but the swelling rendered it unuseable. She had to switch back to a splint which was difficult to maintain as it had to be taken off before she could swim for her rehabilitation. We decided it's time to look for a simpler solution and found a Balto Brace through KVP Orthotics which has worked wonderfully since. She doesn't mind wearing it, there was no rubbing, and it can be taken off easily for swimming and put back on when she walks a lot.

We had a very specific need for a hock brace, and this answered that need. We imagine a more adjustable angle or a pivoting joint could accommodate a wider variety of pets, but overall it has worked really well and reduced the stress on Marley. She had no initial issues to wearing the brace as she was used to the prior, much more intrusive splint, and this was much easier to give her a break from. There isn't any resistance when we put the brace on her. She seems…

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Reviewed by Jessica, from Singapore
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Rated 5 out of 5

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Colbie has been using the Balto Hock for slightly over a year now, and she has made improvements on her willingness to bear weight and step more on her weakened leg. She had a total of four surgeries after she was not properly operated for her calcaneus fracture in 2015. If the vet specialist had suggested a brace right after her arthrodesis surgery, I would think her muscles on that leg would probably be able to gain more and her ligament probably won't deteriorate as quickly. Six months later another vet suggested the Balto Brace! We instantly ordered one and after putting it on for all her walks, her gait was slowly getting better and was stepping more confidently. Of course, with hydrotherapy and extra swimming lessons, those activities helped her leg muscles as they've already atrophied quite a lot. We tried everything to save her leg from amputation. Everything about the Balto Brace is great, and the quality is very good. Thumbs up for Balto for saving dogs like Colbie. I suggest this to other dogs who might need it!

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