Q What is the difference between the Full &
Frontal Body Suits?
A The Frontal Body Suit only extends
back to the proximal thorax or chest, whereas the Full
Body covers the entire torso. The Frontal Body Suit also
has a neck extension. The Frontal Body Suit has all externally
Q Can the Full Body Suit be used for male and
A The Full Body Suit can be used for both male
and female dogs. However, the back end of the Full Body
Suit needs to be removed before the dog or cat can urinate
Q When should I use the Full Body Suit & when
should I use the Frontal Body Suit?
A The Frontal Body Suit should be used when the
area that requires protection is on the neck, the cranial
1/3 of the dog from about three finger widths behind the
front legs and forward. When torso coverage is required
caudal to these areas the Full Body Suit is required.
Q Can the Body Suits be used for cats?
A Yes, the two smaller sizes of the Full and
Frontal Body Suits are typically used for cats.
Q Do the Frontal and Full Body Suits breath?
A Yes, air molecules can pass through the material.
However, if you have a wound that requires greater air
flow, the addition of gauze bandaging material under the
body suits will allow for greater airflow.
Q Can the Frontal and Full Body Suits be washed
A Yes, both can be washed in warm water with
regular non-bleach detergent, and dried on warm. Make
certain that all Velcro® straps are connected before
washing or drying, to prevent lint and hair from attaching
Q Can the Frontal and Full Body Suits be rented
to save my client from added expenses?
A Unlike the Elizabethan Collar and Cervical
Collars, which are solid materials and not usually in
contact with the wound, the body suits are like bandages,
and do come in contact with the wound. Even if laundered
most clients might feel uneasy about sharing bandaging
A-TraC Dynamic BraceTM
Q Will the A-TraC Dynamic BraceTM
help my dog?
A Yes, when applied properly and used according
to our instructions, the A-TraC Dynamic BraceTM
will in most cases be effective for its intended use.
Visible signs of the brace helping will be the dog appearing
to be in less pain, and putting more weight on the affected
limb. Because the brace removes stress and prevents abnormal
movement at the stifle joint (knee joint), the dog feels
more secure and is in less pain.
Q Can I order the A-TraC Dynamic BraceTM
without my Veterinarian?
A You can order the brace, however the brace
needs to be shipped directly to your veterinarian so that
we can be sure it is applied properly, and you are instructed
in its appropriate use. If you haven’t already seen
your veterinarian, this should be done first to assure
the proper diagnosis has been made. In addition, you will
need a lateral x-ray of the affected leg in order to obtain
a measurement of the tibia leg bone for appropriate sizing
of the brace.
Q Is the A-TraC Dynamic BraceTM durable
enough so that I may rent out the brace to my clients?
A The brace was designed to be very durable,
however with 6 to 12 weeks of use the brace takes considerable
abuse. In addition, we recommend that the client keep
the brace after treatment is complete for when the dog
is more active. Most dogs will be predisposed to re-injury
and should be braced when the dog will be more active
(i.e., when the dog goes to the park, plays ball, plays
with other dogs, or just runs in the backyard). When people
sustain cruciate injuries they continue to wear their
braces whenever they are active.
Q Why does my dog act or behave strangely with the brace on?
A Some dogs, and more commonly small dogs, are
more affected by the feeling of an unusual covering on
their leg. However, your dog has had an injury or surgery,
and in order to heal this area some form of protection
is required. If your veterinarian applied a cast or a
restrictive bandage, the dog would behave in a similar
manner. The difference is that the brace won’t come
off as easily as a bandage, and a bandage will not help
rehabilitate the dog’s leg.
Q What should I do if the dog acts strangely
with the brace on?
A Just like most new things, you need to give
your dog time to adjust. Some dogs take longer than others, however, it is rare that your dog will not adapt.
coax him to walk using his favorite treats. Most of all,
be patient. It is important to your dog’s future
Q What should I do if my dog is biting at the
A This could be a sign that the brace is on to
tight, or is hurting the dog. Some dogs will try to bite
off the brace even if they are not in pain. First, slightly
loosen the straps on the brace to see if the dogs behavior
changes. If his behavior does not change, an Elizabethan
Collar should be applied to prevent him from destroying
the brace. At a later time the collar can be removed and
the dog observed, to see if this behavior continues. If
you feel secure after a significant period of observation
that the dog will no longer bite at the brace, the collar
may be removed permanently. If you are still concerned
that your dog is in pain, call your veterinarian immediately.