By wearing knee braces, dogs can maintain the same level of energy and enthusiasm. In addition, braces stabilize the knee in a fixed position, providing safety from future injuries. Cautious pet owners might even introduce the brace to their dog's knee before damage occurs.
However, for the knee braces to work, they must be appropriate for the dog. Braces with straps are the best in terms of durability and comfort. If the brace fails to fit, it cannot provide the necessary support to the cruciate ligament and heal the tear. Therefore, knee braces are useful both for younger dogs that are prone to develop hip dysplasia and other joint problems, and for older ones that are likely to deal with luxating patella and arthritis.
Also, pet owners should take other necessary steps to support their dog's recovery. For example, they must help the dog maintain a proper diet, and appropriate and regular activity, to reduce the risk factors of canine cruciate ligament disease.