Walkin’® vertebraVe - back/spine support system for pets

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The Walkin’ vertebraVe® is THE back support system for pets. Combining support and comfort in a brace designed specifically for pets dealing with spinal arthritis or back injuries. Your pet will have the back support they need with the patented two-tier support layer that optimizes stabilisation of the spine and surrounding muscles. Pets of all shapes and sizes can wear this brace comfortably all day– making the vertebraVe® the best harness for dogs with IVDD.

- Stabilizes and supports a dog’s spine, relieving pressure and reducing canine back pain.
- Custom Fit for Every Sized Dog: Designed for adjustability, the medical-grade materials are able to conform to a pet’s back.
- Adjust Level of Support As Pet Heals: Each dog back brace features three metal support spines. As your pet’s condition improves, remove spines for milder support and increased range of motion.
- Keep Pets Comfortable and Mobile: Breathable mesh panels stay cool and comfy all day.
- Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP

Ideal for pets with the following conditions:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Back Pain
- Spinal Arthritis
- Post-surgical recovery
- Rehabilitation

How to Choose the Right Size

To determine the best size vertebraVe® for your pet, please measure your dog in a natural standing position and measure their Topline measurement. The Topline measures the length of your pet’s back from the Point of Shoulders to the Top of Pelvis. To determine the best size vertebraVe® for your pet, please measure your dog in a natural standing position and measure their Topline measurement. The Topline measures the length of your pet’s back from the Point of Shoulders to the Top of Pelvis.


Once you’ve measured, reference our chart below. Find the measurement and weight range that best matches your pet. Remember your pet’s exact measurement may not be an exact match to the chart.

Size Topline Measurement Weight
XSmall 15.2 - 22.9cm 4.5 - 6.8kg
Small 22.9 - 28cm 6.8 - 11.3kg
Medium 28 - 33cm 11.3 - 22.7kg
Large 33 - 38cm 22.7 - 36.2kg
XLarge 38cm or greater 36.2kg and greater

* Dachshunds Topline 22.9 - 33cm fit size Small
* Corgis Topline 28 - 40.5cm fit size Medium

Is This Right for Your Pet?

The Walkin’ vertebraVe® Helps Pets of All Sizes

The vertebraVe® helps dogs of all sizes, from dachshunds with IVDD, corgis with a bad back, to larger dogs like Great Pyrenees dealing with spinal arthritis. This dog back support is designed to decrease back pain and promote mobility while keeping your pet comfortable and active. The vertebraVe® will not help pets that are unable to stand on their own or bear any weight on their hind legs. These dogs may need the additional support of a dog wheelchair. Dog back braces are not intended to cure spinal injuries, IVDD, or other disc diseases. But they can help provide comfort by relieving dog back pain and protect the spine while your dog is in IVDD recovery. The vertebraVe® is not intended to replace crate rest as prescribed by your Veterinarian. We encourage you to talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s health and work together to determine the best treatment plan for your pet.

What to Expect:

It’s important to remember that it may take some time for your dog to adjust to wearing their new back brace. A dog may not know how to move when they first wear the brace and it’s very normal for a dog to sit still until they get used to it. To help them adjust, we recommend giving them time to get used to it. Start with wearing the brace for 30 minutes, followed by 20 minutes off. Make wearing the back brace a positive experience by rewarding them with treats and a lot of praise. Increase the amount of time in the brace with each session, until your pet is completely comfortable.

For Best Results:

To promote healing and see visible changes in your dog’s movement, wearing the vertebraVe® is only one piece of your dog’s treatment plan. If your pet is suffering from any conditions affecting the spine which cause pain or change in mobility, working with your Veterinarian on a multi-step treatment plan will always have the best outcome. Your Veterinarian may recommend joint supplements, pain management plan, structured exercise or even seeing a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Using a dog back support harness promotes continued comfortable mobility when combined with the items listed above will give your pet the best outcome. Discuss what plan works best for your pet with your Veterinary Professional today.

vertebraVe® Instructions

How to Put the vertebraVe® on Your Pet

  1. Undo the Velcro on the mesh side panels and unclip the chest piece side clips. Slide the chest harness piece over your pet’s head while the harness is connected to the main back support.
  2. Wrap the mesh side panels underneath your pet’s belly and Velcro tight.
  3. Attach the chest harness piece by snapping the harness side clips into either side of the main back support piece.
  4. Tighten the straps connected to the main back support piece and chest harness to fit your pet snuggly. The chest piece should be centered on your pet’s chest when fitted correctly.
  5. Lastly, snap the lumbar support piece into each side of the main back support piece at the back of the brace. The fleece side should rest against your pet’s belly. Tighten the straps for a comfortable fit. Lumbar support is optional and is recommended for high lumbar pain or spinal injury

The vertebraVe® support system consists of three parts. The chest harness, main back support, and the lumbar support piece. The back support system comes with the chest harness already attached to the main support piece.

Remember, the first time you place the vertebraVe® on your pet there will be a fitting process to make sure it fits properly, once adjusted it’s an easy on and off application.

* For male pets, make sure the lumbar support piece is tucked underneath the penis to allow them to go potty freely.

* Once all adjustments have been made, and the brace is correctly fitted for your pet, excess webbing straps may be trimmed, and edges sealed using a lighter if necessary.

To remove the brace:

  1. Unhook lumbar support piece if using
  2. Unhook the two chest harness straps where they connect to the main back support piece.
  3. Undo the mesh side panels.
  4. Slide over your pet’s head.

Care Instructions
Spot clean vertebraVe® with clean cloth or sponge. Lay flat to let air dry. Machine washing is not recommended and may affect the stability of the product. To remove hair from touch fasteners on mesh side panels, we recommend using a lint roller.


Vendor: Walkin Pets
Type: Back brace
Size: XS, S, M, L, XL