Balto – Dog Carpal Instability Brace – BT SPLINT


BT-SPLINT is a dog brace designed to support the radiocarpal, carpometacarpal and tarsometatarsal joints.

It is ideal for cases of hyperflexion or hyperextension of the carpus and tarsus, ligament injury, sprains and fracture of the phalanges, metacarpal, metatarsal bones, when conservative treatment is preferable to surgery.

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Balto – Dog Carpal Instability Brace – BT SPLINT is a perfect support for radio-carpal and meta-carpal joint.

BT-SPLINT is a dog brace designed to support the radiocarpal, carpometacarpal and tarsometatarsal joints.

It is ideal for cases of hyperflexion or hyperextension of the carpus and tarsus, ligament injury, sprains and fracture of the phalanges, metacarpal, metatarsal bones, when conservative treatment is preferable to surgery.



Effective, practical, ergonomic: the BT instability Splint is all of this. The robust, mouldable metal splint contained within the fabric follows the shape of the rear part of the antebrachium right down until it encloses the footpad, stabilising the affected area and allowing the dog a good degree of movement. Also ideal for protecting bandages inserted inside, it makes for faster recovery times.



  • The XXS and XS sizes can also be used on cats.
  • Tough, mouldable metal splint.
  • The brace can be used in pre- and post-surgery.
  • Breathable fabric.
  • Excellent wearability.
  • Hand washable.
  • Rigid splints included into the brace.



Available in five adjustable sizes (the sizes are purely indicative – those indicated may not be applicable to some breeds).

If for use on the back paw, order one size down from that shown for the weight.

Before placing your purchase order, please contact us to make sure you have the right size for your pet.


Size A B C D Max Weight
XXS 17cm / 6.7in 12cm / 4.7in 6cm / 2.4in 8cm / 3.1in 4Kg / 8.8lb
XS 21cm / 8.3in 17cm / 6.7in 9cm / 3.5in 12cm / 4.7in 8Kg / 18lb
S 30cm / 12in 21cm / 8.3in 13cm / 5.1in 15cm / 5.9in 15Kg / 33lb
M 35cm / 14in 24cm / 9.4in 18cm / 7.1in 20cm / 7.9in 30Kg / 66lb
L 48cm / 19in 30cm / 12in 26cm / 10in 28cm / 11in Over 30Kg / 66lb



Important note : Sometimes, according to the severity of the instability and how high the injury is on the leg, the BT Bone might be more indicated for better support (especially when the dog is heavy). Please contact us by providing pictures of your dog should you doubt : [email protected]





How to Use BT-Splint

How to Use BT-Splint


The splint is pre-shaped but the angle can be modified by the vet if required.
The splint must be shaped by the vet first on the healthy leg (fore or rear) to ensure he correct angle for the affected leg.
The tough, removable metal splint inserted inside the fabric follows the shape of the rear of the foreleg, down to the foot pad.
Protective bandaging can be effectively placed inside it.


  • During the period of restraint, it is advisable not to leave the dog alone for too long, because it might try to remove the brace, by biting or scratching it.
  • The brace is designed for indoor use. To prevent damage when used outside, the dog needs to be fitted with a protective shoe or sock, which can be purchased at any pet store.





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1 review for Balto – Dog Carpal Instability Brace – BT SPLINT

  1. Our cat Bubbles, a British short hair, currently 18 months of age, inflicted a carpal hyperextension during her stay at a cattery, 6 months ago. In terms of catteries, I had now learnt my lesson, that it would be much safer (perhaps more pleasant for cats as well) to board your cat in a shoe box, rather than in open and larger presidential suites/ resorts that encourage cats to jump up and down on slippery surfaces. When we got her back, we took her to some very well reputed cat only vets, who told us that our only choice was surgery, meaning Bubbles, at 1 year of age, should get metal plates screwed under her flesh, and all those little bones in her wrist would be fused together, meaning her paw will not be able to move an angle for the rest of her life. We were also told that, hyperextensions are extremely painful, any delays for surgery would be an act carelessness, euphemistically. But of course, regardless of what, no surgery was going to happen to my cat. I began searching online, looking into anything and everything I can. I found out there were several types of braces available for such injuries, however the Balto ones looked much more lighter and adaptable compared to other designs, also importantly, it was available in Australia. I sent an enquiry about sizes, Erol replied to me on the same day, and the brace was in my hands two days later. Erol also recommended The Vet Practice to us, a place that has assisted us beyond expectations.

    During nearly 6 months of medications at the Vet Practice, Bubbles has had stem-cells injections, daily lasers, and is currently on her final rounds of ACS injections. These treatments won’t be possible, or would be meaningless if without a brace. The Balto brace works well in holding her paw in position, although we had to come up with several modifications in how to keep her to wear it. it is also worth mentioning that Bubbles is an exceptionally cooperative cat, if it was not for her cooperativeness, things would really have to be done differently. Even though, until now, Bubbles has only gained a partial recovery for her carpal hyperextension. By partial, I mean, ultrasound showed that her injured soft tissues had recovered, she is not in pain, however, for some reasons, the tendons are still not strong enough to fully hold up her paw alone. We had to accept that this is going to be a long journey. But for us this is an acceptable outcome, she still gets to use her braced paw, she is happy, cheeky, playful, and energetic. For her it’s like nothing has changed, perhaps it’s just the humans who has obsessions for quick fix.

    During her use of the brace, we did some modifications that might be useful to other users.

    1, The Balto label on the side could be fully removed by removing the stitches. Doing so won’t harm the brace, but will make the brace less bulky and less jerky, at least for small braces like Bubbles’.

    2, The metal support that’s inserted in the brace tends to slide upwards during use. Some stitches at the top helps to keep it in place.

    3, My first solution of’ How to make cats wear Balto carpal brace’, has two big downsides. First is the irritation caused by sticking medical bandage directly to the leg, second is that you can’t change it very often, because you don’t want to peel the sticky bandage off of her arm too many times. However at early stages, sticking was necessary, as that was the only way to actually keep it on her. But as she is getting used to something being attached to her arm, we came up with a less irritating solution, which is by replacing the medical bandage with Elastoplast cohesive compression bandage (same as pet wrap, but the human ones are softer, thiner, and easier to remove. Images are attached for directions). This solution holds the brace really well, I could confidently say that, for Bubbles, it can hold on for at least 5 days. But we don’t usually leave it on that long before we change, that’s because since it does not involve any sticking to her leg, we open it up approx every 3 days to let her groom and clean.

    4, A tight wrap with cushions inside the brace was fun to make, but did not work for Bubbles. I’ll post the images out for reference anyway.

    Thanks for reading. Please see attached for all modifications that’s being made for Bubbles so far.



    How to make cats wear Balto Carpal Brace
    Elastoplast solution
    Cushion solution that did not work

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