Can you guess why this dog is wearing a strange contraption on his rear leg? Let me reassure you that it is NOT a device to torture a dog, although it kind of looks that way. The boot is actually a unique tool called a No-Knuckling Training Sock that provides support for dogs who drag their back legs when they walk. The No-Knuckling Sock is just one of several new therapeutic devices available for pets with spine and neurological health problems.
Paw knuckling was one of the first signs I noticed when Sophie started to lose her ability to walk. She would try to take a step, but her hind paw would bend under itself. The sensation would cause her to stop in her tracks because she wasn’t sure where her hind paw would land. It was hard to watch her struggle and I would have loved to have a device like the No-Knuckling Sock to help her.
Dogs with diseases such as Degenerative Myelopathy, IVDD (intervertebral disc disease), strokes and those recovering from spine surgery often develop muscle weakness in their hind legs. They become unsteady on their feet and lose their sense of balance. One of the first symptoms pet parents notice with these dogs is their back paws knuckle under when they walk. The problem causes them stumble and eventually stop trying to walk.
- Provides support for a dog that drags their back legs
- Designed to enhance perception of the hind legs
- Strengthens hind end weakness
- Trains a dog to lift their rear foot higher
- Keeps the back paws in the proper position for walking
The No-Knuckling training sock works by stimulating sensations between a dog’s toes and causing them to pick up their foot higher. It is designed as a short term training tool which is worn for 3-5 minutes at a time. The sock can be used for a few weeks and up to a few months depending on a veterinarian or rehab specialists recommendations.
Unfortunately the No-Knuckling Training Sock cannot stop progressive neurological diseases like DM, but it can keep a dog walking longer and it can get a dog recovering from spinal surgery walking sooner.
Here’s a before and after video of a dog using the No-Knuckling sock during hydrotherapy.
The No-Knuckling Training Sock is available at HandicappedPets.com.
Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post and I only report about products I feel will be helpful to readers of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog. I have an affiliate relationship with HandicappedPets.com.