Pet owners of disabled dogs are a creative group. You can look at a product that’s intended to be used one way and turn it into something completely new. That’s what I learned from Cathy Erwin, founder of Walkabout Harnesses. She said her canine compression sleeves are being repurposed, by pet owners, to prevent scrapes.
Cathy was happy about this unintentional development. She explained that owners are reporting great results for dogs who drag and scrape their legs and paws.
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Why disabled dogs get scraped legs
If you’re the pet parent of a paralyzed dog or a pup with hind end weakness you know very well how easy it is for them to injure their legs and paws. When they’re not in a dog wheelchair, most disabled dogs stay mobile by scooting their bodies across the ground. Their unprotected legs get dragged over every kind of surface. It causes cuts, scrapes and open wounds all over their limbs and feet.
And because paralyzed dogs can’t feel any sensations in their legs, they don’t stop scooting when an injury occurs. The likelihood of doing damage to their legs is high.
Canine compressions sleeves
Compression sleeves are a good choice for protection because they’re designed to properly fit your dog’s limbs. And the sleeves don’t interfere with your pet’s natural movement. They slip on easily and are tight enough to stay in place.
Their original purpose is to give added support to a dog’s arm or leg when it’s unstable from an injury or a medical condition like arthritis.
The sleeve fits over the limb to give stability while increasing blood and oxygen flow to the muscles.
Veterinary professionals prescribe compression sleeves to:
- Manage pain
- Help with recovery after an injury or surgery
- Control of swelling and inflammation
- Reduce soreness
- Heal sores
One more recommendation
Compression sleeves are designed to fit on either a dog’s arm or hind leg. They’re durable, washable and affordable.
But the one thing compression sleeves don’t do is cover your pup’s paws. So, if your dog drags their paws and is developing scrapes and sores, Walkabout Harnesses makes a boot for outdoors and a soft bootie for inside use.
Add either Walkaboots™ or JAWZ Traction Booties and your dog’s limbs will be protected from their feet to their elbow.
“The compression sleeves work really well in conjunction with boots as they are like knee high socks,” said Cathy.
Here’s a demonstration video about Walkabout Harnesses Compression sleeves
How to get the perfect fit
Sizing of your compression sleeve is important. Walkabout Harnesses has a detailed graphic you can review on their website about how to choose the right size. Sleeves are available in sizes that range from extra-small to extra-large. They even make a long length for tall “leggy” dogs.
What type of leg protection do you use for your paralyzed dog? Have you repurposed a product to prevent scrapes and cuts?