This story was updated July 2018.
Can you guess why this dog is wearing a strange contraption on his leg? Let me reassure you that it is NOT a device to torture the 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. It was a pretty typical scenario. She would try to take a step, but her hind paw would bend under itself so that her nails scraped on the ground. The sensation would cause her to stop in her tracks because she wasn’t sure where her hind paw had landed. It was hard to watch her struggle. I would have loved to have a device like the No-Knuckling Sock to help her. [Read more…]