Help is available for dogs with knuckling and dragging feet! The benefits of canine rehabilitative therapy most often conjure up images of dogs that have suffered a paralyzing injury and are working toward walking on their own again. Less often do dog owners consider rehabilitative therapy for their canine companions that are diagnosed with degenerative conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or degenerative myelopathy. Since the dog’s mobility will only continue to decline and a full recovery is not possible, rehab therapy may seem inappropriate.
In reality, all dogs that are experiencing difficulty walking, even those that are reliant on a dog wheelchair, can benefit from a variety of rehabilitative treatments. Use of the underwater treadmill, stretching, and other exercises can help maintain muscle mass and mobility. Rehab can help increase a dog’s strength and help to limit muscle atrophy.
Such is the case with 15-year old Shika. Shika, is currently attending rehab sessions with Tandy Clifton, CCRP of Kryder Veterinary Clinic. Shika is experiencing a degenerative condition that is causing knuckling in her right rear paw. She recently had a session in the underwater treadmill, where she exercised with and without the use of a No-Knuckling Training Sock. Ms.Clifton shared the before and after results of her session with Shika, which we are showcasing in the video below.
Enhance Canine Rehab Therapy with the No-Knuckling Training Sock
The No-Knuckling Training Sock was designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP. It features a lightweight, flexible design that is ideal for short term, multiple use to help correct gait and improve hind paw placement. Each step Shika takes is a step towards improving her overall mobility. The No-Knuckling Training Sock helps her walk correctly without dragging her back paw.
Pet owners are advised to consult with their veterinarian or canine rehabilitation professional before using.