The sock’s straps wrap above and below the joint to provide additional joint support.
Wrap the No-Knuckling Training Sock around your pet’s leg and secure with touch fastener straps.
Place the elastic cord between your pet’s center toes.
Pull slowly at top of cord to tighten.
Check your dog’s reaction.
How can I help my dog who is knuckling?
As you can see, there are many reasons a dog may be knuckling. Some may resolve with supportive care and time while others may require surgery. And still others may never go away. There are many ways you can support your dog after he or she is diagnosed with a condition that causes knuckling.
There are many conditions that produce weakness and can lead to knuckling or dragging of the front and hind paws and limbs. Conditions that can affect the hind legs include degenerative myelopathy (DM), sciatic nerve injury, disc disease, and spinal cord injury. Brachial plexus and radial nerve injuries can cause front paw knuckling or limb dragging. A fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) can affect either or both the front and hind legs and paws.
Regardless of the condition that led to knuckling, it is important to remember the following when considering what device or aid is best for your pet:
Make sure the device is lightweight – these pets are already having trouble getting around. Even a light bootie can feel very heavy and actually make them knuckle or drag more.
It should be assistive – meaning it helps the dog to properly position the paw or bring the leg forward to help them walk.
Always use a harness – a harness is a “must-have” because these dogs often need help getting up, standing, and/or walking. Scrap the collar and opt for a comfortable, lightweight, padded harness. The more you are able to support your dog and help them stand and walk, the less they have to struggle to move their legs and the less they will knuckle or drag.
Pets wearing an anti-dragging device should be supervised at all times – even though your pet may be able to move around better with an assistive device, many devices include straps and fasteners that can get tangled or caught, and may even trip the pet.
Choose the device that provides the right amount of help for the pet – if your pet only slightly knuckles or scuffs, use a device that provides a little assistance and protection for the nails or digits. Remember, these pets need to keep up their strength so applying a device that does most of the work for them actually does them a disservice.
Keep in mind that more than one device may be best – for example, your dog may feel very energetic in the morning and might only need a little help walking. As the day continues, your dog may become tired and need extra help, at which point you may want to switch to a device that provides more assistance.
Carpal Flexural Deformity
Knuckling thanks to a carpal flexural deformity is one of the common health issues of big dogs. So if you have a big dog that is still a pup and is knuckling, there is a good chance that this is the problem.
Carpal flexural deformities are cases where a dog’s ‘wrist’ area hasn’t developed properly to support the weight of the dog. While this sounds serious — what with the word deformity in the mix — it is treatable.
How do I fix my dogs knuckling?
Can Knuckling in Dogs be Cured or Stopped?
A Foot Brace (designed for knuckling dogs)
How do you wrap a dog’s leg for support?
Puppy on the right, shows the inside leg as an example of the beginning of the early knuckling over we see at 5 – 7 weeks of age. This is not at all unusual and often corrects itself as the dog matures to 8 – 9 weeks of age, provided they are on the right diet.
Should you walk a dog with knuckling?
Knuckling under is a very uncomfortable position for a dog to be in and restricts him or her from doing many things with ease, the most obvious ones being running and walking. If left untreated, dog knuckling back paw or front paw can lead to permanent damage and affect his or her gait permanently.