Dragging Feet and Dog Boots

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 in Blog, Dog Boots, Early Symptoms, Product Reviews

Unfortunately Wrangler has now started to drag his back feet while he’s in his cart and his paws have started to bleed.   I’ve tried several different kinds of shoes but didn’t really find anything that didn’t fall off or didn’t hinder wrangler trying to use his back legs.  Websites have mixed feelings on whether you should use boots on dogs with DM.  Some sites claim it does more harm than good.

The best boots I found that actually are Pawz Reusable Dog Boots, they are little rubber boots that look almost like balloons.  They are tight enough that he doesn’t notice them and his feet don’t get caught on the concrete as he tries to walk.   All of the bigger boots get caught and drag on the concrete and fall off within minutes.

I  decided not to use boots at all with Wrangler and to start putting his back feet up in the stirrups that are included on his cart. When we get to the park or any grassy area’s I put his feet down, however when we are walking on the side walk, they are up in the stirrups.

This took some practise to get Wrangler comfortable in his cart with his back feet up.   He no longer has his back feet as an anchor and sometimes if he’s tired he starts to roll backwards.  I usually have to hold onto his cart when we are stopped so he doesn’t start to roll.  It is a bit of a pain compared to how easy it was before but I’m sure it’s better than having sore cut up paws.

As with most things with DM, little changes in the way the desease is affecting your dog can mean big changes and more work for you.

Here is a video of Wrangler at the school yard playing with a soccer ball.

  • Toby’s Mom

    The PAWZ boots are the best. They don’t let air circulate, though. So it’s best not to leave them on when you’re not out walking. You can cover the worn, bleeding nails with liquid bandage. It takes several coats, a few times a day, but it helps. The stirrups on the cart are the utlimate solution. Toby’s toenails grew back to normal when we started using the stirrups.

    • MyDogHasDM

      completely agree, thanks for the tips.

      • Angy’sMom

        I’m using trimmed human socks wrapped in duct tape to protect my dog’s feet. They stay up with a piece of duct tape circling the cuff around the ankle above the heel. I used to take them off and put back on for every walk but realized it doesn’t seem to matter if they are on for a couple days straight, even if they get wet. Though that may differ by breed. After that I leave them off overnight so feet dry completely, then replace with new clean ones. Very old sport socks work best – the less stretch they have, the better.

  • Christine Woodruff Giantsos

    I have the same problem with boots. I have a K9cart for my dog. Even though he uses his back legs while in the cart, his one paw drags a lot and he has no nails left. I’ve tried about six styles and sizes of socks/boots and as soon as I put them on he stops using his legs and drags them. If I put his legs in the stirrups ( which they don’t recommend if he has some use still left) he goes backward . Ugh!