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My Gunner has spinal issues, the neuroligist feels there is atleast 2 spots on his spin that his causing him to lose some feeling in his back legs. He's almost 12 and the dr, honestly does not recommend surgery. Gunner is 110 lb, so he has reached his life expentacy, however Gunner still has so much life left in him. He refuses to be babied and still wants to walk and play. If he falls playing fetch he just gets right back up. My problem is the when we walk Gunner on on pavement he drags his back legs and the nails bleed a little, but he really wants his normal walks, so has anyone used any dog shoes that they can recommend. Now that the neuroligist has him on neurotine and to his deramaxx he really is doing so much better, so I want to continue his normal activities. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Try a chiropractor- you might be surprised at how much relief he gets if he's properly aligned elsewhere. I had a dog with a similar issue due to injury, not age, and the chiro helped immensely.
 

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If you just search google for large dog boots there is a variety to choose from. If your dog needs it you can get a bit larger size and put a few layers of cast padding on underneath to.help. until you get the boots I would just bandage his feet to help him get used to walking a bit differently and protect his feet. Your vets office will be glad to give you a bandaging lesson if you need one.
 

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My Gunner has spinal issues, the neuroligist feels there is atleast 2 spots on his spin that his causing him to lose some feeling in his back legs. He's almost 12 and the dr, honestly does not recommend surgery. Gunner is 110 lb, so he has reached his life expentacy, however Gunner still has so much life left in him. He refuses to be babied and still wants to walk and play. If he falls playing fetch he just gets right back up. My problem is the when we walk Gunner on on pavement he drags his back legs and the nails bleed a little, but he really wants his normal walks, so has anyone used any dog shoes that they can recommend. Now that the neuroligist has him on neurotine and to his deramaxx he really is doing so much better, so I want to continue his normal activities. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I used boots with my last shepherd. She would drag her back legs and make her nails and tops of her paws bleed. The ones that I used to used were called "Muttluks" The were lightweight and were east to put on with a velcro fastener.
The only thing was because she would drag her paws in a certain way that I had to duct tape around the the toe of the boot so that it wouldn't put holes in them right away.
She didn't mind wearing them and it definitely helped with being able to take her out on regular walks. Hope this helps!
 

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Ruff Wear Grip Trex Boots from ruffwear.com. You can also find Ruff Wear at backcountryk9.com and some times they have sales on Ruff Wear gear.
 

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My old dog Ralph needed to use a bootie on one of her hind paws for the last few months of her life, as without it she woulf drag the paw, so we had a great little boot with quite a nice rubber tread, we put it on so the tread was the part making contact with the ground , so basically updise down, we put her paw in a baby sock firt to prevent rubbing and in went the paw, a wee bit of baby powder as well beacuse eventually the shoe smelt like an old running shoe !! Anyway it worked great, she did not mind the shoe, and only had it off for bedtime !

I looked them up on the internet, they were Ruff Wear Batkn Boots Grip Trex "red"
 

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I tried boots on Kiya's hind legs and found it seemed to make her put a lot more effort into walking. Also the noise on pavement was loud. I tried the soft claws on the nails that were wearing down. Unfortunately they wore down too quickly. I stopped by the hardware store and found this clear plastic tube that fit over the soft claw and that helped extend the use a lot. I have to always check them & replace them, I'm not ready to hang up her leash yet.
She doesn't seem to drag her paws when she's jogging so recently I started taking her on "short" trips up the block with my bicycle.
 

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Our 11 yr old GSD is dragging one back paw due to hip arthritis. He is seeing a canine physical therapist who fitted him with a special boot to pull the foot up. Otherwise, he was just ripping the toes out. This is the boot we use:

Hindlimb Dorsi-Flex Assist
 

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My Gunner has spinal issues, the neuroligist feels there is atleast 2 spots on his spin that his causing him to lose some feeling in his back legs. He's almost 12 and the dr, honestly does not recommend surgery. Gunner is 110 lb, so he has reached his life expentacy, however Gunner still has so much life left in him. He refuses to be babied and still wants to walk and play. If he falls playing fetch he just gets right back up. My problem is the when we walk Gunner on on pavement he drags his back legs and the nails bleed a little, but he really wants his normal walks, so has anyone used any dog shoes that they can recommend. Now that the neuroligist has him on neurotine and to his deramaxx he really is doing so much better, so I want to continue his normal activities. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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My 14 yo has had DM, Degenerative Myelopathy, for more than a year. I've purchased regular dog boots from the local big box pet stores. Some thinner ones will wear through from dragging on asphalt, so you need to keep an eye on how worn they are. With some styles, it helps to put the boot on "upside down", ie bottom surface of boot is worn on the upper part of foot which drags.
Lady has now progressed to needing a cart. She uses one from Eddie's Wheels, which has 2 stirrups for the 2 rear legs which she can no longer control. She still enjoys walking outside in the neighborhood with her cart.
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I am using Power Paws non slip socks from Woodrowwear.com for my 122 pound extra large breed 10 1/2 year old. He has gotten wobbly in the rear the past 6 months and started sliding and falling on our tile floors. The middle nails on his back feet were worn all the way down. The non slip socks XL size keep him on his feet and restored his confidence. His nails have grown back to normal. He only wears the socks on his back feet. They were truly a gift for my dog and his loving family.
 

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Hey Guys,
A lot of great info in this thread, but I noticed some links are dead or the product has been discontinued. Just curious if there are any new products that anyone knows of that would be effective for my little Jacob.

A little background- Jacob has degenerative myelopathy, severe hip displaysia, and to top it all off- bad kidneys. He, like many of yours, is dragging his rear feet and sometimes the top of his feet bleed. We were using boots from Petco but they inhibited his walking ability and seemed to actually make matters worse.

Thank you in advance for all of your input!

Brendan
Jacob- 12 y/o GSD (13 in August)
Sushi- 4 y/o Yoranian
 

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