7 Products to Help Senior or Disabled Dogs Get Back on Their Paws

Help Is on the Way

Whether you’ve only seen one of these signs or are well-acquainted with them all, you should consider yourself fortunate that you live in 2013. That’s because, as of the last five or 10 years or so, vet medicine has been rapidly ramping up its approach to any disease that keeps dogs off their paws for any length of time.

Which means everything from drugs and surgical procedures to supplements and even canine rehabilitative services. And that’s great. But even that’s not enough. Pet owners also need at-home tools to help keep their dogs on their paws.

With that in mind, consider the following seven tools designed for dogs who suffer from diseases and conditions that threaten to throw them off their game:

1. Dog booties. Traction is everything for dogs with primary neurologic or orthopedic issues. When dogs can’t get it, weakness, loss of coordination and diminished confidence in their daily walkabouts can conspire to exacerbate decline. Nonslip booties interrupt this downward spiral of disability by allowing them to gain purchase on surfaces and confidence in their musculoskeletal skills. A few examples include:

  • Pawz dog booties are like little rubber gloves. I’ve used these with great success on Vincent.
  • RuffWear booties: Some of these even have Vibram® soles for enhanced traction on all kinds of terrain.
  • Power Paws: These are like those no-slip socks people wear. Some dogs tolerate this comfortable, lightweight option better than the above two.

2. Toe Grips. Think of Toe Grips as another version of booties. These little plasticky rings fit snugly around your dog’s toenails and help him gain traction as he moves around slippery surfaces. This new product doesn’t work for all dogs, and the rings need to be carefully sized, but they’re receiving positive reviews so far within the canine rehab community.

3. Harnesses. I love harnesses. They help me hold onto Vincent more securely when he’s in my arms, they help me direct him as he’s trying to get moving, and they also serve to help me adjust him when his limbs are splayed uncomfortably akimbo and he can’t figure out how to reposition himself (poor thing!). Here are my favorites:

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