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My French Bulldog has Started To Drag and Knuckle Their Back Paws. What Should I Do?

My French Bulldog has Started To Drag and Knuckle Their Back Paws. What Should I Do?

Your French Bulldog might have started to drag one or both back paws along the ground. This might have started just at home or after surgery. When your dog drags their back paws, it often means their skin bleeds and their nails get shorter. This is all paw knuckling, read more about it here:

When your French Bulldog drags a back paw, it can be a sign of an underlying secondary medical condition. Commonly it can be a neurological condition, involving their nerves. It is important to get your dog checked out by your vet so you have a firm diagnosis. If your vet says it might be Degenerative Myelopathy (a neurological condition we see a lot of) then read more about the condition and how to help at home here:

It is a good idea to get your Frenchie some protective boots to stop the skin from being damaged further, find protective boots here:

If your French Bulldog is severely knuckling or has Degenerative Myelopathy, we help many owners get a dog wheelchair. A dog wheelchair can seem a big step, but if you are open-minded, it can really transform your dog's daily life. Importantly, dog wheelchairs allow your dog to exercise independently again. The wheelchair takes the weight off their back legs, so they can exercise. This means they can lose the weight they put on and it really lifts their mood. If you would like to read more about owners getting their Frenchies dog wheelchairs, read more here:

Previous article Cara is a 14 year old German Shepherd. She regularly sees the vet and has rear knuckling linked to the typical GSD weak hips / neuropathy and some osteoarthritis. What would you recommend?
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