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My Pug Has Started To Drag and Knuckle Their Back Paws. What Should I Do?

My Pug Has Started To Drag and Knuckle Their Back Paws. What Should I Do?

You might have noticed your pug drag one or both back paws. Perhaps they don’t stand flat on their paws or their paws have started to curl. Your pug might find it hard to walk without wobbling, they will find it hard to get up off the floor or walk. This means your pug doesn’t get as much exercise as normal and they can begin to put on weight. Their nails can get shorter and their paws can start to bleed.

This is called paw knuckling. Read more about paw knuckling here:

Commonly paw knuckling is a sign of an underlying medical condition, very often for pugs this condition is Pug Myelopathy. 

Pug Myelopathy

Pug Myelopathy is becoming increasingly common. Pressure on the spinal cord causes neurological symptoms of paralysis. The paralysis can start in the rear paws, and the rear paws will start to curl or the paw will drag. If you would like paw protection like boots to stop bleeding and the nails getting shorter, read more here: 

Read more about Pug Myelopathy here. What causes it, possible treatments and how to help your pug at home and out on walks:

If your dog does have Pug Myelopathy, it is very common for a dog owner to get their dog a wheelchair so they can exercise again. Read more about pug wheelchairs here and see how they have helped other pugs and their owners:

Excellent Facebook Group

There is a great Facebook group called Wheelie Pugs, here pug owners talk and discuss how they are helping their pug with the condition: 

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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