"My dog has started to show signs of rear paw knuckling. What would you recommend to help him?"
As your dog is only starting to show signs of dog knuckling rather than severe, it would be good prtoect the paw skin from bleeding which will reduce the chance of infection and also to protect the nails from getting short. To do this, look at the boots we offer particularly the Walkabout Knuckling Boots. These have extra thick rubber front and back on the boot lid so will keep your dog protected. You might also look at the Maximus PawsUp Brace. This will help encourage your dog to stop or reduce the dog knuckling and start to put their paw flat on the floor, retraining the paw muscle,
"My dog has arthritis in all her limbs but does have possibly underlying neuro problem in her back legs. When walking she catches her nails and injures her right paw due to knuckling. What could you recommend for her to protect her paws/nails?"
To protect the nails and skin, it is best to look at the Walkabout Knuckling Boot. This will protect from any further injury or damage to your dogs skin and nails. If you are looking for a breathable boot, the WagWear Breathable boots are a good idea. They are made of rubber so will not wear through with use, the holes allow ventilation which is good in the summer months as your dog will sweat and the boot design will make sure the paw is kept airy.
"My 11 year old boxer has just been diagnosed with spondylosis. He drags his back paw and has worn down the claws. When walking on pavements his paw bleeds after a time so at the moment we are just walking him on grass. I would like to get him a boot for his paw. Could you recommend which would be the most effective for him. Thank you."
It would be good to look at the Maximus PawsUp brace, they are particularly designed for rear paw knuckling. Your dog can wear one or a pair. The brace works with a boot and elastic cords. Put the boot on and attach the cord brace to the top of the hock, this will encourage your dog to walk flat on its paw pad once again. The brace will build up muscle so that the nails won't bleed when you take your dog for a walk on the pavement next time.
"My 10 year old Canaan Dog had an accident with a vehicle and has always had back issues but lately the knuckling is pretty bad on her right back. Her gait is pretty bad as well as her stance, she swings the right back around whilst total knuckling, scuffing the top of that "foot". I think primarily she needs some kind of protection. How do I measure?"
It sounds like your Canaan Dog has moderate to severe dog knuckling. In cases like this, it is best to use Maximus PawsUp or move your dog onto a dog wheelchair and add Maximus Skates. If your dog is unable to walk in a straight line and also needs quite a bit of support, a wheelchair and skates are a very common combination. The wheelchair will take the weight off your dog's back legs and reduce the swinging. Skates will allow her to use her muscle and will improve her gait. When a gait is distorted, it can start to show problems in the hip and lower back. In situations like this, it is best to take the weight off your dog by using a wheelchair.