"I have a pug who is beginning to show signs of Pug Myelopathy causing her back paws to drag and knuckle. I am looking for protection as well as stability / nonslip. What would you recommend?"
For your pug, as their feet are relatively small compared to other breeds we would recommend the WagWear Breathable boots as they are light but still completely made of rubber so they have grip and offer excellent protection because they are rubber.
"My bulldog has one front paw which is showing signs of knuckling. What brace should I get him?"
We have a few different options for your dog to protect their paws:
1. The WagWear Wellies are rubber boots for dogs and are excellent to protect the top of their paw, skin and nails. The rubber material means that they are resilient and allows the dog to grip on normal or smooth surfaces.
2. An alternative option is the Walkabout Knuckling Protection Boot. This boot has an extra sole on the top of the boot to help protect against scrapes to the top of your dog's paw and his nails. The boot also has a velcro strap to help keep it on.
"Our beloved staffie who sadly had a spinal stroke between C6-C7 at only four years old is unable to pick up her front right foot correctly and so is now constantly toe knuckling and damaging her skin. I have the Carpo Flex wrap, and the wag wellies, which have been very effective at protecting her from causing more damage, but they aren’t helping her alignment or stopping the toe knuckling which is slowly damaging her carpus joint."
The Maximus PawsUp Brace is a top-quality dog knuckling brace which specifically helps with alignment to stop toe knuckling and is exceptionally well made. The base of the foot part is designed to withstand everyday wear on different terrains. It won't be completely waterproof, like the rubber WagWear Wellies but it is washable.
"Cara is a 14 year old German Shepherd who weighs 35kgs. She regularly sees the vet and has rear knuckling linked to the typical GSD weak hips / neuropathy and some osteoarthritis. What would you recommend?"
Cara would be best to use a pair of Maximus PawsUp Brace for her rear knuckling. As she is heavier than most dogs, it is important that you find a brace which gets her legs aligned underneath her. You might also want to consider a dog wheelchair.