What is the treatment for dragging feet?
Treatment depends on the cause! If your dog has a diagnosis that can be improved with therapies and/or medication that would be the route to go. In more serious cases, your vet may suggest surgery or consult with a neurologist.
It is important to protect your dog’s feet if they are dragging them when they walk. For mild or infrequent cases, a pair of dog booties can protect the paw from injury. If the dragging is more excessive, an assistive device that helps to lift up the toes can help. Vital Vet created this great review of some common devices that can help prevent dragging/knuckling.
If your dog has a more progressive ailment, such as degenerative myelopathy, a canine cart/wheelchair may be the best option. This can feel like a failure to many owners, but we believe they should be seen more like walkers for people in that they function to improve mobility and independence. Shauna at Pawsitively Fit did a great interview on dog carts in her Facebook group Our Healthy Senior Dogs with Dr. Jenny Moe, owner of Doggon Wheels. They discussed canine wheelchairs and how they can help to maximize your dog’s abilities!