How does it work?
The Canine Mobility Anti-Knuckling Device™ is an assistive therapeutic device for dogs that suffer from degenerative myelopathy, degenerative disc disease, fibrocartilaginous embolism or hind limb weakness from other causes resulting in the knuckling or dragging of the dog’s hind legs.
The device is comprised of an elastic shock cord that connects at one end to a dog harness (not included), and to a material paw strap (see inset photos) at the other. The paw strap is configured to include a toe loop that fits about the dog’s two middle toes, and a metatarsal loop that fits around the dog’s leg at the lower end of the metatarsus (above the paw). This configuration is designed to assist with both the forward movement of the dog’s hind leg and the upward movement of the dog’s toes.
What differentiates the Anti-Knuckling Device from other devices on the market is a patent pending design that brings the affected leg forward while simultaneously lifting the toes. Other devices that only fasten around the dog’s leg do not ensure the natural flexion of the foot. The Anti-Knuckling Device exclusively assists with the upward movement of the dog’s toes and effectively prevents knuckling and/or dragging of the dog’s hind legs. Additionally, resistance from the shock cord applied to the leg as it is extended while walking promotes strengthening of atrophied or weakened muscles. This feature is not present in other anti-knuckling products on the market that are anchored above the hock (ankle).
The Anti-Knuckling Device is not a cure for hind limb weakness but it does reduce or eliminate hind limb knuckling in dogs that are otherwise ambulatory.
The device comes in several sizes in order to properly fit your dog. See Measuring page for instructions on how to measure your dog.