How does the Anti-Knuckling™ Device work?
The Canine Mobility Anti-Knuckling 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 at the other end (see inset diagrams). The paw strap is configured to include a toe loop that fits around 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.
Differences between the Anti-Knuckling Device and other products.
There are two notable differences between the Anti-Knuckling Device and other products on the market. First, the patent pending design brings the affected leg forward while simultaneously lifting the toes. Other products that fasten around the dog’s leg (versus the toes) do not promote the natural flexion of the foot. The Anti-Knuckling Device exclusively assists with the upward movement of the dog’s toes and effectively prevents or reduces knuckling and/or dragging of the dog’s hind legs.
Additionally, resistance from the shock cord that is applied to the leg as it is extended while walking promotes strengthening of atrophied or weakened hind leg muscles that are often present in dogs recovering from injuries or surgery. This is an important feature that is not present in other brace and/or splint-type products on the market.
The Anti-Knuckling Device reduces or eliminates hind limb knuckling while at the same time promoting strengthening of weakened hind leg muscles 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.