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Degenerative Myelopathy Mobility Solutions

Watching your best friend struggle with DM is incredibly difficult and it’s even more frustrating for your pet. Luckily, there are some simple ways you can help make your pet’s life a bit easier as their body changes. We know that keeping your DM dog active longer will improve their quality of life and can help to slow down the disease progression. Here are a few degenerative myelopathy solutions to make both you and your best friend’s life easier.

How to Help Your Pet with Degenerative Myelopathy

Improving the quality of life for a dog with DM means giving them the support they need to stay mobile. Improved mobility can slow down the degenerative myelopathy progression and keep your dog active.

Solutions for Difficulty Standing or Maintaining Balance

German Shepherd DM harness

Weakness in the back legs is a telltale sign of DM. Loss of strength in the hind legs makes even the simplest tasks, like standing up a struggle for dogs with DM. Luckily dog lifting harnesses can help you lift, stabilize, and support your dog, Here are a few of the best lifting harnesses for dogs with degenerative myelopathy:

  • Buddy Up Harness: a handy harness that’s comfortable enough for your dog to wear all day and progresses with them as they weaken. Not only can it be used as a lifting harness, but it can also even attach to the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair.
    • Rear Weakness only: start with the Buddy Up Rear Harness.
    • Front Weakness only: although not typical with DM, if your dog does have weakness in their front legs only use the Buddy Up Front Harness.
    • Front & Rear Weakness: use both the Buddy Up Rear and Front Combo Harness system to provide total body support.

DM dogs will require your assistance to stand, walk, and maintain their balance. A lifting harness is an essential tool for any DM pet parent. Plan for the future and choose a harness that is wheelchair compatible, this will help ease your dog’s inevitable transition into a wheelchair.

Paw Knuckling Solutions for DM Dogs

Dragging paws, scraping nails, and knuckling feet are some of the earliest signs of degenerative myelopathy. Although knuckling caused by DM isn’t reversible there are simple ways to help and protect your dog’s dragging paws.

  • No Knuckling Training Sock: a training tool to help with paw placement.

Mobility Loss Solutions for Dogs with DM

Full Support Dog Wheelchair

The Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair is the perfect solution to help your pet regain mobility and independence. Degenerative myelopathy impacts a dog’s leg strength, leg function, and causes paralysis. When a pet is diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, the need to rely on a dog wheelchair is inevitable.

  • Walkin’ Wheels Full Support/4-wheel Wheelchair: for dog’s experiencing weakness in their front legs. A front wheel attachment can be added to any Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to adapt to progression of DM and your pet’s changing mobility.
  • Walkin’ Wheels Dog Wheelchair
    Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair
    BuddyUp Harness for dog wheelchair
    Buddy Up Harness

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