What you can do for dogs with weak wrists
Gracie, my 13 year old dog, would sometimes stumble on her fronts legs when we went for walks and a few times, she even fell down. I watched her closely to figure out what the cause of the problem was and saw that when her legs gave out, it was because her front wrists buckled and they weren’t strong enough to hold up her body. She has had arthritis for most of her life; in fact, her left hip was replaced with an artificial hip when she was about two years old. Besides giving her all the supplements that I knew could help her from the inside, I started looking for a way to help support her from the outside.
I came across The Wrist Wrap from handicappedtpets.com and it seemed to be exactly what I needed to help support her weak wrists. It’s simple to use - you just wrap the neoprene brace around the front leg about 1 inch above where the wrist bends and fasten it securely with the Velcro part of the wrap. The instructions tell you to be sure that the brace does not interfere with the flexion of the paw and your dog will soon let you know the proper tension for support.
I got two of the Wrist Wraps for Gracie and I know they’re working because she actually stands still and waits for me to put the them on her before we go for a walk. She now hardly stumbles at all and I think the extra support helps eliminate the arthritic pain that she must have in her wrists.
The moral of this story is that there are products that can help keep your dog mobile. handicappedpets.com has many kinds of dog wheelchairs, lifting harnesses, pet boots, slings, leg splints, orthotic braces, dog ramps and dog steps.