Atka, a 14 1/2 year old American Eskimo Dog who suffered from a spinal stroke on 7/18/18 that resulted in paralysis of his hind legs, and learned a month after his stroke that he ALSO has Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), resumed his therapy dog visits to The Pines at Whiting in NJ, along with his house sister, Nuka, and house brother, Kayu.
Atka’s improvement from his stroke has been intercepted by the progression of his DM, and both his hind legs are not as stable, making his rear legs splay, go into a split, or criss cross at times while walking. To help give him traction, Atka is wearing Pawz rubber booties, which worked like a charm!
We got a tip from a DM group we belong to on Facebook to cut little holes in the top to vent so his feet don’t get too moist. He couldn’t have cared less about them, and didn’t notice them at all since they were so light. In fact, he seemed to immediately have a LOT more confidence in moving around, and wouldn’t stop walking around for the whole visit.
They stayed on for almost the entire 1.5 hours we were there, and only started to come off b/c he crossed his legs a couple times and stepped on them while walking.