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#63674 - 07/12/10 04:53 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: Woodreb]
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I ordered the Help Em Up today. I'll post when we get it.
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#63684 - 07/12/10 05:32 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: AgilePaws]
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I hope it works well, good luck!
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#64676 - 07/15/10 09:35 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: MaxaLisa]
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The Help Em Up is here, so far so good. Took quite a bit of adjusting and probably still have a little more to do. It's a medium and the top fits fine but the bottom is really big on her so we had to tighten up the straps almost all the way, so we have straps hanging. Have to figure out what to do about that. So glad it arrived quckly because potty time is getting very difficult.

Here it is:



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#64687 - 07/15/10 09:57 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: AgilePaws]
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She looks good.

Sounds like she has a body type very similar to Rica's. I used the medium for her and had to keep the back adjusted almost all the way down. I think we just let the straps hang and didn't worry about them unless they really got in the way. For me it was a godsend because I couldn't use the sling to help her up stairs, but was able to support her with this. There was no way she would have accepted sleeping downstairs when we went to bed. Going down the stairs in the morning was always an adventure!
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#64695 - 07/15/10 10:16 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: Woodreb]
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Thanks Johanna. And yes, I can see already how much easier stairs will be. I was having a terrible time lifting her with or without the sling. And even without help she insists on dragging herself up the stairs and I hate to think of what that's doing to her front end. She's the same as Rica about sleeping with us, and I know I would not be able to sleep if we left her downstairs and got that "look" from her.
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#64964 - 07/16/10 06:08 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: AgilePaws]
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I got the ruffwear for Max and it really helps. He does not have DM tho, just Spondo so once he is up he can stand and walk on his own. The handle is big enough for me grab with 2 hands if I need to and just pop him up into a stand.

He looks good in his red harness.

I did not think the Help Em Up would work well for a male dog.
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#65054 - 07/16/10 10:16 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: Kayos]
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LJ has both the Ruffwear and the Help Em Up harnesses. She gets the Help Em Up wet when she pees. It was a life saver when she had 2 bouts of Vestibular Disease last year. I was able to get her outside without help.
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#105633 - 11/18/10 10:25 AM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: LJsMom]
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Booties specifically 'for dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy, Spondylosis, Arthritis or other clinical problems leading to paralysis of the spine' and who drag their paws:
http://www.tammyandteddys.com/products.php

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#109100 - 11/28/10 11:08 AM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: shepnterrier]
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Not a harness or boot but another device that enabled my senior to keep riding in the car:
http://www.germanshepherdhome.net/forum/...a.html#Post5940
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#112759 - 12/08/10 12:17 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: shepnterrier]
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Instead of boots:

Vinyl nail caps prevent injury to the nail and prevent wearing down to the quick when the dog drags the paw: http://www.softpaws.net/

Feli's rehab vet recommended them, and they worked well. Had to replace them ca every 6 weeks. Easy to do, not expensive. When I ordered the wrong size at first, the company exchanged immediately, very helpful. The caps were developed to keep dog nails from scratching and have been re-purposed by rehab vets.

Once they are on, the dog doesn't notice them anymore. Much better than boots for that purpose.

They come in a package of 40, and a senior who drags the hind legs typically needs the two middle toes capped. So one box of 4o nail caps lasts over a year, at a cost of 20 bucks or so. Feli was very happy and comfortable with them. They come in different sizes, you cut the length to fit your dogs nails' length, and glue them. When they are worn, they can be taken off easily, and replacement caps fitted. Of course I used the clear nylon, no pink or blue nail caps on my beautiful dog (or on me)!

The nail caps work as long as the dog's paws don't knuckle over, then the upper side of the paw scrapes. Then boots (see above) are inevitable, but until then I went with the nail caps, and Feli was very happy to not have to wear boots.
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