These boots are great for hot sidewalks, indoor traction They are fleece so not recommended for outdoors.
New foam comfort pad helps keep the boots on! Sold in sets of four. Dog Boot Buying Tips, click here
Burned pad first aid
It is important to keep the foot area cool and clean. As soon as you notice the problem (limping along on the road), flush with cool water or a cool compress if available. Get the dog to a grassy area or if possible, carry him.
At first chance, your vet should examine your dog for signs of deeper burns, blisters and possibility of infection. Your vet will determine if antibiotics or pain medication is needed. Washing the feet with a gentle cleanser and keeping them clean is important. Bandaging can be difficult to do and to maintain (monitor and change often), but licking must be kept to a minimum.
Dog boots works great to stop the licking because the double straps keep it secure.
Some dogs will tolerate a sock to keep the area clean, but caution is advised for dogs that may chew and ingest the sock. Lick deterrents (bitter sprays) may help reduce the damage caused by licking.
Best advice is to be mindful of hot surfaces -- asphalt and metal (i.e. boat dock, car or truck surfaces) -- and walk your dog on the cool side of the street or in the grass. Another tip is to lay down a wet towel for your dog to stand on when grassy areas are not available
Preventing Dog Paw Injury in the Summer Heat
There are several measures that dog owners can take to prevent burns and injury to a dog's paw pads. Some of these preventative measures designed to prevent pad injuries will also make the dog less vulnerable to other summertime pet dangers, like canine heat stroke and sunburn.
Tips For Dog Summer Safety
Walk the dog in the early morning or evening to avoid paw pad burns. Avoid walking the dog in the heat of the day, when the sun beats down, heating the pavement and sand.
Walk the dog on the grass. The grass remains cooler than the sidewalk, lessening a dog's chance of paw pad injuries in the summer. This makes a trip to a shady park a good option for an afternoon walk in the summertime.
Take frequent dog walks on the pavement during cool times of day. This will help toughen a dog's paw pads by promoting the formation of callus. This makes the skin of the dog's foot pads thicker and less prone to injuries like burns and cuts. Dogs who rarely walk on pavement will have more sensitive paw pads and they require more frequent nail clippings, as walking on pavement files the dog's nails.
Moisturize the dog's paws on a daily basis. Keep a dog's paws well moisturized with Vaseline® or a special paw pad balm or cream, like Musher's Secret®. Moisturizing the dog's paw pads will prevent cracking, peeling and minor pad cuts. These injuries will cause the dog's pads to become more sensitive once healing is complete, so preventing injury is key.
Boot Buying Tips
Please utilize our dog boot buying guides to see what boots work best for your needs
Measure your dog's paws to ensure you get the right size.
Ultra Paws boots are high quality and get great reviews
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All boots are sold in sets of four, EXCEPT wound boots, which are sold individually
You wouldn’t want to stick your size 10 foot in a size 8 shoe because it’d be incredibly uncomfortable. The same goes for your dog, which is why we’re here to help you measure your dog’s foot to ensure a comfortable fitting boot.
To measure the width of your dog’s foot, place the foot on a piece of paper and press down on the top of the foot, mimicking how the foot spreads when the dog’s walking.
Mark the left and the right side of the foot on the paper and measure the distance between the marks. Compare this to the boot sizes. The width of the foot should be smaller than the boot size. For example, if the foot width is 1 1/2 inches, order an XSmall at 1 3/4 inches.
Unfortunately, there isn't a perfect solution for dogs that drag their feet. - we haven't found a material that will stand up to dragging and still be comfortable for the dog. Some customers use the Rugged boots and then apply Shoe Goo as wear appears.
On hardwood floors: My 15-year-old husky mix tried her Durable dog boots for the first time today with great results. I ordered the boots because she had been having a terrible time walking on the hardwood floors during her frequent visits to my parents’ home. Due to arthritis and muscle loss from aging she would slip, slide and fall. It was really quite sad, as well as scary at times. She took to staying in one of the carpeted rooms and not socializing much at all. I put the boots on her not knowing what to expect, and frankly I was a little bit skeptical about whether they would work for her. Almost immediately she started walking around the house with confidence – and kept going all day. My father couldn’t believe how well she was prancing around in her new (and pretty darn cute!) red boots. They went on easily once I opened them up. I only had to tighten them after initially putting them on. Your sizing instructions were very helpful, the product appears quite well made, and the shipping was incredibly fast, especially given that I ordered during the holidays. I would recommend these boots to anyone with a dog that could benefit from wearing them. These boots are the perfect solution, I only wish I’d known about this product sooner. Laurie R., California (Ultra Paws® Durable) How To Train Your Dog To Wear Boots
Training-Take it Step by Step
Training your dog to wear boots is more about patience on your part rather than the dog’s. It will take some time, especially if your pooch has an issue with someone handling his feet. Work slowly and at your dog’s pace.
Step 1 – Have your dog in a standing position (get some help from another person if your dog won’t stand) on a non-slip area—carpet works best.
Step 2 – Slip a boot on one of his feet but don’t fasten it.
Step 3 – Take the boot off and reward your dog with a small treat.
Step 4 – The next day, repeat the process, only place the boot on a different foot. Don’t forget to reward your dog.
Step 5 – Repeat this process each day using a different foot. Once you’ve accomplished placing the boot on each foot individually, try putting boots on two paws at the same time. Each day, put the boots on two different paws.
Step 6 – Eventually work your way up to placing all four boots on your dog’s paws at the same time, but don’t fasten them.
Step 7 – Once your dog is comfortable with wearing all four boots unfastened, start the process over with one boot on one foot with a fastened boot. By this time, your dog should be pretty comfortable with you handling his feet and wearing the boots because he knows he’ll receive a tasty treat when he’s done.
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