Dog Paws Need Shoes Because They are Sensitive too
Why dog shoes can keep your pup safe from the elements...
Veterinarians will be quick to tell you that you can prevent paw injuries, with attention to your dog’s walking environment, temperature and ground cover. Dog shoes are a great solution for hikes, treks in the heat on hot pavement and cold, icy and snowy walking conditions. Here are reasons to put shoes on your doggie.
Weather and temperature
While you may think dog, paws are made to be tough and resistant to whatever is underfoot, think again. Their foot pads feel the heat and cold just like humans, only not as extreme because the canine foot is tougher skin. But, they do not build up enough calluses to completely resist extremes in temperature.
Walking on hot beach sand, icy and snowy pavement or grass does have an effect on your pup’s tootsies. For example, if you take your pooch with you to the beach, beware that they are not getting tiny blisters on their paws or in pain from the intense sand temp, especially midday. The same goes for freezing temperatures when your dog stays out to long! They, too, can get frostbite on their feet!
Then, there is the issue of salt, chemicals and other street hazards that can burn K9 feet, as well as cracks in the pavement that catch their toenails as they walk or run.
Walking on trails and in the woods
For hikes and long walks on rough terrain, dog shoes help your furry partner move smoothly without having to stumble or fall on sticks, roots, rocks and slick surfaces. If your hiking four-pawed pal likes to run through the brush, be aware of all the hidden dangers that lie beneath his or her feet. Mud, Clay, fire ants, pebbles and broken branches are just a few dangers lurking below your own eye level.
Trails and hiking paths are often smoothed for human excursions, but may also have hidden dangers for a dog trek over the same walkway. Just imagine your own feet in sandals or socks, walking the same path. Think you won’t feel some rough, uneven and sharp objects? The same goes for Rover as their feet touch the ground. There is also the chance of picking up rashes and allergic reactions to plant leaves that may be on your path.
Traction in older dogs both indoors and out
As dogs age, their mobility slows down and their joints cause pain. So, you may
notice that your aging fur buddy has a hard time getting up and down, managing stairs or slips easily. Indoors, a wood or tile floor becomes a challenge when your mature tail wagger wants to get up from a nap, rush to the food bowl or simply follow you to the door.
Outdoors, older dog paws are more sensitive to rough pavement or grass and their paws can get stuck in muddy patches or slip on wet grass. Older dogs tend to drag their feet, especially hind legs, because of arthritis and that constant scraping of their paws on the ground or pavement will tear at their paws and nails.
What to look for in dog shoesThin, yet sturdy material so your dog can feel the ground
- Bootie style that has a secure fastener at the top
- Natural rubber, water resistant, breathable, skid-proof and biodegradable material
- Stretchy top with Velcro closure
- Sizes that fit your fur partner’s paws
- Reusable and disposable after several uses
- Sold in multiple shoe packs