Many dogs have problems with their paws, meaning frequent visits to the veterinarian and hefty bills for their owners. However, more and more vet clinics are now stocking special dog boots that could help to ease your pet's discomfort. Read on for more information.
Common paw problems
Dogs can suffer paw problems for many different reasons. Many of these problems result in your dog being prescribed antibiotics. Not only are these drugs expensive, they can be harmful to your pet if used frequently or for long periods.
Some dogs are extremely sensitive to some types of grass and flower pollen. This means that walking your pet across fields can lead to the skin on his paws and between his toes becoming inflamed and painful. If the skin becomes itchy, the dog will often nibble and lick at it, causing more damage and pain, and sometimes leading to infection.
If a dog suffers an injury to his paw that results in a cut or abrasion, dirt can enter the skin, setting up infection.
Weather-related paw problems
Dogs living in areas that have extreme summer and winter weather can also be at risk of paw problems. Freezing cold weather can cause frostbite, and contact with ice can lead to blistering and skin damage. Baking hot tarmac can cause burns or blisters to the dog's sensitive pads.
A simple solution
If your dog suffers from paw problems, the simplest solution is to fit him with a set of protective boots. There are many different styles of dog boots available to address different problems and circumstances including the following:
- protective boots to keep the paws clean and to form a shield against allergens
- waterproof boots to keep injured paws dry and clean
- tough boots to protect the soles of the dog's feet from damage by sharp stones during walks
- winter boots that are designed to protect the paws from frost damage and stop ice from accumulating between the dog's toes
- summer boots with upper ventilation netting to allow the dog's feet to 'sweat', whilst still giving protection
Your veterinary clinic will be able to obtain a suitable set of dog boots for your pet and will give advice on how to fit them correctly. Although some dogs can be reluctant to move freely at first, once they get used to the feeling of the boots on their paws, most dogs adapt very quickly.
If your dog suffers from paw-related problems, have a chat with your vet to see if protective boots would help. Boots can help remove the need for your dog to rely on drug therapy to keep him comfortable, which is great news for both your pet and your pocket!Share