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    Thread: Dog Boots

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      Dog Boots

      Specifically dog boots for dogs with trouble walking (feet dragging, knuckling that sorta thing).

      I am deciding if I should buy Rocky some different boots to help him. I had picked up some muttlucks at the very end of last winter. But either they are too big or the extra bulk on his feet which sorta "just clear the ground" are tripping him up. The one day we used them (because we HAD too, he freezes up otherwise) he kept falling. He previously had a smaller size but it was a tad snug but I am thinking a tad snug may be safer than too big (especially for 10-20 mins walks).

      There are these with traction. one friend said her dog fell with them but all the other reviews were good. My concern (and I need to find a pair to try on rocky) is that the bulk of the grips will trip him up more (as he is already knucking, dragging his feet - so shape of the boot will immediate sorta throw him off more and cause him to stumble). I had initially thought these could be a life safer to limit his slipping when a bit slippery. We tend to get a lot of freezing rain/freezing puddles around here.
      https://www.seesawyerrun.com/collect...ear-polar-trex


      Anyone have experience with dogs who are "less able" and dog boots?

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      Those look really cool. Can you contact the company and see what they have to say about the impact of knuckling under...or if they'll let you return them if you just try them out on carpet. That way you won't be out a good bit of money if they won't work.
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      I have only used the balloon type boots and Chase pretty much tore them up the first time he'd wear them. Those ones you linked to are the same brand and style as the "also great" dog boots recommended by The Wirecutter, although it says nothing about dogs with limited mobility, just that they offer better traction in slippery or rough conditions. They do have a leading edge that look like they offer more protection from scraping along the ground than the others, in terms of keeping the toes of the boots from wearing out as quickly. However, that also might produce more drag against moving his feet forward.

      Aren't there any facebook pages or web sites for dogs with limited mobility?

      The Best Dog Boots: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company

      I also found these on another web site:

      https://www.handicappedpets.com/walk...dogs-and-cats/

      https://www.handicappedpets.com/full-feature-boots/

      Orthopedic Equipment for Dogs | Whole Dog Journal

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      Last edited by smartrock; 11-17-2017 at 10:32 AM.

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      Scully used to drag her one front foot a bit (the one where her elbow was worst) so we did put a boot on her, and I did find that smaller was better (we used Muttluks - not lined, they were yellow with a leather bottom). She wasn’t thrilled at first but eventually adapted to it. Since it was only on one foot, it didn’t compromise her motion much, but she did kind of walk really funny at first until she got used to it. Because she was dragging the side/top of her foot, not the part that was reinforced leather, it did wear out eventually, but I had purchased a set of 4 and only used one at a time so it did work out. I don’t know that they would have helped with traction at all - we were more interested in protecting her foot from scraping on pavement and ice.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      Scully used to drag her one front foot a bit (the one where her elbow was worst) so we did put a boot on her, and I did find that smaller was better (we used Muttluks - not lined, they were yellow with a leather bottom). She wasn’t thrilled at first but eventually adapted to it. Since it was only on one foot, it didn’t compromise her motion much, but she did kind of walk really funny at first until she got used to it. Because she was dragging the side/top of her foot, not the part that was reinforced leather, it did wear out eventually, but I had purchased a set of 4 and only used one at a time so it did work out. I don’t know that they would have helped with traction at all - we were more interested in protecting her foot from scraping on pavement and ice.
      That's our situation with Kimber. We use a Pawtector boot just on her back left leg, because she drags the top of the foot.
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