If you live in an area where there’s snow and ice in the
winter time and you walk your dog, you may want to consider putting some warm
dog boots on him. They aren’t just for keeping your dog’s feet warm, although
that’s a nice side effect. What they’re really meant for is protection from the
effects of ice and salt on your dog’s pads.
Not only that, but have
you ever seen the snow form little balls that get stuck in the pads?
This can cause a lot of pain for your dog. Here’s what you should look for
before buying any kind of dog boots.
- Size: measure the width
of your dog’s paw by putting it on a piece of paper and pressing down to
mimic the width when the dog is walking. Mark the widest points and then
calculate this. The size of your dog’s foot (for example, 1 inch) should be
smaller than the size of the boot.
- Fabric: make sure it’s
designed for you and your dog’s needs. If you need water-resistant boots,
don’t get fleece. If your dog will be primarily be walked on snow covered
pavement, get a boot with a sole. Evaluate your needs before shopping, and
make sure to read descriptions in detail.
- Attachment: look for
Velcro straps to put the boots on your dog. They won’t be used to them, and
some dogs will balk at first, so you want an easy way to put the boots on
and take them off. A few days before using them outdoors for the first
time, get your dog accustomed to the boots by putting them on for a few
minutes at a time, increasing the time and activity until they stop trying
to take them off.
- Quality: you get what
you pay for. If warm dog boots are more expensive than you’d anticipated,
you’re not alone. They last a long time though if you buy a good quality
set, so don’t skimp on the quality – or you may find yourself buying a new
set every fall.
Whatever your needs are, you’ll be able to find many
varieties of warm dog boots in whichever color, style or quality you want.
Visit our Dog Clothes page for links to the best stores to buy from – and at
great prices too!