As pet parents, we always want to make sure our furry babies have everything they need! A question that often comes up is “does my paralyzed pet need shoes?"
We know that boots are a great layer of protection between your dog’s paws and salt as well as keeping the floors of your home safe from muddy paws but when else would pet boots be beneficial?
Signs a Handicapped Pet Needs Boots
- Splaying legs
- Dragging feet
- Slipping on hardwood or tile
- Difficulty keeping their legs and paws warm inside
- Uneven wearing of nails
- Scrapes or open sores on paw
- Knuckling paws
Protect Legs & Paws With Circulation Issues
Pets dealing with leg weakness and paralysis may also struggle with their circulation. It very common for paralyzed pets to struggle to regulate their body temperature. This can leave paws and legs feeling very cold. Along with giving them a warm, comfy place to rest, they can wear warm dog boots to keep them comfortable.
Dog Boots Provide an Extra Grip
For both inside and outside, grip and traction is an important part of keeping your paralyzed pup moving around.
The Walkin’ All Weather Boots and Boot liners will keep your paralyzed pups paws warm and dry but the rubber soles will give your pup some grip on icy and wet surfaces. Extra grip will allow your pup to propel themselves forward more easily, letting them race around fetching balls or just going for a walk around the block. The warm felt lining will also allow your pet to stay outside and play for longer periods of time without their paws getting cold!
If you start to notice your dog slipping on floors inside a product like the Walkin’ Traction Socks would be a great addition to their wardrobe! Traction socks are great to prevent your pup’s legs from splaying out on smooth surfaces with a silicone paw covering attached to a super cozy and comfy sock.
If your pet has an open wound that is difficult to heal, boots would be a great aid to recovery. Keeping the wound protected from the elements when your dog heads out to use the bathroom and making sure their paws have a protective barrier if they drag or stub when getting around will help the injury heal faster.
Dogs with weak legs can drag and knuckle over their paws. Dog boots provide additional protection to stop wounds from occurring.
Tip: Pet boots can be worn over bandaged legs or splints to keep them dry, prevent chewing, and give even more traction to your pet.
During rehab training and physical therapy exercises wearing boots can not only protect the paw, but also provide light support to the leg.
Look for dog boots with straps that go all the way around your dog's leg, especially above and/or below the joint. The straps on pet boots, while are there to keep the boot on your pup's feet, are another way to add support onto an unstable joint.
The bootstraps wrap around your dogs legs, providing additional light support around the leg and the surrounding leg muscles. This increased leg support is helpful for dogs recovering from a lower leg injury or during physical therapy.