Footwear For Canines
How are your feet doing this summer? Are they dry? Is your skin on your feet peeling? Do you have cracked heals? Do you have calloused areas? Have you stepped on a stone while walking barefoot? Hurts doesn’t it?
If you’re thinking how bad your feet feel, just think how painful your dog’s “dogs” feel. Dogs can suffer from similar foot problems that we humans do. They are running barefoot all the time. They have heavily callused feet that can burn when walking on hot surfaces and feel like sandpaper when they rub them on your tender skin. They damage their toe nails by catching them on fences or rough housing in the dog park. They step on rocks and thorns just like we do, and when they do the cause of the pain must be removed. If your dog likes the beach, they can have sand stuck between their toes irritating the skin.
So how do you deal with these problems? For calloused paws you can soak their feet or put moisturizing lotion on them. When they limp, first make sure they are not burning their feet on hot pavement. If that isn’t the problem, gently lift the injured paw, and examine the pads and between the pads to see if there is any bleeding, or if something like a thorn, rock or piece of glass is lodged either in the pads or between the tows. Always speak to the dog in a soothing voice to alleviate the stress they are going through. This just might mean the difference between successfully removing the irritant and getting bit in a defensive reaction.
Well now that I heaped a number of different dilemmas on you, the next question is, what can you do to make these difficulties less of a problem? Think of dog boots/booties. Here are 805 EMPORIUM we carry Ultra Paws® boots. We can order boots for your smallest Teacup Chihuahua to your Giant Mastiff. Don’t think you will never need them. An acquaintance has a ninety pound pitbull. He and the dog love to go hiking on mountain trails. They went for a strenuous climb, about one and one half miles along the mountain trail. The dog started to limp, and when his owner checked his feet some of the pads were bleeding. Thank goodness the hike back was downhill, because the dog’s owner had to carry all ninety pounds of him back to where the car was parked. The owner and his canine companion bought a pair of dog boots before the next hike.
If you were around on September 11, 2001 you will always remember where you were that day and the horrible sights and memories will remain with you. However, you might not remember all the K-9s that were called in for rescue and recovery efforts. Take a look at the photos of those canine climbing with their handlers on the piles that were once the World Trade Center. When you look at those K-9 teams, you will see both the handler and the dog have boots on. Those dogs would never have been able to walk amongst the debris for an extended period of time without boots to protect their feet.
Think about what activities you and your fur child participate in. Do you need special footwear to protect your feet? Well if you do, so might your furry friend. If your dog does need boots to protect his feet, purchase the boots ahead of time. It will probably take some walking practice for the dog to get used to the boots. It is like taking a kid that lives on the beach year round and wears flip-flops all day long. Now move that child up to Alaska and put him in a snowsuit and winter snow boots. He will probably stand in one place with his arms sticking out like Ralphie’s little brother in A CHRISTMAS STORY. So too will your dog until he is no longer uncomfortable in his footwear. You wouldn’t buy new boots and hike without breaking them in, so too for your pet.
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