Most of us have a closet or special cupboard crammed full off footwear for different occasions, ranging from smart, sturdy and casual, to item designed especially for very cold, wet or hot weather. By the same token, unless we happen to be on the beach or at a poolside going barefoot isn’t a common thing to do. Our feet are simply not designed to tolerate that for very long.
On the other hand, our pets, like most animals, are able to manage their lives without foot protection. However, this doesn’t guarantee they are comfortable with this situation 365 days of the year. Let’s look at the case of pet dogs as an example.
Dogs with summer problems
Every year vets treat dogs with burns and blisters on their footpads caused by them walking on extremely hot substances like sidewalks, asphalt and even sand! Pet owners are reminded to avoid walking dogs outside until the ground temperature has eased at the end of the day, or to at least stick to grass surfaces where possible.
Practical ideas to avoid summer paw problems
These days there’s a growing range of items designed for pet parents to buy you can protect your dogs paws, and stay safe and comfortable when out walking, whatever the weather happens to be like.
Products created to be used in climates with a scorching hot summer include:
These are mostly considered best used indoors only, perhaps on floors which gets particularly hot, but they may do outside as a last resort. As the soles are thin keep sock based walks very short. Dog socks should always have an anti-slip design too.
These are designed and constructed to be worn outside the home, offering a decent level of protection.
Stick on pads
These are available but many experts don’t like them as they can damage the skin on the dog’s paws.
A completely new design of dog boot that meets all needs while also being easy to use, and, importantly, comfortable for dogs to wear. They offer full foot and part leg protection, and being made from stretchy fabric that ties on the dog’s back means they fit different size dogs and stay put.
Dogs with winter paw problems
Winter weather brings a host of different problems, like ice, snow and salt that can hurt a dog’s feet.
Practical ideas to avoid winter paw problems
In the winter socks are not useful at all, but along with the boots and Walkee Paws, dog owners can also look at:
These are more solid than other styles.
Boots with rugged soles for dogs who hike, or walk on ice a lot.
This style is warmer than traditional types.
The dog footwear market is still quite new but growing fast. Still, it’s important to look at all products available carefully and be prepared to experiment to see what suits your dog the best.