small dog syndrome was coined as a result of small sized dogs exhibiting certain behaviors
Winter weather has arrived! Snow, sleet and rain has been pummeling many of towns and our dogs are looking out the window for some sunny weather and green grass. Ok – not all dogs are that upset. Some of them love the snow! However, I still haven’t met a dog out there that loves the rain, but I’m sure they’re out there.
The main reasons to get your dog some dog boots / paw protection is either because your dog is outside in freezing temperatures for a long time or long enough for them to be too cold. The other reason is salt. In many places, salt is put on the ground to melt the ice and snow, but it also can irritate your dogs paws. According to the ASPCA, rock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infection and blistering.
We’ve put together a list of top dog boots and paw protection products to make sure your best friend’s paws are sheltered from the bad weather.
All products are linked for easy purchase.
Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots
Grip Trex dog boots set the standard in paw wear for dogs who hike, bike, run, or explore the great outdoors with their humans. These high-performance boots feature a rugged and resilient outsole lug pattern that provides exceptional traction on varied terrain.
Musher’s Secret – Paw Protection Wax
Musher’s is a dense barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog’s paws. Developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, it provides protection even in the most extreme conditions. Perfect for dogs who don’t like boots! Made from 100% safe and natural waxes, Musher’s Secret won’t stain carpets, is non-toxic, and is easy to use.
QUMY Waterproof Dog Boots
This set of flexible dog boots are sturdy enough to withstand outside play and protect your dog’s paws from stones, dirt and mud. The sole of the waterproof durable dog boots is sturdy, flexible, skid-resistant and allows the boots to be used indoors or outdoors, in wet and dry, hot and cold conditions. The wide split seam top opening makes it very easy and quick to put on the dog shoe.
Muttluks All-Weather Dog Boots
Exposure to ice, snow and salt takes a toll on even the toughest paws. Muttluks, which are made in Canada, offers the ultimate protection in all kinds of weather. These breathable dog boots have leather bottoms and toe protectors; waterproof yellow fabric uppers; adjustable Velcro straps and reflective strips.
Paws Waterproof Dog Boots
If your dog does not like dog boots, you might want to try Pawz. Pawz waterproof boots are made of natural rubber and 100% biodegradable. Because of the rubber, they are thin enough so your dog can feel the ground. They come in a package of 12 and various sizes. Our dog, Kobi, has worn these and they’re pretty effective unless he’s running like crazy – they can fly off then. They are good for rain or barrier protection, but would not be great protection from the cold
Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boots
These are rugged, tough dog boots made of water-resistant 1000 denier nylon material and the top of the toe wrapped in Toughtek. The sole is made of Reprotek, a recycled tire material that is flexible, skid-resistant and durable. There are side seams that expand so it’s easier to put on the boot and two velcro straps to fasten the boots.
Dog Boots with Reflective Velcro and Rugged Anti-Slip Soles
EXPAWLORER Waterproof Dog Boots keep paws dry and warm. No more wiping muddy or sandy paws after the rain or snow. The tough anti-slip sole provides stability and traction, protection from sharp thorns and hot pavement. Best of all they are easy to put on – the shoe expands with a wide split seam opening and two adjustable and reflective velcro straps to ensure a good fit.
Doggles Trail Trackers
Whether you’re hiking through the mountains, out in the snow, or strolling through puddles, Trail Trackers are great boots. They have rubber soles, neoprene uppers, a double velcro wrap on the lower leg and ankle, reflective straps, a reflective logo and a wide mouth opening that makes putting boots on easy.
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