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My poor sore footed farm dog - revisiting this again

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  • My poor sore footed farm dog - revisiting this again

    I'm back at this problem again, so maybe you guys have new suggestions for me?

    My Pit Bull has extremely sore feet and thin pads. Now that winter is here again, he's back to being extremely uncomfortable on the ice and snow. (He totally avoids the gravel driveway regardless of season.)

    Last year I bought him a set of Muttluks which are thick suede leather and nylon boots. He wears them on all 4 but they have to be strapped EXTREMELY tight in order to stay on. That's a problem because he has his dew claws and the straps go directly over the dew claws. So I exchange one problem for another.

    Last year we got through the season with the Muttluks but I wasn't putting them on as tight, then they were falling off - every time he went out, he would lose a boot and I'd have to go around and find it.

    The company said you have to pull the strap as tight as you can, and when I do that, it clearly is uncomfortable over his dew claws.

    So, does anybody use any REALLY GOOD boots that you would recommend?

    This morning I put the Muttluks on looser, and one fell off. I didn't realize it at first because I was doing chores. I heard him whining, and found him hopping on 3 legs trying to keep the naked foot from touching the cold concrete. I found the boot, put it back on, then he was fine. On the way to the house, 2 more boots fell off and he started whining and hopping/skipping on 2 legs to the house.

    Our temps are around -5 to -10 below every morning and around 0 at night and this poor mutt just can't be out there with naked feet. The other 2 dogs are fine.

    The Mushers Secret was a suggestion from my other thread and that did help during the hot months for just general toughing of the pads, but the ice and snow is what's the problem now. He really needs a good thick boot and we can't suffer through another winter with the Muttluks. Any ideas on brands?

    Edited to add: I'm most interested in the Neo Paws. Has anyone used those?
    Last edited by Auventera Two; Dec. 16, 2010, 12:13 PM. Reason: oops spelling

  • #2
    Maybe the dog boots by Pro Active paws? Good luck with this.


    • #3
      It's a bit extreme, but if all else fails, you could have the dew claws removed.


      • #4
        We have Ruff Wear Bark n Boots Polar Trek Boots. They go farther up the leg and stay on really well. They are about $80 for a pair (if I remember) I tried the cheaper ones, but I should have just went with these in the first place. They really stay on.

        Good luck.
        Quality Hunter Ponies


        • #5
          try Pawz boots- they are rubber shells, sort of disposable (you can usually get 5 or six days of use out of them), easy on, stay on, protect the foot. Never had any luck with other brands of boots.
          You can also try musher's wax- you smear it on the foot and it provides a protective barrier.


          • #6
            Could you try putting some vetwrap at the top of each boot to help hold them on? I would think just a couple turns around each leg would work.
            Things Take Time


            • #7
              I have a corgi with a spinal injury who knuckles under. Tammy and Teddy's custom makes boots. It was hard to find the short fat legged boots for a corgi that would stay on. I thought they were a bit $ but after looking at none custom boots they are are great deal. Great to work with too! They could probably make you something taller or shorter to miss his dew claw.

              Wendy were do you get Mushers Wax? I only use the booties when we walk in the neighborhood (asphalt/gravel) but would love to try this for out in the yard. She gets her litte toenails worn down to nubs and the hair rubbed off.
              Pamela Ellis


              • #8


                Thera-paw has a number of options, some of which even have nice little gel soles. "Are you gellin'?" I know the designer/owner of Thera-paw. She's a lovely woman, an occupational therapist originally, and can also custom make protective footwear. Sad puppies are no fun.
                "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen


                • #9
                  how about just wrapping the entire foot with vetwrap?..maybe with a bit of fleece on the pads for a cushion?......the wrap is waterproof........stays on really well, and is pretty inexpensive


                  • #10
                    I had NeoPaws for my old Lab when she started losing traction on the bare floors. The boots were great.
                    I'd use Mushers too, maybe it'll help toughen him up a little? Poor guy.
                    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                    • #11
                      Ugh. The boot staying on problem. Feel your pain. I've got a jack russell who has allergies and chews one foot. I bought a set of four neoprene "pawtectors" (brand) so I could swap them out on the one foot. I had the same problem you did, which is she's still got her dew claws, and when I put them on as sized, they hit right there. This brand, however, you can trim down if you need to as the velcro strap is totally removable from the bootie. You can place the strap where ever you need to on the bootie.

                      Once I got them trimmed down to below her Dew claw, I could really tighten them up without bothering her.
                      "Aye God, Woodrow..."


                      • Original Poster

                        These are all great suggestions, thanks! I think I like the look of the Polar Trex best because of where the straps are but he Thera Paws look nice too. They need to be above the dew claws and that's the problem I'm seeing with some types of boots. Also he has huge feet and some boots don't come big enough.

                        I really think he needs something thick and cushioned because especially on weekends, he is with me in the barn for a couple of hours at a time. I try to make him lay in the hay stall to keep his feet off the concrete but of course he wants to wander around and do doggie things but his feet hurt.


                        • #13
                          You can also try dogbooties.com
                          University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2012
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                          • #14
                            These are not boots, they are stick on traction pads for dogs that slip on wood floors, but maybe they would work??


                            Jingles that you can find a long term solution!!

                            I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                            R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed


                            • #15
                              go to party city and buy balloons. stretch one over each foot and see what happens.
                              chaque pas est fait ensemble


                              • #16
                                House dog?
                                "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
                                The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


                                • #17
                                  duct tape!
                                  PSSM / EPSM and Shivers Forum


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I ended up ordering two complete sets of Neo Paws. I got the summer orthopedic shoes, and the winter orthopedic shoes. (Ordered from Lucy's Dog House and used a $20 off coupon!) Two days ago he came in from a potty break bleeding fairly heavy from the pad on one foot. He had pulled a Muttluk off and sliced his foot open (I assume on some ice.) The cut couldn't be stitched, as it had completely peeled the skin off. So he's been in a pressure bandage. It looks great today, is sealed up nicely and doesn't appear to be sore.

                                    I am so p*ssed at those Muttluks.

                                    The pads on his feet are just so thin and smooth. They don't feel rough to the touch, but feel as soft as a baby's skin.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
                                      House dog?
                                      LOL he IS a house dog. He's laying under my chair snoring right now. But just going to the barn or for walks without boots is really miserable for him.


                                      • #20
                                        I have an odd idea, I'm not sure how tall your dog is, but how about a pair of human knee high socks pulled all the way up & velcroed over her back? You could then put the Muttluks on over the socks and stitch them to the socks?

                                        I'm not sure if that makes sense, if it doesn't let me know, I will cobble something together, and post a pic.

                                        Hope you can find a solution

                                        I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                                        R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed