Dog Boots, Shoes & Footwear
Specially made dog boots are available that will help to protect your pet from hot Australian weather and rough surfaces. Once booted up with their footwear, your dog is free to wander outside without harming their paws. Dog booties come in a range of styles and are suitable for pets of all sizes. If it is very hot or very cold outside, try to consider how the weather may make the ground uncomfortable for your pooch to walk on. For indoor use, consider using dog socks.
Dog Footwear FAQ's
Why would my dog need footwear?
Dog footwear serves multiple purposes. It can protect your dog's paws from extreme temperatures (hot pavement, cold snow), sharp objects, chemicals, and allergens. It also provides traction on slippery surfaces, aids in injury recovery, prevents paw licking and scratching, and reduces the risk of paw pad injuries during outdoor activities. Your vet will often recommend using dog boots after surgery or to help heal a wound.
How do I get my dog accustomed to wearing shoes?
Introduce dog footwear gradually to help your pet get accustomed to them. Start by allowing your dog to sniff and examine the footwear. Next, put one shoe on and let them walk around for short periods indoors. Reward them with treats and praise. Increase the wearing time gradually until your dog feels comfortable wearing all the shoes. Remember to make the experience positive and rewarding for your dog.
Can all dogs wear boots?
Most dogs can wear footwear, but individual preferences and needs may vary. Some dogs may be resistant to wearing footwear initially, while others may need more time to adjust. Dogs with existing paw injuries or sensitivities may benefit the most from wearing footwear.
How do I ensure the boots stay on my dog's paws?
Proper fit is crucial for ensuring dog boots stay on. Make sure the boots are snug but not too tight, and adjust the straps or closures accordingly. Check the boots regularly during walks or activities to ensure they haven't loosened. Some dogs may require a bit of time to adjust to wearing boots, but a proper fit minimises the chances of boots slipping off.
Can my dog wear boots for an extended period?
We recommend limiting continuous wear of boots to a few hours at a time. Extended use may cause discomfort, restrict paw movement, or lead to excessive sweating. Allow your dog's paws to breathe and rest between boot usage.
Can dog boots help with paw injuries or wounds?
Yes, dog boots can aid in the healing process of paw injuries or wounds by protecting them from dirt, bacteria, and further damage. Boots can prevent excessive licking or biting, keeping the wound clean and promoting faster healing.
Why Dogs Need Boots
We don’t usually notice it ourselves because we are wearing shoes, but during hot or cold weather, the temperature of the ground outside can become quite uncomfortable. We may take it for granted that our pet is just fine with it, but the reality can be that they are suffering. Rough surfaces can also cause injury, or maybe an existing injury will need to be protected, this is where dog shoes & footwear can make a big difference.