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15 September 2010 - 4:59 am
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Okay, here is our problem.  Sammy is doing great outside, but anywhere inside where there are hardwoods, he is starting to slip and loosing his confidence.  I looked at the ruffware site but only saw boots for outside.  What is good for inside traction ?  I want something he will be comfortable in..

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Sammy and Elizabeth

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10

http://sammyand.....pawds.com/

 

I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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elizabeth, sorry for the 'floor fears'.  gayle won't let us put anything on her feet - she thinks it leads to toenail trims...  we just put a zillion throw rugs down where her 'paths' were inside.  eventually, many were taken up, once she got her confidence and 'sea legs'.  it wasn't pretty, but pretty is over-rated... good luck.

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

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Hi Elizabeth,

I also went the throw rug route, although after awhile Mag was pretty much fine on the tile floor, she learned to be careful turning.  No way would she allow anything on her feet.

Another thing I started doing was trimming the fur between her toes and around her pads.  If Sammy is like my Newfie mix was there is lots of fur there.  This gave her better traction .  I also used something called Musher's Secret on her pads.  It kept them supple which also gave her better traction

 

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Chloe used to go backpacking and had to wear Ruff Wear doggie booties and it was HILARIOUS to see her walk in them. At first she didn't want to step on her feet. It looked like she was trying to walk out of them by holding each foot really high off the ground before taking the next step.  I gradually introduced them, put them on for a few minutes, took them off.  Put them on during a walk, took them off. After a while she got used to them.

I saw that baby socks with traction were just as easy to buy as other dog socks and was thinking of getting 2 pair for her when indoors. Most of the place is carpeted except for the kitchen floor (tile) at the bottom of the carpeted stairs.

You will figure out what works best for Sammy, good luck!

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Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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15 September 2010 - 9:38 am
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fightingforsammy said:

I looked at the ruffware site but only saw boots for outside...

Did you check out all these great dog traction products in the Tripawds Gear blog ?

Power Paws Traction Socks for Dogs

Better Traction Indoors with Power Paws Dog Socks
August 27th, 2010

show foot traction spray

Navigate Slippery Floors with Show Foot
July 26th, 2010

Pawz Dog Boots

Pawz to Consider These Dog Booties
June 24th, 2010

skyliner indoor outdoor dog boots

Tripawds Go Anywhere with Ruff Wear Bark’n Boots
January 15th, 2010

Area rugs and runners are the best way to go for preventing falls on hardwood floors unless you intend to keep boots on Sammy at all times. And the Ruff Wear Skyliner boots are a great indoor/outdoor solution. We might recommend yo consider the Power Paws traction socks if want something comfortable for indoors only. You'll find more non-slip floor ideas in Jerry's blog.

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Aww guys, great ideas!  I will check out the socks on the ruffware site.  I also like the mushers secret.  Sammy has more fur on his feet then any dog I have ever seen.  The fur is long and sticks way out and up.  I have never been able to clip his nails or cut the fur because he looses his mind... That is what makes me very cautious about spending money on something I might never be able to use. 

We have a series of throw rugs, but since all of the house is hardwoods they just can't cover all.  I asked my husband about just getting carpeting, it might end up being cheaper in the long run.  My husband said no way because we have so many pine trees around our house and 3 big dogs.  It would last a week and then be awful.

I am scared to try to put something on his foot that is binding.  I have to muzzle him to put his t-shirt on because I have to touch his leg to get it in the "arm hole".  He was an abused rescue pup and has the weirdest issues.  You can't even pretend to look in his ears, or his mouth.  Feet are definately off limits.  No way can I brush his fur on his haunches down.  His feathers are terrible!  I was going to ask the vet when they had him under to shave him!

But, we have made it 8 years with these little excentricities, I will continue to try and perservere. 

Thanks for the ideas,

Elizabeth and Sammy

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10

http://sammyand.....pawds.com/

 

I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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15 September 2010 - 10:26 am
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fightingforsammy said:

I will check out the socks on the ruffware site.

The Ruff Wear boot liners will not provide traction ! The Power Paws Traction Socks should help and are probably the easiest to put on.

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