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Help! Need traction socks for toy breed other than the Power Paws. Power Paws are too short for small breeds.
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Just got in two sets of Power Paws traction socks and I'm disappointed in them.  They are too short, so they turn easy and slide off.  My Papillon is using the correct size, but the design of them is not good at all for toy breeds.

Any other manufacturers for traction socks?

I ordered the ruff wear shoes for her for walks.  I'm hoping they won't have the same problem because they look short.

Tripawd Papillon at age 7 on September 3, 2010.  Broke her leg and was healing in a splint.  Went to cast her and found infection due to Emergency Clinic wrapping her foot too tight.

 

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Aww Pippin, we're so sorry to hear this. We've heard such good things about them so far. You must have really dainty feet. I know they said that Greys and Poodles might have a difficult time fitting them. Did you email Power Paws to tell them? They are so nice there, perhaps they can help you find a better size?

Have you seen the PAWz rubber socks?

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You may be disappointed with the boots as well.  Trouble has problems with them.  They have to be on super tight to keep from twisting.  I wanted to have her wear them every time we went out, but it wasnt' worth the hassle.  Now I use them just if we are going somewhere unfamiliar that may have a slick surface.

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I use the PAWz rubber socks on Maggie when we are in places where the surfaces are slick.  Cheap and easy to put on...just like rubber balloons...maybe they would make small enough for your dog?

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I agree Shanna, the boots may not work well on tiny Pomeranian feet. They work great on Wyatt but his clodhopper feet are about the size of a Pom's head!

When you get the boots, be sure not to wear them outside so if you need to return them you can. Let us know what happens.

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Thanks ladies!  I'll try the Pawz rubber socks next.  She is wearing the correct size.  It's just that they are very short.  Papillons are finely boned as well, but she is actually not as fine boned as my other Papillon and has thicker hair so I was hoping they would work better.  Her silky hair could be the problem too.  She has a pair of snow boots that are long and they work very well, but you do have to have the straps very tight.  She was wearing them in the snow this Winter.  The Ruff Wear shoes come in this week so I'll let you know how they do.

She got her stitches out today and is running all over the place.  Leaving her dog bed in the living room and walking across the hardwood floor to the kitchen.  She actually was walking better on it.  I think she is getting her balance more.  Plus she is off all her meds starting today.  She seems to be determined to get to the kitchen to get some ground beef!

Tripawd Papillon at age 7 on September 3, 2010.  Broke her leg and was healing in a splint.  Went to cast her and found infection due to Emergency Clinic wrapping her foot too tight.

 

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Papillon Pippin said:

The Ruff Wear shoes come in this week...

Just curious, did you order the Grip Trex or Skyliner Bark'n Boots? The Skyliners have an elastic top and are available in XXXS (1.5") so they may work best for Pippin. The Grip Trex only go down to XXS (2.0").

And where did you get them? Noebody has ordered boots that small from the Tripawds Gear Shop in a long time.

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I ordered the skyliner bark n boots in size xxxs directly from ruff wear website.  Also ordered the boot liners.  Maybe I could even use the boot liners underneath her traction socks to help them stay on.  We'll see.

Tripawd Papillon at age 7 on September 3, 2010.  Broke her leg and was healing in a splint.  Went to cast her and found infection due to Emergency Clinic wrapping her foot too tight.

 

Pippin's BLOG:  http://laurtiki.....pawds.com/

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The skyliner boots came in today.  (XXXS)  They are somewhat too wide on the bottom for her, but I can tighten the straps around the top and they seem to stay on. Hopefully they will work for walks.  I was surprised to see the tread on the bottom because looking at the website you can't see that on this style just the other style which I knew those would be way to much tread for her tiny bones.

I went to one of my local pet stores (not a chain store) and found Pawz!  I was so excited to find them because I was going to order them.  I got her the XXsmall which on the back of the package they even list Papillons for that size.  She has been wearing them for two hours in the house now and so far they have just twisted but not come off - yay!  She might even be able to take the Tiny size, but I didn't want to push it.  I'll bring her to the store next week to try them on and see how that size works.

I also thought of another idea.  I could try baby doll or teddy bear socks.  I looked for some in AC Moore today, but they were too thin and cheaply made.  I'll have to check on-line or ebay for some good doll socks (American Girl perhaps?).  Then I have fabric paint that I can squirt on the bottom of them to give them treads.  The fabric paint tubes I actually used on a Halloween costume for the Papillons and feels like a rubbery raised material that would work.  It's also machine washeable.

I'm thinking the Pawz are the best though for toy breeds.  My only concern is that they aren't made of a breathable material.  If she wears them for say 6-8 hours a day.

Tripawd Papillon at age 7 on September 3, 2010.  Broke her leg and was healing in a splint.  Went to cast her and found infection due to Emergency Clinic wrapping her foot too tight.

 

Pippin's BLOG:  http://laurtiki.....pawds.com/

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Oh, and the boot liners from Ruff Wear in size small - label says "fits xxs-s).  Well, I was pretty sure they weren't gonna fit, but I bought some for 50% off.  Well they certainly don't fit.  But they fit my Shepherd/Lab mix perfect.  And she gets jealous of the two Papillons wearing dresses, etc. anyway so now she has something to add to her closet of bandannas.

Tripawd Papillon at age 7 on September 3, 2010.  Broke her leg and was healing in a splint.  Went to cast her and found infection due to Emergency Clinic wrapping her foot too tight.

 

Pippin's BLOG:  http://laurtiki.....pawds.com/

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Any baby/doll socks without traction pads are going to make matters worse. It is the rubber pads on Power Paws that provide the traction . Plain fabric socks are likely going to be more slippery than nothing at all.

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