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I thought I’d pass this along in case it’s helpful to anyone else.
My dog is almost two months post-amputation (two months on Saturday) and has been getting around great (my amazing doggie). His front paws are fine, but his partnerless hind paw pad is taking a beating and seems to have developed cracks on both sides. I was looking for something to protect his paw when we walk outside.
Several years ago I found these interesting booties online (http://www.aubu…..-Boots.php). This time, I bought a piece of scrap heavy-weight suede and cut out a bootie by copying the photo and it’s worked out great to help protect my dog’s hind paw when we walk outside. The suede also seems to help with traction indoors, but I don’t like to leave them on indoors in case it affects his circulation.
It works great on sidewalks and roads, but I’m not sure I’d use it on rocky terrain because rocks could get inside the boot.
Anyway, it cost less than ten bucks to make the boot, with enough suede left over to make several more. The price to buy a set of four appears to be less than $30 which is not bad either (search for “australian dog boots” on google).
A quick word of caution when using booties in warm weather… The way a dog cools it’s body is through it’s feet and by panting. Wearing booties in the heat can make your dog more prone to heatstroke. Be sure you have them well hydrated, don’t use them in the heat of the day, and don’t leave them on for long.
9 November 2010
@Jerry I had to laugh I have thought dogs feet smelled like corn tortillas since I was a kid . . . glad to know I’m no thte only one to notice this bizarre scientific fact.
Hah! Not at all, check out Spirit Opie’s blog post about this very topic!
Hmm. In the interest of science, we did a random sampling of 5 of the 20 dogs. And 3 of the 5 had feet that had a “corn chip” smell. Bucky da Hound's was by far the most pungent. Sally and Shemya each had a “sorta” corny smell. Rabbit did not smell of anything, and Liam smelled of, well, poop. Dave's new theory is the higher percentage of husky, the less smelly their feet (unless they are standing in poop) are.
25 July 2009
Dave’s new theory is the higher percentage of husky, the less smelly their feet (unless they are standing in poop) are.
Maybe the odor is a sign of superior intelligence, which is why my feet are extra stinky!
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9 March 2010