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Help!  Tazzie is getting sores on her feet.  She has a small ulcerated area on the pad of her outermost toe on her remaining front leg, and a pressure sore and broken toenail on her right rear foot. So far her left rear is unscathed.  She is not acting painful but she is leaving small blood spots.  A bandage doesn’t last long because her "brother" willl eat it.

Has anyone with very big dogs tried the Ruffwear boots?  They have 2 listed on this website; the Skyliner and GripTex.  Any preferences?  I have been using a veterinary product similiar to NuSkin on the pad and I’ve trimmed back the dead toenail.  She is still on antibiotics for her bladder infection.

Any input would be appreciated….

Pam and Tazzie

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Hi Tazzie,

Sorry to hear about your sore paws.  I haven’t used booties but have had great success with EMT Gel (available at Farm and Fleet or other farm supply stores).  At one point Radar sliced a good quarter inch off the side of one pad and was bleeding horribly.  The EMT Gel is also a liquid bandage type product and sealed the cut almost immediately.  He was due to show 5 days after the injury and we were sure that he wouldn’t be able to.  Not only did he show, but he won.   The cut healed surprisingly fast.  I have also used it with other dogs and can’t sing it’s praises highly enough.

My only experience with a broken toenail was one that split lengthwise – it took a very long time to grow out because it kept splitting up higher.  We almost had to have it removed. 

Jerry or others can let you know about the booties.  I hope Tazzie feels better soon.


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Thanks for asking Tazzie! The Skyliner bark’n Boots are more for city dogs, or casual use providing extra traction and paw protection from a wide range of temperatures and abrasive surfaces.

The Grip Trex are all-condition, all-terrain, all-season dog booties better suited for "off-road" use.

Please feel free to email us with your shipping address and preferred style/size for a great price including shipping. We haven’t yet offered the Ruff Wear boots on this site for sale yet like the Web Master harness and Float Coat life jacket. Stay tuned…

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Poor Tazzie, I hope your paw feels better soon. I’ll keep my paws crossed for you!

Love, Blazer

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