When it comes to our canine companions, we want to make sure they are as comfortable and healthy as possible. One question that often comes up is whether or not it is a good idea for dogs to wear dog shoes. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of having your pup wear shoes and provide some tips on how to make sure your pup is comfortable and safe when wearing shoes.
The Pros of Dogs Wearing Shoes
There are several benefits to having your pup wear shoes. The most obvious is that shoes can provide protection from the elements. Shoes can help protect your pup’s paws from hot pavement, sharp rocks, and other hazards. Shoes can also provide additional traction on slippery surfaces, making it easier for your pup to get around.
One aspect that is often not considered is the build-up of salt on your dog's paw during the winter months when roads and paths are gritted. Dogs lick and aslt is not good for dogs. On returning from a walk your dog will often clean their paws and this can result in them injesting higher levels of salt.
Another benefit of having your pup wear shoes is that it can help prevent the spread of parasites and bacteria. Shoes can act as a barrier between your pup’s paws and the ground, which can help reduce the risk of picking up parasites and bacteria. Especially important when your pup is recovering from an opertion or a vet visit.
A consideration for some is the use of a boots to help recovery or dogs that drag there paws, which unfortunately affect a number of German Shepherds. Choosing the right boot, like the Neopaws Neoprene dog boot can boght help support around the paw and actually in some cases prevent the dragging but they also offer protection over the front of the claw.
The Cons of Dogs Wearing Shoes
While there are some benefits to having your pup wear shoes, there are also some potential drawbacks. One of the biggest concerns is that shoes can cause discomfort and irritation if they don’t fit properly. Shoes that are too small can cause blisters and sores, while shoes that are too loose can cause your pup to trip and fall.
Often the site of your dog walking in dog boots can initially put you off the thought of your dog wearing boots. They tend to lift their paws up high and this is often mistaken that they are in discomfort. They are not! This is simply because they are not used to this sensation. Simply taking them out for a run around or to play ball or chase is enough for them to take their mids off the botos and walk normally.
Tips for Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Dog
If you decide that having your pup wear shoes is the right choice for you, there are a few things you should keep in mind when selecting the right dog shoes for your pup.
First, make sure that the shoes fit properly. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can cause discomfort and irritation. You should also make sure that the shoes have enough cushioning to provide protection from the elements.
Measuring for Dog Shoes
Place the paw on a piece of paper, lifting the other paw so the measured paw is weight bearing and the paw is slightly spread.
Ensure that the pen is angled at approx. 45 degrees so the marks are made at the point where the pad contacts the paper. This includes the back of the rear pad.
Eg. drawing around your hand with the pen vertical, this will look like you have fat fingers. This will result in a too large a measurement.
Fitting the Shoes
When putting the show in your dog ensure the tip of the paw is all the way into the dog boot. If you can then get your dog to put the paw down, this ensures the boot will stay on whislt you fasten the straps. Don't be afraid to do the straps up well. Many people are a bit tentertive at this point and the dog boots will simply fall off if they are not done up tight enough.
Finally, make sure that the shoes are made from breathable materials. Shoes that are made from materials that don’t allow air to circulate can cause your pup’s feet to become overheated and uncomfortable.
Whether or not it is a good idea for your pup to wear shoes is ultimately up to you. If you decide that shoes are the right choice for your pup, make sure that you choose the right shoes and that they fit properly. With the right shoes, your pup can enjoy the protection and comfort that shoes can provide.