Someone got an early Christmas present! Well, in truth, she didn’t ask for them….but she needed them!
Cricket has had trouble walking and running because of her arthritic knees. Her back paws drag a bit sometimes. After taking her for a short walk one day on the gravel road I noticed a sore spot on the top of one of her toes, and I’ve also noticed the nails quite worn down. I knew we needed to get her some boots.
It took me a while to figure out which ones to get and I ended up with these Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots *affiliate link*. The features I liked were that they are made for all weather conditions, and can be worn indoors or out. They are water resistant. They open wide to make it easier to put them on, and secure well with velcro closures. There is foam padding to cushion where they grip on.
They are guaranteed to stay on, and stay on they did, even when I didn’t secure one of them well enough our first time out. My goals were simply those: boots that are easy to put on (I have a bit of arthritis in my hands as well so doing things like that can be difficult for me), stay on, and protect her toes from scraping. Giving her the extra traction is important too.
She did the usual funny walking when we first put them on (but not as bad as some of those videos I’ve seen!). The first time out I put the boots on first, then her walking harness so she was quickly distracted from fussing over the boots. She gets very excited about going for a walk. Once we had success on a short walk, I put them on for playing ball in the yard and they stayed on for that as well!
She can walk a little funny in them, but honestly, with her bad knees she walks a little funny anyway – especially when she’s trying to go too fast (which is most of the time). I often jokingly say she walks like “a drunken sailor”. We got some snow recently and the snow is forgiving so we didn’t put the boots on for that. But the snow is quickly packing down and melting, so we’ll be needing them again soon; or whenever we’re going to walk on the road.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that she now has this protection, which means we can go for more walks and she can play fetch more as well!
*Disclaimer: Other than the affiliate link, from which we’ll receive a commission if you order through it, we were in no way compensated for this post. We are sharing these just because I’m so pleased with them!