Are Dog Boots Really Necessary?

When you think of “dog boots,” do images of pampered pooches living in the lap of luxury come to mind? If so, you’re not alone. For many people, dog boots seem to be more of a luxury rather than a necessary accessory. Believe it or not though, this doggie footwear has many uses to keep your pet comfortable and injury-free.

Does My Dog Need Boots?

Not all dogs have a need for footwear. Consider the type of activities your dog does and what kind of surface he does them on. If any of the following apply to your dog, he may need a set of dog boots to protect his feet.

  • You live in a part of the country that experiences snowy and icy winters where salt or other chemicals are used to keep sidewalks and streets clear. These types of chemicals can irritate the pads of your dog’s feet, causing dryness and painful cracking and bleeding.
  • Your dog walks on hot pavement in the summer.
  • You pooch walks and runs a lot.
  • You take your dog for walks over rough surfaces – rocks, thorns, foxtails, burrs, etc.
  • Your dog has a paw injury.
  • Your dog has a skin condition that causes him to scratch himself constantly.

Your dog’s feet are tough, but extreme temperatures or toxic substances can leave them sore. Periodically take a look at your dog’s feet and look for signs of injury. Gently press on the pads of his paws to check for sensitivity. If you notice any of the following, a pair of dog boots will help correct the issue.

  • Blisters
  • Burns
  • Swelling
  • Cracks/cuts
  • Redness
  • Seeds or burrs stuck between the pads

Most dogs will not need dog boots, but if your dog’s paws are showing the wear and tear of an active lifestyle, consider getting him a set. Keeping your canine companion’s feet comfortable will help keep him on the go!

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Keep Doggie Safe is a group of dog lovers whose mission is to keep dogs safe. We specialize in lighted & reflective dog products, dog couplers and all items that help keep dogs safe. We have a panel of dog testers who test all of the products we carry in various conditions all over the US. Our Friendly US team can advise you on what product is best for you and your dog based on the breed and how you will use it. We pledge to do our best to write the best articles we can to help educate you about dogs and how to keep them safe. We welcome all intelligent comments and discussion and will post them so we can all keep learning together.
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9 Responses to Are Dog Boots Really Necessary?

  1. topdog says:

    We recommend the low-cost Pawks dog boots. They have a rubber sole on the bottom and they are easy to put on your dog

  2. topdog says:

    First, wipe down her paws with baby wipes or an aloe-based wipe to take away the allergens and lawn chemicals. We really like the pawks sock/boots, they are lightweight and protect the paws.

  3. cathy tipton says:

    I need dog boots for a dashound who likes to dig up my yard.What do you suggest?

    • Top Dog says:

      You need dog boots that will stay on when your dog is digging. This is tough because the paw is being scraped an the boots are really being pulled. We’d recommend the ultrapaws durable dog boot because it has two adjustable straps and is the most lightweight

  4. Mary says:

    I have 2 dogs that, due to hard play, have left my yard a mud hole. Was thinking of booties for the back yard and during snow and salt season. Any recommendations? They play hard and run hard around the yard.

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