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LittleJaws 05-30-2014 04:38 PM

Protecting Puppy Paws
 
Bison will be getting his last puppy shots in a couple weeks, and I'd like to start taking him on short walks afterwards. It's not that hot outside for the moment, but living in Texas, it's only a matter of time..
Can I put booties on his feet to protect from the hot sidewalk? Or maybe something else.. I'm not even sure if it would be a problem yet, but better safe than sorry.

HarleyTheGSD 05-30-2014 04:59 PM

I think booties would be okay, if your pup will tolerate them lol.
Maybe you could just keep him in the grass.

LittleJaws 05-30-2014 05:05 PM

I'm hoping he will lol
I unfortunately seem to live in Stickerville.. Every patch of grass has a family of stickers living there. I might just end up driving to the trails in the mornings, if things get too hot for him.

Liesje 05-30-2014 05:07 PM

I probably wouldn't bother. If it's really that hot on the asphalt it's probably too hot to be walking that time of day on that surface. Boots need to fit right and be balanced (both feet or all four) and with the rate puppies grow that's going to be a lot of boots, plus acclimating to them. I've heard of people using them in the winter in areas that get tons of ice melt/salt, but only in problem areas or on dogs that already have issues (some dogs seem to have tougher feet than others).

Mister C 05-30-2014 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Liesje (Post 5584482)
I probably wouldn't bother. If it's really that hot on the asphalt it's probably too hot to be walking that time of day on that surface. Boots need to fit right and be balanced (both feet or all four) and with the rate puppies grow that's going to be a lot of boots, plus acclimating to them. I've heard of people using them in the winter in areas that get tons of ice melt/salt, but only in problem areas or on dogs that already have issues (some dogs seem to have tougher feet than others).

I agree.

I used booties for my old girl to protect her feet. She had severe HD and dragged her back left foot causing injury and bleeding. It took a while to get her acclimated to them even though she was very tolerant of things like that.

I would be surprised if a puppy would tolerate them. I can imagine a lot of bootie biting (the shoes, not the...umm...bootay). Also, pups are not the most coordinated animals--being a baby and all--so he might get tripped up and fall with them on.

My suggestion is to walk early in the morning or after sundown when it is cooler.


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