In addition to keeping paws protected from the cold and chemicals, dog booties have a new purpose in Duesseldorf, Germany – protecting pups from pub-related injuries. Because of a high rate of on-the-job injuries, all 20 police dogs are being trained to walk in plastic fiber shoes to protect them from the broken beer bottles. Even with street cleaning, the little pieces of glass get caught in the cobblestones, deeply pierce paw pads, and bring crime fighting to a bloody halt. These look like a very secure cinching, velcro-topped version . . . once you get them on, that is. What's better yet, the force didn't choose just any old shoes – the dogs' booties were ordered in blue to match the officers' uniforms. How thoughtful!
When I picked North up yesterday at Wag, I browsed in their retail shop and scoped these Pawz. Dog booties help protect feet from salt, chemicals, and sand but can be pricey for pooches that have other things in mind . . . like refusing to walk or using the shoe as a chew toy. While velcro booties are easy to keep on even the wiliest doggie paws, these biodegradable, waterproof options look like a great alternative. Purchase in packs of 12 (for $12), and reuse or dispose after each outdoor adventure.
Pups that walk with silly horse-clodding footsteps with traditional booties should love these because their lightweight rubber material is super-thin, bends with paws, and lets them still feel the ground they're walking on. Be very careful as with any item you place near or on your dog – place it out of pet's grasp as soon as they are removed to prevent sneaky chewing. Fear not pups large and small, Pawz come in five sizes from Chihuahuas to Great Danes.
Winters in San Francisco are pretty mild, so North can still enjoy outside playtime . . . even in December. But, for many of you, winter means snow, ice, and fewer chances for outdoor recreation.
If you venture out into the slushy mess with your pup, be aware of the dangers that come with the season. Snow can cause dogs to lose their scent – and their way home – if you get separated. It's also an opportunity to ingest salt or antifreeze that may have been on the road when Fido licks his paws after your nature escape. One way to combat
this danger is to outfit your furry friend with booties.
Not just for fashionable companions anymore, booties can help prevent icy cuts that can lead to infections, and from picking up poisonous liquids that he may try to taste later! These Wool Booties are sure to be Fab approved and will keep your doggie's paws safe. To see a few more styles, read more