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This week’s question was submitted by Hare Jordon from New York, New York. (*Names have been changed):
I’ve been walking around the city and have noticed dogs wearing tiny boots. Do dogs really need to wear shoes?
Before I brought home my first pup, I thought the same thing. Booties however do protect paws from harsh weather conditions and everyday debris that can lead to injury.
In the winter, snow can get stuck in your dog’s hair and between their toe-pads causing discomfort. Rock salt and other de-icers on the ground can also be dangerous if stepped on. Even hot pavement in the summer can cause damage. Booties protect dog’s paws from all of this. The ones I use for my dog are rubber boots by Pawz. The boots are made of 100% natural rubber. They provide a good grip for my dog and sturdy protection. They also come in packs of 12 so I never have to worry about losing one. My dog learned to walk in them after a few tries, but honestly looked a bit like this the first time around:
If you want to avoid having your dog dance along the sidewalk, have them practice walking around the house before heading outdoors.