have allergies causing scratching or chewing their paws
for the compulsive licker
||If there is an open wound use an appropriate healing
cream and bandage affected area twice daily, or more often if it gets
||Use boots (over bandage if necessary) and tape straps
down with electrical ducting tape
||Watch the dog. If he starts to chew at the boots, stop
||Entertain the dog. Lots of exercise if possible and
also chews to distract him
||Use a scent repellent such as citronella on the boots
to dissuade him from licking
If the dog is unattended use a cone collar as well as the boots.
Nowadays an inflatable version is available that would be fairly
As a last resort a muzzle may be used
||If you have the dog sleep in the same room, you will
hear him if he starts to try to remove the boots
||Maintain this regime for several weeks following apparent
recovery to avoid a relapse
Ask your vet about Piriton, an antihystamine used widely for allergies,
eczema etc. in humans and also suitable for dogs.
Be specific, it's out of patent and cheap, usually over the counter
at pharmacies and therefore not usually prescribed
|Colin, Border Collie, Wiltshire, UK
Colin's owner writes:
"I thought I would send you a photo of Colin my collie in
his new boots, and as you can see they match his allergy coat a
treat . He is happy to run in them, and for running and fetching
balls, frisbees', etc, he's running well in them.
Thank goodness I found your site, I was beginning to despair trying
all sorts of boots for him, coats as well, come to think of it !.
I'm happy for you to use his photo if you like to support the great
boots, as Colin is very proud to wear them.
|Labrador - UK
|I bought a pair of regular boots for my 10-year old Labrador who
has grass contact allergies.
He adapted to the boots really quickly (about 10 minutes!) and
once I learned how to put them on properly they have stayed on without
me needing to adjust them (something that other boots don't always
Since wearing the boots for 3 days, I have noticed he is a lot
calmer. The boots seem to be a distraction for him and I think the
gentle pressure of the velcro around his legs is soothing.
This morning I nearly cried when I saw him the happiest and most
energetic he's been for a long time. He was bounding off like a
puppy, springing around and playing with my other dog.
Your product, so far, has been a blessing and has also alleviated
so much of my stress, as his behaviour (chewing, scratching, depression)
was really getting me down. I'd even thought about having him euthanased
because it was really affecting my mental health.
Thankyou. I will be a returning customer and highly recommend your
boots to others.
Tasha - Edinburgh - Scotland
Tasha has hyper keratinisation (over growth of her pads)
|Tasha's owner writes: The boots fit like a glove (or a boot!). Tasha
wears them in the house to prevent her from chewing her front paws.
We take them off when walking her. I got this idea from the comments
on your webpage. They are so comfortable she needs no muzzle as she
does not bother them even when we are out. She can chew toys and chews
with them on, and as an added bonus they stop her slipping on the
laminate in the kitchen! Now for the first time her paws are gettting
a chance to heal. I am hopeful more healthy pads may emerge underneath.
Already they are looking mych improved.
Wanda - Rottweiler - Derbyshire - UK
Wanda has a lick habit and was destroying her front paw.
Her owners write The boot is on all the time that she is not out
walking. Occassionally she has a tug at it so we just put another
velcro strip over it to stop her getting any grip and she soon leaves
it alone again.
We've been batterling with this problem since November last year
and at our wits end, then we found your boots. We've been using
them for quite a while now (this is the second lot we've had) and
she hasn't got to her leg since. The wound is healed and we are
just waiting for the fur to re-grow.
Jimmy - Collie Cross - E. Sussex, UK
Jimmy has been chewing his foot owing to grass seed allergy
Russell, Jimmy's owner writes
"I confirm the safe arrival of the dog boots. They are brilliant!
Jimmy has had no problem with them at all. The sizing is perfect
and I've been able to cut down the length a shade to ensure they
fit as per your instructions.
Suffice to say they have done the job. Jimmy had been chewing just
one of his front paws which we think was a grass seed allergy associated
with the hot weather. This only happened when he was quiet and not
doing anything like at night.
Because the boots are so easy to put on (rather that the sock and
selloptape method we were using) he slips into it without a problem.
The boot stops the chewing and his paw is back to normal again.
Spaniel, Warwickshire, UK (now in Christchurch)
I would just like to say how successful the boots have been for
Sweepy our Cocker Spaniel. We have used them recently to prevent
him scratching a serious skin complaint. I orginally purchased them
in desperation as he continually bit his paws causing infection
and ended up in circles trying to resolve this. The boots actually
trained him and he stopped doing this very quickly.
The boots have saved used pounds on Vet bills (and his life as
the Vet believed there was no resolution to his problems at one
point!) We are eternally grateful for a successful outcome and a
better quality of life for Sweepy.
|Snap, a Collie
- Camberley, Surrey, UK
Snap's owner writes: "Having had a dog with a sore paw that
required protection, I realized that I needed to have something
immediately to hand for emergencies and decided to purchase the
Pro-Active Paws dog boots.
Within a few
weeks of having the boots, Snap, one of our collies, tore a large
hole in his side, we think he did this running through woodland
and probably gouged himself on a low branch or something. The wound
needed 9 stitches and as it was located just behind his shoulder
he could reach it nicely with his back foot for a good scratch.
Not ideal when you want to keep the stitches in! I put one of the
dog boots on his back foot so when he did scratch he didn't damage
the wound. This worked well, the boot stayed on and he ignored it,
so must have found it comfortable.
success story for dog boots, not only will they protect the paw,
but they will also protect the dog from his paws!"
suffered with itchy paws. Helen is using our regular boots to
help TJ and writes
This as an
end to TJ's misery of itchy paws in the summer, I would be glad
to show them to my Vet, as this saves me having to continually
bathe her feet in warm salty water after each walk, and also apply
creamn and bath her in special shampoo when necessary which is
great since she doesn't much likes baths anyway. I am so thankful
for them now.