Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Product Review: Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots

These Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots have some unique features that set them apart from the usual dog shoes. The top of the boot opens up wider than the boot itself, making it easier to cram all those toes and claws in there. The inside of the top also has foam cushions that help grip the dog's leg and make the boots more comfortable when fastened tightly. The soles and toes have nice heavy grippy rubber to provide traction, and these are specifically recommended for seniors that slip on hard floors. Durable Dog Boots are available in two colors and six sizes to fit paws 1.25-4" wide.
traction grip boots for senior dogs
Photo by Erin Koski

Ultra Paws definitely put some thought into the design for these dog shoes. They've clearly used a lot of boots in the past, and know the most common problems with various designs.

Their Durable Dog Boots are sort of a cross between bag-style boots that are the same all the way around, and shaped boots with a distinct top and bottom. They're not hard-sole boots, so they won't be super uncomfortable if they twist around.

I'm pretty sure the #1 complaint about any dog boots on the planet is that they don't stay on. Ultra Paws has addressed this issue in a couple of different ways. The first is the foam inside the boots, under the straps. This has a slightly grippy texture, and also provides some padding when the straps are cinched down tight. Each boot also has two straps that run in opposite directions around the leg. These can help them fit over dewclaws.
traction grip shoes for dogs
Photo by Erin Koski

Pros: The grippy bottom of the boots extends well up the tops as well, so if they spin they still provide traction. Easy to put on and tighten down. Seem to stay on better than most dog shoes.

Cons: Despite the name, these Durable Dog Boots are mostly recommended for indoor use with only "light duty outdoors". The way the boot opens at the top can really irritate some dogs' dewclaws.

Bottom Line: The best solution for dewclaws in boots seems to be wrapping them with vet wrap first. For Brisbane, I first do a wrap under the claw to keep it from pressing against his leg, and then add a second wrap on top to protect the dewclaw from the boot. If I wrap a little higher, I can even use medical tape or duct tape to secure the boot to the wrap.

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