I will sort through the many entries to the Freaky Dog People giveaway from last week and contact the winners by the end of this week. In the meantime, who’s ready for another Giveaway Tuesday??
Today I’m reviewing pet socks.
Go ahead and raise your eyebrows. I admit on first glance, it looks more dress-up than functional. But bear with me.
I spend a lot of time on the ground with a dog paw in my lap in my line of work. Those pads sustain a lot of insult- foxtail awns poking in them, peeling burns from walking on hot asphalt, frostbite, and the most common foot ailment in my particular neck of the woods- the dreaded pododermatitis.
Painful, red feet result from a variety of issues. One of the most typical causes of this foot inflammation is environmental allergies. Dogs with allergic pododermatitis can get flareups from something as simple as a stroll outside to use the potty, and owners quickly become frustrated with the suggestion to “wash their feet every time they go outside.”*
However, sticking on a quick pair of socks prior to a potty break is much more palatable.
Woodrow Wear’s Power Paws are stretchy socks with tread on the bottom. Unlike the typical dog shoe available in pet stores, they are thin, there is no velcro to mess with, and they slip on in a couple of seconds.
Getting a dog to tolerate the footwear is the first challenge. Brody looked at me like I was a crazy person when I stuck them on.
But I gave him some treats and he forgot about them in a minute or so. Don’t you love his posture? First position! *cracks cane on ground*
It was too muddy to take these bad boys on a run outside, so we did 10 minutes of laps on the tile to give them a whirl. They stayed on just fine without slipping, and lo and behold, they kept him from skidding out on the corners like he usually does. While that’s not a big deal to him- he likes it- keeping an older and slightly arthritic dog like Koa steady on the wood stairs is another great indication for these socks. In fact, I think she’s the one I’m going to use them for after this.
Second position! *crack crack*
Power Paws have lots of indications:
- Traction for senior dogs
- Protecting the dog from slippery floors
- Protecting the floor from scratchy dogs
- Paw wound protection (note these do not extend above the carpal joint, so they would be too short to cover any lesions above the wrist.)
- Protection from the elements- both extreme hot, and extreme cold
- And as already discussed, allergy barrier
Power Paws retail for $19.99 for a set of 4 and come in a wide range of sizes and colors. Or, you could get one for free in this week’s Tuesday giveaway! To enter, comment below and tell me who you would use them for and why. Contest open until midnight, March 14th!
*Dogs with pododermatitis often have concurrent infection or other medical issues. If your pet has swollen, red, or itchy feet, please see a veterinary professional for diagnosis and treatment before putting on a pair of socks and calling it a day! This is a preventive measure.