Dog Paw Mittens / Boots: How To Choose The Best Ones For Your Canine
Before I owned a dog, I used to see them with these mitts or boots on their paws and wondered why in the world do the owners put mitts / boots on their dogs? Well, when I became a dog owner the answers were quite clear. There were several reasons which include the following:
- Possible allergies
- To protect from snow and ice
- To protect from hot surfaces
- To prevent a dog from digging
- To protect from chemicals used on grass during the Summer
- To protect from rock salt that's used for de-icing in the Winter
- To protect a dog's paw if it were injured
I also found out that all dog paw mitts / boots are not created equal - they come in sizes, XS, S, M, L, XL, who knew? So I learned how to measure my dog's paws so I could buy the right size mitts / boots. Also, remember that your dog's front paws may be smaller than the back paws or vice versa, so you might need to purchase two sets of mitts / boots.
Two Methods On How To Measure Your Dog's Paws (width is of utmost importance).
- Make sure you have trimmed your dog's nails beforehand.
- Spread a clean piece of construction paper, what I use, on a flat surface. Make sure that your dog's paw pads are a bit wet so you'll have a good imprint of your dog's paws.
- Press your dog's paws firmly on the construction paper, one at a time. Make sure you have distinct prints.
- Using a black pen, mark the outermost / widest points of the paw prints. You may draw a line or use dots. Measure the paw prints crosswise using a tape measure.
- Measure your dog's paw length from the tips of the toes to the carpal pad.
- Take the measurements with you to the pet store and choose the proper size for your dog.
- You may take a complete measure of the widest portion of your dog's paw, then divide that number by 2. You will want to go with that width.
Mitt / Boot Features:
- Material is Denier nylon / urethane coated.
- Make sure you consider the climate before deciding the mitts / boots you want for your dog. If your climate is comfortable and not very cold then consider getting mitts / boots that are not insulated. If your climate is very cold most of the year then consider insulated mitts / boots.
- I like the mitts / boots that have velcro closings and not the drawing strings which can tangle. Your dog may also pull at the hanging strings. The velcro straps have a reflective material for safety - this is great if walking your dog at night.
- Don't forget, slip-resistant mitts / boots are important.
- Make sure your dog's mitts / boots are water resistant for those rainy days and pouncing in puddles.
- Mitts / boots should be machine washable and place on low dry setting or hang dry.
- For me, I like bright colors so I, and others, will be able to locate a lost dog or a lost mitt / boot.