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Question about dog boots

Toonces
January 9th, 2006, 06:51 AM
Hi there I need some advise about doggy boots, yesterday our dogs were out playing with my husband and he came in the house carrying Brandy and blood was pouring from her back paw. She had sliced a pad on the ice and tore half of her nail off. We took her to the emergency vet clinic and they had to put her out to stitch up her pad and remove the nail. We were able to bring her home last night and boy did she tell some stories.

While she was at the vet we went on the hunt for boots for both of the dogs, I could not find Muttlucks anywhere so we bought doggy boots by Roots, they said at the store they are the same thing and same price $59.99 and people were buying more of them than the Muttlucks so they no longer carry them. These boots will not stay on I find they slip alot no matter how tight I do up the velcro, can someone please post a pic so I can see how they are supposed to look. I guess my best bet is to take them into the store and have them try them on there.

Here is a pic of my poor girl Brandy after we brought her home. I feel like a bad momma I should have got them boots at the start of winter but they have never had a problem, right now she has to wear an old IV bag around her paw to keep her bandages dry when she goes out to do her business.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
January 9th, 2006, 07:03 AM
Aww thats too bad, I hope Brandys cut heals up soon. I would definately reccomend trying them on first. I bought an expensive pair of off the internet and ended up getting so frustrated with them that I sent them back and wrote a letter to the company, Hopefully they will refund my money.
I Have heard that Muttlucks are really good. Right now we are using some felt with the vinyl pads on the bottom. Really cheap and all we had available at the petstore but they seem do to the trick.

BMDLuver
January 9th, 2006, 07:07 AM
http://www.muttluks.com/sizing_chart/graphics/bu_paw_sizing_chrt.gif

That is a guideline chart for Muttluks. We had a big discussion about boots recently at a pet food store I frequent and they said that Muttluks were the way to go. Apparently most of the other brands don't last and are not made high enough up the leg to avoid slipping off. If you take a look at the Muttluks site, it cruises through photos of dogs wearing boots and all boots appear to be about 2/3's the way up the leg.

I know they aren't the same boots as the one's you purchased but perhaps will give you an idea of what they should look like on your gang.

twodogsandacat
January 9th, 2006, 07:21 AM
Opps. BMD, you grabbed the gif link. Here's the pdf link.

http://www.muttluks.com/pdf/Paw_Sizing_Chart.pdf

I have to say that nothing has ever stayed on as well as the muttluks and I especially like the reflective strips when walking at night. Cost of the muttluks bought this winter $39.00 a set.

Toonces
January 9th, 2006, 08:54 AM
Thanks for the info guys, those boots look much better than the ones I got. I know now that I have the wrong size mine don't come up as far on the leg as the ones pictured

BMDLuver
January 9th, 2006, 09:38 AM
Thanks twodogs, I'm a bit computer challenged lately. :o

StaceyB
January 9th, 2006, 09:41 AM
I would return the boots you picked up and get the muttluks. You can purchase them through the company or through many other places online such as www.petsupplyhouse.com and they are usually a better price than the store.

BernerLver
January 9th, 2006, 10:25 AM
Muttluks are the best dogs boots by far. We have tried others and have been less than impressed. IMO they are worth the price. You won't be disappointed if you purchase a pair.

They have been great recently esp. since some of our neighbors are a little "salt happy" at this time of year ;)

Sorry your baby got hurt but don't feel like a bad mom. Accidents happen and I'm sure she will be feeling better soon!

Lucky Rescue
January 9th, 2006, 10:37 AM
OH poor Brandy!:(

Muttluks are great, but you do have to make the velcro strap quite tight to keep them on.

I got mine at AniGourmet on Harwood. 48$ for the set in size Medium. Very important that they fit properly and not loose, or they will come off.

Here is Chloe in hers.

StaceyB
January 9th, 2006, 10:48 AM
When you are trying them on the strap needs to go around the ankle. If it is too low on the foot they are too small and will get kicked off. If the strap is above the ankle then they are too big and the boot will slip down so that the end of the boot(toes) will flip flop and wear them out too quickly.

Lissa
January 9th, 2006, 11:50 AM
I hope that Brandy is feeling better soon - it must have been so painful!!

Personally I prefer neo paws, although I have a pair of both neo paws and muttluks.

However, I have different needs of the boots...I find that neo paws keep Dodger's feet completely dry and have NEVER once fallen off...I also find that they last longer then muttluks and Dodger has better traction in his neopaws.

Muttluks are perfect when we are walking on cleared pathways...if Dodger steps in deep snow, the Muttlucks fill up with snow - and that's with buying a smaller then we were suppose to... I can't count the number of times I have to go searching for Dodger's Muttluks. So basically, I only use them if he's going for a short walk, on-leash walk ONLY on the sidewalks - there's no way I would ever leave them on him at the dog park because he'd either lose them or the fill up with snow.

I think the Muttluk sizing chart is way off too so you really need to measure and try them on your dog first.

You can see how the snow is inside the boots in these pictures:
http://img5.picsplace.to/img5/17/booties2.jpg (http://picsplace.to/)

http://img5.picsplace.to/img5/17/booties3.jpg (http://picsplace.to/)

As soon as Dodger moves faster than a walk, they slide down - I think they need some sort of lycra of elastic in the material that comes up the leg:
http://img5.picsplace.to/img5/17/booties.jpg (http://picsplace.to/)

LM1313
January 9th, 2006, 12:06 PM
Do any of those doggy boots have grips or treads on the bottom? I was thinking of getting boots for Ebony but she is arthritic and if she feels like she's on something slippery she usually ends up falling down like Bambi on ice. (If you can keep her from noticing that it's slippery, she's usually fine!)

~LM~

StaceyB
January 9th, 2006, 12:13 PM
The bottom of the muttluks is suade.

Lissa
January 9th, 2006, 12:39 PM
Neo paws are made from neoprene material and the bottom is very much like the bottom of our running shoes - and is made of rubber... Which is why Dodger has better traction in his neopaws.

It seems like people have a lot of dificulty with fitting neopaws appropriately but once you figure it out - they are the best boots ever.:)

Toonces
January 9th, 2006, 02:01 PM
Thankyou all so much for the great advise.

I went to the website for the muttlucks and neopaws and I did like that the neos have a rubber sole, we have 5 acres of land 2 fenced in ,the rest is not and has a pond we keep shoveled off for all the neighbourhood kids, the dogs hate to be left behind when we go there to skate, they don't want to miss out on playing with the kids and their dogs.

Brandy has been quite mopey today, woke me up at 6am to go for a pee and then back to bed untill 11, I took the day off to stay home with her and make sure she was ok (I worry so much about anesetic) Tomorrow we have to go out of town for a funeral so my mom is coming to stay and she is staying for the rest of the week while we are working. Her bandages come off on wed and stitches out in 10 days so she will need these booties for sure to make sure she is kept clean.

Dodger and Chole sure look cute in their boots;)

StaceyB
January 9th, 2006, 02:09 PM
Joeycocker bought the neopaws and returned them as she didn't like them. She found them hard to get on and get the right size. I believe she picked up the muttluks after that, check with her to see what she thinks of them.

SnowDancer
January 9th, 2006, 04:59 PM
My 22 lb. Eskimo has Muttluks that were fitted by his groomer. Much to my surprise, they are size XS. To someone who had mini Dachshunds for 20 years this came as a surprise. Boots didn't fit my Doxies really due to leg type, but I guess they would have need XXP. Now if only he would wear them.

Prin
January 9th, 2006, 10:56 PM
Yeah, the neopaws were really hard to get on and keep on as far as I remember. They looked really cool, but nobody figured out the secret to keeping them on...

I have Muttluks for Jemma and a knock-off of Muttluks for Boo. They're really easy to put on (watch out for the thumbies). The knock-offs are almost the same but crappy material. They are pretty ripped up and Boo hasn't worn them all that much.

StaceyB
January 10th, 2006, 08:30 AM
Muttluks go on like a pair of socks. Be careful if your dog has dew claws to tuck them in when you are putting them on and with any boots make sure that their nails are trimmed.
I just received a flyer from pet supply house and the muttluks are advertised in it.
These are their sale prices.
Itty bitty (Chihuahua, Maltese, Toy poodle, cats) reg. 32.50 Sale 27.50
XXsmall (Lhasa, Min Pin, Min Poodle) reg. 32.50 Sale 27.50
Xsmall (Beardy, Bichon, Sheltie, Westie) reg. 35.75 Sale 30.00
Small (Beagle, Chow, Samoyed, Whippet) reg. 35.75 Sale 30.00
Medium (Basset, Boxer, Dobbie, Golden, Setter) reg. 39.00 Sale 33.00
Large (Afghan, G. Shep, Gt. Schn) reg. 39.00 Sale 33.00
X-Large (Akita, Bouvier, Newf, Old Eng) reg. 42.25 Sale 35.75
XX-Large (Dane, Komondor) reg. 42.25 Sale 35.75
The sizes are just a guideline depending on the size of your dogs paws.
Your dogs paws are usually smaller than you think they are and tend to get boots that are too large.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
January 10th, 2006, 08:44 AM
Stacey B= Joeycocker bought the neopaws and returned them as she didn't like them. She found them hard to get on and get the right size. I believe she picked up the muttluks after that, check with her to see what she thinks of them.

No I dont have the muttlucks yet I have a cheap pair from the pet store. They fall off after 1/2 and hour but I like them better then the Neopaws. None of the stores in town sell Muttlucks so I may have to go to Kelowna and try to find some there, or order again off the net. But I would rather just buy them at a store if possible.

Are Muttlucks easy to put on. I want something thats easy that I dont have to have the foot in a certain position and Joeys weight distributed in a certain way.

StaceyB
January 10th, 2006, 08:47 AM
They are easy to put on as I mentioned in an earlier post, they go on like socks.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
January 10th, 2006, 08:53 AM
I am going to checkout Muttlucks on the web. I am still waiting to hear back from Neopaws in regards to Joeys boots. Hopefully the will refund them or let me exchange them for a Neopaws coat or something but I havent heard anything yet.

StaceyB
January 10th, 2006, 08:54 AM
You will need to keep on them.

Prin
January 10th, 2006, 09:53 AM
Are Muttlucks easy to put on. I want something thats easy that I dont have to have the foot in a certain position and Joeys weight distributed in a certain way.
Pretty easy. Just beware the thumbies...

Toonces
January 10th, 2006, 06:59 PM
Thanks guys,

I don't want anything that is going to be to hard to put on because her paw will be quite tender for awhile, so the Muttluks sound like the way to go.