Booties to protect your dog’s paws against frost, flints and burning tarmac

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  • Dogs’ paw pads are extraordinary. They are made up of an incredible system of muscles, tissue, ligaments, tendons, collagen and keratin, and have multiple functions. They act as shock absorbers, thus protecting their joints, as well as the toes and feet from being ripped up. And although it’s widely believed that dogs don’t perspire, they do in fact sweat from their paw pads. However, rather than acting as a cooling mechanism, this is to produce pheromones for doggy communication. Pretty miraculous! But these wonderful assets need looking after. While the pads can protect your dog’s feet on rugged terrain, extreme heat or cold can be damaging. There are times when it is best to find appropriate shoes for dogs.

    On a daily basis, regular walks, or inside the home, your dog is unlikely to need to wear shoes. However, if your dog has suffered an injury to his paw, or the weather is icy cold, or the pavement burning hot, doggy boots are the answer. Most shoes work for either climactic extreme, so you can double up for both seasons. Certain breeds also have particularly sensitive paws, and may be more prone to injury.

    What are the best shoes for dogs?

    Qumy Dog Shoes

    Sizes: 6 sizes from 1.7×2.2in–2.6x3in | Colour: Black, blue, leopard, pink, purple or red | Number of boots in set: 4 | RRP: From £21.99 |

    The boots have a rugged anti-slip sole to provide stability and traction, protect against sharp thorns or flints and hot pavements. They are also handy in sub-zero temperatures, preventing frostbite.

    They are easy to take on and off, with a wide split seam opening, and two adjustable, reflective straps. Tighten the straps as much as possible to keep these booties in place. This is a sturdy set of boots that generally fit extremely well.

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    Ruffwear dog boots for extreme cold

    Ruffwear Polar Trex Dog Boots

    Sizes: 8 sizes from 38–83mm | Colours: Blue, black, red or green | Number of boots in set: 2 or 4 | RRP: From £68.95 |

    This highly technical set of warm and insulating dog boots gives great protection in extreme cold weather – especially useful in the snow! They give enhanced protection against snow, ice, and even ski edges inadvertently slicing into the dog’s foot, as they have a pullover stretch gaiter with zipper to keep the paw fully enclosed.

    They have a Vibram Icetrek sole to give optimum traction on frozen surfaces, and they are both waterproof and windproof.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or alpinetrek.co.uk
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    BarK Brite neoprene dog shoes

    Bark Brite All Weather Neoprene Paw Protector Boots

    Sizes: S–XXL | Colours: Black or multicolour | Number of boots in set: 4 | RRP: From £36 |

    These neoprene boots mould around your dog’s paw shape. They are water-resistant, puncture-proof and help your dog grip on slippery surfaces, with a non-skid soft sole.

    The have two reflective straps for easy adjustment, and are easy to put on thanks to a 3.5in slit at the back of the boot.

    These come up slightly on the large size, so err on the smaller fit so that the boot does not rotate.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk
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    Purple Pawz dog shoes

    Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots

    Sizes: Tiny, XX-S, X-S, S, M, L, XL | Colour: Varies according to size – lime green, yellow, orange, red, blue, purple or green | Number of boots in set: 12 | RRP: From £9.99 |

    Reusable, rubber, waterproof boots to protect your dog’s paws. They provide a natural feeling because they mould around your dog’s foot, a bit like a tough balloon, and so do not need any straps. Made of 100% biodegradable natural rubber.

    These boots cater size-wise for all dogs from a teacup poodle to a Great Dane. They do come up on the small size, however, and they are tricky to get on if too tight, so best to go up a size.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or viovet.co.uk
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    Avvrel dog boots

    Avvrel Dog Boots

    Sizes: S–XXL | Colour: Black | Number of boots in set: 4 | RRP: £16.99 |

    The upper part of these boots are waterproof and breathable, to keep paws dry and clean. However, they are not designed to be submerged in water.

    The soles are skid-proof, made of rubber and PVC. This is really helpful to stop dogs slipping and getting injured. The boots are nicely flexible and not too cumbersome, while giving plenty of protection.

    They have a wide split seam opening, which makes it really easy to get the dog’s paw in, and are fastened with two adjustable and reflective straps, which stay in place securely.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

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