Dogs with Dragging Paws
|Berrin - Rottweiler - Scotland
|His owner writes: Berrin's boots arrived very quickly and they have
been a huge success. I've taken the tip about putting soap on them
to keep them supple. I have attached some photos to show you how handsome
he looks in them and how well they go with his harness the only problem
is that his sister ruby wants a pair too as she is always trying to
get them on when we are getting ready for a walk!!
|Bo, Ohio, USA
|His owner writes: Our dog's lameness occurred 4 years ago with complete
paralysis of his hind quarters. Three to four months after that episode
he regained some use of his legs and would walk on his own pretty
well. Then about a month ago, he had another episode that effected
his right rear leg more than his left. He now drags his right rear
leg a lot and burns the skin off the top of his foot when he drags
it across our back steps, which are cement, and the walkway around
I'm happy to report that the boot fits just great and really works
well. Before we take him outside we make him lay down and put the
boot on him. It stays on him whenever he is outside. When the weather
is agreeable, I'll leave him outside (while I'm home that is) for
several hours. After I bring him back in, I take the boot off.
It's a wonderful and easy way to protect his leg and foot and we
are so happy with the quality of the item. Since we are only using
one boot right now, we're keeping the other as a spare or to use
when this one gives out, which doesn't look like is going to be
any time soon.
|Jenny, Cocker Spaniel, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
Her owner writes: The boots for fit her perfectly. She had quite
a deep wound on her paw, which we have been treating and bandaging
so the boots have been great for keeping the bandages and her paw
dry and clean. Her wound is healing up extremely well and she had
not protested in any way about having to wear a boot. She sits very
well to get it put on her and runs around quite happily without
trying to remove it or chew at it. So I can only assume it must
be comfortable enough for her and doesn't give her any annoyance.
I would very happily purchase these boots again.
|Phoebe, Tibetan Terrier, Hampshire, UK
|Her owners writes: Phoebe chased a rabbit and crashed into a wire
fence last summer, causing an extremely severe spinal injury and paralysis
and loss of sensation in her rear half. She had emergency surgery
to insert 6 pins to stabilise her spine and after a few weeks of rest,
recuperation and rehabilitation she gradually learned to walk again.
Unbelievably, against the odds, she can now race around as good as
new, and is back to leaping over logs and onto beds (!!). Her only
legacy is a tendancy to slightly drag one leg when she's walking slowly
which wears down her nails and can make them bleed if she's on hard
surfaces for a long time. But now we've got your amazing boot that
problem has been solved! She's totally accepting of wearing it, and
can walk, trot and run totally naturally in it. I find the boot very
easy to put on and easy to keep clean and it stays on even in sticky
mud. It's a fantastic product and I'm extremely pleased that I found
|Floyd, German Shepherd, Wales
|Floyd's owner writes: "The boots are doing an excellent job
of protecting his feet and I would thoroughly recommend them to any
other GSD owners whose dogs are suffering from CDRM and starting to
drag their feet. "
|Storm, German Shepherd - Harlow, Essex, UK
His owner writes: "Storm has been dragging his back feet for
the last 2 months and has worn down a few of his toe nails. His
boots are now protecting them and he has not made any fuss about
|Robbie - West Highland Terrier - Swindon, UK
|His owner writes: Robbie is pleased with his boots and is now used
to wearing them. Your help is appreciated on getting the right ones
for him, and I have recommended you to a friend whose dog is about
to have an operation on her paw.
|Chester - Schnauzer - Yorkshire - UK
|Pug - Longford - Ireland
His owner writes: The specially made pro-active dog boots are an essential
part of Bruces life.
He is unable to walk with any degree of comfort on hard ground
unless he is wearing his boots. Bruce suffers with a condition which
causes his two front paws to drag every so often as he walks, which
caused him alot of discomfort, chaffing and bleeding of both paws
and cracking of his nails vertically, which was very painful for
However since we discovered the pro active boots over two years
ago bruce is a happy dog walking in comfort and enjoyment as his
paws and nails are protected from the ground.
|Travis - German Shepherd - Italy
|His owner writes: Travis wore his dog boot today for the 1st time.
He has CDRM and therefore drags his back paw making his claws bleed.
Travis is a difficult dog and won't allow you to 'mess about' with
him , so it was a case of distract him with a bonio, put the boot
on quickley, get his lead and go for a walk straight away! I am trying
to get him to associate the boot with going for a walk, so I keep
the boot in the same cupboard as his lead. He seems to have taken
to it quite well and gets lots of sympathetic looks from passers by
|Lucky - Deerhound - Illinois - USA
|Lucky's owner writes: We received the boots and leg protectors for
Lucky- FABULOUS!!! Lucky says, "They make me feel more confident.
Thank you." Your explicit directions, SO USEFUL. I wimped out
a little the first time I tightened the Velcro closures on both the
leg protectors and the boots- not good, as that only served to aggravate
the foot dragging, thus adding to the dog's pain, ugh! I remedied
the situation mmediately by going ahead a really muscling them closed
where you'd specified, and lo and behold, Lucky strolled off into
the woods and proceeded to have a grand visit with all creatures great
and small in the high snow down by the river here near our home. Again,
THANK YOU!!! Soon I will send along a photo of Lucky wearing the (rear)
Brier - German Shepherd - Merseyside - UK
Brier drags his hind paws
|His owner writes: The shoes I ordered from you were brilliant, they
have really protected Brier's feet.
Ben - German Shepherd - Essex - UK
Ben drags one hind paw
|His owners write: We have found that he only actually needs to wear
one of the boots on his right foot which he continually drags along.
The boots have been a god send as without them we would not be
able to go out with him at all. We are sure that he knows the boot
is helping him to prevent injury, as he now allows us to put it
on him as routine.
|Colin, Golden Retriever, Middlesex, UK
|Colin fell while chasing a ball in the park. The vet said that he
has either got spondylitis or a prolapsed disc.
Colin's owner writes: "Sadly, he will never get better but
at least the boots allow him to walk a bit now without making his
nails bleed. We used to do at least 4 miles a day, but now he is
shattered after about 20 minutes. He absolutely loves the beach
and seeing him on it makes him look like a (very drunk) puppy as
he keeps falling over because he cannot feel where his legs are
and therefore cannot balance.
|Mika -: Shiba Inu - Ohio, USA
Mika recently injured her right, front leg when she jumped out
of the back of her owner's ruck. She weighs about 20 lbs. and is
VERY active. She had nerve damage and was currently dragging this
paw. She has feeling up to her elbow, but was dragging her paw so
much that she is getting sores on the top of her foot. She also
had an infection under the pad of the right, front paw, that caused
her pad to swell and fall off. Since this was an open sore right
now and prone to infection, it was very important that her paw waskept
clean and dry.
Before her injury, she ran about 4 miles each day with her owner,
so this was the type of exercise she was used to. Because of her
injury it was very hard to even bring her outside for a few minutes
because all the other boots the owner tried just fall off. She is
getting around very well and playing with our other dog and chasing
our cat all over the yard, but needed something that would stay
on her foot, so she could have her freedom back.
|Mindy, Mika's owner writes: Thanks so much for helping me through
the process of ordering a boot for Mika.
It was really hard to get an action shot because she is so fast! She
is now doing much better and her infections are almost all the way
healed. Mika is back to running with me each morning, and she is getting
stronger each day. She can run 2.5 miles and still have energy to
run around the backyard the rest of the day with our other dog. This
boot is fantastic! It rarely falls off and allows Mika the freedom
to play and just be a dog! Thanks so much!
|Harriet - Golden Retriever - Tyne and Wear - UK
|Harriet's owner writes: Harriet's boots are a godsend. I can walk
all three dogs and she is so much happier. As you can see her wheelcart
from www.doggon-uk.com is also a huge blessing. It worked even when
she was paraplegic by suspending her hind legs. Thought you'd like
to know that between you life has been made fun in the park again.
| Myrtle - Irish Wolfhound - Georgia, USA
Your dog's particular needs FCE recovery, dragging toe tips on back
|Myrtle's owner writes: Just a note to let you know that Myrtle at
9 months is still motoring along..in fact her nickname here is "Skippy-dog".
So, okay, she is still limping on the right rear leg (as you face
her), but has no idea she is impaired. She runs and plays with the
Labarador from across the street and the large Doberman next door.
She will still skid and land on her right hip at times, but much less
frequently. Even without her boots, she almost never scuffs the top
of her paws coming up the porch step now. She sits "kinda funny",
on her butt bones (photo). She's got a very powerful front end, I
do think she's improving with control and precision, but bet she'll
always have a limp.
She had a few good firsts this week -- for the first time she actually
got into and out of the back car seat unaided, AND scooted herself
over to sniff out the window. She also managed to jump up on our
bed (a tall one). This did require the assistance of a scary vacuum
cleaner, and sadly I missed it as Larry was vacuuming.
She's still most comfortable sprawled on the couch or in the one
spot in the hall where we can't avoid stepping over her. She also
seems to love to chew up ink pens... and left lovely light blue
spots all over the carpets last week...sigh.
I'm attaching a few rather bad photos we took in trying out a new
film when my sister was here. That's her in the photos.
Anyway, we do love her, and thanks again to Tamara, for letting
us bring her home; to Jackie for helping us find Tamara; and to
Elizabeth who has sent and re-sized two pair of doggie boots to
help keep her going with minimal scraping and bruising.
|Bess - Border Collie - Staffordshire - UK
|Trudy writes: Here is Bess, our Border Collie, wearing her new boots
on the beach near Beer, Devon on holiday. The boots worked extremely
well, Bess soon got used to them and it allowed her to enjoy walks
and playtime with no harm to her claws, where previously as she dragged
them (due to dysplasia of her hips) they soon bled and curtailed any
such activities. We reinforced the area using duct tape which was
renewed regularly and it really helped to protect the leather from
the worst of the wear. Many thanks for helping us have a great week
Rufus - Irish Red Setter - Devon - UK
Patrick, Rufus' owner writes: Our elderly Irish Setter, Rufus,
suffers from a nervous complaint which results in messages from
the brain not always reaching the hind legs, which in turn causes
severe knuckling on the right side and to a lesser degree on the
left. Since we first started using your boots in September his ability
to walk has improved dramatically. Currently he only wears one boot,
but we are now thinking of trying the left boot as well. Your boots
are such a succes that frankly we would not have the dog with us
if was not for your boots. He would be totally immobile, dragging
his hind legs behind him. Your boots have transformed his quality
of life - he still goes for short walks, but not every day, he is
enjoying life, wags a lot and tells us when it is mealtimes.
|Ellie - German Shepherd - Lincolnshire - UK. Ellie has progressive
paralysis and is scraping her back back feet and wearing down her
|Julie, Ellie's owner writes. The boots arrived quicker than Ithought
they would. As soon as they arrived I could not wait to try them on
Ellie. They where very easy to put on and she accepted them with no
problems. Now as soon as she sees the boots she knows she is going
out. When I first saw them Ijust knew they would stay on. With her
condition of progressive paralysis, she gets her back legs tangled
up with one another and after an hour of free run, chasing her friends
about, they were still in the same place as when I put them on ....
brilliant. I have attached a photo of Ellie with her boots on just
going for her walk.
I would just like to say thankyou for the service I have received,
it is second to none and your Web site is very easy to navigate through.
The ordering service is very easy and last but not least you know
you are dealing with people who just care about their products and
the dogs that receive them. I know who Iwill be recommending if anyone
asks me where they can get dog boots from.
Kira - Labrador - Wisconsin - USA
Kira was hit by a car at the age of 4 months old. It was immediately
apparent that there was some type of damage to her right front leg.
Our vet, along with an orthopedic surgeon, had told us they suspected
nerve damage and it could take many months to heal, if at all. The
first few months after the accident were very trying. Our little
puppy wanted to walk on her leg so badly but with no feeling or
control over it, it hung low and dragged behind. This caused many
sores to develop on the top of her paw. To make it worse, we could
not stop her from licking her sores and compounding the problem.
We had tried pet store boot after boot, slings, braces.....nothing
was working. It came to the point where we had to limit her activity
to the house or yard, no cement surfaces.
While searching online for a solution to this problem I found the
Pro-Active Paws website. We figured this product was worth a shot
as nothing else had worked for us. We ordered our first pair of
dog boots in July of 2003, just over four years ago!!
Because of these boots we are able to take Kira out to do the things
she loves to do. She is often found swimming in the lake, hunting/running
through the fields, going on walks.....all the things any other
dog would enjoy. These boots are durable, easy to put on/take off,
washable, and they stay on even during the roughest of activity.
Kira has never regained any feeling in her leg since the accident
4 years ago. But, with these boots she is a happy, active dog leading
a very normal life. They have made our lives easier as well.
Thank you Pro-Active Paws!!
Finnigan - Wolfhound - Wales
|Toni, her owner writes: I just got the boots and they are great,
she has a very bad sore on her knuckle because she walks on her front
legs but back foot moves on the knuckle to keep her balance, (as she
cannot put the foot down properly) it has scraped a lot and is not
good so hopefully that will repair itself and she can then wear the
boots to protect it from happening again.
Thor - South African Mastiff - Rhode Island, USA
Thor drags his paws, causing damage to the top of his feet
|Rich writes: "I did receive the boots and they fit fine. He
has adapted to them well. He hasn't lost a step with them when running
and they protect his knuckles from getting scraped. Being such a large
dog, he puts a lot of stress on the boots and the pads have held
Sadie - Terrier/Beagle - Minnesota, USA
Our Sadie's dog boots are wonderful. They stay on all day, without
slippingand are easy to clean. The damage to the top of her paws,
from dragging, has healed and not returned. Sadie still has no muscle
control in her hind legs so she drags them behind her, almost in
a backwards sitting position. She now can run (well more like, move
quickly in sitting position). Although, while sitting still, she
extends her hind legs and almost completely stands erect. We were
so excited. Your boots are helping Sadie regain more muscle control
each day. Since she now has more freedom of movement she almost
gives herself weight bearing excerise, which the wheeled cart does
not allow. Thank you so much for all of your help getting the right
size boot. Your boots have certainly helped us to better cope with
her therapy and slow recovery. The double leather design for the
paw protection seem like it will last a long time. I will be sure
to keep rotating them as you suggested. We still use Sadie's cart
when she wants to really run to chase squirrels or rabbits.
Smilla - Alaskan Malamute in Germany
Smilla suffered a FCI. Her left hind leg was totally paralyzed.
Now she can walk again, but she still is limping and she drags her
paw. The wound on the top is healing now because she is getting
better, but she still drags her claws and somtimes they bleed.
We made a pair of special boots for Smilla
|Barbara writes: Smilla is getting better every day and our walks
are getting longer and longer. Smilla puts the paw down correctly
now and the wound on the top is almost gone. But she still does not
lift the paw high enough and sometimes rubs the bottom and she drags
her claws. So she still needs booties for walking on pavement.
Remi - Rhodesian Ridgeback - Victoria - AUSTRALIA
She has nerve damage in her front right leg/paw. The outside toe
pad wasworn and sometimes raw
|Kim writes: Remi is doing really well. The boots have
protected the pad on the outside toe very well. The pad is able to
grow now instead of being worn away. And they stay on ... she runs
at full speed and can out maneouvre my Australian cattle dog and the
older Rhodesian Ridgeback. She loves climbing the big mound of dirt
then ambush the other dogs. Her injury hasn't stopped her at all.
Often there is a lot of ducking and weaving and running flat out and
rolling around - dog play! And the boots can keep up!
Splodge, Irish Wolfhound, Bucks, UK
Splodge drags his hind legs now that he is older
Stuart writes: He has taken to them very well...not even trying
to get them off. They fit well and only have a tendency to slip
off after he comes out of lying in his favourite stream/bog. I think
this could be cured by tying an additional velcro strap around each
The good news is no more bleeding paws!
We sent four extra straps for Splodge
|Nen, Rescue Dog in Spain
Debbie wrote to us about Nen in 2006. "Nen is now 10 months
old, he was paralysed when the car he was travelling in left the
road and fell down a 7 metre drop. His owner was killed instantly.
Nen was one month old. He had compression of the spinal cord in
His road to recovery has been long and tough, with extra complications,
but we are getting there. He can walk well on a leash, though he
tends to trip a little on his hind legs, sometimes he lifts them
too high, sometimes not high enough, but he does not need a rear
harness, he manages well. The problem is that as a rather excitable
puppy, he wants to run everywhere, and ends up sometimes tripping,
sometimes dragging, he loses all coordination when he runs, if he
stays on his feet it is more luck than anything else. Part of the
garden is cement and steps which I am unable to fence off from him,
so he is getting wounds on his paws, rubbing down his nails, but
also on his legs up to and including the hocks. We have worked so
hard to get him on his feet that it pains me greatly to see him
damaging his legs this way and I have not found a good way of protecting
them. His sensitivity is not brilliant, which fortunately means
less pain but also means more damage. "
MOVING PICTURES OF NEN: ONE
We made Nen special boots to protect his paws. Debbie wrote:
"I'm so excited about Nen's new boots that I don't know where
to start... It took him about 20 minutes to get used to them but
he didn't try to bite them or take them off (he does do that with
his harness). Whenever he is outside he never stops, so as long
as I take them off when he is inside there should be no problem.
Watching him and watching the boots to see if they were on okay
made me realise just how many times he bashes his legs. Because
his sensitivity isn't briliant it doesn't seem to cause him much
pain and he just blunders on.
I am sending you a photo of Nen in his boots, a close up of the
boots on, and a few bits of video. You will see that Nen lifts his
legs up quite high when he walks, but that is not because of the
boots, he always walks like that. He is all over the place, but
at least he is mobile and has a good degree of autonomy. If all
my post-paralysis dogs could walk like Nen I'd be delighted, even
though people who don't know him think he is strange...
On one of the videos he is playing with my wheelchair doggie girl,
Bombon. Before the boots, I couldn't let them play unsupervised
because Nen would just get too excited and start dragging himself
around rather than walking.
I think he likes his boots (must remind him of the fireman's boots
that were on the first photos of him as a baby!) because after he
had been playing for about half an hour, he came up to me looking
for some fuss and pushing himself against me... it's the first time
he ever did that, especially outside. He never looks for affection,
he only looks for people to play with him and generally he runs
away from me thinking I am going to bring him inside...
Nen drags his paws in just about any position, including upside
down, so he has really given them a good "road test" this
weekend... an absolute thrashing in fact. I think if your boots
can stand up to Nen they must be able to stand up to any dog.
Later Debbie wrote: Nen's boots have been so fantastic that at the
moment he doesn't need them! His wounds healed fast and then he
started walking much better, so I guess the wounds must have been
giving him more pain than I thought. So now he is wearing the boots
only on certain occasions when we need to specially protect his
paws, but not all the time, unless I see he gets any more wounds.
I think before it was kind of a viscious circle, but now his legs
are stronger he doesn't seem to bash them so much. Thank you for
helping to improve greatly his quality of life!
|Spunko - Rescue Dog in Serbia
Spunko was hit by a car that broke his spine in three places, and
paralysed his hind quarters. By the time he was found, he had been
dragging himself around for nearly a month and his spine had 'healed'
in the worst way. However, despite huge compressions on the nerve,
it was still alive, and the surgery went ahead.
His recovery has been remarkable -- he 'walks',has regained bowel
and bladder control, even wags his tail. But he still drags his
feet when he is tired or excited, and the lack of sensation encouraged
him to chew his paws raw.
The boots made all the difference! They protect his feet from abrasion,
allowing previous wounds to heal, discourage chewing, *and* have
him lifting his feet higher as he moves! The surgeon was so impressed
at his progress that he has asked for information about the boots
to give to other owners, and our local vet is also promoting them!
The additional protection and support has made a real difference
-- we are even considering the possibility that extra exercise might
help him develop more nerve and muscle control, and we have begun
to introduce him (slowly -- he is a street dog!) to the idea of
Thank you so very much on behalf of this gentle and handsome dog.
The improvement in his life gained from his Pro-Active boots is
nothing short of miraculous.
|Rebel - German Shepherd - Chicago, USA
Laura, Rebel's owner writes:
About 2 months ago, I ordered a pair of 'special' boots for our
12 1/2 yr old German Shepherd, Rebel. He has a progressive combination
of severe spinal arthritis, a disc compression in his spinal cord,
and Degenerative Myleopathy. Months ago he started to drag his rear
right paw. We have tried numerous brands of boots but could not
find just the right mix of durable materials and perfect size. Everything
either fit well but lasted only a few walks or had a longer life
but was difficult to use (too thick resulting in more loss of sensation,
hard to put on, fell off, etc). THEN, I found your site!!! I was
not sure which size to order and needed them quick so I put in an
order for 2 different sizes. I was so pleased that you promptly
emailed me back to confirm Rebel would need a size 4; I was able
to order 2 of the same boot instead of wasting money on one that
was bound not to fit. Rebel wears his boot every time we go for
a walk. He no longer wears down his claws until they bleed or gets
sores on the top of his paw. They are very easy to put on (we did
cut it to be shorter, just below the hock) and they STAY PUT. I
love that they are double-sided so we could flip it over once he
wore a small hole in it. (He is now on his 2nd boot as both sides
of the original boot have very small holes with enough skin exposed
to cause sores.)
We are back for more. I just placed our second order and decided
to load up since we love your product so much. I truly do not know
what we would have done without it. Rebel would not be able to walk
on concrete at all and we live in Chicago. Not a good combination!
He can take walks along the sidewalk without any pain and loves
his found again freedom!
We take him for hydrotherapy and accupuncture. We tell everyone
there with animals in similar situations about your site.
Thank you for making Rebel's tough times a lot more enjoyable.
|Tag - German Shepherd - Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
|Tag will be 12 years of age in January 2006 and her
owners have had her for 10 of those years. Since buying the boots
for her they have noticed that she is walking a bit faster. Her wound
from dragging her rear right paw has now healed and they have no doubt
that her new boots will help to keep it that way.
Pepper - 7 month old Australian Cattle dog - Washington USA
Hikes with her owner in the mountains on difficult terrain on the
weekends for fun, and run daily up a steep soft surface trail for
exercise. Pepper sustained nerve damage to her left front paw. Now
when she puts pressure on the paw it curls under causing her to
walk on the top of her paw.
Pepper's story is most encouraging to those with dogs with dragging
front paws, and so is well worth a read. Note that Pepper is a young
dog, and such results can't be guaranteed
Pepper's owner Rock writes "The booties arrived right on schedule
and my puppy is now on day 2. Pepper's playmate next door is a Great
Dane puppy. They roughhouse for hours at a time in grass, dirt,
mud, and in a small wading pool. Needless to say, the booties are
getting a workout as they protect Pepper's paw. They
are now combat booties and holding up famously. Thanks for including
the care instructions and the fact that the booties are washable."
A few months later Rock wrote: "I thought I would show you
progress directly attributed to the durability of your booties.
I fashioned a rough orthotic from foam rubber pipe insulation (this
is available from plumbing supplies or hardware stores) and inserted
it under the booties for about a month. After that time, Pepper's
brain 'remembered' to walk on the pads rather than the knuckle of
her paw. Now she does not need the insert, and uses only your booty.
I think it will take up to a year for full recovery. From the photo,
you can see that the booty is used and roughly so, but perfectly
fuctional and Pepper's paw is showing surface recovery (no worn
spot). Her musculature is recovering but still 'work in progress'.
The most amazing thing is that she is regaining the use of her left
shoulder/leg/paw and it is possible because you produced a durable
protective cover that protected her paw!"
Can you spot Pepper?
Another couple of months later we received a further
"Pepper recovered about 85%. She no longer requires
booties and walks on the pads of her feet rather than her knuckles,
but still limps. These photos are of her 1st trip to the mountains
She has learned to use her front left paw all over
again from square one and it will take longer for all muscles in
her legs and shoulders to be fully coordinated...she's still a little
awkward some times, but she, of course does not know it, or care
much. The booties are still functional and I will use them on her
front paws this winter while I snowshoe. It was the durability and
design of your booties combined with the foam rubber tube inserted
for added support that did it...along with a lot of puppy heart."
|Labrador/Golden Retriever - USA
We ordered dog boots from you previously and they are fabulous.
They stay on our dogs foot and held up very well.Our dog was hit
by a car and has nerve damage. The boots that we ordered from you
before were to protect the top part of her paw that she would drag.
Fortunately, she no longer drags her foot, as she has learned to
put her paw down to walk. However, she does have a large sore on
the bottom of her paw (on the pad) that we need to protect and one
on where her dew claw would be.
She was only 9 months old when she was hit by a car. My vet said
nerve damage takes a very long time to heal- if it even heals at
all. But he did prepare me that we may have to amputate. It has
been 9 months since her accident and the vet is amazed how well
she has adjusted with the aid of your boots. Because usually the
sores can not be kept under control-but with your special made boots
it was no trouble!
|Sasha - Wiemeraner - Cheshire, UK
Jane, Sasha's owner writes:
Sasha has not walked for seven weeks now following spinal surgery,
her progress has been painfully slow.
Saturday morning the boots arrived, Sasha could not walk or stand
herself up. We tried the boots on her and by Saturday evening she
could stand herself up. Today I put her out on the patio with the
boots on and not only has she manged to stand herself up but she
has also walked the 6-7 metres back into the house.
I know the boots haven't magically made her walk, but they have
stopped her from slipping and they are also protecting her paws
from the scrapping so they have given her the confidence to try
Rocket - Greyhound -Cheshire, UK
|Rocket's owner writes: "Our dog has been wearing his new boots
on all his walks for the last two weeks. They are certainly hard-wearing
and neater fitting than my home-made boots. I reckon that Ro must
have now done 30 miles in the boots and the leather is showing no
signs of wear"
|Charlie - Collie - Luton UK
|Charlie's owner writes: "The boots are great, he loves them,
he is happy for them to be on him and then he flies in them. The other
day, he was racing up and down the garden in them, he cleared three
steps by launching himself off the bottom step and up in the air like
a huge rabbit or hare would do. It is a joy to see!! On the days he
gets tired they help take the edge of the dragging, and other days
they give him the support and confidence he needs to move about as
he pleases. I thank you so much for creating them and for your warm
customer service of always keeping in touch."
Our customer Adrian writes:
We had a pair of dog boots off you back in January and would like
to order another pair for our dog Penny. The boot we were using
before we bought yours used to last about two weeks, your boot has
lasted nearly three months. We have been very pleased with the boot,
it always stays in place.
Buster - Boxer, California, USA
Buster has a condition called Degenerative Myelopathy. This disease
causes him to drag and knuckle (curl his
toes under) his left rear paw.
|Renee, Buster's owner writes "My husband and I were absolutely
devastated when he was diagnosed with this
condition. He developed sores on his paw and wore his nails down past
the quick and they were constantly
bleeding. It was heartbreaking to watch him try to walk. We tried
other boots that we purchased from pet
stores and nothing seemed to last or stay on his paw. After hours
of research online, I found your company
and we were very anxious to order and receive your dog boots. After
receiving the boots, it didn't take
anytime at all for Buster to get used to wearing one on his paw. He
didn't try to chew it off or anything.
This dog boot stays on!!! We can leave our house and not worry that
the boot will come off. We have seen
Buster run across our yard on his three good legs and we don't have
to worry about the boot coming off. All
of his sores and nails have healed too! We can't thank you enough
for giving Buster a better quality of life
and relieving our stress!
|Abby - Dalmatian - British Columbia, Canada
Abbey's owner writes:
Just letting you know that I received Abby's new boots and took
some pictures the first time out in them and she did well.
|Adrian, Penny's owner writes:We received the dog boots
on monday morning, they are a perfect fit and Penny has no trouble
in walking with the boot on.
A different make of boot boot that we used was forever coming unfastened
and we had problems keeping the boot on her foot especially when she
is chasing our other dog Tess. Just recently Penny has developed a
sore were the boot is rubbing on the side of her ankle.
As I've already mentioned we took Penny for her usual walks yesterday
and she got on brilliantly with the boot, it didn't come unfastened,
it stayed in place and it doesn't appear to be rubbing so we are all
enjoying our walks again.
- Surrey, UK
We have been living with the boots for a couple of weeks now and
we are delighted with them. They are very comfortable for Boscoe
- he almost doesn't even notice he has them on and when I bring
them out to put them on him, he lies down on his side putting his
leg in the air for me to fit it. It is likely that he will not recover
from his condition and will be subject to wearing them for the rest
of his life, so it is a relief to find you. It has certainly made
a diference to his quality of life.
|Sabbie - German Shepherd - Coventry, UK
Del, Sabbie's owner writes:
Sabbie has this summer been diagnosed with CDRM for which there
is no cure and I was at my wit's end trying to protect his right
hind paw which he was scuffing on the ground. He also has some arthritis
in the same leg and is on medication. He was wearing his toe claws
down so much his toes were bleeding and I was afraid to take him
out. Then I discovered the Pro-Active dog boots on the Internet.
I ordered the special type boots for him and it was such a relief
when they arrived. Sabbie allowed me to put his boot on with no
trouble and it didn't bother him in the slightest. We set off for
our first walk and he really enjoyed showing off his boot to various
interested people we met. The boot is easy to put on and stays in
place very well with the velcro straps.
It thas been great to see Sabbie enjoying life again with visits
to the local park and enjoying running about with his boot on (although
I am careful not to overdo it because of the CDRM). He chases his
ball around and joins in gentle games with our other dog which I
could not allow him to do before we had the boot. The boot has helped
Sabbie tremendously and I am so glad I found your website.
|Carla - German Shepherd, Cheshire UK
Lorraine, Carla's owner writes:
This is Carla (age 12) with my daughter on our holiday in Wales
Your boots enabled us to have the walks we used to have with Carla
when she was younger and fitter (she now drags her back paws). She
loves being outside, and now she can be.
|Sophie - Golden Retriever - Herts, UK
Maggie, Sophie's "nanny" writes:
As you can see, Sophie took to her new footwear straight away and
is wearing her boot without any problems. Sorry I have only a still
of her, she doesn't do very much running around due to the operations
she has had (and I did ask her to stand still while she had her
picture taken). But, the boot has given her a new lease of life.
|Ben - German Shepherd - Essex, UK
Pam, Ben's owner writes:
Thanks for sending the order so promptly, which we received on
Saturday. The new boots are now much easier to get over his hocks.
These boots have made a great difference and have given him more
confidence when out walking
|Brandy - German Shepherd, Nottinghamshire, UK
Brandy's owner Bev writes:
Thank you for the boots Brandy is getting on great with them as
soon as they arived in the post she was helping me unwrap them it
was though she knew they were her new boots that were going to help
her get out again, I put them on her and she got up straight away
walked round in them sniffed them then sat down and looked at me
to take her out.
We went for a walk the first one in 3 months because she was scuffing
her paws so badly.She was like a puppy again running around ,as
much as she can .Her boots now are her best friend if Isay are we
going for a walk she goes and gets her boots for me to put on her.
They have helped her out so much she will never be right because
she has CDRM but the boots mean I can still take her out without
having to worry about her scuffing her paws.
Thank you ever so much and im sure from now on we will enjoy the
rest of her life to the full, I've enclosed a photograph of her
as she put her boots on for the first time , look how proud she
|Maddy - Papillon - Minnesota, USA
|We LOVE Maddy's new boot! They fit just great and she runs and walks
with them easily!!! As soon as I got them, we went for a walk..now
she knows that when I get the boot out..it is time to go!!! I use
them mostly for walking on pavement, but also if we are outside doing
a lot of activity to protect her paw. Thanks again!!!! I was sooo
happy to find your company and very very happy with the prompt service.
I have passed on your website to my vet and to fellow rescuers.
|Nemo, Perth, Scotland
|Nemo is becoming quite used to his boots and carrying on with his
favourite hobbies i.e. hunting and playing with his various "toys"
|Buddy, Labrador, California, USA
Buddy is a 10 year old Labrador Retriever and as best as we can
tell would wear a size 4 boot. He has some neurological damage which
causes him to drag his rear right foot and roll over onto his knuckles.
He wore his toe nails down to the quick which resulted in bleeding
everytime he goes outside. Last week, for some unknown reason, he
chewed off two of his toes on that foot. He is now recovering from
surgery to repair the damage.
Buddy has a special boot for his problem and Mary wrote later:
Buddy is wearing his boot. The vet put it on him when he took the
bandage off and removed the stitches from the surgery. He thinks
we should keep the boot on him and only remove it during the day
when Buddy is well supervised so we can make sure he doesn't chew
off anyomore of his foot. He seems to really like his boot. He went
for his first walk today and was really happy and hopping around.
He was pulling hard on the leash and wanted to run. He hasn't been
able to go for a walk in a long time and consequently has lost a
lot of muscle mass in his back hip. Since he seems to be doing well
with his boot we hope that we can gradually restore some of his
muscle tone. The boot seems to fit well.
Buddy continues to improve. He really likes his boot and doesn't
seem to like it when we take it off. I think he knows that his foot
feels better when he wears his boot. He is definitely more active
|Fly, Border Collie, Perthshire, Scotland
|Fly's owner writes: Although you can't see the boot in the picture
- I think it demonstrates that when the leg is protected there is
certainly no limits to looking for a rabbit and digging becomes fun
|Jake, Nottingham, UK
|Jake's owners write: We are very pleased indeed with the boots,
we had a lovely holiday with Jake and it meant we could take him down
to the beach and out and about as normal. They fit well and they have
encouraged him to lift his leg higher so he is not dragging all the
time, just every three or four strides which is very good and a big
|Buck, Florida, USA
Buck's owners write:
Buck suffered a spinal stroke 4 yrs. ago at the age of 9. His hind
legs were paralyzed. He had to learn to walk again and now he drags
his feet. I ordered him a custom pair and they are the best we have
found. The double sided leather is a great idea. Very durable. Here
is a photo of Buck in his Irish " Beatle" boots.
|Jonas, Boston Terrier, Nevada, USA
Amber has a lovely story about her dog:
When I adopted Jonas, he was living in a foster home for Boston
Terriers. He was seven years old, and those years had not been pleasant
ones. I was told that he had been kept in a closet and deprived
of proper food and water so that he wouldn't need to go to the bathroom
very often. He had also been given the woefully undignified name
"Nubbins" The first day of our life together, as I was
teaching him how to play with a toy (something that had never happened
to him before) I promised him that I would do everything in my power
to make the second half of his life so good that it would make up
for the first.
Three years later, Jonas began showing signs of arthritis. His deterioration
was rapid, and before I knew it, he had lost the use of his hind
legs and begun dragging his back feet behind him. We tried several
different brands of boots to protect his feet, but they were designed
for active dogs who just needed a little extra protection navigating
rough terrain. Boots like that would only last a week or so before
they developed holes and could offer no protection. We were buying
them five at a time, but Jonas was still getting awful sores from
where his feet rubbed against the ground. The sores were so painful
for him and my husband and I had such a terrible time keeping them
from getting infected, it was starting to look like I could no longer
provide him with the quality of life I had promised him.
When I found the Pro-Active Paws website, I could hardly believe
my eyes. If I could have invented a company that would be everything
Jonas and I needed it to be, I couldn't have done a better job.
I ordered a pair immediately. That was in September of 2003. It
was only after nine months of daily use that the boots finally developed
a small hole. That\'s almost 825 walks! We've got our second pair
on order, and I pray that Jonas will be around long enough to need
a third. As amazing as the boots themselves are, the customer service
from Pro-Active Paws was just as impressive. The boots got to us
so fast, it seemed impossible that they had come all the way from
Ireland, and they were custom made with extra padding where Jonas
tended to get sores. During the ordering process, I came to feel
that the owner, Elizabeth, was a friend who was just as concerned
about Jonas' quality of life as I was.
Pro-Active Paws dog-boots have made it possible for Jonas to live
almost a normal life. He may be thirteen and a half, toothless,
starting to lose his eyesight, and unable to jump or take stairs,
but he still chases bunnies and ducks with the fervor of a mercenary.
He gets just as excited as "normal" dogs when we get ready
for a walk, and he remains loyal to his campaign to eradicate all
cats from our neighborhood. He couldn't do any of this if it weren't
for his boots, and it's those things that reassure me that he still
has a quality life. Plus, Jonas loves to brag about his "custom-made
designer Irish boots." I only wish we\'d found them sooner.
|Stoney, Georgia, USA
|Michelle writes: Stoney has been doing GREAT with them. He tears
around the yard like he hasnt done since his accident (spinal
injury and radial nerve paralysis). He doesnt even seem to know
its there when he is running. However, he knows what it is,
because after having the boots for less than a week, he gets REALLY
excited when you get one out. Previously, my method of paw protection
involved a sleeve I made. It was attached to his harness through a
series of straps and buckles I had devised. While this worked for
the foot, it put undesired (due to his spinal injury) pressure on
his back where the harness passed across. This tended to limit his
motion, especially on his bad days. Now HE IS FREE OF STRAPPING AND
Schon, Standard Schnauzer, Washington, USA
Mary originally contacted us with the following request:
I have a 15 year old female Standard Schnauzer (Schon) who really
needs some of your boots badly. She has some issues with dragging
paws and claws with 3 out of her 4 feet. I think we'd like to get
her a full set of boots just to keep her balanced and in the event
that the 4th paw becomes an issue as well. We don't have many grassy
areas to walk her so my husband carrys her to and fro a lot. She's
bright as a button and loves to walk but we have to restrict her
for her own safety right now. We'd go to the ends of the earth to
help her. She is getting accupuncture treatments which are helping
her a great deal but now exercise is the real issue.
We made some special boots for Schon, and Mary wrote to us later
Our boots arrived today as you said they would. They're fabulous!
We just got back from our first walk with Schon in her new boots.
They fit great. I followed your instructions and they stayed put
as we walked, needing very little adjustment. Your design with the
Velcro strip running up both front and back of the boot allows for
a fit like no other boot we have tried.
She's taken to them quite well, no fussing or trying to remove them.
She was a bit hesitant at first, but I can tell that in another
walk or two she'll be used to the new sensation. She seemed so happy
to have her world opened up to her again. Cookie was also excited
to be able to walk together again.
So now you can officially add us to your long list of satisfied
customers. We'll take some pictures of her in action this weekend
and send them on to you.
Katie, Chihauhau, Texas, USA
Carol originally contacted us with the following request:
We\'re looking for hind leg boots for a chihuahua who is a little
under 7 lbs. and also has a very slender foot and ankle. She had
back surgery and is doing scarf-walking with her hind feet slightly
off the ground. Since she is not putting weight on her hind feet,
they do not splay out and are only slightly wider than her ankle,
like a rabbit\'s foot. I want something to protect her toenails
so they don\'t scrape.
We made some special boots for Katie, and here are Carol's comments
Yes, the boots arrived on the 17th and I kept thinking I needed
to let you know, then I didn't do it. I'm sorry. They fit her feet
and legs nicely. We got them on with little trouble. Your instructions
were quite helpful, especially the part about fastening them. We
went for a nice long walk and they stayed on! She did not want to
do her standing exercise with the booties on so I slipped them off,
which posed no problem even on the street with her in my arm. (It's
OK because she doesn't like to stand with vet wrap on her feet either.)
Also, I can tell the sewing was done very well.
I posted a rave review on the petswithdisabilities.org website where
I first learned about your company. I will certainly recommend your
booties any time the subject comes up. Again, I'm sorry I didn't
let you know right away, especially when you were so very prompt
about writing back at Christmastime, then stitching up the booties
while the check was still in transit, then sending them before the
check had even cleared.
Thank you for the service you provide. It's obvious you understand
what someone like Katie needs to make daily life easier. We both
Lewis, Dalmatian, California, USA
My dog Lewis is now 14 years old. He's had difficulty walking,
dragging his hind legs enough to wear the nails down to the quick.
We've been unable to walk because he nails would constantly bleed.
I purchased boots from your company and received them in the beginning
of June. They have been incredible! We are now able to go for walks
again, something Lewis truly enjoys. In fact, he walks at such a
brisk pace that I have trouble keeping up with him. We're hoping
to continue with our daily walks for years to come. Thanks so much
for the wonderful product that has made this all possible. I've
attached a picture of Lewis in his boots.
- Airdale Terrier - Colorado, USA
to be faster with the boot. He plants the foot more instead of just
|Tara - Mixed breed retriever - North Carolina, USA
|Just to let you know that the dog boots arrived about a week ago
and Tara is very grateful for them! They are so simple and yet so
effective. She learned to walk in them right away. As her coat is
black, the boots are virtually invisible on her so am not sure if
a photo will do them justice. Anyway, suffice it to say that we are
both very happy customers. Thank you again!
- Adelaide, South Australia
I received the boots for Zinny today thanks very much. They're
a perfect fit and I took him out for a walk this
morning and he walked well, none of the hopping that was happening
as he hit anything other then really smooth surface. Did have to
put them on as tight as possible as you said in the instructions
as they did slip down for a start but were fine after I did them
- German Shepherd - UK
Here are the
pictures of Cleo enjoying herself on the beach, with the aid of
- Golden Retriever - Israel
Newton's owner, writes:
an FCI, which is the technical term for a stroke which occurs in
the spinal cord some blockage of the blood supply to an area
in the spine which leads to immediate paralysis.
He was running
after a ball in the park near our home, when he yelped and collapsed,
totally paralyzed in his hind legs.
We rushed him
to the vet nary hospital nearby, where the neurologist diagnosed
FCI. The only treatment is a massive dose of cortisones, which would
reduce the swelling in the spinal cord, and enable renewal of the
blood supply to the area.
remarkably quickly. After three days of lying on our sitting room
floor, and us cleaning up his droppings around him, we rigged a
series of straps round his hind legs, attached an old suitcase handle
to the straps, and this enabled us to help him up, to carry his
weight, and he was off running round the garden, looking for new
experiences with us running after him, helping him stay up
with the suitcase handle. He recovered the ability to walk alone
quite quickly, but it was obvious that one leg was more affected
than the other
The first function
to be lost, in such a case, and the last to return, is the reflex
which enables the dog to put his foot down with the pad on the floor.
The vet demonstrated she would invert his paw, and press
the top of the paw to the ground. In his unaffected leg, he would
invert the paw immediately. In the leg which was more effected,
it would take some time if at all.
This led to
a second problem. Newton would drag the damaged leg, paw inverted,
until he had worn the skin off the top of his paw, or worn his paw
nails down to the quick. We would go for a walk, and return with
his paw dramatically soaked in blood. We tried all types of dog
boots on the market; none would last more than a day or two, - until
we found your web site.
and error, we have settled on Size 4 , with enlarged tops. I want
to thank you, both for your patience and your flexibility in tailor-fitting
a solution for Newton, and for your quick response to our requests,
which have enabled Newton to roam the parks, doing what dogs do.
become quite a celebrity in our little town. When I take him for
walks, everyone asks what happened to his foot, and I explain. He
has become known as that dog with the imported boots from
- Rough Collie - Nottingham, UK
Joan, Sindy's owners write: Thought you might like to have a early
picture of Sindy using her boots. She has her wheels as she is unable
to support herself. Sunday she had her first long walk in the country
to a picnic in the woods. Her right back leg is only dragged now
and without the boots she would have had a sore foot within minutes.
She managed quite a long walk with no damage to her feet. The idea
with the electrical tape eliminated wear to the boots. We keep replacing
the tape. We would not have been able to take her out of the garden
at home without the boots .
- New Hampshire, USA
a note to let you know the dog boots are doing their job! The sore
on the top of Brody's foot is just about healed and he is able to
go for walks with us now. We are so grateful for your attention
to dogs in need of these special products.
- Weimeraner - Colorado, USA
Captain severed the tendons on his right rear leg. There was some
difficulty with infection resulting in much scar tissue in this area
during recovery. He had the bones fused and the tendons could not
be repaired. He is able to run on the leg very well without limping,
but the paw is more elongated than the other paws with most of the
stepping on the middle part of the pad, because there are no tendons
to keep the paw tension as the other paws. Therefore he wears through
the paw pad to create a sore on his injured paw - He is a very active
dog - apparently there is a small twist when he uses the leg, which
creates or reinjures the pad. At the same
time, he needs protection for the large scar from sun and the elements.
owner writes: I have been using a boot on my dog's injured leg for
a couple of weeks now.
Both, my dog and I are very pleased with the boot. The fit is perfect
and following your instructions makes for a very good boot.
- Chihauhau - Florida, USA
Spanky suffers from muscle spasms in her hind legs. Consequently
she occassionally drags or sprawls her hind legs. She has torn her
pads and tops of her feet.
owner writes: I would like it if her picture was on your web site.
I am just so happy she is able to get around better. The height
of the boots prevents the tall St. Augustine grass from annoying
her legs which always triggered spasms. When she goes out she is
more able to move easily and do her "thing." I am using
the boots when she goes for a walk or out in yard especially if
it has rained or sprinklers have been on. They do help keep her
paws nice & dry.
- German Shepherd - California, USA
owner writes: I got Klaus's boots yestered and they are wonderful.
I am so excited and so is Klaus. I put the boot on him yesterday
afternoon when the mailman delivered it, and he is still wearing
it. I'm so very happy. I can't tell you what a God send you are!
I am writing
to tell you how wonderful your Pro-Active Paws Dog Boots are and
how much they have helped our German Shepherd puppy, Klaus.
and I adopted Klaus when he was 3 months old. Shortly before we
adopted him, he was hit by a car and nerve damage he sustained caused
him to lose feeling and use of his right back leg. We took him to
be examined by an orthopedic surgeon who informed us that, if the
nerves ever healed to the point he would be able to walk on his
leg, it would take many months.
was unable to use his leg, when he walked he would drag his foot,
which resulted in terrible sores that had to frequently be medicated
and bandaged. I made booties for protection, but they were continually
I was concerned
he might start dragging his foot in such a way that may also cause
sores on his hock, so I began searching for a boot that would cover,
not only his foot, but also his hock. I was unable to locate the
type of boot I felt he needed and was at my wits end when a friend
discovered your Pro-Active Paws Dog Boots web site and told me about
it. I was so excited to find exactly what I had been looking for
boots that would not only cover his foot, but also protect
his hock. When I received these wonderful boots I was thrilled to
find, not only were they exactly what I had been looking for, they
were made of very high quality and would actually stay on his foot.
It is such a relief to know Klaus can finally go out to walk and
play and I don't have to worry about his boot coming off and his
foot continually being injured.
The boots have
been a true God send for our wonderful puppy. Klaus is now able
to run and play outside, go on long walks with our other German
Shepherd, Sasha, and both his foot and hock are completely protected.
I am happy
to tell you that Klaus is slowly regaining feeling in his leg, which
is allowing him some degree of ability to use it when he walks.
We are very optimistic that in time the nerves will be completely
healed and he will be able to walk on it 100%.
Thank you again
Pro-Active Paws for a product that enabled our wonderful puppy to
live a happy, active life without injury to his paw.
American Eskimo Mix - USA
Sammy is a
14 year old American Eskimo mix. He weighs about 15-16 pounds.
He was mauled to the point of coma by a bull mastiff. His right
hip was dislocated and his left hip eaten. He has little or no feeling
in his left hind paw and it knuckles over. He drags it when he's
walking. He has completely lost the adbuctor muscle on his left
leg. He has also had a femoral head osteotemy on the opposite side.
We are very
happy with Sammy's boots. He is recovering from his Femoral Head
Osteotomy on the leg that wasn't "eaten". He still drags
that badly damaged left leg, but the boots are wonderful. They are
easy to put on and adjust. He gets around quite well with one on.
sent us pictures of Sammy and comments:
With his boot,
we have to keep him on a leash or we cannot catch him if he decides
to run off.
- German Shepherd, Cheshire UK
Smokes boots yesterday morning and he wore them all of yesterday.
They haven't slipped, rotated or given him any discomfort at all
so I would think that it would be fair to say that they are the
bst boots that he has ever had (and he has had a lot from various
other manufacturers). Already his sores on his rear paws have dried
and will soon heal.
hestitate to recommend your product to anyone with a similar problem
German Shepherd, California - USA
|His owner, Linda
writes: We wanted to show you Jagger's first experience with his boot.
- Suffolk, England
Bess's owner writes:
A week after
I received the boots Bess died. She was 17 and had a good life but
this is the first time since September 25th I can talk about it.
The boots were absolutely brilliant although we only used them for
a week. We went months and months making make-shifts and the vets
were no help at all.
I think Bess
was part border collie and we got her from a rescue centre when
she was five months old.She always had the most beautiful shiny
coat I have seen on a dog.Bess was my best friend and companion
but I know that when the grief is past I will be able to get another
dog.I would be really pleased if you put the pictures of Bess on
your website and look forward to seeing it.The more people that
know about your brilliant boots the better.
- Collie - Livonia, Michigan, USA
paw is damaged and permanently bent
Colette, wirtes: "I just wanted to let you know how Tucker
is doing with his new boot. His endurance has increased considerably.
Before the boot arrived, we were unable to walk very far - maybe
a 1/4 mile. Now we can go at least 1 mile (we are increasing slowly).
He seems rejuvenated. Before the boot he would walk on the grass
near the sidewalk because of the rubbed spots on his paw. Now he
walks on the sidewalks, through puddles (which he seems to love)
and wherever his nose wants to go! I also noted that he held his
head up high and seems to really love the walks. He is full of energy
when we get back home and runs in the yard instead of lying down
by the gate. What a blessing this boot is - he acts like his youthful
age for the first time since we rescued him!.
- Collie - Ipswitch - Suffolk, England
Michelle writes: The boots arrived and were quickly tried on by
Blue. She seemed quite impressed by her custom made boots, we have
been making our own 'custom' boots for her for the past 3 years
and she has never seemed that impressed with our efforts!
As she is quite
used to having 'something' strapped to her paw, she took to her
new boot like a duck to water. In fact she was doing a very good
impression of a greyhound in it.
- Border Collie - now living in Germany
Luke was rescued
by Bea Urban in Ireland. He had a damaged front paw which he dragged.
'Your boots helped him use his lame front left leg again and prevented
injury from dragging. I started massaging his leg and he now using
it by putting pressure on the pads, not the back of his 'hand' anymore."
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Derbyshire, UK
his front paws and causes them to bleed.
John Harding, writes: "A note to let you know I got Bryn's
boots in the post this morning. They're great! I've taken him for
a quick run near to home this lunchtime to 'test drive' them. Once
I believed the instruction that said 'you can't overtighten the
straps' they stayed on and he quickly forgot he had them, although
the strange contortions he went through at first were quite funny
belted up and down a very steep, snowy, and muddy gully side
playing fetch with his frisbee - great exercise if I can't get him
on a long walk. Afterwards we went on a 3 mile road run and when
we got home and got the boots off I found his paws to be unmarked
- normally he would have been bleeding from the two most prominent
toes on each of his front paws.
I'm so pleased
with the boots and so in Bryn! We've done about 20 miles on tarmac
in them now and he just looks so much happier - he has his Staffie
grin on most of the time."
- New Jersey, USA
hit by a car when he was four months old. The accident left thim
with both of his front legs broken. During the reconstructive surgery,
the radial nerve of his left front leg was injured leaving partial
radial paralysis in his front left leg. As a result, Roscoe drags
his front left foot and has no feeling on the top part of his foot.
The result of his dragging causes scrapes and cuts to the top of
David and Karin Angel write: "Karin and I have looked at other
manufacturers of dog boots but the major problem with them was that
they were more aesthetically pleasing to the eye and not necessarily
for functionality. All the boots we looked at were not long enough
to cover his paws and up the leg past his ankle and because of that,
every time he dragged his foot, the boots we purchased slipped off.
Your boots are the only ones we have found that extended up his
leg past his ankle so that the boots did not slip off from excessive
dragging. Although Roscoe wears through the boots quite quickly,
the cuts and scrapes on his toes have disappeared and new fur is
now growing back."
Pro-Active Paws: We're pleased that the boots are helping Roscoe.
It's a case here of wearing out the boot instead of the dog!
|Luqa - Golden
Retriever- Perth, Scotland
Luqa had Osteochondritis
Dissecans in one of his shoulders. After surgery he was much improved,
but his foot dragged slightly. Luqa has a special dog boot to protect
his paw while he continues to recover.
Stewart and Pearl Pearson write: "Luqa has been using the boot
since it arrived and has visited the vet today. His condition has
improved considerably as a result of the boot and the vet is very
happy with him. Thank you for that!"
Three Quarter's Collie - New York, USA
Runway drags his left front foot at times. He has a special boot
made to protect his claws and paw.
His owner, Jan, writes: 'I use the dog boot only on hard pavement,
such as cement sidewalk or street ashpalt, but I tried the boot
out at the dog run to take pictures. At first Runway was a little
clumsy playing, then he started running and playing in the boot.
Runway maneuvres very well in your boot"
It was Jan's idea to use electrical ducting tape to extend the
life of boots for dogs with dragging paws. She sticks the ducting
tape onto the area where most wear occurs, then replaces it as necessary,
thus extending the life of the leather.
- Golden Retriever - Wisconsin, USA
Bailey is a very active dog but had a car accident and has nerve
damage to his front right leg. He drags it and it bleeds. He now
has a specially designed dog boot to protect his paw.
|Lynn Johnson, his owner, writes: 'Bailey and I got to
take our first walk around the block last night! It works great. It
will take some getting used to by him. He didn't understand what it
was! Here are a couple of pictures we took. We tried to get one of
him catching the frisbee but the digital camera wouldn't focus on
- German Shepherd - Milton Keynes, UK
| Gregory has Chronic Degenerative Myelopathy which
makes it difficult for the nerve transmissions to get from the brain
to the muscles. A progressive weakness to the rear legs develops and
he almost forgets he has them. This leads to a dragging and hopping
movement and means that his back claws are being permanently filed
on the concrete and he is bleeding fairly heavily.
He now has a pair of specially designed dog boots to protect the
areas of abrasion. Later on we made Gregory some 'ankle' boots specially
for indoor use.
Karen Brown, his owner writes: "Just wanted to drop you and
your team a quick email to say how pleased both myself and Gregory
are with the boots. Tremendous difference and not too heavy! He
has been a real star and allows me to fix them to him with little
stress. It's funny to watch him scamper for the first few moments
as he gets used to them... his back legs bounce like a bunny rabbit
as he readjusts his balance. it was such a relief to find you on
the internet and I am so very grateful. You have made a difference
to our lives."
A few months later Karen writes: "He is able to take short
walks, wearing his boots outdoors and trots in and out of the patio
doors with his slippers daily. They really have been a wonderful
way of keeping him out of the obvious dangers. The shoes have turned
his life around, and as you can see, don't bother him in the slightest."