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Poor Joe ran the pads off three feet playing with a friend's houndies yesterday. He's Bactine'd, gauze padded, vet wrapped, and Rimadyl'd. I'm not worried about the current injuries. BUT, he had sooo much fun! How can I keep this from happening again? Therapaws seem pricey (for four feet) for a once a month romp. I'm concerned that he'd slip in baby socks. Should I I let him do it, and figure the feet will toughen eventually? Or just bite the bullet and buy fancy shoes?

 

He's a sad sack right now, but I don't think he would trade yesterday for anything. (And his knees seem to to be a-ok. They were my real worry.)

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Check out dogbooties.com. Much cheaper and great for protecting sensitive paws, going over bandaging or for walking in our Canadian winters. If you get the 1000 dernier model (the ones we use here) go for a bright colour, they're much easier to spot if they get kicked off!

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Pawz booties stay on pretty well -- they'll rip fairly quickly with intensive running, but they're disposable and not too expensive. And vastly more natural for running in than structured boots.

 

I'd try the Musher's Secret to start. Also, are you walking him on pavement so that his feet toughen naturally? And what surface are the houndies running on? That isn't the normal result of a houndie play session on an appropriate surface. The ground can be really hard and dry at this time of year.

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It's my back yard. Right now, very green, we've had rain. But not so recently the grass was wet. I've had lots of greys run in my backyard and Joe's the only one that really has hurt himself. Two of my girls routinely tear around at breakneck speed and they don't get cut up pads. But since it is an acre, they do get up to full speed.

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Pawz booties stay on pretty well -- they'll rip fairly quickly with intensive running, but they're disposable and not too expensive. And vastly more natural for running in than structured boots.

 

I'd try the Musher's Secret to start. Also, are you walking him on pavement so that his feet toughen naturally? And what surface are the houndies running on? That isn't the normal result of a houndie play session on an appropriate surface. The ground can be really hard and dry at this time of year.

 

Joe's usual surface for walks is pavement littered with bits of broken beer bottles, so his feet should be fairly tough. He had tender feet when we brought him home two years ago, though. This dog will get hurt whenever there's something to get hurt on. He's talented! :rolleyes: Brees's feet are fine, and she's more recently off the track. She also didn't let the freedom get to her head as much. Joe was pretty wild.

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I have an order in to a local store for some Pawz. They were out of big sizes. He refused to leave the house to potty in the yard, so I had to leash walk this morning, He pranced around like a fool for that.

 

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I'm at lunch, so I'll look at everything later.

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