The best dog Christmas presents around this year – 2016

Christmas is a time for all the family and that includes our fuzzy friends right?  There are so many ideas for dog Christmas presents around nowadays that they are really spoilt for choice.  Here’s some of my favourite things to make the festive period one that’s full of good treats and fun times for your dog.

Dog Christmas Presents

When it comes to choosing a good Christmas present for a dog there’s a few options that I think are winners.  Anything to do with food, playing or sleeping!  There’s also the dog outfit as well, but who are we kidding, that’s for our benefit!  Here’s some good ideas for presents and read on below for more ideas for food related gifts.

Christmas Turkey Large Plush Dog Toy

No Christmas is complete without a turkey!  This dog toy is quite large, about 40cm long, and so is good if you have a large breed of dog that finds the smaller toys to be a bit useless.  It has a squeaker inside it and is just a good bit of fun really for dogs who like fluffy toys!

See this item on Amazon here.

Outward Hound Plush Snake

My dogs love long toys like this one that they can throw around and chase after – it provides a LOT of fun for a good amount of time so I always like to get them new ones at Christmas.  This is a good make, stuffingless and it’s apparently invincible so good for crazy chewers.

Outward Hound Kyjen 32068 Invincibles Plush Snake Stuffingless Durable Dog Toys Squeaker Toy 6-Squeakers, Large, Orange Blue

 

Knitted Christmas Jumper

You can’t leave out your dog in the Christmas Jumper annual photo can you?  I like this one as it comes in a variety of sizes so good for big as well as small dogs.  It has the adorable Rudolph on the back and just looks ever so cute!

See this item on Amazon here.

 

Christmas Dog food and treats

We often overindulge, have too many sweets around and just way too much food at Christmas.  It’s easy to think that as a one off we can pass on a few tidbits to our dogs, but it’s especially important to make sure they don’t get hold of chocolate or other bad food.  If your dog has intolerances or isn’t used to rich food it’s even more of a good idea to keep an eye on their intake – you don’t want to be dealing with an upset tummy on Christmas day.

There are some good options if you want to give your dogs a special treat but don’t want to upset them.  The first I am going to suggest is this tinned food by Lily’s Kitchen, one of my favourite dog food makes.

Lily’s Kitchen Dog Food – Christmas Dinner

What I like most about this make is that they make real food which is high quality and I believe our dogs definitely deserve that on Christmas day, and every day!  This dog food is called Three Bird Feast and contains turkey, goose and duck as part of the ingredients as well as those other staples, parsnips and cranberries!  It would make a really nice special treat that they can have at any time of the year but especially Christmas!

You can see more about this dog food at Amazon by clicking here.

 

Lily’s Kitchen Dog Biscuits

Another from Lily’s Kitchen is these Fabulously Festive Biscuits for Dogs.  Having some treats on hand that are specifically for your dog when the chocolates and biscuits are being handed out is a good idea so that it’s not tempting to just give them something that is bad for them.  I love these biscuits as again they don’t have any additives or preservatives and are in a traditionally turkey and cranberry flavour.  They come in a pack of 3 and would also be a great gift for someone you know with dogs themselves.

You can see more about this product on Amazon here.

 

Good Boy Selection box

Good Boy make a lot of treats that you can get for your dog, from chocolate orange pieces, to mince pies, to this selection box.  It’s a slightly cheaper option than the Lily’s Kitchen treats so if price is a concern then these would be a good option.  In this selection box you get choc drops, turkey and cranberry bones, yuletide yummies, beef flavour biscuit bones, munchy sticks and a larger Hohoho boone.

To see some of the good boy christmas treats on Amazon click here.

What is the best grain free dog food in the UK

Grain free dog food is really popular right now.  Gone are the days when dogs get inferior food dished up to them – nowadays we’re learning more and more about how to keep them healthy and filling out dog foods with inexpensive fillers are not up to scratch for our furry family members!  Here’s some of the best grain free dog food that’s available in the UK right now.

What are the benefits of grain free dog food

The main benefit that I see of this kind pf dog food is that my dogs are getting more nutrients in their food because it’s full of actual, useable food rather than fillers.  Fillers do nothing for them in terms of nutrition and just means that they’re lacking all the time.  I don’t want this with my dogs – I want them to be healthy!

Other benefits are:

  • can be helpful for dogs with allergies or skin sensitivities
  • can give dogs more energy
  • gives them a much healthier looking coat and nails
  • can reduce smelly wind
  • some dogs don’t tolerate wheat which is a big part of food with grains.

As you can see it’s quite a good list of reasons to try it!

Our grain free dog food reviews

I’ve tried to talk about a wide variety of brands here and given the pros and cons of them – of course all dogs are different and have different tastes so don’t be afraid to give them a try and see how you get on with them.

Best grain free wet dog food

 

Lily’s Kitchen Wet Food for dogs

Lily’s Kitchen is one of my favourite varieties of dog food and they have a great product here with their wet dog food.  It can be expensive, especially if you’re used to more cheaper dog food, but I do think they are worth it.

Pros:

  • Full of natural ingredients and a high meat content
  • Loads of recipes and flavours, they even have some for ill dogs and a special for Christmas!

Cons:

  • A little bit on the expensive side

To see more about this dog food and read reviews click here.

 

Naturo Grain Free Wet dog food

 

This wet dog food from Naturo is a really good value pack, not too expensive for wet dog food.  It does have rice in it

Another good wet dog food that is also grain free is this one from Naturo.  Although you’re limited in varieties with this one it’s a good one to give a go.  

Pros:

  • Good value
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • comes in 150g or 400g portions

Cons:

  • The packaging isn’t always great
  • Only 2 varieties are truly grain free – the one above and the salmon and potato flavour

check the latest price of this dog food on Amazon here

 

Best grain free dry dog food

Lifelong Grain Free dog food

This dog food from Lifelong is worth pointing out as it’s slightly cheaper than some of the other brands.  Unfortunately you only get one variety that is truly grain free, although they do some that are simply hypoallergenic so might be worth considering if you are looking to grain free food to clear up any allergies.

Pros:

  • One of the cheaper varieties (per kg) of dry dog food that is also grain free
  • bag is resealable
  • All natural and hypoallergenic ingredients

Cons:

  • Only one flavour is truly grain free – they have others that have rice and oats in them

See more about this dog food on Amazon

 

Lily’s Kitchen Adult complete dry dog food

Another good option from Lily’s Kitchen is their dried dog food.  They really have a fantastic and huge variety of food in their range, and all grain free.

Pros:

  • A good amount of different varieties, including suitable for older dogs and puppies (see here for the puppy grain free dog food variety)
  • All high quality ingredients
  • Available in smaller bags and up to 7kg bags

Cons:

Check the latest price of this dog food on Amazon here

 

AATU 80/20 Dog food

This is a really amazing dry dog food.  Normally you’ll find that the actual protein content in dried food is much, much less, but not so in this one by AATU.  You’ll get 80% of protein in it, although the price does reflect the quality of the food.  As you know if you’re reading this far, good dog food with no fillers is not going to be as cheap as some of the dog food around.

Pros:

  • High protein content, especially for dry foods – 80%
  • Some different varieties, including puppy food
  • resealable bag

Cons:

  • quite expensive, but the quality is there

 

See more reviews and the latest price on Amazon here

How to create a dog friendly garden

Having a garden that is not only a nice have for yourself but is also safe, fun and interesting for your dog to enjoy is the best of both worlds.  Here’s some tips on creating a dog friendly garden for you and your mutt to adore spending time in!

  • keep it clean

Ok, the first one is an important, but boring one.  The best thing you can do to keep your garden being a nice pplace to be is to keep on top of the cleaning of it.  Most likely you’ll find that your dog uses your garden as a toilet and even if you manage to get them to relieve themselves on a walk, you’ll probably still find them marking their territory around the garden every so often.

Of course this can then smell and breed all sorts of nasties.  Depending on the surfaces you need to clean you’ll want something specific to the job.  If you have concrete or wooden decking a pressure washer is a good idea and can make light work of it.  (Check this post for the best pressure washers for patios)

Having some dog friendly cleaning solutions is also really important.  Check the label and go for less toxic varieties if you can.

  • be aware of poisonous dog plants and plant dog friendly varieties

There are a few plants that you’ll want to keep away from if you have dogs.  Even some common plants such as daffodil bulbs can be poisonous and shouldn’t be planted (especially if your dog is a digger)  For a more comprehensive list check this list from the Dogs Trust out.

  • .have plenty of shade or shelter

Having somewhere to escape the elements, whether that’s the sun or rain is important.  If you have a nice big tree casting shade that will not only keep the garden interesting, but it will provide some nice shade.  A dog house might be worth getting if your dog enjoys being outside in all weathers!  It at least gives them their own space to enjoy.

  • make it secure

A secure garden that they can run, play and explore without you needing to worry about them escaping is essential.  If you know it’s secure you can really let them explore at their own pace without needing to have an axis eye over them at all times.  Us being anxious isn’t good for them and they know when we are, so if you can eliminate that all the better.

  • make it interesting

Finally it wants to be an interesting place, perhaps with some different areas to sniff round, toys in the garden they can use and  plenty of space, if you have it, to run around in.  Perhaps you could use the space and teach your dogs some tricks or agility?

 

Dog grooming tips

Have you been thinking about grooming your dog at home but you’re not sure where to start?  Here’s some dog grooming tips to get you on the way!

Grooming your dog yourself is something I really advocate for many reasons.  Number one is that it is much cheaper than constantly taking your dog to the grooming parlour.  And if you have more than one dog this is even more powerful!

As well as being cheaper I love dog grooming because it helps to build a really nice bond with my dogs.  I enjoy it and they enjoy it – what more do you need?

  • Start small

If your dog isn’t used to your grooming ideas then start small.  Get him used to it by just brushing him regularly.  Obviously this will depend on your dog breed, some require more brushing than others, but even if you have a really short haired dog I’d still recommend a quick brush once a week or so to get in to a good habit and to give you a chance to look over them for fleas, ticks or even any lumps that might need checked out.

Once you have the brushing sorted, move on to a bath.  Some dogs hate baths, but again, start small.  If you aren’t sure, just get them used to being wet and forego the shampoo for now.  Once they are used to it, or if they are better than you expect, you can start cleaning them!

  • Get good quality grooming products

It goes without saying that cheap clippers might not work as well as some of the better branded or more professional dog clippers.  Don’t skimp on what you use on your dog – it will make the job much more pleasant to have good tools and products.

  • Have yourself a list of things you should do each week/month so you don’t forget

I do this myself so I don’t forget to apply flea treatment or to make sure I clip their nail regularly.  It just keeps me in check.

  • Go to a dog grooming class

There are many evening classes around to help you learn how to groom your dog.  If you want to increase your confidence then these would be a great idea.

 

Best dog clippers to buy and use at home – from cheap to professional

Taking your dog on a trip to the dog groomers can not only be a bit expensive, but for some dogs can also be a stress inducing ordeal that makes life really unpleasant!  If that’s the case for you and you’re reading this article you’re likely looking for advice on the best dog clippers to buy so that you can save some money and save some anxiety – from both you and your dog!

What to look for in dog grooming clippers

You’ve decided you want to give grooming your dog at home a go and so the first thing you need is some clippers right?  Should be simple enough!  Before you dive straight in and buy the first set, here’s some things to consider:

  • does it come with different blades?  Or different guard sizes?  Do you need to buy them separately?
  • what kinds of fur coats is it good with, thick, thin, wiry? – check the reviews.  Depending on your dog breed there can often be different blades to buy.
  • is the shaver corded or cordless
  • how noisy are they?  They might freak out your dog if too noisy so look for quiet dog clippers
  • how does it cope with a long grooming session?  Many models can overheat so be wary of that.  It may not be a worry if you have a small dog but a large dog will take longer and needs to be able to handle that.

When grooming your dog my advice is to try and stick with what the professionals use no matter what tool you’re buying – these are tried and tested and if your budget allows this is almost always the best option.

 

Best dog clippers – my reviews

Wahl Multi Cut Mains Dog Clipper Set

Best budget dog clippers

This set from Wahl is one of the top rated dog clippers around at the moment and when you consider the cost of them it’s really saying something.

It’s a corded trimmer set which I personally like as it means the power is consistent and it comes with 4 different sized comb attachments for the clippers which give the variable length when trimming.

You also get an instructional dvd so if you’re a complete beginner this would really help you out!  It’s all packed together in a nice little carry case too.

Reviews of these dog clippers are really favourable with people complimenting how quiet they are and that they are easy to use.  Not complicated at all!

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Instructional dvd
  • fairly quiet
  • easy to use

Cons:

  • heavy
  • can get hot if on for too long

Check out the latest price of these by clicking the link below:

 

Andis Agc Super 2-speed Professional Animal Clippers

Best professional dog clippers – top rated

Andis is the set to have if you’re after a professional standard set of pet clippers.  It’s recommended by both home users and professional dog groomers alike and they are an excellent set.  Unfortunately the price tag reflects that, however if you regularly go to the groomers it won’t take long to recoup the costs, even less if you have more than one dog, and you’ll have a long lasting bit of equipment too.  (See my in depth review here)

The Andis is a really lovely set of clippers and my personal favourite of the ones I’ve tried.  Because they are so well made and cut so well, that I can groom my dog in half the time and so I’ve found they don’t overheat.  So if you’re new to it all and taking your time with grooming then you can know they’ll not get too hot.  When I’ve had clippers in the past that did this I’d end up with a half clipped dog while I waited for them to cool down!  Not a good look!

You only get one size blade with the base set which is a No 10 size – it leaves 1.6mm of hair, fairly short!  If you’re unsure about which blade to get for your breed take a look at this page which has a chart of some recommended sizes.

Pros:

  • professional grade equipment
  • long lasting
  • very quiet
  • excellent and quick results

Cons:

  • on the expensive side
  • only one blade included – if you need other sizes you need to get them separately

 

Masterclip Pedigree Pro Professional Dog Clipper Set

Best value dog grooming clippers

Another set that is on the higher end of the price scale, although not quite as high is this one from Masterclip.  It’s a really good quality set and comes with 4 comb guards as well so no need to be buying more for different lengths.  You get all that you need in one set.  For the price you get a seriously good value set that is edging towards the professional dog hair clippers.

It has a two speed motor, is corded and also comes with a 2 year warranty so you can be sure that if something goes wrong they should be able to sort it.  (See my in depth review here)

Pros:

  • 4 guard combs included
  • 2 year warranty

Cons:

  • on the expensive side

 

Oneisall Rechargeable Cordless Professional Dog Clipper Kit

Best cordless dog clippers 

This is my favourite of the cordless dog clippers that are rechargeable and cheap.  The set is a really good value kit including a whole heap of accessories too so if you’re a beginner with no grooming tools it would be a good starter set.

You get the clippers and 4 guide combs which allow you to cut the hair to different lengths, some scissors, a metal comb and also some nail clippers too.  Being small and rechargeable is a plus with these as they are good to have on hand should you need to do a quick cut one time.

Pros:

  • inexpensive
  • lightweight
  • comes with accessories so a good starter set

Cons:

  • slightly cheap feel to them

 

When looking for dog clippers reviews it’s important to bear in mind that we’re all coming from a different place with different breeds, temperaments (both ours and the dogs!) and experience.  I do recommend going for the professional clippers for dogs if you can but if you can only stretch to the cheap dog trimmers then give those a try – you won’t have lost much!

What are the best joint supplements for dogs

It happens to us all, whether human or doggy – we get stiff joints as we get older and moving becomes that little bit more tricky.  It can be down to arthritis or just general wear and tear in our joints.  So what are the best joint supplements for dogs so that they can stay active longer, with less pain?  Let’s have a look at some of the options available in the UK at the moment.

 

Best joint supplements for dogs

The following items are all available from Amazon and don’t require a prescription – if you’re worried about anything with your dog, please get professional veterinary help.

Lintbells YuMOVE Dog Joint Supplement

This YuMOVE supplement for stiff and older dogs comes highly recommended through the reviews on Amazon, they are the best seller and you can see why!   They help promote mobility in dogs, soothe joint pain and support joint structure.  They say that it is proven to work in six weeks!

What I like about these are the all natural ingredients which are:

  • glucosamine
  • green lipped mussels
  • Natural Chondroitin
  • Manganese
  • Vitamins C and E

You can buy it in smaller packets if you want to give it a try without investing a lot of money.  They are available in 60, 120 and 300 tablet sizes.

Check out the reviews on Amazon here.

 

Seraquin Joint Supplement for dogs

Seraquin is made by the manufacturers of the arthritis medication Metacam and are a respected brand that are recommended by vets.  These chewable tablets come in packs of 60 (2g tablets) and can be taken alongside other prescribed medication.  If you have a small dog there are also a smaller tablet variety of 800mg.

The active ingredients in this one are:

  • Glucosamine
  • Turmeric
  • Chondroitin
Buy this item on Amazon here.

 

Joint Assist Liquid Glucosamine for dogs

Liquid glucosamine is thought to be absorbed better by dogs and if you have a dog that is very resistant to taking tablets this might be a good alternative for them.  The ingredients in this item will help with all joint health including cartilage, bones, tendons and ligaments.

The active ingredients of this product are:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • MSM
  • Cod Liver Oil
Check this out on Amazon here.

 

Bob Martin Vetzyme High Strength Flexible Joint

Another highly recommended variety are these tablets by Bob Martin, a respected brand in the UK.  This is a 3 month package of tablets to help soothe joint pain in older dogs.  They are a good price for what you get and you can save more by buying the bigger 270 tablet pack too.

The active ingredients are:

  • fish oil
  • glucosamine
  • chondroitin
  • methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM)
  • b-complex vitamin

 

Buy on Amazon here.

 

GWF Joint Aid for Dogs

This is a high spec supplement for dogs that will help maintain healthy joints and soothe pain.  There are a host of active ingredients in this one and it’s proven very effective for many people.

Active ingredients are

  • chondroitin
  • collagen
  • curcumin
  • glucosamine
  • glutamine
  • hemp oil
  • msm
  • anti oxidants
  • polar lipids
  • beta glucons
  • galactolipids
  • vitamin c

It comes in a 250g or 500g pouch or if you have lots of dogs or like to buy in bulk you can get a 2kg tub.  It’s also available as a subscribe and save item on Amazon which makes it slightly cheaper if you buy regularly.

See this item on Amazon here.

Tips for keeping a dog outside during the day

If either your home set up or your dog fits a life outside then there’s some things to consider before deciding to keep your dog outside during the day.

This is not intended to be a ‘should you or should you not’ keep your dog outside debate post – everyone’s set up is different and if you live in the countryside with no neighbours and have working dogs, your situation is going to be a little different to someone who lives in a built up town.  Again, it’s one thing to have your dog outside permanently to wanting them to be outside for a couple of hours a day while you work or pop to the shops.

Remember that your dog’s welfare is your responsibility so you must make sure their needs are being met.

  • dogs are social creatures.  It’s better if you have more than one dog together if you’re going to have them outside and if not then make sure to have plenty of interaction with them.
  • Hiring a dog walker or companion is a good idea if you’ll be out for a long time so that your dog can get some exercise and social time.
  • A secure space is one of the top considerations if you are keeping dogs outside, make sure that your garden is secure and that they can’t escape or be stolen.  A dog run might also be worthwhile considering too.
  • shelter is essential.  Being able to escape the wind, rain or even sun is a must.  A dog house that they can retreat to will mean their own comfy spot.  Insulated houses will help in the cold – check out my best dog house reviews.
  • As well as a dog house, some shade is a good idea especially in the summer when it might be too hot in the house as well.
  • Always have plenty of clean water available.
  • Consider bringing your dogs inside over the coldest months of the year.

The ultimate new puppy essentials list

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time and along side the excitement comes the job to get all the essentials ready for when you bring your new best friend home.  Here’s the ultimate puppy essentials list that you can refer to at any time:

What are the new puppy essentials?

  • collar and lead.

You may find that you’ll get a collar when you pick up your new puppy but if not you’ll need one and a lead to attach to it.  It’s a good idea to get your dog used to wearing one as soon as possible so that it’s not a huge battle in the future.  Soft webbing collars are good for puppies as they aren’t as heavy and stiff as leather ones.

  • identification

Your new puppy will need some form of identification like a dog tag.  You can get these really easily from local pet shops or even online.  In the UK you need to have the name and address of the owner inscribed and of course you could also add a phone number as well.

  • somewhere to sleep – bed/crate

new puppy checklistHaving his own little space to sleep is essential to make your puppy feel at home.  A small dog bed that they can curl up in and feel safe is a really nice idea, or you can just go with a cushion.  Make sure it’s washable as there are inevitably going to be some accidents!

A crate is also recommended to give your puppy his own space where he can go if things are too much and aren’t a cruel cage like some people think.  A crate will keep a puppy in his space overnight and contain any toilet mess that might happen and can also keep them from annoying other dogs you might have as well.

  • food

Special puppy food is recommended when you first bring them home.  Always check what food they are used to because any sudden changes might lead to upset tummies and diarrhoea.  If you can get the same as what they were eating before and if you need to change it to something else, do it gradually.

Treats are also a good idea for when you begin to train your new puppy.  Get something that is suitable for very young dogs.

  • food and water bowls

Self explanatory really!  You need something to put your new puppy’s food in and to have a drink on hand at all times.

  • toys

Something that they can chew on is recommended.  Don’t go for too many or anything too complicated, just something chewy and simple is best to start with so your dog will know which one is his.

  • Grooming equipment

you don’t need to go all in just yet with lots of stuff – just the simple equipment in the beginning is best to get your dog used to it all.  Perhaps some dog shampoo that is suitable for puppies and a small brush.

  • poop bags

I need say no more!

 

New puppy equipment that’s nice to have

The following bits of puppy accessories are good to have but aren’t quite essential!

  • puppy training pads

When you’re toilet training your new puppy you can go the old fashioned way and use newspaper, or you can try out these puppy training pads.  They work essentially the same way and if you have smooth flooring they can be fixed down so you don’t slip which is a great idea. These are a good buy.

  • playpen

If you want to keep your puppy contained but have a large area to play in, maybe because you have bigger dogs, cats who aren’t yet happy with them or young children you want to be more aware of, a playpen like this could work well.  It’s also good for when you want them to play in the garden but are worried they are small enough to get through the fence and run off!

  • A good vacuum cleaner!

This is especially important if you have a long haired breed that sheds a lot – get a specific pet hair vacuum and you’ll be good to go.  Take a look at my reviews of the best vacuums for pet hair.

How to workout with your dog to keep you both fit!

Getting a dog is an excellent way to keep yourself fit, but if all you ever do is a leisurely stroll to the nearby park with him it won’t be the fat burner that you were expecting!  Exercising with your dog and having them along side you as you do your sports is a great way to bond with your dog and get you both fit at the same time.  But how to workout with your dog?  Well, you need to think about what dogs like and incorporate that in to what you want to do!

Remember that although dogs love to be active, they are just like us and that they will need to work up to the longer activities.  Take your time to increase their stamina and don’t jump head first in to it.  Follow your dogs lead and if they enjoy it, keep it up!

Ideas for a workout with your dog

  • Hiking

If you love getting out for a walk with your dog and want to increase the variety and types of walking then hiking is a good next progression.  Expanding your horizon to more varied terrain, longer trails and hill walking will work different muscles, get a great amount of fresh air in to both of your systems and just get them exercised enough that they aren’t frustrated at home, leading to digging or scratching behaviours.

  • Running

Running is an excellent thing to do with your dog if they have the stamina to keep going with you.  It’s simple, you won’t need much extra equipment (although perhaps a running dog harness will be beneficial) and you can start from your own doorstep.  If you’re used to long runs then maybe go on some smaller runs with your dog first to see how they do and progress from there.

  • Cycling

Much the same as running, cycling allows your dog to run along side you as you ride and is a great way to add a different exercise to your repertoire!  If your dog isn’t a great runner and is small enough you could always get a dog basket for the bike and carry him while you ride!

  • Dog Yoga

Otherwise known as Doga, dog yoga might be a fun thing to try with your pup!  I will admit I haven’t tried it myself but some people find it’s a really good exercise to do together.  Have you tried it?

 

What’s your favourite way to workout with your dog?  Let me know in the comments!

The best dog boots that stay on and all year round paw protection

Dog boots are a great idea for more than just wet weather.  They can be useful for all sorts of situations – perhaps an injured paw, slippery floors indoors, walking in snow and of course long walks in the wet.  The problem often comes with finding the best dog boots that stay on your dog’s paws!  I’ll be looking at some of the best boots for dogs in this article as well as looking at some of the paw protection creams and waxes that might help sore paws.

 

The best dog boots that stay on!

Trixie Walker Care Protective Boots

These simple boots by Trixie come well recommended as shoes that stay on your dogs feet!  They are made of neoprene with a fake leather sole.  Velcro keeps the boots on and tight around the ankle – what you definitely need!

They can really help keep your dog active if they’ve managed to hurt a paw without risking infection from muddy ground.  Highly recommended.

Check out the reviews on Amazon here.

 

Vibrant Fellow Paw Protector Dog Boots

I’m in love with the funky colour of these boots!  But more than their good looks, these boots are really good at staying where they should be when put on.  They have waterproof soles and velcro straps which allow them to be pulled tightly to stop them slipping off.

These ones are good for small dogs and they have a medium size available too.  I like these as they are quite lightweight and perfect for having on inside too.

Check the latest price and more reviews on Amazon.

 

Pawz waterproof dog boots

These rubber dog boots are slightly different to the others as they don’t require any fastenings to keep them on.  The rubber is tighter at the top and will grip to the dogs skin stopping them from falling off.  They seem to be like little doggie wellies, but that they can actually walk in!

The come in many sizes so suitable for all kinds of dogs.

For more size information and latest price see here.

 

Best dog paw protection

If your dog gets sore paws, either in general or because of an injury then getting some paw protection creams or waxes might help to heal any blisters, tender skin or cracked paws or provide protection.  Here’s some of the good brands on the market right now and my reviews of them.

 

Mushers Secret Paw Protector Wax

This paw protector wax from Mushers is one of the best sellers on Amazon and is a 100% natural wax.  It’s good for keeping your dog’s paws healthy when walking on hot sand, ice, or gritted roads.  I’d say it’s more of a preventative wax rather than helping already sore paws.

It’s a good alternative to wearing boots, so if you’re struggling to keep them on your dog then a protective wax could help provide the same benefit.  Once applied, depending on the activity of your dog, the wax can last quite a few days

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Shaws Paw Wax

This is another protection wax for paws rather than a healing one.  It’s a great budget option and is really good for helping dogs with slippery floors.  The wax provides more grip which then will help your dog feel more comfortable and make them less likely to injure themselves – you’d be surprised how many dogs get treated by vets for leg injuries on smooth floors!  It’s also great on slippery surfaces outside so when it’s icy give this a try!

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Natural Dog Company Paw Soother

Unlike the above products, this balm is less as a preventative measure but more to heal and soothe sore or injured paws.  It’s an all vegan and natural product so you don’t need to worry about them getting ill if they lick them – and you know they will!  For dry, cracked paws this will really help to make them smooth and pain free.

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Pet Head Oatmeal Paw Butter

This paw butter from Pet Head is another balm that soothes sore paws.  It’s safe for dogs and they won’t get ill if it’s licked, the ingredients are free from parabens, petroleum derivatives, sulphate and DEA.  If your dog is suffering from dry and cracked paws it’s a great healing product.

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