If there is one pet product I am asked about the most, it is Bailey’s winter boots. Before you laugh, I should show you how the salt from two winters has eaten through the copper boot tray I keep in the foyer. Chicago winters can be harsh, and the salt used to de-ice the sidewalks is awful. In the suburbs or the woods, I tend to use Musher’s Wax to keep the snow from balling up in Bailey’s paws, but in the city, boots are a necessity once the salt trucks hit the streets.
Normally, I am all about Ruffwear – we use many of their products on our camping adventures, and even our everyday collar and leash came from Ruffwear. However, their highly rated boots ($75 a set) would not stay on my dog. They have great traction, but only one strap. Luckily, I found Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots. At half the cost of the Ruffwear boots, I hardly expected these to work. My motto in life, after all, is “you get what you pay for.” Much to my surprise, they are fantastic!
These boots do not have traction on the bottom, so they do take some getting used to, but I believe the 2 velcro straps on each boot are the differentiating factor that make these the best dog boots.
About twice a season, I throw them in a mesh bag and toss them in the washer. We’re in our 3rd season with this original pair. I also carry at least two on our backpacking trips, just in case Bailey gets an injury or cracked pads from hiking on rocks. (so far, so good, though!)
I bought ours from BackcountryK9.com, which sadly went out of business, but these are also available directly from UltraPaws.
So…what other dog products should we try?
Note: I paid full price for these boots and was not compensated for the review.