They might not be fashionable, but dog paw socks can help speed up medical treatment by keeping the medicine on longer and protecting your pooch's feet from licking, biting and chewing. Dog paw socks can also protect sensitive feet from allergens and hot or rough surfaces.
Items you will need
- Two pairs of baby or small children's socks
- Soft elastic
Cut a small slit about 1 inch from the top of each sock.
Measure out and cut a piece of elastic, without stretching, from one front elbow of the dog, across the back to the other front elbow. When assembled, this piece of elastic will stretch across the dog's shoulders and attach to the top of each sock on the front paws to keep the socks up.
Push one end of the elastic through the cut slit in one of the front socks and tie it loosely on to the rest of the elastic on the other side of the slit. The elastic should form a loop at the top of the sock. Leave the knot somewhat loose so that the harness can be adjusted to an exact fit.
Repeat Step 3 for the other front sock with the opposite end of the elastic.
Measure out and cut a piece of elastic, without stretching, from one rear elbow of the dog, across the back to the other rear elbow.
Push one end of the elastic through the cut slit in one of the rear socks and tie it loosely on to the rest of the elastic.
Repeat Step 3 for the other rear sock with the opposite end of the elastic.
Measure out and cut a piece of elastic, without stretching, from the shoulder to the hips of the dog.
Tie the center piece of elastic loosely on to the center point of both the front and rear pieces of elastic to create a harness that will go over the dog's back.
Place the socks on the dog, with the elastic across the back.
Tighten or loosen the knots on each sock and on the center piece of elastic as needed to make the socks fit snugly, but not so tight that the elastic pulls on the dog's back.
- If the socks are too long, fold them over at the top and cut the slit through the folded piece.
- Consider using a medical cone on your dog's head if he will not stop picking or chewing at the socks.
- Use children's non-slip socks if your dog needs more traction with the socks.
- Don't leave your dog unattended in the sock harness.
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