As heavy snowfall is forecast, a veterinarian issues a warning against the dog boot trend.


As heavy snowfall is forecast, a veterinarian issues a warning about the dog boot trend.

A YELLOW weather warning has been issued for parts of the UK, and a veterinarian has advised dog owners against putting their pets in ‘dog boots.’

It comes as the UK is expected to be battered by strong winds, with the Met Office forecasting a deluge of snow in some areas this weekend.

And as dog owners prepare for the colder weather, they may be tempted to put their pets in boots to protect their paws from snow, ice, and grit.

But, according to Sean McCormack, head vet at, the trendy accessories can do more harm than good.

“In general, dog boots will not cause your dog any pain, but they may cause discomfort, which is why I recommend against purchasing them,” Sean said.

“Dogs have a hard time adjusting to boots because they make their paws heavier and restrict their movement.

“One of the most common issues with dog boots is that it’s difficult for pet parents to tell when they don’t fit their dog properly.”

This can make walking difficult for your pet and cause a lot of discomfort.

“Although some consider it fashionable, most dogs do not require any type of footwear.”

Dogs’ paw pads have adapted to the cold and are designed to survive outside, making them tough enough to withstand icy conditions in the UK.

“Body temperature plays a big role in this,” Sean explained, “because the pads draw warm blood to the skin to keep it warm.”

A dog’s paw pad tissue is designed to keep them warm in temperatures as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The skin on a dog’s paw is the toughest on the entire body, and the gripping texture helps them maintain traction and balance.”

When dogs wear boots, their grip is compromised, and the surface becomes slick, making it difficult for them to walk – similar to when a human wears socks on a slick floor.”

However, paw pads are not indestructible, and they are more prone to cuts and cracks in the winter months, so Sean recommends looking for signs that your dog is in pain, such as picking up their paws when walking or excessively licking their feet, which indicate that they are sore.

“Paw balm or petroleum jelly-based products can help keep your paws in good condition.

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