Updated: Dec 14, 2019
My dogs love the freedom of charging around in the nearby woods and delight in the muddy pools. I am always aware of the danger that lurks in the mud.
Alabama Rot is still a rare and potentially fatal disease that attacks a dog's kidneys. Dogs will usually develop ulcers and sores on their lower legs. How it is transmitted or carried to different parts of the UK is still an unknown.
While the exact cause of Alabama Rot is still unknown, many of the dogs that died had been walking or playing in muddy conditions in woodland areas - with the winter and spring months being the worst time.
The best way to prevent your dogs getting muddy paws is to:
Let them wear waterproof outdoor booties
Keep them away from muddy areas (and that can be quite a challenge in the UK)
Wash your dog after its walk if they get wet or muddy.
Our waterproof booties will keep your dogs paws and pads clean and reduce any chance of picking up nasties while out playing.
Remember - It's not unusual for your bestie to suffer cuts or other wounds from accidentally stepping on glass, debris or other objects such as pointy bits.
Your bestie's paws, like our bare feet, feel heat extreme as well. Ouch!. To prevent burns and blisters, get them used to wearing a pair of booties or shoes and avoid walking your dog on hot pavement or sand.
Cold weather or extreme winters can cause chapping and cracking. Things used to melt ice such as rock salt and other chemicals can cause sores, infection and blistering. You may not realise this, but toxic chemicals might be ingested when your bestie licks his/her paws.