Friday, April 26, 2013

Veterinary Highlights: Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips for Dogs

I already do have an article about Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips for dogs, written by Dr. Buzby herself, but I wanted to highlight it again.

Starting with her ACL injuries, followed by various mobility and strength challenges Jasmine had dealt with, it became clear how crucial sufficient traction can be.

I had reviewed and considered various products available out there, be it booties or self-adhesive traction pads. One issue I had with all these things was that I felt they interfere with the dog's sense of touch. Dogs' use their paw pads to read the terrain. It was not something I wanted to mess with.

Then I came across Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips for dogs.

It immediately made sense to me.

At home, we dealt with the traction challenge by covering all the floors with carpets and rugs. After her drug-induced hyperthermia, Jasmine was struggling with severe mobility and strength challenges. There were only couple inches of bare floor left in the whole house. I can tell you that Jasmine was able to find it and slip on it.

Having something that would have been available to provide reliable, constant support, would have been a true blessing.

Having the house slip-proof, the main challenge that remained was ice. I asked Dr. Buzby whether the ToeGrips could be helpful with that. At the time, there was no evidence that this should work. Recently, however, one of her clients had tried it under those conditions and it worked really well for them.

I was very excited to try that for Jasmine, as ice was a big concern.

Unfortunately, Jasmine didn't get to try them any more. I gave her ToeGrips to her physical therapy vet, so he can try them for one of his other patients. I hope I'll get to find out how it worked from them.

How do ToeGrips work?

The ToeGrips use dogs' natural bio-mechanics by providing traction through their toenails. Pretty clever, if you ask me. They are made from natural nonslip material that grips the floor in a way the dog's toenails cannot.

If your dog struggles on slippery surfaces, for whatever reason, why not give this a try?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way, I simply believe that this is a great product.


Related articles:
New Solution To An Old Problem For Dogs With Mobility Issues


  1. What a clever idea. seems like dogs would tolerate these better than they would booties or non-slip socks-unless they decide to chew the grips off. wondering how well they stay on.

    1. Isn't it? From what I'm hearing, they tolerate them very well. They succumb to wear and tear, there is not much helping that. Each package comes with a bunch of them so the ones that fell of or got worm can be replaced.