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what are the best boots for winter?

My puppy is 6 months old and he and I are both new to the dog world and are gearing up for winter. We both want to keep our feet warm and happy. Mine are pretty well taken care of, but what's best for him? I see that people like both Muttlucks and Paws for boots. So now I'm scratching my head...which to choose? Can anyone who has used both tell me which they like the best? And what sizes to get? How about some kind of lotion to prevent salt getting in their feet? Is there a product that works well? We would appreciate any advise. Henry's feet thank you and so do I.
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That looks interesting...

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Nancy - I have a pair of Muttlucks (or however you spell it). You can try them out on Henry and see how they work. Gryff hates them.

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since this is our first dog and first winter I wondered - do they need boots? Does everyone here use them? What would be the pro's and con's? I just picked up muttluks but Kipling hates them so far. I realize he will need to get used to them but they are expensive...just wondering what others think?
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Beamer has been through quite a few pairs of winter booties... and it never really works out.. lol

Muttluks looked pretty cool, but he HATES them and they take forever to get on.. He has both the winter insulated ones and the regular.

Also had a pair of zipper up boots that he wore once and never again. lol

And we also have some of the rubber disposable booties called 'pawz' or something like that? These are actually not bad, but still take some work to get on and can fall off pretty easily to.

I don't think dogs are meant to wear boots.. lol

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Maybe they're not meant to wear them....if he's ok to walk in ice and snow without booties then I'm returning these...he definitely would thank me.
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Since this is your first winter with Kipling, you'll have to wait till it snows to find out how he reacts to it. My Beamer is good to walk on snow and ice forever it seems as it does not seem to bother him in the slightest. We pretty much bought the shoes so his paws would not get nasty dirty in the slush and dirty snow. (you know what the streets and sidewalks look like a couple days after a nice snowfall..lol)

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If it weren't for snowballs and ice balls between the toes and up the legs I wouldn't have Tucker wear them. I don't put them on him for him so much as for me--it takes so long to get a full-coated Hav de-snowballed several times a day! Ha! If he was in a puppy cut I doubt I'd bother.

City folk use them to protect their feet from the chemicals or salts that are apparently put on the sidewalks, and I think that would be important.

Here's a photo of one of Tucker's legs after ONE trip outside last winter, (in case it's hard to tell, he's laying on his side, and this shot is the inside of a front leg

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Wow..thank you for sharing this picture. And thank you Ryan for the perspective. I think I may return the very expensive booties for now, wait to see how he does with snow and keep him in a puppy cut. On the ice balls etc....do you remove those when you come in or let them melt?? sorry for the naive question!
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