Holistic veterinarian and animal acupuncturist, Dr. Julie Buzby, DVM, has launched a new product to help your senior or disabled dog navigate your home more safely.
According to Dr. Buzby, dogs love lying on cold floors. While homeowners like the look of hardwood and tile, the issue is that dogs were not designed to live on hard-surface flooring.
“Dogs engage their toenails to gain traction,” said Buzby. “When slipping or sliding, a dog will flex his toes and dig in his nails. This is the perfect design for acquiring traction on earthen terrain. However, on hard-surface flooring, this only makes the slipping and struggling worse.”
Navigating hard-surface flooring in the home can be a real cause of emotional distress for older dogs. Slipping is hard on an older dog’s joints and increases the risk of injury.
“Fear is real for many senior or disabled dogs who live in a home with hard-surface floors,” said Buzby. “Owners of struggling dogs recognize this fear, but until now there hasn’t been an effective solution for dogs slipping on hardwood and tile.”
Buzby developed Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips for Dogs, which she describes as a “biomechanical solution to a biomechanical problem.”
ToeGrips are natural rubber rings that slide on to a dog’s nails, adhere by friction and provide traction and confidence for senior, disabled and rehabilitating dogs.
Buzby says ToeGrips have been valuable for three-legged dogs, patients recovering from orthopedic surgeries and dogs recuperating from injuries.
“ToeGrips cannot solve every dog’s mobility issues,” said Buzby. “However, for the right dog, ToeGrips are a simple, affordable and natural solution to an age-old problem.”
ToeGrips are sold through more than 100 veterinary professionals in six countries and can be ordered direct online at www.toegrips.com.
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