Products for a Sensitive Pup
Much like their two-legged counterparts, many furry friends also experience allergic reactions, or are born with natural sensitivity, that can quickly become debilitative without human assistance. Thanks to the increased pet awareness, many simple and inexpensive products now exist to aid sensitive pups in their everyday adventures.
For extremely active dogs, or dogs with sensitive feet, booties are a simple way to protect pups from the elements in harsh situations. Veterinarian-recommended for many a pup, washable booties come in a variety of colors and materials, ranging from fleece to nylon. And with sizes ranging from XXXS to XL, there’s a bootie available for every possible paw. To determine the best booties for sensitive feet, ask yourself three questions: In what type of weather will my dog be using the footwear? Over what type of terrain do we typically walk? And, during what type of activities will we use the boot? No matter the answer, from a casual sidewalk stroll to an active overland hike, booties exist to meet your pup’s needs.
Nose ‘n Toes Pet Balm by Hebert Honey
Just like human lips and hands, puppy noses and paw pads are readily susceptible to cracking and chapped skin. Several products now exist to protect pups against harsh elements. All natural products like Nose ‘n Toes Pet Balm are helpful for your pooch and safe to ingest. Made with sweet almond, coconut, and vitamin E oils, and fortified with pure beeswax and honey, Nose ‘n Toes is free from scent – a key factor that help prevent your pet from licking the affected area. Pet balms provide a breathable barrier for pet skin, allowing oxygen to permeate the skin while “locking-in” moisture. Possible pet balm applications include nicks, cracks, small cuts, and dry skin resulting from hot spots or hair loss. As with human dermatological problems, some conditions such as eczema and psoriasis cannot be healed topically, so consider carefully your pet’s condition before deciding on possible remedies.
PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer
For fast, easy pooch pedicures, the PediPaw Nail Trimmer is a hand-down favorite among many pet lovers. This ubiquitous, as-seen-on-TV product really does provide a quick and effective option for painless nail trimming at home. The simple, battery-powered nail trimmer, effective for dogs or cats, can quickly trim and smooth pet nails without the mess or pain of traditional nail clippers. The PediPaws features a quiet, motor-driven emery wheel that files nails evenly and traps the filings in an easy-to-empty protective cap. When considering a nail grinder for your dog, ask yourself the following questions: What size trimmer is best for my dog? Will the power of the nail grinder be strong enough for my dog’s nails? (Not all electric grinders have the same power. Especially if your dog’s nails are thick and rough, a smaller grinder may not prove satisfactory.) Is the grinder convenient to use? Does it feature removable parts that could easily be lost? Does the grinder include a cover to capture nail trimmings? Note: if you have long-haired dogs, you have to be extra careful so the nail grinder doesn't pull the hair off by accident.
With equal parts research, recommendation, and experimentation, finding the perfect products for your sensitive pup can prove much less frustrating.
Angie Picardo is a staff writer for NerdWallet. Her mission is to help pet owners stay financially savvy and save money with NerdWallet’s best rewards credit cards.