Introduction: Heated Boots for Arthritic Dogs

For older dogs, who love the snow but hate the arthritis! An alternative to medicine and drugs, a heated dog boot

Step 1:

Dogs as they age start to get arthritic joints and it's hard on their knees and legs when the snow starts to come and they jump around a lot

Well never fear the heated arthritis boot is here!! This pattern fits medium to large dogs

Step 2:

What you'll need

1 foot of sticky Velcro, 1 of receptive Velcro

31 inch by 12 inch piece of fleece fabric

A sewing machine

Rice -(about 3-4 cups)

Step 3:

Measure your fleece and fold in half, make sure the inside of the fold is the pretty colored fabric, the side you want to see



Then sew three seams, one bottom, two side leaving the top open



Flip inside out

Step 4:

sew a zig zag line down the middle, leaving 3-4 inches at the top where the unfinished seam is

Step 5:

You have just seen a line down the middle creating vertical pouches in each side, now Fill each side with 1/2 cup of rice,

then sew a line 3-4 inches above to keep the rice inside

Step 6:

Repeat this step until you have 6 closed in "boxes" of rice

Step 7:

Now take the top 3 inches of fabric, and fold the inside in,

Then sew a 3 zig zag lines on the top non rice fabric part to keep a rigid feel

Step 8:

This is the trickiest part. Now you sew the Velcro, making sure it matches up when you fold it over so it "kisses" diagram shown

Step 9:

Now here's a part that a bit confusing, I'll sum it up

I started off using 9 inches of Velcro with all 4 receptive and sticky sides. and then switched to 6 because it was easier-

CHANGE 9 TO 6 INCHES

Now place the receptive side UP first on chosen side

Step 10:

Step 11:

Now sew receptive side down (I had to stop the machine because It was thick, so I lifted the pedal every 1/2 inch and made a few stitches

Step 12:

Now sew sticky side down, right above receptive side up

Step 13:

Heat in microwave for a minute to two- not too hot

Then wrap around dogs leg and joint area and leave on while the dog is resting :-)

Comments

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Cowgirlsnevercry2001 (author)2015-12-20

Thank you petlover777!

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Petlover777 (author)2015-12-20

This is an amazing idea for dogs with achy joints. I've used heating pads on my older dog.... and when you apply the heat on their leg or elbow you can see the relief instantly. This innovative wrap not only stays put, it's much safer than an electrical heating pad. Also more environmentally friendly. Nice job on this Cowgirlsnevercry2001.

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Akin Yildiz (author)2015-12-07

check this out, maybe you can give this a try for your next project. heated cloth. you can make the entire dog bed heated, or the boots still but taking up much less space and stable temperature;

https://www.instructables.com/id/usb-heated-clothin...

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Cowgirlsnevercry2001 (author)2015-12-05

Hbridge88 Thank you so much!

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hbridge88 (author)2015-12-05

Such a great idea. I love that you solved a problem that many dog owners face

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Cowgirlsnevercry2001 (author)2015-12-02

Crazycat10 I am so happy!! Thank you so much and I hope your little pup feels better soon!

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crazycat10 (author)2015-12-02

This will be really good for my dog because she tore the back of her knee before and the vet predicts she will get arthritis.

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Cowgirlsnevercry2001 (author)2015-11-30

KiranP2 yes I know, I do not have a pattern so you really have to read the directions before you start :-)

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KiranP2 (author)2015-11-29

Good idea, but the tute is a little hard to understand.

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