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What natural substance can I use that has a tacky feel to put on my dogs paws that is non toxic to dogs? Answered

My dog had a spinal op,and was recovering nicely.
I have polished floorboards that are an absolute nightmare for him to walk around on.

The list of remedies I have tried are endless.
Dog socks,boots,shoes,mats,balloons etc.I have spent a small fortune with no luck. We have non slip mats around but I can't cover the whole house in rubber mats.
I've trimmed his nails short,and the fur between his toes,but I've noticed his paw pads are really dry.

I'm trying to formulate something that I can put on his paws that has a tacky feel.
I'm no scientist but I've wracked my brain to come up with a solution that is easy to make and not toxic.

It has to be something that doesn't taste fantastic because he'll lick it off.

As a sample I tried some tacky hair wax..which just gave him a little grip,but it's not what I'm looking for.

I know beeswax is sticky,but i think it needs to be mixed with something.I had a feel of surfboard wax,but it didn't have enough tackiness for what I want.I know honey is sticky but don't think I want that all over my floor.Also pine sap is sticky too.

I guess i'm looking for something that feels like those silicone non slip dots you can buy that is safe for animals?

Any suggestions?

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FriendOfHumanity

2 years ago

. . . . and I know that you have tried dog socks but theses seem a cut above the rest.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grippers-Slip-Dog-Socks-Medium/dp/B0149MAJ46/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468256788&sr=8-1&keywords=grippers+dog+socks

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LemonpoppyseedFriendOfHumanity

Answer 2 years ago

I did see these socks. I have bought some silicone and will try and make some similar. Only problem with the socks both baby and doggy is that his hind legs are like rabbit feet.. None ever seem to stay on. I also tried surf wax but found it really grainy.. Not sure if wax is meant to be like that.I've stuck non slip mats all over the place and he has some Pawz boots but I'm going to get him some toe grippers and see how they go. He's also just torn his cruciate ligament so at least that's buying me some time as he's supposed to be "resting".

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steveastrouk

2 years ago

What do bowlers put on their hands ?

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Lemonpoppyseedsteveastrouk

Answer 2 years ago

yes..I'm thinking of a latex type of material.I was thinking I could do like a foot mould like they do with Halloween masks..so it goes up over his feet,that will be moulded so he can't pull it off and use a mixture of silicone,latex and as Vyger above mentioned rosin

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Lemonpoppyseedrickharris

Answer 2 years ago

Rick..we think alike!!

I went to check out the grip stuff at the local sports store.In theory it sounded like it would be perfect.Then the guy explained to me that it's main job is to remove moisture from your hands.So when I told him what it was for,and that my dog already had dry paws,it would in fact dry them even more.Shame he was standing around because I would have had a little try when he wasn't looking.

Now the pole dancer grip I looked at too..it looks perfect.It comes in a chalk which my friend says it great,but I wanted to try the gel..the one I looked at was

http://itac2.com/products/itac2-pole-fitness-extra...

I emailed the company to ask but they never replied.I kind of think it may be the same as the other sports grip..it does say it's good for sweaty hands which means it may be drying..might make his slip more.

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Vyger

2 years ago

how about rosin?

It is used in a lot of applications.

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LemonpoppyseedVyger

Answer 2 years ago

I'm going to check this one out..it's used for string instrument playing too.