More often than not, these three words — shoes, boots and booties — are synonymous when talking about footwear for dogs.
Boots may be used when discussing winter footwear for dogs. Booties may encompass all seasons a dog may wear footwear. Shoes is also used, less often, but it also appears to include all footwear. But the use of all these terms may confuse the dog owner into thinking they had better know the differences between them, and make sure to purchase the correct footwear for their canine.
A more distinct difference for exploring shoes on dogs may be the function: cold and snow versus hot pavement. Here are a few categories for dog footwear and why it might be the right choice, depending on the situation:
Booties are useful for walks in the rain and protecting pool liners during summer swims. Disposable dog booties are easy to get on. These boots are waterproof and don’t have padding, so the dog can feel the ground and keep their balance easily. They are also a good choice to protect dog paws after surgery.
While there are some strictly entertaining and aesthetic purposes to dress the dog in a pair of fashionable dog shoes, there are also some real benefits.
Contrary to what people may think, paw-wear is more than a fashion statement for privileged pets. Don’t let the harsh winter weather conditions keep the dog indoors.