Saturday, February 27, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Put Some Pep in your Senior Dog’s Step with Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips™

Review & Giveaway: Put Some Pep in your Senior Dog’s Step with Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips™

With older and special needs dogs it can be hard to get around the house. Slipping happens and this can be painful and cause your dog to worry about falling. There are so many supplements, socks, putting rugs all over the house, but there are pros and cons with all of them. Supplements don’t help with traction, socks can come off or flip around, but what about putting something on the nails that can help dogs grip onto the surface? Introducing…Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips™!

Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips Nonslip Nail Grips for Senior and Special Needs Dogs

ToeGrips have been around since 2011 and are an invention by Dr. Julie Buzby who is a veterinarian who had her own practice, but now lives in South Carolina practicing part-time. She came up with the idea of ToeGrips when one of her furry senior dog clients came to her with rubber rings glued to her nails thanks to the dog’s inventive dad. This got the ball rolling as Dr. Buzby realized that no one else had utilized the nails to get the dog to have more traction.

Jada with Dr. Buzby and her team
We actually met Dr. Buzby at BarkWorld 2015! It was great meeting her and her team after chatting so long about doing this review (we actually tried them out before for a social media review)
ToeGrips help senior dogs walk with ease
ToeGrips make dogs happy
So ToeGrips are made out of an engineered material which contains some natural rubber latex. (Do not use if you are allergic to latex, dogs do not have a problem with it though) This is how it works: Part of the grip will touch the ground (this is called the GripZone™) which will give your dog extra oomph when pushing down on the ground to walk around or get up from the floor. 

Diagram showing the ToeGrip, nail tip, and GripZone

There are sizes from XS to XXXL. To figure out what size your pooch needs, take some dental floss and wrap it around the widest nail. Mark it with a marker, unwrap, and then measure how long it is from one mark to another. This is the nail circumference. Use the guide on the ToeGrips website to get the size for the grips.

Soaking the ToeGrips in alcohol to help put them on our senior dog

Once you get your ToeGrips in the mail, put 16 (one for each nail) in some rubbing alcohol. This helps slide it on and dries quickly. For Jake, we got the green large grips. According to our vet, he suffers from a bad back which causes some instability when he walks and gets worse when he is extremely active. He is around 13 years old so he fits the senior category, but he is still pretty active for his age so he isn’t the completely ideal ToeGrips candidate. These are made for dogs who lead an inactive lifestyle, but can be used for younger dogs if they are recovering from surgery or in rehab.

Sliding the ToeGrips on Jake's nails

They are actually pretty easy to put on! Just support your dog’s paw and slide it on the nail. I used my fingernail to get it in the right diagonal position and it didn’t take me long to get them on all 4 paws. Make sure that your pup’s nails are trimmed beforehand and trim any hair that could prevent the ToeGrips from touching the floor. I like to make this process as easy as possible by having some yummy treats to reward with!

Checking Jake's ToeGrips

So I know what you all are wondering…do they really work? We have tried these on two separate occasions and I gotta say there is a difference! It might be hard to tell because Jake isn’t too bad off at all, but he is definitely more confident when he walks around and he can get up quicker from a laying down position. I have seen many testimonial videos showing remarkable improvement in no time at all so these really work.

Jake walking with ease with Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips
Walkin' on Sunshine
You can see his improvement in action here:

Once you have applied ToeGrips to your dog, check them every day to make sure that they haven’t come off or moved up the nail. They will last 1-3 months depending on the amount of wear. If they frequently come off you could use super glue to attach them, but I would first consider why they pop off. The number one reason is that the grips are the wrong size. Alternatively, your pup might be too active and thus not an ideal candidate.

Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips for senior dogs

In a Nutshell...
  • Dr. Buzby is a veterinarian who has invented ToeGrips to help senior or special needs dog walk around with ease 
  • These grips go around the nail and provide needed traction for the dog 
  • The change is instant and ToeGrips has helped so many dogs! 
  • You can buy ToeGrips on their website for $29.99. With an affordable price and a 60-day money back guarantee you can't go wrong!

We love all the work Dr. Buzby is doing for our beloved senior dogs. This product is amazing and is a simple solution for a complex problem which doesn’t harm your pooch or put them in any unneeded stress. After seeing how well these work, not just for Jake, but many pets with mobility problems, we highly recommend Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips to any dogs who frequently slip on floors or are even having trouble getting up from the floor.

Jake content with his Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips
"Yes, I know I am handsome with my green toes…"

Learn more about Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips here! 

Does your dog have mobility problems? 
Let us know in the comments below! 

We are also having a giveaway for one lucky winner to win a package of ToeGrips in the size of their choice! [ARV $29.99] 

U.S. only, 18+ Ends 3/12/2016 8:00 am EST
(Please note that these are not meant for young, active dogs and only senior and special needs dogs) 
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  1. yes, would love these for my oldest gal. she needs them b/c she is unsteady on her feet. she slides on my hardwood floors. i have tried several different types of booties but they come off and she does not like the rubber ones.

  2. Kandy is our 16 1/2 year old spaniel mix. Her legs are a bit stiff and she slips on our tiled and hardwood floors. These would be great for her.

  3. I have a 12 year old Boston that could use this to walk on the tile floor. She is getting arthritis really bad.

  4. This seems like a great solution to help senior and special needs dogs! I really enjoyed the video.

  5. This seems like a great solution to help senior and special needs dogs! I really enjoyed the video.

  6. We LOVE Toe Grips! They worked wonders for my (now furangel) Gibson when he had issues walking on our floors when he hind end issues. They really helped him. Great product! Jake looks very handsome with his green ones!

  7. This would be great for our hardwood floors!

  8. wow i didnt even know about these, i have a 11 yr old mastiff that cant get around hardly because she is scared of sliding

  9. I have several senior dogs, so these might help with a few slippage issues. Thanks.

  10. king is 6 and service dog he got attached by a dog who weight over 150 and pulled he leg out he has some problem wihn it cold out

  11. My dog struggles with the kitchen floor and often slips/collides into cabinets or the wall.

  12. Sometimes our dog has problems on the kitchen floor.

  13. This would really help our dog on our wooden floors.

  14. This would help my dog out a lot!