Dog in boots: pet's allergy problems solved by canine footwear
Bluey used to spend hours licking his inflamed paws if he went outside unprotected for just a few minutes in the autumn and winter months.
The eight-year-old Weimaraner has suffered from the bizarre condition since he was a puppy but it got worse when he moved from the city into the country and started spending more time outside.
However, thanks to a pair of special dog boots Bluey can still enjoy playing in the fresh air with his friend, Jack Russell Percy.
Owner Julie Farr said: “We have had Bluey since he was a puppy and we have noticed the problems before, but it got much worse after we moved and he was spending more time outside.
"His feet were often inflamed and red. He would lick and bite them until I covered his feet in a blanket.
"I even tried tying carrier bags round his feet to ease the problem, but it wasn't very practical, so I found the boots online.
"At first he wasn't impressed, but now he will happily wear them.
"It's fantastic to see him running round without any problems."
After spotting the symptoms, the 38-year-old from Pembrokeshire, South Wales, took Bluey to the vet, who was unable to diagnose exactly what the dog was allergic to but said it was likely to be something outdoors.
Bluey was banned from eating meat and had to take allergy tablets.
Ms Farr said: "If I give him tablets it has to be Piriton, no other brand is safe for dogs.
“I also had to wash his feet in surgical soap, before putting E45 cream on and give him some socks to wear to stop him biting at them.
"But the socks were soaking after just a few minutes outside so I tried tying carrier bags round them, but it just wasn't a practical solution.
"I decided to shop around and see if I could get Bluey some boots to wear. I couldn't stand to see my poor boy moping around."
She bought Bluey’s boots from Neopaws, a Canadian company specialising in animal footwear.
She said: "We needed something that was waterproof as well as comfortable for him.
"I paid around £60 ($100) for them, but it's worth it for Bluey to feel better.”
She added: "Bluey is getting on very well with the boots, prancing around like a puppy.”