We mentioned before about Miss M's enormous webbed feet. Being part American Bulldog, she was built to clench, grab, and essentially hang off the side of a bull. While she hasn't been hanging out with any bulls lately, she still has an extra firm grip with paws that feel like fingers when she's shaking hands. Just check out those "fingers":
Unfortunately for us, this extra-firm grip is doing a number on our wood floors. She actually enjoys getting "manicures" at PetSmart, but even these trims aren't enough to prevent scratches in the finish.
When we knew the pooches were spending time in the "Chicago countryside" we wanted to make sure they didn't leave any tell-tale scratches behind, and we decided to try out Soft Paws. These are clear, rubber, nail-shaped caps created to prevent scratches. They are only available online, and you need to use their sizing chart to figure out the nail size. We estimated the pooches as having XX-large nails; a pack of 40 costs around $17. The caps are fairly easy to apply. You use a glue-adhesive and stick on the cap. The caps seemed way too long for Mr B's nails, so we actually cut them down.
And they seemed too short for Miss M's nails, so we just tried to put them on the tip. The pooches waited patiently while we put them all on, and it only took about 15 minutes per dog. The dogs were able to walk well, but Miss M's feet looked a bit more gnarled than normal.
While they seemed good in theory, they really didn't stay on the pooches nails. Within the first 10 minutes Miss M had already lost 4 soft claws. When we came back from our trip, 4 days later, they had lost about 1/2 of the caps.
And some of the caps stayed on too well. They still have a couple on their feet now that we can't get off, and we're worried their nails will start growing too long. Plus, the other day I found some of the "lost" caps...in Miss M's poo.
Has anyone else had success with these? Or does anyone have any other ideas for saving your wood floors?