Our Button has been somewhat hampered the past week or two with an issue of unknown origin. On smooth surfaces she has no lameness, but as soon as we start onto the gravel road she falls behind and within 50-100yds she is limping and unwilling to go further. We thought she had bruised or otherwise injured a pad although there is nothing obvious so DH suggested we put one of her snow boots, "Mutt Luks" on and that seemed to do the trick she was out in front like the little scout that she is nosing out any threats to our safety and running for miles!
However the Mutt Lukks don't stay on very well, they tend to slip off, they are rather stiff and the velcro closure has no "give".
It was a nuisance to have to stop every so often and hitch up the Mutt Luk and refasten so I decided to invent a little bootee that might stay on better.
I had some fleece left from when I made a winter coat for her so I sewed up this little bootee, and sewed a circle of vinyl cut from a table cloth, one outside for wear and another piece inside for more padding. I stitched on a piece of elastic for fastening and I'm hoping this will be more stable.
The past two evenings I noticed her licking at the top of the paw and on closer inspection found a little red lump on the outside "toe". So this morning I made an appt. with the vet for later this afternoon to see if we can figure out the problem and a cure!
More on her diagnosis later!