The traction solution for senior, rehabilitating and special needs dogs, Dr Buzby’s ToeGrips™ are made of natural nonslip rubber material that grips the floor and helps prevent excessive slipping.
Dr Buzby’s ToeGrips™ are the only product on the market that use dogs’ normal biomechanics, by providing traction through their toenails. With this unique approach, ToeGrips provide improved mobility and stability, increased confidence, and proprioceptive stimulus.
The cylinders slide onto a dog’s weight-bearing toenails, adhere by friction. ToeGrips create contact with the ground at the GripZone, just behind the bottom of the nail tip and provide instant traction for dogs on hard-surface floors and stairs, such as wood, tile, linoleum, marble, etc.
Measuring your dog’s nails is essential for correct sizing. Improperly sized, ToeGrips may fail to help your dog, ride up the nail, or quickly fall off.
How to select the right size for your dog:
Wrap a piece of dental floss around the middle of the toenail.
While holding the floss around the nail circumference with one hand, use a fine point Sharpie® to mark across both pieces of floss. This will create two points.
Stretch the floss and measure the distance between the two points in millimeters.
Repeat for all 4 nails on one front paw and one hind paw (not the dewclaw).
Based on the measurements obtained (not the average), use the chart below to find your dog's size. Sometimes a dog will require a combination of two sizes.
Toe Grips are designed for dogs that slip and slide on hard-surface floors indoors. Although Toe Grips can help dogs of all ages, they may be mainly appropriate for senior and arthritic dogs or dogs on a case-by-case basis, such as during rehabilitation after surgery or injury.
Finding the proper size of Toe Grips is essential for success. To ensure you select the right size, measuring the nail’s circumference is a must. You can view the instructions and breed sizing guide on our website for guidance. You can also follow the measuring instructions according to the video tutorial. Trimming your dog’s nails before measuring would be helpful to select the correct size.
Toe Grips typically last around 4 to 8 weeks depending on your dog’s size, activity level and condition they are in. The more abnormal your dog’s gait or the higher your dog’s activity levels is, the faster the Toe Grips will wear.
We recommend you watch the videos on how to apply Toe Grips step-by-step. We suggest that before applying the Toe Grips, soak them in alcohol for any length of time as this would help you to apply with ease.
Removing the Toe Grips is a straightforward process. Using your fingertip/fingernail, contact the top of the nail grip and slowly rotate it down the nail while stabilizing the paw with the other hand.
Yes! Cutting your dog’s nails is recommended before applying Toe Grips. If the nails are too long, they may interfere with the Toe Grips’ ability to create that grip. In general, short nails are the best for healthy posture and gait.
If you are able to handle your dog’s paws despite your dog’s slight objection, then you should be fine. But if you are unable to work with your dog’s paws, there are several tips that might be helpful:
If you are still unable or unwilling to handle your dog’s paws, you may want to consider asking your veterinarian/veterinary nurse for help.
It is a common misconception that dogs would easily chew Toe Grips off. In fact, most dogs don’t even seem to notice them! We are aware that ingestion of Toe Grips is a concern, but it was confirmed by the brand and Dr. Buzby herself, that based on the size of Toe Grips and dogs, they should pass smoothly through a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Overall, Toe Grips nail grips are FDA-certified non-toxic.
Toe Grips should be small enough to pass through your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. However, if you are concerned about this, please contact your veterinarian. It is important to use Toe Grips responsibly and to regularly check that they are positioned on your dog’s nails.
No. Toe Grips are not designed to fit the anatomy of the claws of cats.