Your Dog Is Unique - PawFriction Was Designed With This In Mind

PawFriction is unique to your best friend. For aging pets, mobility is life. Muscle loss, arthritis, orthopedic/neurologic issues, and general aging can cause dogs to have significant mobility problems, especially on hardwood and other smooth floors. PawFriction was created to give your senior dog a new lease on life by giving them the ability and confidence to get around.

PawFriction immediately restores your dog's traction without the need for individual sizing or placing objects over the foot. Typically our clients experience up seven days of use, but it really depends on how active your dog is and how the granules are applied to the pad of the foot. Each dog is different, just like our fingerprints are unique to each one of us, so are the cells on the paw pads and this will directly affect the longevity of the PawFriction granules on your pet.

Paw Pads For Dogs

Why is Paw Friction so important? A Veterinarian's View: Part One

     The underside of a dog's foot is built for traction.

     The underside of a dog's foot is built for traction.

We have received a few questions about what exactly gives a dog traction: is it the paw pads or the claws/toes and why is PawFriction the best product to help stop sliding on hardwood and other smooth floors? The answer to that question depends very much on what your dog is doing at the time. The paw pads are constantly giving the dog traction; stopping all forms of sliding and slipping. The toes/claws act as rudders, stabilizing the dog when they are running or turning by virtue of being able to dig into the environment (such as dirt). 

Look at this image of a dog with trimmed nails running. The nails barely even contact the ground. This is even on a slippery surface, no nails needed!

Look at this image of a dog with trimmed nails running. The nails barely even contact the ground. This is even on a slippery surface, no nails needed!

There are many blogs out there that claim the toes/nails are responsible for most, if not all the traction, and have claimed that products used to increase paw pad traction are flawed in their mechanisms. This is absolutely, 100%, not the case at all. However, you don’t have to take our word for it, we have a tendency to be biased…so let us go to the experts!There was a recent study released that is in the process of peer review. It is the first study that has actually looked at the physics of the paw pads, how they work, and the response of the paw pads in changes to pressure. In it, they took two dogs who passed away of natural causes and did histopathology of their paw pads to look at the structure of the many layers.  What they determined is that the outside layer of the paw pad was composed of thousands of “spikes” of tissue. These spikes are biomechanically adapted to increase traction. Here is a section taken directly from their study: “The bottom part of the stratum corneum is in direct contact with the ground surface during locomotion, and is composed of the hardest material (Young's modulus E ≈ 6MPa, Luboz et al., 2014) among all the three layers presumably to endure the tremendous pad-ground wear, friction and impact during locomotion (Meyer et al., 1990; 271 Luboz et al., 2014).” (Maio et al. 2016).
Here is a link to the paper if you would like to read it:

Take a look at the "papilla" present on the paw pads. All those little spikes are designed to give your dog's feet traction.

Take a look at the "papilla" present on the paw pads. All those little spikes are designed to give your dog's feet traction.

We aren’t arguing that the toes grip and help with traction but this is biomechanically only import when dogs are trying to run and turn abruptly or when they feel like they are slipping; they react by trying to sink their nails into whatever they are standing on. Let us look at the paws like they are shoes. The sole/tread does the bulk of the work in everyday situations but, when added traction is needed, you add cleats to help grip the dirt…but you wouldn’t wear cleats every day, right? We have created flooring (wood, tile,etc.) that significantly reduces the friction when anyone walks on it. Dogs don’t slip on grass and gravel, right? Because those substrates provide increased friction and allow the dog to sink…this is why we all slip on ice; loss of friction.

More in the next blog post!
Dr. B


Let's Talk About Arthritis: Part 2

Ok, so now we have covered exactly what arthritis is and some of the causes of it but now let's talk about the signs and symptoms of arthritis. 

As veterinarians, we are cursed by a little something called adrenaline. Often, when a pet is brought into a clinic all signs, symptoms, and diseases miraculously disappear (much like the car that doesn't make the noise at the mechanic). Because of this, we rely on the pet owners to help us to figure out what is going on. So here are some things for you to watch for at home that might be an indication your dog is suffering from arthritis.

Before we get into the list though, I have to make a pretty important point. Owners often say to me "My dog doesn't cry or whimper so they obviously aren't in pain." Unfortunately, that is just not the case. Most dogs don't show pain, it is ingrained in them to hide it. I have seen dogs walk on broken legs so don't be fooled by their stoic nature. 

1. Difficulty getting up, getting around, or going up or down stairs: This is probably the most often complaint that I hear from clients; their dog is just slower. This manifests itself in many forms but often indicates pain or decreased muscle mass. We most often hear that your dog has difficulty getting up after laying around for a long period of time.

2. Limping:This can sometimes be difficult to pick up all of the time if you start to notice your dog limping, lifting a leg, "bunny-hopping", or abnormal walking it may be best to get your dog looked at.

3. Panting: There are a few reasons why older dogs pant but pain is certainly on the top of that list. If your dog starts panting with increased frequency it could definitely mean you are dealing with arthritis.

4. Aggression: Often dogs will turn aggressive towards other animals in the house or towards children/adults as a way to protect themselves from being hurt. If you notice your older dog getting more irritable it may be time to have them checked out.

5. Tiredness: This is a tough one. Older animals lay around more often and for longer periods of time. It may be tough to know what can be considered excessive. Ask your vet if you are worried about how much your pet is laying around. 

6. Slipping/sliding on the floor: If you pet suddenly starts to slide or slip on floors that they never did before it could mean they have difficulty keeping their legs planted from pain or muscle loss. 

7. Body Condition Changes/Weight Loss: Drastic loss in weight can be a serious sign of medical issues. With arthritis, you will typically see mild weight loss and loss of muscle in the hind legs. 

I think I can close this post about the signs of arthritis by saying that this particular medical condition has a vast number of signs that go along with it. Often, these signs are mild and get better or worse depending on the season,. I tell my clients that they know their pets better than anyone on the planet and I count you all among that same group. If you pet's behavior/attitude/habits start to change then it is usually best to have your vet take a look...they can be a symptom of a much larger and treatable condition!

So that's it for now, until we meet again!
Dr. B

Let's Talk About Arthritis: Part 1

So when I sat down to start writing this blog, I asked myself: Self, what would be a good starting topic? Something that would interest all dog owners and pertain to the existence of PawFriction. The topic that kept coming up was Arthritis; a condition that affects all dogs from large to small and is often difficult for pet owners to recognize at home.  I will endeavor to make this as non-scientific and as exciting as possible so let's get started!

What exactly is arthritis?
That's a great question! (thanks self!) To put it in its simplest terms, arthritis is inflammation of a joint. There are many...many types of arthritis. We will focus on the most common, the one we all think about with our pets: osteoarthritis, or OA for short. Your vet may also use the term Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of a joint over time leading to pain, stiffness, bone changes, and muscle loss.

Where does Osteoarthritis come from?
Again, in its simplest form, there are two types of OA; primary and secondary. We really don't understand just yet the cause of primary OA. Secondary OA has a variety of causes:

  1. Developmental Diseases: Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Legg-Calve Perthes, etc.
  2. Obesity
  3. Soft Tissue Injuries: Ligament tears, meniscal tears, etc.
  4. Trauma/Injury: Fractures, Disc Disease, Traumatic Patella Luxation
  5. Many, many other conditions but we will stop there but hopefully can cover them another time

So I think for now I will stop here. This is going to be a multi-parter, so I hope you are prepared to go down the rabbit hole with me. We will try to pepper in some fun stories, maybe some guest writers, etc. I hope you come back often and contact me anytime if you have questions!

Pass on a pat on the head to your dogs and have a wonderful day!
-Dr. B