“Take care of your feet and they’ll take care of you”, anyone with a working or hunting dog knows the truth of that statement. At Lion Country Supply we carry a variety of products to help condition, toughen, heal and protect your dogs feet throughout the season. Here is a breakdown of their attributes and how they can help you and your dogs throughout the season.
- Tuf-Foot – If you use it daily for a couple of weeks, then 2-3 times per week as maintenance you can keep sensitive pads in excellent condition. Made from a combination of herbs and balsams that aboriginal tribes used on their feet to withstand injury in the harsh outback. Tuf-Foot has been recommended by trainers for many years. The formula will stain so I apply it outside before training or hunting, it dries very quickly and doing it this way I haven’t had any problems. It’s guaranteed to toughen soft, tender pads as well as protect them from cracking, bruises and soreness. It is also a proven healing agent for cuts and scratches. Tut-Foot can be used on all domestic animals and humans and the formula contains no harmful chemicals. Size: 8 oz.
- Mushers Secret – Originally developed for use with sled dogs, it provides tenacious protection even in the most extreme conditions. Use in summer to protect against hot pavement, sand, and sand burn. Use in winter to protect against snow, ice, road salt and cracking pads. As soon as there is any snow on the ground Musher’s Secret is a part of every hunt for me and my dog. Snow packing between a dogs toes quickly becomes ice and will eventually spread out the dogs toes causing irritation, sores and cuts. With Mushers Secret a dense wax barrier forms a breathable bond with your dog’s paws. This semi-permeable shield is absorbed into the paws, allowing perspiration to escape through the toe. It’s safe, natural, and made from a blend of several food-grade waxes, including Viatmin E. Available in 60g or 200g container.
- Bag Balm – A true classic produced in Vermont for over 100 years. You can use Bag Balm after a day of hunting to promote healing of cuts and scrapes on dogs and people. It goes on fast—and stays on! Choose from 1oz or 8oz. Container
- Pad Heal – Pad Heal offers superb protection for hunting, working, racing or endurance dogs. It conditions, repairs, and strengthens any splits in pads or webbing and creates a germ and water resistant barrier. I appreciate that Pad heal won’t wash off in water or wet conditions. It can also be used as a conditioner to prevent injury or damage to the paws. I applied Pad Heal daily leading up to hunting season last year and experiences far fewer issue with my dogs feet until the snow started at that point I switched over to Musher’s Secret. It comes with a brush applicator to apply and work into the dogs paws. Make sure you do this outside and give it time to dry properly in order to prevent staining. Size: 8 oz.
As the season progresses a multi-faceted approach is usually the most effective. This year I’ve added Tuf-Foot into our training program and hope that we reap the benefits of the preseason conditioning while hunting season is in full swing. If you are hunting in areas where you are dealing with goat heads, sand burrs and cactus you’ll definitely want to add a good pair of dog boots to your hunting and training kit. You can check those out right here.