How to Select, Apply and Remove ToeGrips
How to Maintain Your ToeGrips for Longer Performance
Trimming Your Dog’s Nails
Question About Ordering ToeGrips
Miscellaneous Questions About ToeGrips
How ToeGrips Prevent Your Dog from Sliding on Floors
ToeGrips contact the floor in the GripZone™, just behind the bottom of the nail tip, where the nonslip material of the ToeGrip grips the floor in a way that the dog’s hard nail cannot.
Dog toenails were designed to dig into earthen terrain. They have no ability to grip hard, smooth, flat surfaces such as hardwood floors, tile, linoleum, etc. ToeGrips provide instant traction for dogs on these surfaces. Visit our How it Works page for more details.
By design, dogs use their nails to gain traction, not their paw pads. Unlike dog boots, ToeGrips provide traction the natural way–using dog toenails. Unlike booties and dog boots, ToeGrips do not cover dog paw pads. This is advantageous because dogs sweat through their paw pads, and often resent covers on their feet.
ToeGrips provide instant traction for dogs, which improves stability, gait and confidence. This inherently makes dogs safer.
ToeGrips offer a wonderful solution for dogs that struggle with slipping and sliding on smooth surfaces and stairs.
- For senior dogs, arthritic dogs, and dogs with chronic hip problems, ToeGrips are a safe adjunct to appropriate Western medicine and alternative therapies.
- For dogs recovering from surgery or injuries, ToeGrips help with mobility and reduce the risk of re-injury from a slip or fall.
- ToeGrips have also been helpful for certain Tripawd dogs.
ToeGrips are a bio-mechanical answer to a bio-mechanical problem. As a drug-free solution, ToeGrips help your dog without the need for bloodwork monitoring due to potential side effects or drug interactions.
See the video: How to Apply Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips on our INSTRUCTIONS page, and/or the inside of our packaging.
We have done extensive beta testing, and have countless testimonials and endorsements for ToeGrips. We’re in the process of partnering with Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine for our first clinical trial.
ToeGrips are made of a specially engineered material which contains natural rubber latex. Latex allergies are not a reported problem in dogs.
This material provides excellent grip and is non-toxic.
The material we use in manufacturing is processed to minimize the proteins that cause latex reactions. However, we advise avoiding the product if you are allergic to natural rubber latex.
Our packaging carries the warning: “Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips contain natural rubber latex, which may cause an allergic reaction in people.” Latex allergy is not a reported problem for our canine companions.
If you’ve purchased the product and you’re allergic to latex, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to return your unopened ToeGrips for a refund.
Applying ToeGrips with a water-based lubricant facilitates application. The lubricant helps the snug-fitting ToeGrips slide onto your dog’s toenails. Also, the water-based lubricant is non-toxic, does not affect the ToeGrips, and quickly dissipates. Please note that only a tiny amount is needed for the application of each individual ToeGrip.
The lubricant is non-toxic and quickly dissipates after application, in no way affecting the grips or your dog.
Not in most dogs, but some dogs do seem to lick at the ToeGrips immediately after application because of the lubricant. Using a cloth to remove excess lubricant after application is not required, but may be helpful if your dog is especially curious.
Yes. While an occasional ToeGrip may come off and need to be replaced, the grips stay on well in the dogs for whom they are intended. If they do not stay on well, they’re likely too big or not applied correctly. See sizing information starting with Question 17. ToeGrips are not intended for young, healthy, active dogs.
No, unlike dog boots, Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips are designed for semi-continuous indoor-outdoor use.
Yes. While there are exceptions to this rule, the vast majority of senior dogs don’t even seem to notice ToeGrips. Because they’re positioned on the dog’s toenails, not on the paws, over 95% of dogs don’t bother them.
ToeGrips were designed for senior, rehabilitating, and/or disabled dogs.
Not currently, though they are in the beta testing phase on dogs throughout North America. Based on demand, we currently sell ToeGrips in five sizes: S,M, L, XL, and XXL. If you have a toy breed dog that might benefit from ToeGrips, please let us know. Our mission is to help as many dogs as possible get a grip on life. See sizing information starting with Question 17.
No, ToeGrips are a bio-mechanical solution to a bio-mechanical problem. ToeGrips are safe to use with medications and supplements, and not meant to replace them. Never stop any medication without first consulting your veterinarian.
How to Select, Apply and Remove ToeGrips
Properly sized for your dog’s nails, ToeGrips should fit snugly and rest in the GripZone, just behind the bottom of the nail tip. If your dog’s ToeGrips fall off within the first couple days or ride up the nail, they are most likely too big.
Sizing is key for ToeGrips success, so we take this step very seriously. We want everyone to get it right the first time!
The most accurate way to size your dog for ToeGrips is to measure your dog’s nail circumferences. We’ve developed a system of measuring the toenails that is demonstrated in our 3-minute sizing video, or a printable handout located on the INSTRUCTIONS page.
We trust that every owner who can work with their dog’s toenails can correctly size their dog for ToeGrips. If you’re unable or unwilling to handle your dog’s paws, consider asking your veterinary office if their staff would be willing to help.
Unfortunately, due to sanitary issues, we’re unable to accept returns of opened packages of ToeGrips that didn’t fit your dog.
ToeGrips are not appropriate or necessary for young dogs due to their active lifestyles and inherent stability.
However, ToeGrips may be helpful for younger dogs on a case by case basis, such as during rehabilitation after surgery.
They simply adhere by friction, which means they just magically stay in place thanks to the laws of physics. No adhesive is used. But this is why the grips must fit snugly, since they only attach by mechanical interference.
If your dog is no longer slipping on your floors, the ToeGrips are most likely in the proper position.
- ToeGrips must contact the ground in order to provide traction.
- Each ToeGrip should rest in the GripZone, just behind the bottom of the nail tip.
- Positioned too high, the ToeGrip won’t create the GripZone.
- A ToeGrip should never sit high enough on the nail shaft to contact the nail bed — where the nail meets the skin — as this can cause harm.
- If your dog’s toenails are excessively long, the ToeGrip may be prevented from resting in the GripZone, contacting the floor, and providing traction. Please see our Nail Trimming section starting with Question 44.
- If your dog has excessively furry paws, the hair may interfere with the ToeGrips’ ability to do their work.
We recommend applying ToeGrips to all 16 weight-bearing nails, but some dogs can thrive with ToeGrips on only the back nails.
No, that is not necessary or appropriate.
This would be optimal. Dr. Buzby is a passionate advocate of trimming dog’s nails at least monthly. If the nails are too long, this may interfere with the ToeGrips ability to create the GripZone.
It wouldn’t be our recommendation. Sometimes trimming the nail through the grip results in a hook at the bottom of the nail that prevents the ToeGrip from resting in the GripZone. Also, pulling the ToeGrips down into the GripZone after the nail trim is more challenging than pushing them into proper position when applying. See Question #21 for more information on positioning.
If you can work with your dog’s feet despite his/her objections, then you should be fine. If you can’t handle your dog’s paws, realistically you will not be able to apply ToeGrips by yourself.
If you know your dog is going to be difficult to work with, we recommend the following:
- Start with a tired dog – apply the grips after a long walk or play session.
- Enlist a competent assistant to help distract and restrain your dog.
- Be prepared for the job. Watch our instructional videos in advance.
- Approach the task with an assertive, calm attitude.
Work in your dog’s comfort zone, but keep in mind that it is often best to lie a dog down on his/her side to work with the nails. The assistant would then restrain and distract the dog and help stabilize each leg as you are working with that paw.
If you are unable or unwilling to work with your dog’s paws, you won’t be able to measure for, or apply, Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips. In this case, consider asking your veterinary office if their staff is willing to help. This would ideally be coupled with routine nail trims.
It is unlikely, but possible. If the ToeGrips on your dog’s nails do not reach the ground when he/she is gaiting, they can’t provide traction. But don’t change a thing–short nails are optimal for healthy posture and gait!
ToeGrips are appropriate for the vast majority of dogs’ nails, even when trimmed as short as possible. See Question #44 for more information on the importance of short nails.
Our priority is that Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips adhere to the maxim, “Above all do no harm.” We have carefully selected and tested every dimension of Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips. The wall thickness was chosen to minimally interfere with the way the toenail naturally interfaces with the ground. And the ToeGrip lengths were designed to be long enough to remain in place on the nail, while short enough to avoid the nail bed–where the nail meets the skin. Therefore, the lengths are appropriate for most dogs. It would be very unusual for you to need to modify the length.
However, if your dog has very short nails (particularly the hind nails), you may feel that a ToeGrip is too long for the nail. Should this occur, first consider whether or not your dog’s nails are too short for ToeGrips. Keep in mind that if the ToeGrips don’t touch the ground, they cannot provide traction. See Question 27 for more information on using ToeGrips on short nails. Please contact us directly for more information: email@example.com.
Most likely it is because they’re too big for your dog’s nails. Ideally, measure or re-measure and consult our sizing chart. Also see Question 18.
Another problem might be that they have been applied improperly. Make sure they’re sitting on the nail shaft with the tip protruding. If you are unsure of positioning, please watch our 3-minute video called, “How to Apply Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips”, located on our INSTRUCTIONS page.
Also, if a dog has a neurologic gait, the ToeGrips may not stay on well. For example, dragging of a knuckled paw (even occasionally) will pull the ToeGrips off. If you suspect that your dog is dragging one or more paws, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian for a neurologic exam.
Lastly, in super active dogs or dogs that live on carpet/rugs, ToeGrips may be harder to keep on. In most senior dogs, who are not racing around and making sharp turns, this is not an issue.
If the ToeGrips are new, this problem is because they are too large. Please measure or re-measure and consult the sizing chart.
If you’re having this problem and the ToeGrips are more than a few weeks old, it could be that they have worn out on the bottom and this has widened the internal diameter of the ToeGrips, making them loose. Remove the ToeGrips and inspect carefully. Replace as needed.
Finally, dirt or sand may accumulate between the nails and the grips, which can loosen their hold on the nail. Remove all the ToeGrips and clean the grips and your dog’s nails, then reapply. See Question #40 for cleaning suggestions.
Yes, sometimes a dog will lose a ToeGrip here or there. This is normal. We supply enough ToeGrips for four paws (16 toenails) plus four spare grips, so you can replace as needed.
Removal is a quick and easy process. Simply contact the grip with a fingernail/fingertip and pull downward while stabilizing the toe with the other hand. The grip will just pop off.
Please see our INSTRUCTIONS page for the 1-minute video: “How to Remove Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips”.
Like any product used on an animal, ToeGrips should be used under supervision. Visually inspect the grips daily to make sure they’re in place and in good condition. This should only take a few seconds. Be certain each ToeGrip rests in the GripZone, just behind the bottom of the nail tip. Periodic adjustments to positioning may be needed.
At least monthly (more often if your dog’s lifestyle or environment necessitates), the grips should all be removed and cleaned. Discard grips that are showing significant wear (more than 20% worn through the width of the ToeGrip). If grips are lightly worn, they may be reused and replaced on your dog’s nails. Please see our section How to Maintain Your ToeGrips, starting with Question #38.
If they begin to pop off within hours to days of application, they’re likely too big and you should move down one size.
But if they initially stayed on well and later are popping off, you have a different issue. Dirt or sand may accumulate between the nails and the grips, which can loosen their hold on the nail. Remove all the ToeGrips and clean the grips and your dog’s nails, then reapply. See Question 40 for cleaning suggestions.
No, ToeGrips are not affected by water. We do recommend removing and cleaning the grips immediately after your dog goes to the beach. Salt water may fade the grips, and sand could get between the grip and the nail, which would be abrasive. See Question 40 for cleaning suggestions.
No, oil, silicone and petroleum-based lubricants will deteriorate the ToeGrip. Use only a water-based/water-soluble lubricant.
These are available in grocery stores and pharmacies. An ample packet of water-based lubricant, which contains only glycerin and water, comes with each set of ToeGrips.
ToeGrips are made from natural, biodegradable material that will wear over time. They should be closely examined and cleaned at least monthly. See Question 40 for cleaning suggestions.
By removing the ToeGrips, you can fully inspect your dog’s toenails, clean the grips, replace those that are badly worn, and reapply the grips that are less than 20 percent worn.
When reapplying the used ToeGrips that are still in good condition, you will have rotated them (like car tires), and this will extend their lifespan.
Yes, trimming any long hair around your dog’s pads/toes will help reduce slipping and make ToeGrips application easier. It may be safest to have a groomer do this for you, so that you don’t accidentally cut your dog.
How to Maintain Your ToeGrips for Longer Performance
It depends on your dog’s size, environment, lifestyle, balance, and gait. ToeGrips generally last at least a full month, but can last up to three months in dog’s with a normal gait. An average lifespan in 6-10 weeks. See Question 40 for Tips on Maintenance.
Remove ToeGrips weekly for cleaning and reapplication. By removing and reapplying, like rotating your car’s tires, the grips will wear in a more even pattern and last much longer, up to three to four months.
ToeGrips can be cleaned with water or rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs.
No. Once a ToeGrip is worn more than 20 percent through the length of the grip, it is loses its integrity. This means that it can stretch and ride up the nail. Also, it is no longer providing the traction that your dog needs.
The ToeGrips pictured on the right were worn for six weeks and never checked. This dog had significant neurologic and orthopedic issues, which decreases the grips lifespan based on the dog’s gait.
We’ve observed that dogs will maintain adequate grip with as few as 2-3 grips per paw, but we advise that all 4 weight bearing toes have ToeGrips in place for best results.
Trimming Your Dog’s Nails
Yes, ToeGrips are not a substitute for appropriate nail care. Proper nail care is one of the most important things you can do for your dog, and one of the most overlooked areas of pet preventative health maintenance.
- Dogs in the wild have very short nails. They run, climb, and dig, and are constantly on uneven terrain. Our domesticated canine companions spend the majority of their lives on our flat, smooth floors, and on our couches and beds. Consequently, their nails grow very long.
- When a dog’s nails grow too long, they contact the ground at unnatural angles and place abnormal forces into the toes. This impacts the dog’s proprioception (the body’s awareness of where it is in space). This dog’s posture/stance will deteriorate and stride/gait will also change for the worse.
- If your dog is wearing ToeGrips but his/her toenails are excessively long, the ToeGrips may be prevented from resting in the GripZone, contacting the floor, and providing traction.
Appropriate nail care will drastically improve your dog’s posture and gait and even improve slipping, to some degree. See our Trimming Your Dog’s Nails page for specific guidance.
Dog’s nails should be trimmed every 3-6 weeks, depending on how they grow and wear. See our Trimming Your Dog’s Nails page for specific guidance. Dremeling is an alternative to nail trimming and can be done even more frequently.
If your dog’s feet are full of mud, dirt or sand, we recommend bathing with dog shampoo and water. But for a quick polish of reasonably clean nails, simply wiping them down with a damp cloth should be sufficient.
Question About Ordering ToeGrips
Sometimes a dog will lose a ToeGrips here or there. This is normal. We supply enough ToeGrips for four paws (16 toenails) plus four spare grips, so you can replace as needed.
Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips are available in 5 sizes and sold in packages which contain water-soluble lubricant and instructions. Please see Question #18 for details or the INSTRUCTIONS page.
Small: Red | Medium: Blue | Large: Green | Extra-Large: Purple ¦ XXL: Orange
We want you to love your ToeGrips and we want them to fit your dog! However, due to sanitary issues, we are unable to accept returns on grips that have been placed on dog’s nails. Please see Question 18 to accurately size your dog prior to purchase.
We charge county-specific sales tax on all purchases delivered to addresses in South Carolina, as required by law.
Water-based lubricant can be found at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Just read the label to make sure it is water-based or water-soluble and NOT oil, silicone or petroleum-based.
Yes! We have shipped ToeGrips to 6 countries on 3 continents. All duty taxes are the responsibility of the receiver. For questions regarding shipping please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a volume discount:
• FREE SHIPPING when you buy 3 or more packs in a single order
Also, we periodically post coupon codes on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/toegrips
We currently wholesale exclusively through veterinary healthcare professionals.
Please contact us to set up a wholesale account at email@example.com.
Miscellaneous Questions About ToeGrips
We want owners to be aware that if a ToeGrip is dropped or pops off their dog’s nail and they have small children, it could be a choke hazard.
Not at this time. We want to stress that ToeGrips are a therapeutic device and not a fashion accessory. Currently ToeGrips are produced in one color per size. More colors and designs may be available in the future.
We intentionally don’t sell ToeGrips in shades of brown or black, because we feel so strongly about owners monitoring this product on their dog’s toes. Our colors makes that easier to do and harder to overlook.
Yes, dogs will become dependent on them, in the same way a senior citizen with mobility issues becomes dependent on a cane. But the dependency lasts only as long as the conditions that required the use of ToeGrips exist.
ToeGrips are non-toxic and theoretically small enough to pass through your dog’s gastrointestinal tract uneventfully. We have never had a complaint about ToeGrips causing harm from ingestion. However, please use ToeGrips responsibly and under supervision. If you have concerns about an ingestion incident, please contact your veterinarian.
Unlike nail beds, dog’s nail tips are not a common place for bacterial, fungal or yeast infections. We strongly recommend that the ToeGrips be periodically removed, cleaned and the nails inspected, as a precaution. See Question #40. Properly applied and monitored, infection of the nail itself should not occur.
We have not yet tested ToeGrips on ice or snow.