How to apply ToeGrips® dog nail grips with super glue (optional)
How to work your dog’s ToeGrips® dog nail grips into position
Q: Are ToeGrips® dog nail grips right for my dog?
ToeGrips® dog nail grips were designed for slipping senior, arthritic, and special needs dogs who struggle on slippery floors and spend the majority of their time indoors.
Though ToeGrips® dog nail grips can be helpful for dogs of all ages, they are unlikely to reliably stay on the nails of young, active dogs. In other words, they are for “walkers”, not “runners”. However, ToeGrips® dog nail grips may be appropriate for younger dogs on a case by case basis, such as during rehabilitation after surgery or injury.
Q: How are ToeGrips® dog nail grips applied?
Immerse 16 ToeGrips® dog nail grips in isopropyl alcohol—they do not need to soak for any length of time. By applying wet, the alcohol serves as a lubricant, helping you “work” the ToeGrips® dog nail grips into position with less resistance. Illustrated directions are printed inside each package, and you can watch a short video here.
Please keep in mind that ToeGrips® dog nail grips must create the GripZoneTM to enable traction. Proper sizing and correct placement are critical for success.
Q: How to measure your dog’s nails for ToeGrips® dog nail grips:
Step 1: Wrap a piece of dental floss around the midshaft of the toenail.
Step 2:Hold the floss, wrapped around the nail circumference, with one hand.
Step 3: Use a Sharpie® to mark across both pieces of floss. This will generate two points.
Step 4: Stretch the floss and measure the distance between the two points in millimeters.
Step 5: Repeat for all weight-bearing nails on one front and one back paw.
Step 6: Based on the range of measurements obtained (not the average), use the chart to select the proper size. Occasionally, a dog may require a combination of two sizes.
Q: How do I select the correct size ToeGrips® dog nail grips for my dog?
Proper sizing is critical for success. ToeGrips® dog nail grips are sized based on nail circumference; measuring your dog’s nails is an essential, one-time task. Trimming your dog’s nails before measuring and/or applying ToeGrips® dog nail grips will help ensure that you select the correct size. View videos on sizing here.
Do not assume ToeGrips® dog nail grips are too small because they do not easily slide on the nails. They are not intended to. Properly sized for your dog’s nails, ToeGrips® dog nail grips should fit snugly.
Q: How many ToeGrips® dog nail grips come in a package?
Q: Do you recommend trimming the fur under my dog’s paw when applying ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
If the ToeGrips® dog nail grips contact the hair before they contact the floor, the hair will act like a “slipper”, preventing the ToeGrip® dog nail grip from gripping the floor. It may be safest to have a groomer do this for you, so that you don’t accidentally cut your dog.
Q: How do I remove the ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
Click here to watch the 1-minute video: How to Remove Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips® dog nail grips.
Q: Is it possible for my dog’s nails to be too short for ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
ToeGrips® dog nail grips are appropriate for the vast majority of dogs’ nails, even when trimmed regularly.
Q: Can I use super glue to apply ToeGrips® dog nail grips? Do I need to?
This altered gait tends to tug the ToeGrips® dog nail grips off the nails. Super Glue is the simple solution to keep the ToeGrips® dog nail grips securely in position.
Q: Should I apply ToeGrips® dog nail grips to all of my dog’s nails?
Q: My dog is resistant to having his/her feet handled. Will I be able to apply ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
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 distract your dog and help stabilize each leg as you are working with that paw.
- Be prepared for the job. Watch our instructional videos in advance.
- Approach the task with a confident, calm attitude.
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® dog nail grips. In this case, consider asking your veterinary office if their staff is willing to help. ToeGrips® dog nail grips are sold by thousands of veterinarians worldwide.
Q: Can I use Vaseline®, olive oil, or silicone-based lubricants to apply ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
Q: Do you recommend cutting my dog’s nails before applying ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
Q: Why do you recommend isopropyl rubbing alcohol to apply ToeGrips®?
Applying ToeGrips® dog nail grips with isopropyl alcohol is not required, but it facilitates application by helping the snug-fitting ToeGrips® dog nail grips fit onto your dog’s toenails. Isopropyl alcohol will not harm your dog’s nails or ToeGrips® dog nail grips and quickly dries.
Q: Can I use ToeGrips® dog nail grips on my cat?
Q: Will my dog chew these off?
As a veterinarian, ingestion was one of Dr. Buzby’s primary concerns years ago when bringing ToeGrips® dog nail grips to the marketplace. She consulted with several colleagues, including surgeons, about this issue and everyone agreed that based on the size of dog and size of corresponding ToeGrips® dog nail grips, they should pass right through a dog’s GI tract. To date, that has always been the case. Furthermore, ToeGrips® dog nail grips are FDA-certified non-toxic.
Q: Do ToeGrips® dog nail grips work on ice or snow?
Q: Will fungus grow under the ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
Q: Do ToeGrips® dog nail grips pose a risk to cats and other small animals?
My dog ingested his/her ToeGrips® dog nail grips? What should I do?
However, please use ToeGrips® dog nail grips responsibly and under supervision. If you have concerns about an ingestion incident, please contact your veterinarian.
Why does your package say “Keep out of reach of children”?
Q: Do you offer any discounts for repeat customers?
Yes, in 2017 we launched a subscription program so repeat customers could arrange auto shipment for reorders at a significant discount.
Subscribe and save 15% with autoship
- When you select autoship, you get easy, convenient deliveries. So your dog will never have to miss a step.
- Save 15% on each order and receive free shipping. Cancel autoship anytime.
- Customize your delivery schedule (every 4, 6, or 8 weeks)
Q: How long do ToeGrips® dog nail grips last?
Q: Do you accept returns / exchanges?
When you purchase Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips® dog nail grips, you have access to expert product support from a team who is passionate about dogs. If for any reason ToeGrips® dog nail grips are not the right product for your dog, email us to take advantage of our money-back guarantee. Please email us for return authorization: [email protected]
Returns postmarked more than 30 days from the date of purchase are not eligible for a refund and will be donated to a rescue or shelter.
Q: Where can I purchase ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
Q: What is the Subscribe & Save program?
Here’s how it works:
- Enjoy 15% savings on every order, plus free shipping
- Customize your delivery schedule (every, 4, 6 or 8 weeks)
- It’s free and easy. No commitment – change or cancel anytime
Q: Do you ship internationally?
Yes! We ship ToeGrips® dog nail grips around the world every week. All duty taxes are the responsibility of the receiver. For questions regarding shipping please email [email protected].
ToeGrips® dog nail grips are also sold through veterinarians around the globe. Click here to search for a practice near you.
How will you ship my ToeGrips® dog nail grips?
International orders are shipped via USPS, and delivered by your local post.