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article imageDog allergic to grass gets special boots

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 2, 2011 in World
A Jack Russell terrier in the UK, who is allergic to grass, now has some special boots which enable him to run around a garden safely.
Jaxs, who is eight years old, loses lumps of fur and ends up with sores on his paws if he comes into contact with grass. Following walks he would gnaw at his painful feet.
'He absolutely loves the boots," his owner, Maria Domanic, from Kingsbridge, told the Western Morning News. "Initially he was a little tentative but now he's become very protective of them.
''I never really put two and two together with the allergy.
''One day, I took him to the vets and had him tested, which showed he was allergic to grass, as well as milk, protein and oats.
''He's so happy to finally be able to run around the field with other dogs."
She had tried medication, socks and bandages on Jaxs before, but nothing worked as well as the canvas Mediboots, of which the dog is now very fond.
''As soon as I get the lead he runs off and gets his boots and if another dog comes round or anyone tries to pick them up he will run off and protect them," added Domanic. "He even sleeps with them in his basket.
"I've had a few people make some odd comments branding me 'cruel' and 'disgusting' for dressing him up in clothes. I have to explain it's for his own good."
A nurse at Selworthy Vets told the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette that the boots are breathable, padded, and not too heavy.
"Maria is doing her best for the dog at the end of the day – as long as she is happy and the dog is happy and comfortable," she stated.
The BBC reported that Michael Day, of South Moor Vets, said grass allergies are "quite common" in dogs, but "It is rarer for it to be so confined, especially in a smaller dog whose tummy could also be affected."
Several photos of Jaxs can be seen online.
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