Using shoes: how-to and hints
How easy or difficult it is to put shoes on your pet will depend on how compliant your pet is during the process. It is
easier to do with two people but can be done with just one. To keep your fowl as calm as possible, you may want to
wrap it with a towel, covering the head, to limit its movement. It will take a while for both you and your fowl to get used
to the process, so do not get discouraged if the fowl repeatedly kicks off the shoes as you try to put them on. Holding
the fowl’s leg at the hip and knee joints will help limit the kicking. Do not hold the fowl only at the knee joint or ankle, as
this can injure your animal. We recommend two ways to hold your duck while putting on shoes:
-- Lay the fowl on its back on your lap, with the body laying along one of your legs. Place its head under your arm,
tucking their head under your armpit, between your arm and body. Use your arm tompin the pet's body still while using
your hands to put on the shoes.
-- Have the fowl stand on your lap and tuck the pet's head under either arm. Gently take hold of the hip and knee joint
of one leg and slowly pull it out from under the pet. This will cause the pet to automatically sit down on its belly across
your lap. While supporting the hip and knee joint with one hand, pulk the leg behind and out from the pet to reduce
kicking. This will require you to put the shoe on the foot upside down, as the bottom of the pet's foot will be facing up.
*This is method is how we put shoes on our own pets, and recommend trying this first*.
If your pet has or is recovering from wounds or infections like bumblefoot, you will need to clean and dry the affected
area. If your pet has a foot condition, apply any topical medicines and padding*** (the “donut” method). Apply bandages
before putting shoes on your pet.
1.) Open the all velcro fasteners, and fold down the ankle cuff.
2.) Gently squeeze the fowl’s foot and toes together, folding it up like an accordion, and carefully slip the foot into the
3.) If using Closed-toe shoes, your pet's foot will automatically unfold inside the shoe. If you are using Open-Toe shoes,
you will need to guide the toes into the openings.
4.) Once the front toes are positioned correctly, velcro the foot strap.
5.) Carefully position the back toe into the small slit/hole on the backside of the ankle cuff, found on the backside of the
6.) Velcro the ankle cuff as tightly as it can.
***Pets with bumblefoot or other infections may require extra padding to relive pain and pressure from the affected area.
We recommend using “corn cushions" for humans, though you can also roll a long thin piece of gauze into a donut
shape. Use medical cloth or paper tape affix the “donut" over the swollen joint/spot, avoiding covering the spot. After
affixing the donut to the swollen joint, we then recommend placing any topical liquid/salve/balm/medication in the middle
of the donut. The donut will stick better and will create a “reservoir” to keep any topical in the right spot. After applying
any topicals (or if you are not using a topical), you can then cover the middle opening of the donut with a bandage.
Donuts are beneficial to swollen joints or bumblefoot spots by relieving pressure on the spot they surround. More than
one donut can be used at a time, though you will need to supervise your pet to assure they can walk properly.
A.) If needed, you can enlarge the back toe hole by carefully snipping 1 to 2 millimeters to either the top or bottom of
the slit on the backside of the ankle cuff with a small pair of scissors. Take care to not extend the slit too high, as you
might cut all the way through. (If this does happen, you will need to stitch that cut area back together.
B.) Do NOT attempt to turn a Closed-Toe style shoe into an Open-Toe style shoe by cutting out the toe areas. If cut, the
stitching will unravel and the shoe will fit too big. Open-Toe Style shoes use a different pattern and require special
thread sealant in order to hold properly. If you require opened toe areas, please contact us about altering your shoes. Altering is always free of charge, and the shipping of the item back to you is also free.
C.) (Optional) You can use medical cloth tape to secure the shoe to the ankle. Wrap the tape around the top of the
ankle cuff and the leg. This will make it harder for the fowl to kick or pull off the shoes.
D.) Pet fowl can be stubborn when introduced to a new item, especially a wearable item they have no previous
experience of using. It may be frustrating during the first week or two of using shoes with your pet. They can be very
deft at kicking shoes off in the beginning. Hang in there! The more often they are exposed to using the items, the more
they will accept wearing the item.
Please not that some pets may sit down, refuse to walk, walk with a wobble, or trip/fall during those first attempts at
wearing shoes. This is totally normal! With diligence, confidence, and routine, your pet will get used to the item and
accept wearing it.
● Duck Shoes or Wing Wraps are not a replacement for proper veterinarian care and are not guaranteed to
prevent or heal any illness or injury. If you take your duck to the vet, alert your pet’s doctor to your use of
medical items. Discontinue use if instructed so by your vet.
● Fowl should not wear shoes while bathing, especially if injured or has an illness. Wearing shoes may interfere
with swimming. Some larger fowl can wear open-toe style shoes while swimming (for cushioning purposes),
however you are the best judge of your pet’s strength and needs.
● If the animal has an injury or infection, your pet should be sequestered away from swimming areas to prevent
the shoes from interfering with swimming or holding in moisture.
● Unless directed otherwise by a vet, fowl with foot/leg injuries should have an opportunity to bathe at least once
a day, It is best if the animal bathes for a limited supervised amount of time each day either in an outdoor
pool/tub or inside the house in a bathtub.
● Items should be washed at least once a day following provided instructions per item. For efficiency, you can
wash medical items while the animal is taking its bath. Having two or more pairs of shoes will help limit ducky
● Inspect your bird’s feet/wings prior to wear, as well as after removing the item to monitor progress or any
potential lingering problems.
● Fowl wearing medical items should have access to a predator safe structure, as the immobilization of their
wings or the extra material on their feet can limit their ability to moving quickly. While the fabric is resistant to
water, these items can become heavy when wet, making it difficult entering/exiting a water source.
● Medical items can be worn all day/night. We strongly recommend removing the item to be cleaned daily and
removed during bathing.
● If using Open-Toe style shoes with a strictly outdoor pet after recovery for protection of tender spots, extra grip,
or warmth, is possible in some cases. Limit the pet from bathing as much as possible during use.
● Closely supervise your pet during the early stages of getting used to wearing the item to assure the
item is not too heavy during bathing or entering/exiting water sources.
● Fowl with injuries such as Bumblefoot can wear Duck Shoes after recovery for several weeks, even months.
After being treated for wounds or bumblefoot, the skin in those spots can become very tender before new
calluses are reestablished. The extra cushioning shoes provide can help prevent recurrence of injury or
infection (If used correctly and diligently), ongoing swelling, pressure on the foot, and/or new scratches or cuts
in those tender healing spots.
● While the continued use of shoes can be beneficial to your pet, fowl should not continue wearing a Wing Wrap
after recovery unless directed by a veterinarian.
● Shoes can be worn for the prevention of injuries as well. If a pet is going to walk on surfaces that are slick,
slippery, hot, icy, or rough, shoes can help keep feet healthy. Closed-Toe shoes can also help prevent the
accidental scratching a pet may inflict while being held.
● Strictly outdoor pets prone to injury or infection can continue to use Open-Toe shoes after recovery or as
prevention. The shoes can also provide extra warmth in cold winter months, more traction and grip on slippery
surfaces, and cushioning when walking over rough surfaces. Putting shoes on frisky males during mating
season can help discourage over-breeding. This can help prevent scratches and bites on females by making it
easier to get away from the male, as well as hindering the male’s ability to mount a female.