How can I protect my paralyzed dog’s legs from getting scraped when they scoot? This is a question I get asked all the time.
Pet owners worry about the problem because dog’s who drag their back legs on a hard surface run the risk of injuring their skin. The constant scraping can lead to deep wounds that are hard to treat. And those wounds can turn into skin infections or even an abscess.
My dog Cody had to be hospitalized after a wound on his skin became an abscess.
The concern from pet parents and my own experience put me on the lookout for a product that solves this problem. I’ve been looking for a long time, but I finally found the answer. It’s called Mozzie Pants™. I think they’ll become an indispensable part of how to care for your paralyzed dog.
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Mozzie Pants and the story behind the name
If you’ve never heard of Mozzie Pants, they’re a line of comfortable, breathable cotton pants, t-shirts and suspenders for dogs of every size. They were originally designed to “potty train” young dogs and to catch urine in incontinent dogs, but I think they’re the perfect product to protect your paralyzed dog’s legs. The pants cover your dog’s legs from top to bottom and the ends can be sewn shut to keep their paws safe.
Mozzie Pants is the mastermind of Jules Korth. The company is named in honor of the homeless street dog she adopted.
Mozzie was found by a dog catcher after living on the streets in Los Angeles. He was afraid of everyone and showed his fear with aggression. He was also riddled with fleas and worms.
This normally would’ve meant euthanasia for the dog, but a rescue group in Seattle, Washington took custody of him. They transported him to their shelter, shaved his coat and treated his health problems.
Jules saw his photo online and knew she had to meet him. She took her 9-year-old dog, Cody, with her to see how the two boys would get along. The introduction went well and by that evening Mozzie was spending his first night with his new family and his first night inside a house.
That’s when Jules realized Mozzie wasn’t fully housetrained. So she pulled out a design she had created 25 years earlier for her two Boxers. Both dogs had developed a urinary leakage problem when they grew old.
At the time, Jules used her skills in specialty apparel to make a pair of pants to keep her dogs dry. She decided to design a new pair of pants to housetrain Mozzie. He caught on quickly and the success sparked the idea for Jules to bring Mozzie Pants to other pet families.
The Mozzie line of products
The original Mozzie Pants
These pants are made of a breathable, absorbent cotton to catch urine while protecting your dog’s legs.
- They’re intended to be worn indoors
- They’re machine washable and dryer safe
- Great for a paralyzed dog who wears a diaper
- The pants can be used after surgery instead of a cone
- Great for housetraining
- They come in a variety of colors and patterns
- The leg length is easily shortened with scissors
- A complete sizing guide is at the end of this article
Mozzie Walking Pants
These pants were first designed for Jules’ dog who suffers from seasonal allergies. The long pants stopped him from chewing on his skin.
But, pet owners with paralyzed dogs soon discovered how well the pants kept their dog’s legs free from injuries while they were outside. Many paralyzed dogs are young and healthy. They love to scoot as fast as they can, no matter the terrain. Mozzie Walking Pants gives them the freedom to play without hurting their limbs.
The Walking Pants are made without a crotch so abled-bodied dogs can relieve themselves naturally and paralyzed dogs can be easily expressed.
- The pants can be worn outdoors and indoors
- They protect your dog’s back legs
- The bottom of the pants can be sewn closed to protect your dog’s paws
- They’re crotch-less for easy bladder expressing
- They’re machine washable and dryer safe
- They come in lots of patterns and colors
- Leg length can be shortened with a pair of scissors
- A complete sizing chart is below
Mozzie T-shirt and Suspenders
Like the other Mozzie products the T-shirt is made from comfy, breathable cotton, but I like it best because it solves a problem for dog’s who can’t walk. Many times their hind ends atrophy due to their paralysis. It causes diapers and other products to slip off. But the Mozzie T-shirt is fitted with snaps that attach to the pants and keep them in place.
And if your dog doesn’t like wearing a shirt, there are Mozzie Suspenders to keep the pants from falling off.
My interview with Jules Korth
Now that you have a few facts about Mozzie Pants, I want to share my interview with the company founder, Jules Korth. Jules kindly shared details about her visionary products and stories about the pets who’ve benefitted.
Q. Why did you think a pair of pants would work to housetrain Mozzie?
Mozzie was very stressed when he came to my home. I thought the pants would be a less stressful way to teach him. He wore them for 5 days and was completely housetrained.
Q. Were you surprised how useful Mozzie Pants could be for paralyzed dogs?
People started using the pants for their paraplegic dogs from the beginning. One family bought them for their paralyzed Corgi. His wheelchair rubbed on his fur and he developed a hot spot. It was upsetting to the dog so his family fitted him with Mozzie Pants.
It completely changed his attitude and quality of life. That Corgi traveled all over with his family until he passed away.
Q. How are other paralyzed pets using the pants?
We had one dog whose feet rubbed on the ground when he was in his wheelchair. I helped his owner pick out a pair of pants that were a bit too long and then we sewed up the bottom of the legs to protect his paws.
The family also used our suspenders to keep the pants in place.
Q. Do you have a favorite pet that was helped by Mozzie Pants?
One of my favorite dogs is Bart. He’s a Pit bull mix who was born with Spina bifida. He was surrendered to a shelter when he was a puppy because of his disability. The staff at the shelter was great with him and gave him as much physical therapy as possible. He spent a full year there before being adopted.
Bart isn’t completely paralyzed, but he has trouble getting around. His big problem is with incontinence. His owners couldn’t find a diaper that kept everything contained. Our Mozzie Pants solved the problem.
Mozzie Pants sizing chart
Measurements for Tops and Pants
- X-Small 11-15 inch girth
- Small 15-19 inch girth
- Medium 20-24 inch girth
- Large 25-29 inch girth
- X-Large 30-35 inch girth