The Vetgood® Story
One Sunday afternoon in Summer 2001 Sol, our then six year old 60 lb. Shepard mix sustained a leg injury when wrestling with Luna, our other six year old yellow Shepard mix. Sol underwent an emergency arthrodesis. At discharge, along with dispensing antibiotics, pain meds,and the dreaded Elizabethan collar, the veterinary staff instructed us to keep his bandaged splint dry. To that end, they provided a used iv bag. I’d seen “the bag” years ago, when Sol had a minor leg injury, but now, couldn’t believe there wasn’t a better solution.
Anyone who’s had to deal with “the bag” knows it gets old pretty quickly. It doesn’t cover the whole leg, has no flat bottom, is impossible to keep on and, once is on is tempting to leave on because it’s so cumbersome to deal with.
Unfortunately, Sol’s leg became infected, and he wound up with additional surgeries. Each time, the technicians gave us a used i.v. bag, and each time we asked if there might be a better solution. They always regretfully said, “ no.” At some point in 2002, our veterinarian suggested that we develop one. So, when visiting a friend in Los Angeles who is handy with her sewing machine, we created a prototype. From there, we researched waterproof and breathable fabrics, durable, non-skid bottoms, hook and loop closures, and we launched the Medipaw® protective boot at a veterinary conference in 2004.
Although Sol never regained normal use of his leg, he clomped around in his medipaw protected splint like a good sport until succumbing to cancer in 2009. Since then, we’ve upgraded the boot with a light, flexible and durable cup sole, created a two-piece body suit to protect incisions and other skin issues from pets who scratch, bite, or lick their wounds. And we launched VetGood®, a retail brand for those, who, like us, had no option but the used i.v. bag. Thanks to Sol’s mishap, we provide pet owners with wound management products specifically designed for dogs and cats.
VetGood® boots safeguard leg bandages, splints, and casts from dirt, rain, snow, mud. The protective pet boots feature a waterproof and breathable nylon shell, seam sealing, a rubber cup sole for durable non skid support, Velcro® straps for easy on/easy off. The boots and suits safeguard procedures that veterinarian specialists in Surgery, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Spay/Neuter, and Dermatology perform on your pet.
VetGood® suits protect veterinary wounds that need to heal. The medical pet suits feature internal pockets for ice packs for swelling or pads for absorption, a port for infusions or drains, a turtle neck for additional protection. Suits are available for dogs in sizes ranging from Teacup breeds, Poodles, Beagles, Cattle Dogs, Collies, Pit Bulls, Retrievers, and Bull Mastiffs. Veterinarians who specialize in Surgery, Internal Medicine,Spay/Neuter, and Dermatology recommend protective suits for better wound management.