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DIY Tripawd Cat Traction Socks for Slippery Floors

September 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Mobility, Safety

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Three-legged Tripawd cats have a tough time on slippery floors, just like our canine amputee friends. Slipping and sliding isn’t just bad for an animal’s joints, but elbows and legs that have constant floor contact can develop ulcerations that won’t heal. Unfortunately not all Tripawd cats are as agile as Jerry here:

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Stairs are no problem for Tripawd Cat Jerry

Taking extra traction measures for paralyzed, arthritic or Tripawd cats and dogs make all the difference when it comes to quality of life.

In the following video, you’ll see how one cat parent decided to help her arthritic cat get up and around the home.

Here’s another interesting idea for Tripawd cat traction socks: Hand-crocheted leggings!

A non-profit group called “Leggings for Life” makes crocheted leggings for cats and other animals who have limb deformities or other types of paralysis, in order to protect their fragile skin from ulcerations and to assist with walking. If you’re not handy with crochet needles, their generous volunteers can make some for you, contact them today.

Do you have other ideas to help a Tripawd cat get good traction around the home? If so we’d love to hear them!

Recommended Reading:

Traction Ideas for Tripawd Dogs
All Cat Blogggers in the Tripawds Community

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All Natural Organic Pet Toys for Healthy, Safe Fun

September 17th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Safety

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If you’re like us, you may have wondered, “What’s the big deal about an organic pet toy?” Well, when many studies like this demonstrate that many pet toys contain harmful banned toxins like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA), organic pet toys are a very big deal.

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A Pennsylvania toy company called Purrfect Play is showing us that non-toxic, organic pet toys are healthier, more fun and long-lasting than cheap mass produced Chinese junk. Founded by Pam Wheelock, Purrfect Play makes adorable, non-toxic toys from organic wool, hemp and cotton.

  • Made in the USA
  • Organic natural fibers: cotton, wool, hemp
  • No synthetic or reprocessed plastics
  • Dye and toxin free
  • Sustainable and fair trade

We asked Pam why she started making these toys and she explained:

Pam Wheelock and BFF

“I have a karmic debt of gratitude to the cats and dogs of this world. I would most probably not survived my childhood in one piece if not for my cat. He lived to be an old man and his love and comfort kept me going.

So… when I had my own home and a gaggle of kitties (all rescues) I wanted the best food and toys for them. I was unable to find them toys not made in China or made with safe organic materials– so I started making my own.  Later on, I made them for friends and the circle widened as I started selling them.”

Check out a couple of of the cool toys that Pam makes:

Small Catnip Mouse

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Organic cat mouse toy

  • Perfect cat toy for carrying and tossing
  • 1/4 cup of fragrant organic catnip
  • 2 3/4 inches long
  • Naturally brown organic cotton– no dye!
  • Double layer construction–extra strong!
  • Organic cotton tail

Organic Cotton Tug Toy

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  • Organic cotton dog tug
  • Hand braided from pure, thick organic cotton
  • Great interactive dog toy!
  • Sweet smelling and natural
  • Durable
  • Hand braided
  • Machine wash & dry
  • Not for lone chewing—use with supervision
  • Repurposed tags

Upcycled Leash Pouch

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Upcycled wool sweaters. Fun and useful leash pouch designed to clip to your leash handle. Carry your essentials. Handmade in the USA.

We really love these toys for all that they represent and how they make our pet’s lives healthier. We hope you’ll check out Purrfect Play when you shop for high quality, American made pet products.

“Purrfectplay is simply dedicated to producing the best cat and dog toys possible while keeping you informed about the role synthetics and chemicals play in undermining your pets’ health and the welfare of our planet.”

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The Best Soft e-Collar Cone for Dogs and Cats Recovering from Surgery

August 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Comfort

The cone of shame stinks. Which is why we love this soft e-collar for dogs and cats so much.

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The best soft e-collar by Jorgensen Labs.

Made by Jorgensen Laboratories, this is the best cone of shame alternative that we’ve discovered. It’s much more comfortable than a hard plastic cone and it doesn’t bang up your legs when your pet is walking around. It’s flexible enough to use in our small RV camper trailer too.

Better yet, it works. We know it does because Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray has used it several times to recover from his antics and it always keeps him from chewing at his stitches.

Here’s what the inventors, Jorgensen Laboratories, says about their innovative soft e-collar for dogs and cats:

“Pets can move about freely without damaging furniture and are able to eat and drink more freely than with traditional collars. The Soft-E-Collar is waterproof heavy nylon material that covers a soft foam doughnut-shaped ring. It is held in place by a strong flat tie.”

The flat, soft recovery collar comes in every size for pet patients as small as five pounds. For dogs and cats who are especially good about bothering their stitches, we recommend doubling up with a traditional cone of shame at night.

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Now that’s embarrassing!

It’s not the cheapest cone of shame but it’s the best. Once you order yours here you’ll always be prepared for the unexpected dog and cat surgery recovery.

More e-Collar Cone Alternatives for Cats and Dogs

Cone of Shame Alternatives
Recovery Cone Alternative for Cats and Dogs
Comfy Inflatable Cone Collars are In


What a Tripawd Harness Will (and Won’t) Do

August 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Mobility

When it comes to our favorite Tripawd dog harnesses, they can do a lot of great things. But on the flip side, there’s things Tripawd harnesses can’t do, such as directly helping your dog to walk. That’s something you still have to do.

Tripawd dog harness

We always want to be sure Tripawd parents understand how harnesses work, so here are some examples of what a Tripawd harness can and cannot do for three-legged canines:

What Tripawd Harnesses will do

Tripawd harnesses we carry will help you, help your dog:

  • Safely go up and down stairs.
  • Offer balance when re-learning how to go to the bathroom.
  • Get up off the floor.
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Lifting with the Get-a-Grip

  • Keep your new Tripawd stable on slippery or unsteady surfaces.
  • Make it easier to hoist your Tripawd into a vehicle.
  • Give you a good handle on your dog so she doesn’t get away.
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Wyatt wears a Webmaster after amputation surgery.

What Tripawd Harnesses Won’t Do

Harnesses are always helpful, but they don’t do things on their own. For example, a Tripawd dog harness will not:

  • Lift your dog. What it does is give you an easier way to lift the Tripawd.
  • Support your dog. Harnesses are great tools but alone they do not support, brace or stabilize any body parts.
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Nicky walks with the Tripawd Convert Harness.

  • Throw your dog off-balance. Even if you attach a leash to the harnesses’ main D-ring, most Tripawds will not all over.
  • Prevent leash pulling. None of the harnesses we sell are meant to act as no-pull harnesses. Remember, Tripawds need more speed to stay balanced on walks. Don’t expect a Tripawd, especially one missing a front leg, to heel as well as before amputation.
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Tripawd Frankie howls for the Convert Harness.

Unfortunately, there isn’t one harness that’s made just for Tripawd dogs, we wish there were. Conversations with manufacturers reveal that making a Tripawd harness with all of the appropriate configurations wouldn’t be cost-effective considering the small size of our community. But you never know, maybe some inventive manufacturer in the making is ready to tackle this need!

In the meantime, the Tripawd harnesses we carry in our Gear Shop come closest to meeting the needs of our three-legged heroes. Check ’em out!

Recommended Reading

Best Harnesses for Three Legged Dogs


Chest Protector Dog Jacket Helps Sensitive Front Leg Tripawds

July 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Safety

If you have a very active front leg Tripawd dog, there may be times when your dog’s chest area becomes sensitive after hard play. That’s when the Sylmar Dogwear Body Guard Vest comes in handy, as Mandy and her Tripawd Maverick learned.

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Maverick’s Tripawd chest protector


Dog Jacket Protects Front Leg Tripawd Chest Area

Maverick is a young dog who plays rough. Occasionally some abrasions might happen, as his mom Mandy experienced and wrote about here:

So Mav’s taking some serious face plants lately just from crazy puppy time. He hasn’t injured anything but his PT suggested some chest protection until we get him to slow down a little with some more propreaception exercises. Its close to impossible to find anything in his size (26 pounds) that also protects his amp site and is light weight enough for summer use. I keep him very lean so he has almost no protection there to keep him from injuring a rib or scraping the skin. Any suggestions?

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Sylmar Dogwear Body Guard Jacket

After much research, Mandy posted about a chest protection jacket that Tripawd dogs can use. Made by Sylmar Dogware, the Body Guard Dog Vest isn’t specifically made just for Tripawds, but for any dog who enjoys field sports like hunting. Here’s what she said:

I posted a video on facebook so you guys can see just why I need this, mini aussies play just as ruff as the big guys.

Anyway, I got my vest in from Sylmar a couple weeks ago but I really wanted to test it out before I recommended it to you guys. So far so good, Mav can race around in comfort and he doesn’t overheat since its open at the top. Jerry, the company owner, was great (good karma with that name). He got back to my email right away and customized it for free, which is great even though I would have paid a whole heck of a lot more for this! This thing is worth its weight in gold for my little Mav and he looks great if I do say so myself

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Sylmar Dogware Body Guard Jacket

We haven’t tried this ourselves but based on how much Mandy and Maverick like it, we’d say it’s a pretty good piece of gear to have on hand for your front leg Tripawd dog. Check out the Sylmar Dogwear Body Guard Dog Jacket.