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Buddy Goes on a Chariot Ride in his Tripawd Dog Stroller

February 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments · Comfort

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Did you know that if your Tripawd sits down during a walk, that is a big sign that she’s had too much activity? Any time a three-legged dog sits down or refuses to move for walks, that is not being stubborn, that is your dog telling you they are in pain.

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Has this Tripawd gone too far on his walk?

If this happens, cut way back on walks, find a good rehab vet to guide you and consider getting a Tripawd dog stroller to help all of you get back into the world.

How Long Should a Tripawd Walk?

When your Tripawd is less than a month out of surgery, she should only be going on very short, leashed potty walks of five to ten minutes at most.

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Tripawd Wyatt goes walking.

As your dog gets stronger, canine rehabilitation therapists tell us:

  • completely recovered Tripawd dogs should take shorter, more frequent walks
  • two to three times daily
  • no more than 20 minutes each.

Remember though, that’s just a guideline, all dogs are different. Always watch for signs that your Tripawd might be in pain.

In the meantime, what’s a Tripawd to do?

Strollers Help Tripawds Get Around

Whether you have one dog or many, a dog stroller can be your Tripawd’s best way to get back into the world. Many have used strollers to much success, like Xena, Sandy and Dymond.

The latest Tripawd to have a ball in his chariot is Buddy!

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Buddy’s momma Julie writes:

“Buddy is part of a pack.  I could tell he’s been down because our walks are so short.  So I bought him a “CHARIOT” for when he gets tired.   We walked with the pack and when I could tell he was tired, he hopped right in his chariot!!  We walked some more, stopped at a small park and he sniffed around and rolled around on the grass for the first time since he injured his leg over a month ago.  I could tell he was he was truly happy!!!!!  I got the idea off the Triwpawds website so thank you for that!  Now I get to be that crazy lady who puts her dog in a stroller!  HAHA!  I don’t care what people think.  Buddy loved it!”

Once your three-legged hero is fit (hopefully because you went to rehab therapy), a stroller still comes in handy. You and your Tripawd can literally go any where a baby stroller can go in this big world, there’s nothing to slow you down!

Learn More about Strollers for Tripawds

Tripawd Dogs and Cats Go Places with Pet Strollers

Strollers Help Dogs Large and Small Get Out

Big Dog Stroller Review by Tripawd Dymond

Xena and Her Big Dog Stroller

 


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Farabloc Gives Drug-Free Phantom Leg Pain Help for Amputees

January 18th, 2016 · No Comments · Comfort

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Can something as simple as a blanket help ease phantom limb pain in dogs, cats and people? According to the scientific data and user reviews of the Farabloc EMF-shield blanket, it can.

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Wyatt tests the Farabloc EMF-shield blanket for phantom pain help.

If you’re skeptical we don’t blame you. We also had our doubts when we first heard about the Farabloc blanket. But after trying it ourselves, letting Tripawd Spokesdog Wyatt Ray give it a whirl and researching the data and reading comments from pet parents like Angel Rascal’s people’s, we are confident that it can ease the pains from leg amputation in dogs, cats and people.

Rascal’s Farabloc blanket (a gift from my states away big brother) also finally arrived in the post! I didn’t put it right on him as I’ve read it disturbs some dogs, so I set it to one side on his mattress and let him do what he wanted. By evening he was laying with his stump buried into it and sleeping so soundly it was difficult to rouse him for dinner and medications. Today he’s been licking it and rolling on it; slime and stink dog baptism!

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Tripawd Angel Rascal, sleeping on his Farabloc blanket.

..as fast as it appeared it was gone. Back to his pink skin with hardly any sign it’d ever been there at all. And yes, he is still sleeping incision side down on the Farabloc, the bruising just hasn’t reappeared. He may be 13 years old, but this dog is healing like a champion.

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Rascal enjoying his Farabloc blanket.

The Farabloc blanket is a non-pharmaceutical phantom limb pain therapy that alleviates pain in animals and humans by shielding the body from man-made and environmental electromagnetic fields (EMF).

  • Infused with ultra-thin stainless steel and nylon thread
  • Shields the body from high frequency electromagnetic fields
  • No EMF fields mean reduced pain and faster recovery

Similar to the Faraday cage shielding technology, Farabloc fabric can alleviate pain by reducing the high EMF’s ordinarily absorbed by tissue. When you fold it into layers and apply it to the affected area, Farabloc is even more effective.

Another canine pet parent also had good things to say about how Farabloc helped her arthritic dog enjoy less pain;

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Farabloc is backed by research documented in the U.S. National Institute of Health online database PubMed as well as dozens of reputable health journals such as Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation, the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and the Clinical Journal of Pain.

Like any treatment, there are no absolute guarantees with this drug-free phantom pain treatment. It’s just like how certain pain relief drugs or holistic therapies work great on most dogs but not every dog. If you want more information, the Farabloc company is ready to answer any questions you have before deciding to give it a try.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Don Nixdorf, DC directly. Dr. Nixdorf is on the Farabloc board of directors as well as Executive Director of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association.

Should you decide to purchase Farabloc to compliment your dog or cat’s phantom pain treatment, hop over to the Tripawds Gear Shop to place your order.

More Farabloc Reviews and Informaton

 

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Big Fluffy Beds Are Not the Best for Tripawds

January 4th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Comfort

One helpful tip we like to share with new Tripawds members, is how to pick the best bed for recovering dogs.

Orthopedic Beds Best for Tripawds

Believe it or not, big fluffy pillow beds are not the best dog bed for three legged dogs. We do our best to explain this on the Beds page of this blog. But don’t just take out word for it. Check out the unsolicited testimonial from hannahon3paws in this discussion forum topic

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Hanna’s mom explains how she bought two new dog beds, thinking the soft squishy one would be more comfortable.

“I can’t tell if she is having difficulty getting comfortable—I bought her 2 new beds, one was a flat “orthopedic” mattress and the other was a big, squishy bed with a surrounding pillowy thing.  I thought the soft, squishy one would feel better to her, and yesterday, it did.”

She goes on to describe how she found Hannah lying on the hard floor. This is common since many dogs on the mend prefer a cool firm surface

“Today, she was having trouble finding a comfortable spot in the squishy bed and I found her laying on the hard floor by her water bowl.  I put the flat orthopedic bed in the living room and she ran right over to it.

Notice how Hannah prefers the orthopedic dog bed! Recovering dogs often have a difficult time getting comfortable. Discomfort from the surgery, and side effects from pain medication can create restlessness. When trying to get comfortable, big fluffy pillow beds and lots of blankets can trip up new tripawds.

Ruffwear Urban Sprawl

Wyatt loves his Ruffwear Urban Sprawl dog bed.

Of course, every dog is different and some prefer a soft bed. But the filling is what matters most. That’s why Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray loves his Ruffwear Urban Sprawl dog bed.

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The Urban Sprawl offers the best of both worlds. The two sided design offers a soft side that will stay warmer. And a firm side that stays cool.

Big Barker Giant Breed Orthopedic Dog Bed

The Big Barker Dog Bed is another comfy but firm bed best for large dogs. Check out all our recommended dog beds and leave a comment below about what kind of bed your dog prefers!

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The Best Small Dog Harness That Helps Tripawds Too!

December 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Mobility

If you have a tiny, toy or very small breed Tripawd dog and want a great harness, we highly recommend the Ruffwear Front Range dog harness.

Got a Tiny Tripawd? Try the Front Range Harness!

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For small Tripawds with a girth size under 22″, the Ruffwear Front Range harness is perfect. It’s not as heavy-duty as the Webmaster or the EzyDog Tripawd Convert harness, which are great for larger, heavier dogs — but sometimes too much harness for the daintiest Tripawds.

It’s ideal for walking a small breed Tripawd dog.

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The Front Range harness doesn’t have a handle, so it’s not as easy to lift a dog with it, but  it has two leash attachment points. This is a great walking harness that prevents pulling on the neck with an easy-on/easy-off design. Perfect for around-the-block walks!

Easy-on, easy-off for all, especially three-legged dogs!

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The Front Range: Key Features

  • Comfortable, everyday harness that is easy to fit and put on
  • Customizable fit with four points of adjustment allow for full range of motion
  • Padded chest and belly panel for good load dispersion and comfortable, extended wear
  • Two-leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring on the dog’s back, and reinforced webbing on the dog’s chest
  • ID pocket stores dog tags
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim

Check out the Front Range Harness Review by Angel Charley, then place your Front Range harness order via the Tripawds Gear Shop.

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Ruffwear Doubleback Harness Mod for Rear Leg Tripawd Dogs

November 19th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Mobility

Here’s a cool harness mod for rear amputee Tripawd dogs. It’s for the Ruffwear Doubleback harness, which we have always found more useful for front-leg amputees.

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Check out our original review to see what we mean about the issue with rear-leggers:

DoubleBack Harness Great for Front-Leg Tripawds

for less-active front-leg Tripawds who require rear-end hip support, the DoubleBack Harness by Ruffwear is the perfect fit . . . (but) the DoubleBack leg loops do not work well on a rear-leg Tripawd.

In the meantime however, we discovered a cool mod that might just be the answer for rear-leg Tripawds needing hip support. Amanda and her Tripawd Haiku (along with sister Cassie) shared this tip with us when they received the Doubleback as an Angel Exchange gift:

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So far so good! Haiku’s nubbin appears to be enough to hold the back leg strap on (except occasionally when rolling around and playing with his siblings like crazy, which I wouldn’t expect it to). I found that by placing a carabiner or s-clip between the two leg straps, above the base of his tail, he was able to keep the leg strap on even when running all-out.

I was also able to try it out with helping him get into the back of my car, and it certainly made lifting nearly 80 pounds of labradorable dog much easier on me! Thank you so much to tripawds and angel Dolby for the harness. I anticipate many, many years of use out of the harness since Haiku is only 2.5! Thank you again so so much!

Keep in mind that if you try this, you must keep an eye on your dog when s/he is wearing it to make sure the carabiner doesn’t get caught on anything. Also, any permanent modifications made to a Ruffwear harness will invalidate the warranty it comes with. But we do think this is worth a shot if you want to try the Doubleback on your rear amputee dog.

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