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Do All Tripawds Need Boots?

April 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Comfort

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Many new Tripawd pawrents wonder: will my dog needs boots after amputation surgery?

Tripawd Neka sporting dog boots.

The short answer to that is, it depends.

Boots are helpful for Tripawd dogs if they:

  • are active dogs who love romping through different types of terrain
  • live in an area with snow and ice
  • will be traveling to places with slick surfaces
  • need extra help getting around on slippery floors
dog boots for Tripawds

Dog boots help in desert terrain.

Boots are NOT helpful for Tripawd dogs who:

  • have any kind of neurological condition like degenerative myleopathy
  • suffer from longstanding mobility problems
  • have odd-sized feet
  • hate wearing shoes

While most dogs don’t like wearing shoes at first, if you introduce boots to your dog slowly and make it fun, most dogs will get used to them. Your dog might not need them every day, but it’s so helpful to train your dog to get used to boots for places where she or he will need extra confidence, like at the vet’s office.

Tripawd dog boots

Wyatt wears dog boots on hikes.

If you’re a new Tripawd pawrent, please don’t rush into buying a pair of Ruffwear Grip Trex boots.

First, we recommend getting your pup used to shoes by purchasing Pawz rubber boots first. They’re a nominal investment that can get your dog used to boots more quickly than a sudden introduction to the more durable and long-lasting Ruffwear boots.

Pawz disposable dog boots

Paws rubber boots.

Next, when you know your dog will be OK with boots, then the Ruffwear boots are a fantastic investment that come in handy throughout your dog’s life.

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Try Silver Sulfadiazine for Elbow Wounds and Hygromas

April 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Comfort

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Does your dog have an elbow hygroma or other wound that’s having trouble healing? If so, ask your vet about Silver Sulfadiazine Cream.


Jojo fights histiocytic sarcoma tumor in elbow.

We heard about this vet-recommended cream from JoJo’s mom. JoJo has an elbow tumor caused by histiocytic sarcoma. He is receiving radiation therapy on the tumor and the area has had trouble healing.


Jojo’s elbow tumor.

JoJo’s vet prescribed “Silver” cream to help heal the wound area. If your dog has an elbow tumor, hygroma or other area on the body that’s having difficulty healing, be sure to ask your vet about Silver Sulfadiazine Cream. Although JoJo’s tumor didn’t respond as well as his people hoped it would, it would likely do the trick for a typical pressure sore or elbow hygroma on a dog.

silver Sulfadiazine 50 GM JarSilver Sulfadiazine 1% Cream is a topical antimicrobial used to prevent and treat bacterial or fungus infections including yeast infections. Often used in treatment of burns and sunburns in dogs, cats and horses. Without treatment, burns can easily become infected with dangerous bacteria or yeast, which can prevent them from healing and lead to serious infections. Silver Sulfadiazine Cream 1% offers protection against yeast infections and a broad range of bacterial strains, including common strains like E-coli and Staph. The cream also provides relief from itching, which is common during the healing process

**Note: This product requires a veterinarian’s prescription to purchase.


  • can be used on cats, dogs and horses
  • provides relief from itching during the healing process
  • prevents infection and decreases healing time

Ask your vet for a prescription then Shop for Silver Sulfadiazine Cream at Vet Approved RX

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Plan Ahead for First Tripawd Fitness Course!

March 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Exercise

Mark Your Calendars!

The first ever canine conditioning and fitness course designed specifically for three legged dogs starts soon!

This online course is presented by renowned canine rehab practitioner Debbie Gross, CCRP. A minimum of six students must register for the course for classes to proceed!


Participants will learn and understand special considerations for exercise with three legged dogs.  Gold Level Students will have the opportunity to share updates about their dogs, follow a comprehensive strengthening program, receive personal feedback from the instructor, and design their own program.

This class is not only applicable to those with a beloved Tripod, but also for those practitioners that work with Tripods. Read the full Tripod Dog Conditioning Course Syllabus for more information, and register as soon as possible to ensure participation in the class.

fitpaws canine conditioning gear FitPAWS Balance Disc and FitBONE

Be Prepared!

While no specific equipment is required for the course, to make the most of exercises and conditioning tips provided, students should consider having certain items on hand before classes begin.

fitpaws canine conditioning gearFitPAWS Peanut and Balance Disc

So what should you get to be prepared? Debbie says…

“I usually recommend the Disc, a Peanut of appropriate size, maybe a FitBone, and a few other small discs.”

By all means, you do not need all of this fitness gear to benefit from the course! But having some basic tools, and adapting exercises, will make the most of your time. Couch cushions or a homemade wobble board may come in handy for exercises that use multiple discs.

Compare these recommended canine conditioning products or check out all our FitPAWS product reviews and demonstration videos. Select the item(s) you think will be best for your dog, or leave a comment below with any questions. Then get your gear in time to review the included DVD with introductory videos before the course begins.

Recommended Reading

First Online Tripawd Fitness Course Starts Soon!

Conditioning and Concerns for the Tripod Dog

The Tripawd Conditioning School Supply List

FitPAWS Balance Discs

FitPaws Peanut

FitPAWS K9FitBone

Canine Conditioning and Concerns for Tripod Dogs
Course Details and Registration



Play, Treat, Walk, Repeat. Save on EzyDog Tripawd Training Gear.

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Exercise

Listen up pawrents, Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray has a treat for you! From now on, you can save $5 bucks on the all new EzyDog SnakPak dog treat bag and Tripawd Convert Harness when you purchase both at the same time!

Tripawd Convert Harness and SnakPak

Whether you’re keeping treats handy for all of those FitPAWS core muscle workouts or just headed out on a walk to practice obedience lessons, these two essential pieces of Tripawd-approved training gear are useful and stylish!

Tripawd Convert Harness and SnakPak

EzyDog SnakPak Treat Bag Features:

  • Convenient one-hand twin magnetic closures
  • Innovative pull-up liner that can be wiped clean
  • Easy to access accessory pocket with waterproof zipper
  • Secure removable adjustable waist strap & twin belt hooks
  • Reflective piping around closer
  • Color Options: Black, Blue, Orange, Red
  • Size: 4.33in. x 4.72in.

ezydog snakpak dog treat bag features

Why We Love the Tripawd Convert Harness

Tripawd Convert Harness and SnakPak

  • A one-buckle system for easy and fast on and off use
  • No stepping into or out of it; just place it over your dog’s head, buckle and go
  • The front chest strap sits across your dog’s chest instead of behind the front legs, which prevents chafing and irritation
  • A lightweight but rugged, durable and breathable body piece makes it warm-weather friendly
  • The handle is comfortable and large enough for any size hand
Shop HERE to save $5 when you buy
both the EzyDog SnakPak and Tripawd Convert Harness together!

Note: Both items must be purchased simultaneously in the same order to enjoy this deal. The $5 will be refunded after your order is received by Tripawds. Any questions? Contact us.


Tripawd Charley Reviews the Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

February 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Mobility

Ruffwear has another pawesome harness available, the Front Range.


Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

NOTE: The Front Range is not an assistive or mobility
dog harness like those in the Tripawds Gear Shop.

This harness doesn’t have a handle to help you lift or assist your dog. But what makes it cool is it’s a great walking harness with an easy-on/easy-off design. Perfect for around-the-block walks!

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
Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Front Range has two leash attachment points.

We tested it on Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray. It looks and fits great on him, but Wyatt’s a rear leg Tripawd and most harnesses will work on rear leg amputees.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Front Range fits rear leg Tripawd dogs.

Front leg Tripawd dogs usually have more challenges wearing harnesses. To make sure it works on these canine amputees, we asked Ellen and her Tripawd Extraordinaire Charley to give it a go. Here’s their complete Front Range review:

Tripawd Charley Ruffwear Front Rage Harness

The Tripawd Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness Test.

Walking Charley with the Front Range

Charley has been a front amp for four years and he is used to walking with a leash attached to his collar since it helps him keep his head up which makes it easier for him to hop/walk without using such a prominent head bob.  When I tried using the harness with the leash attached to the top or the bottom of the harness, it changed his gait pattern and it seemed to make walking a bit harder for him.

I’m not sure that this would be an issue with a new amp that doesn’t have an established gait pattern.  Charley has never really walked with a harness on even before his amp, so that could be a reason why he did not appear comfortable walking in it.

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It appeared that the design of the harness did impede the motion of his right scapula a bit when walking or at least it looked like it did.  Charley is lean without a lot of fat or thick/long hair, so it could be that his right scapula appeared more noticeable to me with the harness on, but it could be that the harness just isolated his right scapula because of the fit of the harness.

The harness may be helpful with the leash attached on top for a smaller/shorter dog with a front amp that needs a little support at the front end to walk since pulling the leash up may decrease the weight on the only front leg.  Charley is about 70 pounds, so I was not able to decrease the weight on his remaining front leg when pulling up on the leash.

Front Range harness available in cute colors!

How It Fits a Front Leg Tripawd

The design on the harness was very easy to put on a front leg amputee.  I would unbuckle the left side (same side as his amp) and it would easily slide over his head.  This was a huge bonus since lifting up a front tripawd’s only leg requires two people to prevent them falling.

The harness did slide towards his left side a bit because he’s a left front amp, but it did stay in place for the most part.  Charley is lean and narrow around his chest, he does not have a lot of fat reserves and he does not have thick/long hair, so the harness may not slide as much on a dog with a different body type, build and/or fur.

Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

Front Range leash attachment point.

All-Weather Design

The harness is very lightweight and would not make a dog hot during the summer months.  I also think it would easily fit over a coat or sweater for dogs that need clothing to maintain their body temps in the winter.

I plan try this harness again in the winter with the ice and snow.  Charley had a hard time last year walking on the slick surfaces, so the harness may give him more confidence.  If it doesn’t work with the leash attached to the top of the harness, I could attach his leash to his collar and use the leash look on the harness to hold onto to give him more security.

The Front Range is Now Available here on Amazon


Front Range dog harness available on Amazon

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