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Best Gear Gifts for Tripawd Fitness, Safety and Fun

December 1st, 2016 · No Comments · Comfort, Exercise, Mobility, Safety

It’s time to gear up for the holidays! If you’re looking for the best gear gifts for Tripawds, you just might find them here today. Check out this handy “Best of Tripawds Gear” list for three-legged dogs, cats and their quadpawd friends.

Tripawd Harness Ideas

Parents Rave About the Custom Tripawd Harness

Only one custom Tripawd harness can be tailored to your dog: the Custom Pet Support Suit.

Try a custom Tripawd harness as unique as your dog.

Try a custom Tripawd harness as unique as your dog.

Web Master Plus Brush Guard is Best Support Harness for Tripawds

The Webmaster Plus Harness offers better comfort, more support and greater stability than ever before!

Webmaster harness with Brush Guard.

The Best Small Dog Harness That Helps Tripawds Too!

Looking for a great harness for your small Tripawd dog? See why the Front Range by Ruffwear is ideal for three-legged pups.

Get-a-Grip Mobility Harness Handles the Big Dogs

Especially useful for amputation surgery recovery, dogs who need extra lift assistance because of rear-end weakness, assisting during physical therapy exercises.

EzyDog Harness Keeps Tripawds on the Move

A great walking harness for three-legged amputee dogs.

 

Pet Strollers for Longer Walks and Outdoor Fun

Tripawd Dogs and Cats Go Places with Pet Strollers

A perfect tool to get you and your three-legged hero traveling to more places, whether that means a longer walk around the neighborhood or out onto a vacation adventure.

Tripawd dog stroller

Tripawd Beds for Comfy Days and Nights

Big Fluffy Beds Are Not the Best for Tripawds

Orthopedic dog beds are best for Tripawds! Big fluffy beds can make it hard to get comfortable for recovering dogs and cats.

Ramps and Pet Steps for Cars, Trucks and SUVs

Hitch Steps Help Tripawds Into Trucks and SUVs

If you have a pickup truck, SUV or other high clearance vehicle with a hitch receiver, consider these options for helping Tripawds get in and out safely.

Ramp Training Tips for Tripawds

Rehab specialists recommend using ramps to preserve a dog’s joints, especially for Tripawd dogs.

More Great Gifts for Tripawds

The Twelve Days of Tripawd: a Sing Along for the Tripawds Nation!

Thank you for choosing to shop with Tripawds this holiday season through the links found in this Gear blog. A small percentage of sales will help to offset the costs associated with maintaining the Tripawds Community.

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Easy DIY Pet Surgery Recovery Suit Ideas for Cats and Dogs

November 17th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Comfort

Dog and cat bandaging for amputation surgery recovery is tricky. Many new pet surgery recovery suits make amputation healing easier. Unfortunately most don’t have adequate coverage around the legs to prevent the dog or cat from messing with their amputation incision stitches. Thankfully Koda’s people shared this easy and affordable DIY pet surgery recovery suit idea:

DIY pet recovery suit

Koda’s vet is so smart!

For new dog amputees, here’s what Koda’s human advised:

We were using baby diapers with first aid tape and then wrapping it with vet wrap. It was hard to do, especially in the beginning.

While at the vets for a wound check and drain removal, our vet went to use an adult disposable diaper (pull-up style) as a bandage.

Koda’s vet put the DIY pet surgery recovery suit “diaper” on him like this:

  • First, slide the dog’s remaining leg through the leg hole on the corresponding side,
  • Pull the diaper waist band over the dog’s head.
  • Put the pup’s head through the other leg hole.
  • Wrap with gauze.

“Viola! A bandaged dog with the open drain area completely and securely covered. We also found putting a childs t-shirt on him kept him from trying to rip the bandages off without resorting to the cone collar. I can’t begin to tell you how much easier this is than the traditional tape and wrap bandage. I wish we came up with it earlier.

For cat amputees, children’s toilet training underwear can probably do the same thing, although only for large Tripawd cats.

DIY pet recovery suit

Try children’s toilet training pants for cats.

We haven’t tried to make a DIY pet surgery recovery suit with children’s toilet training pants, but if you do let us know how it works.

For smaller kitties, a premie baby onesie can do the same thing, minus the absorption power of a diaper. Check out the cool mods Holly made for Purkins’ pet surgery recovery suits. This is just adorable!

DIY pet surgery recovery suit

Don’t you just want to snuggle with Purrkins? We do!

Remember, keep careful watch on the incision area. It’s covered but things are still happening there. Here’s what to expect with amputation incision healing.

Meanwhile if you have the type of dog or cat who always seems to wind up in the surgery ward of your vet clinic, you might want to try this brand of pet recovery suits. These three might work well for post-amputation Tripawds, but we’ll rely on your feedback so please let us know:

Suitical Cat Recovery Suit

DIY pet surgery recovery suit

This is one tough looking recovering cat!

Suitical Dog Recovery Suit

DIY pet surgery recovery suit

Your dog will look adorable!

More Reading

Amputation Wound Care for Post-Surgery Dogs and Cats

How To Change Tie-over Bandage On Dogs

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How to Put the Webmaster Harness on Front Leg Tripawds

October 27th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Mobility

Getting a Ruffwear Webmaster harness on front-leg Tripawds is a little more tricky than dressing a rear-leg Tripawd. The dog must step through one front leg loop in order to put the harness on. But how do you do it without tipping over your three-legged dog?

How to Get a Webmaster Harness on Front Leg Tripawds

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Ziggy models the Webmaster harness.

Basically you have three choices:

  1. Put the harness on your front-leg Tripawd while he’s laying down. Slide the front right leg loop through one leg, slip the harness over the head and then have your dog stand up so you buckle him up.
  2. Have your dog step into the loop. Lay the harness flat on the floor, inside facing up. Direct your dog to walk forward and into the front right leg loop (bribing with a treat helps!) then pull the harness up and slip it over the head.
  3. Or, do it while your Tripawd is standing. Stand on the amputated side of your dog. Hold the harness in one hand. Place your other arm underneath his chest. Gently lift his torso and that front power paw, slip the harness up and over and it’s done!

Spirit Jerry taught us that method number three is the fastest, most gentle way to put a Webmaster harness on a front-leg Tripawd. Check it out:

Why Use a Harness on a Tripawd?

We learned right away that keeping a Webmaster on Spirit Jerry and Wyatt Ray is so important. You’ll always be prepared to help your dog in an instant, should assistance be needed. Soon, your Tripawd will feel naked without a harness!

Plus, as your dog ages and needs more help getting around, wearing a harness will be second nature. You’ll eliminate the stress of introducing a harness to an older dog with mobility challenges.

All of our Tripawd harness selections in our Gear Shop are Tripawd-tested and approved. The harnesses we carry are all there because they’ve been more proven to assist a three-legged animal than other brands available. Each harness has different benefits and some are easier to put on a dog, some a little more challenging. None are made specifically for Tripawds but they are the best we’ve found. And every harness is super helpful to your three-legged hero and you.

Browse the Tripawds Gear Shop today!

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Drug-Free Pet Pain Relief with the Assisi Loop

October 6th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Mobility

When your Tripawd is hurting, it’s critical to act fast. Work with your vet to pinpoint the cause and create action steps for immediate relief. Many times, Tripawds need a combination of western and eastern pet pain relief modalities. For many pet parents, the Assisi Loop is also part of the plan.

The Assisi Loop Works for Pet Pain Relief

Assisi Loop Pet Pain Relief

Smokey B tries the Assisi Loop for arthritis.

The Assisi Loop is a clinically-proven device that uses targeted pulsed electromagnetic fields to help speed healing and give pain relief to animals and humans alike. For more than a year we’ve been hearing lots of great things about it from pet parents and veterinarians alike. Even the renowned veterinary pain management expert Dr. Mike Petty uses the Assisi Loop in his practice and recommends it to rehab therapists everywhere.

The Assisi Loop provides pain relief for:

  • Wounds
  • Post-Surgical Pain & Swelling
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Neurological Issues
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Degenerative Disorders

Earlier this year while exhibiting at AAHA, we asked Assisi Animal Products reps to tell us more about how this pet pain relief product works. Kaysie Danneimiller from Assisi took a minute to explain:

Assisi Loop Facts

  • Prescribed by veterinarians and animal rehab therapists.
  • Alleviate pain and inflammation in animals without drugs.
  • Treats directly through wraps, dressings, and casts.
  • Easy to administer at home or in a clinical setting.
  • Uses targeted pulsed electromagnetic field technologies to improve health and healing.
  • Start with three to four 15-minute treatments per day for acute and chronic or degenerative conditions.

We haven’t tried the Assisi Loop ourselves (and we are not being compensated to write about it), but we’re curious about its results. Thankfully, longtime Tripawds members the Oaktown Pack are currently putting the loop into practice to alleviate arthritis. Their packmate Smokey B is pictured above. The Oaktown Pack promises to report back soon on how it worked for him, so watch this blog for an update.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in trying the Loop for your Tripawd, be sure to check out the Assisi Loop website. They have tons of great information ready for review in the Pet Owners section of their website, including what you need to know to get the Assisi Loop for your animal.

Assisi Loop Pet Pain Relief

Have you tried the Loop?
If so we’d love to hear your experience below!

More Holistic Pet Pain Relief Ideas

Post-Surgery Pain in Tripawd Dogs and Cats, Part 1
Natural Remedies for Amputation Recovery
Farabloc Gives Drug-Free Phantom Leg Pain Help for Amputees

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Parents Rave About the Custom Tripawd Harness

September 8th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Mobility

Tripawd dog harnesses come in all sorts of flavors. The special selection of harnesses you see in our Gear Shop are there because they’ve been tested by us and members of the community. All work great for three-legged dogs, but only one custom Tripawd harness can be tailored to your dog: the Custom Pet Support Suit.

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Millie wears her custom Tripawd harness.

Why this Custom Harness is Best for Tripawds

Long ago we knew the Custom Pet Support Suit was the best Tripawd harness on earth. Why? Because when our fearless leader Jerry put his on, we could see what a difference a tailored dog harness makes! When you order and send proper measurements, you get back a harness that:

  • Is comfortable enough to wear all day
  • Won’t slide to one side
  • Provides full under-belly support
  • Fits every curve on your dog’s unique body type.
Order Custom Pet Support Suit Here

Whether a dog has three our four legs, the Custom Pet Support Suit fits like a glove and enables you to help your dog exactly as you need to. Here’s what others have to say about this Made in the USA harness:

custom Tripawd harness“We just got Sweetie’s suit today, and it is wonderful!  Such great quality!  It only took a few minutes to adjust the straps.  It fits her perfectly!  She seems pretty comfortable in it also.  It made it so much easier to get her up when she had this on.  I actually put it on her as she laid on the floor and it was a breeze.  I can’t thank you enough for doing such a good job making it and shipping it so fast.  You guys truly are awesome!”

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Tripawd Tucker is camera shy.

“I got it to have it be a comfier and snugger harness, but it really helped me in more ways than that. Tucker needs a lot more support standing up to pee and poop and to walk. I now can do a much better job and if I clip the handles across his shoulder and hips, I can easily lift him straight up in the air and place him where he needs to be.”

custom Tripawd harness

“Your product has been a godsend!  It looks great and functions even better.  Definitely will recommend this to anyone.”

And last but not least, no words are needed to show how well it worked on Fiona.

custom Tripawd harness

“Thought you might be interested in these pics. Thanks for all your help!”

Order Custom Pet Support Suit Here

Learn More About the Custom Pet Support Harness

Custom Mobility Harness Helps Tripawds Get Up and Around

Which harness is right for my dog?

 

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