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Rebate on Ruffwear Gear!

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments · News

Tripawds Facebook fans may have noticed this new special offer we just announced to save on Ruffwear gear for the summer!

Ruffwear Rebate

Not on Facebook? No problem!

Tripawds Ruffwear Summer Gear Rebate

Get a $15.00 refund when you purchase a Ruffwear Webmaster Plus and a Float Coat Life Jacket with the same order.

Save $15 OFF Ruffwear Gear!

Rebate requires purchase of at least one Ruffwear Webmaster Plus (Webmaster harness with Brush Guard) AND one Float Coat Life Jacket with the same order. Offer expires Thursday, June 30, 2016. Only valid to the first 15 customers to claim this offer.

NOTE: Measure carefully! Rebate refunded after receipt of products and confirmation of fit. No refunds on returned products.

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DIY Dog Paw Protector with IV Bag

May 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Safety

Dog paw injuries are tough to manage. Thankfully this DIY dog paw protector made with an IV bag makes life a little easier for you both. Read on to learn more:

DIY Dog Paw Protector Helps Healing

Paw pads are made of tissue that’s completely different than anything else on a dog’s body. When paws are injured with a cut, abrasion or burn, life can get tricky for the dog and the human. According to the experts at DVM360,

The canine footpad is a highly specialized tissue with specific and distinctive functions, and therefore, cannot be replaced by skin from the body. Wound management of these injuries is directed toward preserving as much of the pad tissue as possible and keeping pressure off of the affected paw to encourage wound healing, re-epithelialization and epithelial keratinization.”

Dogs with paw wounds may come home with vet wrap over the foot. The problems happen when trying to keep the vet wrap and underlying bandage free of moisture and dirt when going outside. Rain, snow, and puddles all put healing at risk.

Sometimes you can use a bootie to keep the bandage try. PAWZ dog boots are lightweight and easy for many dogs to wear. Cassie is wearing one in the photo below. But if your dog isn’t used to wearing shoes, putting booties on their feet every time you go outside may turn into a stressful struggle.

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Cassie recovers from paw pad surgery.

Since most times you only need to protect the paw bandage when going outside for potty breaks, this easy DIY dog paw protector made from a IV bag could be the answer.

We learned about these homemade paw protectors in this Forum topic “What Does MCT Look Like?” In this discussion, Tripawd Murphy’s sister Cassie needed a biopsy on her foot when a suspicious lump appeared. After surgery, Cassie’s Mom Donna wrote:

She came home with a purple bandage she has to keep on for 2 days, which we have to try to keep dry…of course it snowed for the first time a couple days ago lol  We put one of Murphy’s Pawz boots on it the couple of times she’s gone out & it’s covered the dressing well, but it seems to bother her.  We’re going to try just a baggie next time in case it’s putting too much pressure on the incision.

Thankfully Angel Sassy’s Mom, Michelle came to the rescue. She says here:

If the baggy thing doesn’t work ask for an empty iv bag from your vet.  cut open one end and put holes in the side.  String some gauze string through it and tie it shut.  It works perfect.  My vet did that when we had to wrap Bosch’s foot and keep it dry.

That sounded so cool we just had to see photos. Michelle was kind enough to post some. Here’s a good one. She wrote:

I guess Dr Boyer cut the bottom off and left the top by which you hang it.

DIY dog paw protector

Isn’t this a great idea? We hope you never have to try it but if you do, ask your vet for some IV bags to make your own. Let us know how it goes and send some photos.

Oh and on a happy note, Cassie’s suspicious lump was benign. Yay!



Web Master is a Front Leg Tripawd Harness Too

April 25th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Exercise, Mobility

When Tripawds Founder Spirit Jerry wore the first Web Master harness by Ruffwear, we knew this device was something special. The harness has improved greatly through the years and today Ruffwear’s Web Master Plus is the best front leg Tripawd harness solution around.

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Patchy the Front Leg Tripawd Saint Loves His Web Master Harness

Patchy wrote to share how much the harness is helping him live an active life on three:

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Mastering the art of one-legged bone chomping.

“Hi it is Summer/Patchy from Tripawds wanting to let you know what a great assistance harness this is for us!

So glad that we purchased the rough guard as it adds so much more support to my big guy!

Patchy is still being pretty stubborn as he wants to do everything on his own but as we use it more I am sure he will come to like the support we can give him when getting in and out of the Jeep, up on the bed etc!

Highly recommend the harness.

The only con about the harness is that Patchy is a big guy and the part that goes around his neck is a little snug. Maybe come up with an XXL for the giant breeds.

All in all though this is a great help!

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Tripawd Patchy goes camping!

As of now, no canine gear companies make “Tripawd harnesses.” The logistics of creating one for both front and rear-leg dogs of all sizes are too challenging, making a manufactured Tripawd harness financially impractical.

Ruffwear Webmaster Plus Brush Guard

For now, the harnesses we carry in the Tripawds Gear Shop have pros and cons for front or rear leg Tripawd dogs. Overall though, they are the best, most durable and functional ones that we’ve tested. If you can recommend any others we haven’t tried, let us know!

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Custom Harness Gets Tripawd Scarlet Into the World Again

The Best Small Dog Harness That Helps Tripawds Too!

Ruffwear Doubleback Harness Mod for Rear Leg Tripawd Dogs

Eva Loves Her Tripawd Convert Harness



Hitch Steps Help Tripawds Into Trucks and SUVs

April 11th, 2016 · No Comments · Mobility, Safety

Since we reviewed the Pet Loader and Otto Step, various other products have become available for helping senior pets and three legged dogs into trucks and SUVs.

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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. We found this selection on Amazon. If you’ve used any of them or have other recommendations, please leave a comment. All feedback is welcome!

HitchUp Pet Step

Hitch Up Pet Step

Great Day HU200 Hitch Up Pet Step

The Hitch Up Pet Step platform is designed so you can walk your dog in and out of your SUV or truck with no assistance. No more lifting and straining. The Hitch Up attaches in seconds to a regular 2 inch hitch receiver and folds neatly out of the way when not in use.

  • Platform designed for your dog to walk in and out without assistance
  • Attaches in seconds to a regular 2 inch hitch receiver and folds neatly out of the way
  • Constructed of heavy duty aircraft aluminum
  • Measures 16L x 3.5 W inches and weighs only 7 lbs.
Read more Hitch Up Pet Step Reviews and save at Amazon!
Hitch Mounted Portable Pet Dog Twist Step

Heininger TwisStep Dog Hitch Step

Heininger Hitch Mounted Twist Step

TWISTEP provides a quick step up into your vehicle for your canine companion. TWISTEP installs in your Hitch Receiver, always ready to help, unlike a ramp or other step setup that you need to unload to use and then pack away again after use. Veterinarian Endorsed – helps reduce stress from jumping in and out of vehicles.

  • Current model will fit 1.25″ and 2″ Hitch Receivers
  • Attaches securely to the hitch receiver of your vehicle and stores under the bumper when not in use
  • Holds up to 400 pounds on a Class III hitch
  • Corrosion-resistant coating
  • Adjusts up to 6″ in height
Read more Twistep Dog Hitch Step reviews and save on Amazon!

Elepahnt Swivel Hitch pet Step

Elephant Stand Swivel Hitch Step

Built to handle heavy loads, with easy access to get in and out of a truck bed, the Elephant Stand Swivel Hitch Step swivels in and out for easy storage under truck. Stand provides ample ground clearance and locks in place for worry free use. Swings under trailers for better access. Powder-coated raised no-slip step is built tough to stand up to any condition.

Read more Swivel Hitch Step reviews and save on Amazon!

Petmate Cargo Step for Dogs

Petmate Cargo Step with Bag

The Petmate vehicle access system gives dog owners a compact, lightweight, multi-functional solution for pet transport. This rugged cargo step can be used as a step for loading your pet or for you to gain access to the top of your vehicle. It is light weight, sturdy and carries a lifetime warranty.

  • Compact, lightweight and very sturdy
  • Folds easily
  • Includes bag for carrying
  • Large Step Platform: 15″ by 18 by 1-1/2″
Read more Petmate Cargo Step reviews and save on Amazon!

Pet Loader Folding Car Steps

Read our original Pet Loader Car Steps review for complete details.


Read more Pet Loader Car Step reviews and save on Amazon!

Otto Step Hitch Receiver Pet Step

Read our original Otto Step review for complete details.

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Read more Otto Step reviews and save on Amazon!


New Grip Trex Boots Better Than Ever for Tripawds!

March 10th, 2016 · No Comments · Safety

Dog boots are useful for many situations, like giving a Tripawd traction on slippery surfaces and protecting from ruff outdoor ground. Many types of dog boots are in the marketplace, but paws down, the best dog boots money can buy are made by Ruffwear.

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Grip Trex™ All-Terrain Boots Better Than Ever!

We pull no punches here: Ruffwear products are always great. Their product designers understand the biomechanics of a dog’s body better than anyone else. Ruffwear outdoor dog gear fits great, functions beautifully and lasts a long, long time.

But Ruffwear knows there’s always room for improvement, which is why they redesigned their famous Grip Trex™ dog boots. We are so excited about the new design!

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New Grip Trex fit better than ever!

Before considering boots, please remember:

Boots are not the solution if you’re trying to avoid covering your hardwood floors with non-skid carpets. Boots are not meant to be worn all day. Doing so will prevent your dog from perspiring and cause yeasty moisture build-up in-between paws.

And not all Tripawds will tolerate boots, or even need them if they don’t live an active lifestyle or reside in harsher environments. Always introduce dog boots slowly.

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Boots are ideal for outdoorsy, active dogs.

But if you have an active Tripawd like Wyatt Ray, one who loves going on outdoor adventures all year long, Ruffwear boots are a must. Grip Trex will protect your best friend’s precious three paws from nasty thorns, sharp rocks and other outdoor dangers like nothing else!

Tripawd Wyatt Tests the Grip Trex Boots™

Ruffwear sent us a set of the new Grip Trex to test on Tripawds Spokedog Wyatt Ray. Our official product tester is quite familiar with boots, so if your dog isn’t and you’re considering a set, please check out these tips about how to introduce dogs to boots before purchasing.

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Sock liners are a must for Ruffwear dog boots.

Booting Up Wyatt

“Booting Up” Wyatt is easiest as a two-person job. He’s not overly enthusiastic during this process. Of course we always give plenty of treats in-between each step:

  1. Before placing the Ruffwear Boot Liners and Grip Trex on Wyatt, we broke the shoes in by flexing and curling the soles a bit.
  2. Next, we put the Webmaster Plus on Wyatt.
  3. Then one of us grabs the Webmaster handle and lifts him up slightly to get his front paws off the ground.
  4. On goes the sock liners and boots!
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Wyatt clomps a bit after putting on boots.

Once he has all three shoes on he’ll clomp around for a bit. Within a minute or two he’s forgotten how annoyed he was that we put them on, and he’s off and running.

Wyatt Hits the Trail

There was no better place to test these shoes than here in Texas cactus country. Once Wyatt knew we were headed for some fun, there was no stopping him. We hiked around in the cool morning, stopping and checking to ensure the boots were snug (but not tight).

He chased sticks.

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Tripawd Wyatt goes on the hunt with Grip Trex boots.

He climbed some craggy peaks.

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Grip Trex protect Wyatt’s paws.

And he had a ball!

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Wyatt patrols the desert with Grip Trex boots.

With every step we could clearly see these shoes are much better than the former Grip Trex. Here’s why:

  • The Vibram® soles seem much more pliable than before.
  • The boots sat lower on his feet and no longer interfered with his dew claws.
  • The toe area has a bit more protection too.
  • The kicker? They stayed on better than ever! Only once did a single shoe come off and that’s because we forgot to double-check the closures before we hit the trail. Otherwise there was no rotation or loosening at all. We believe the Ruffwear Sock Liners have a lot to do with that too.

The Conclusion

You are going to love the redesigned Grip Trex. They fit better, stay on like they’re supposed to and your dog will probably think they’re more comfortable than ever. We won’t ever hesitate to use them on surfaces that could hurt Wyatt’s feet. Give them a try!

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Wyatt has happy paws in the desert!

Thank you Ruffwear, for allowing our active Tripawds to keep on hoppin’ in the great outdoors!

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