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Make Slippery Floors, Stairs Safer with Puppy Treads Traction Decals

July 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Safety

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Keeping a Tripawd safe on slippery floors is a big deal around here, and for good reason. At best, one fall can quickly ruin a new Tripawd’s confidence. At worst, one bad slip can cause injury.

Puppy Treads Tripawd Safety

Add traction for your Tripawd.

Slippery floors are one of the scariest parts of a Tripawd’s life, which is why we’re always looking for better ways to add traction to slick surfaces. If you’re tired of placing no-slip throw rugs everywhere, check out this new indoor traction decal called “Puppy Treads™,” by Handi-Ramp®, the world’s oldest ramp manufacturing company.

Puppy Treads for Tripawds

Puppy Treads

Puppy Treads Make Slippery Floors Safe for Tripawds

Puppy Treads are an adhesive-backed, affordable decal that installs on interior surfaces without any tools. Use them on stairs, in the kitchen, or on any interior surface where your Tripawd roams.

This is an easy product that anyone can apply to their floors. They’re manufactured and distributed by the HandiRamp company, which has been making accessibility and safety products in the U.S. for over 50 years, so you know they’re safe.

Puppy Treads Tripawd Safety

How to use Puppy Treads

How Puppy Treads can help your Tripawd:

  • Protect your Tripawd from falls that could cause injuries.
  • Boosts confidence when re-learning how to go up and down stairs.
  • Makes it easier for a three-legged dog or cat to walking across slippery floors.

Putting Puppy Treads to the Test

HandiRamp set us a free set of Puppy Treads to check out. We put them down in our kitchen since we don’t have interior stairs. Here’s what we learned:

They’re as easy to install as the company claims. You don’t need any special tools but it helps to have a rolling pin to put extra pressure on them when adhering to a clean surface.

No-Slip floors for three-legged dog

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Tip: Know exactly where you want to place the treads. Once you lay it on the floor it will stick. We tried to reposition one and it tore — the treads have an incredible adhesive on the back! They will peel up for repositioning and removing, but with effort. If you want to remove them at some point in time, it may be a chore and could potentially leave residue. However HandiRamp says any gunk can be easily cleaned with an adhesive removal product.

Conclusion: Puppy Treads are worth a try, especially for indoor stairs. If you order some, be sure to enter this coupon code for 10% off your order: BLOG2015

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Tripawd Dogs and Cats Go Places with Pet Strollers

June 29th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Mobility

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Strollers are such a great way to help Tripawd dogs and cats get out into the world. They’re 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.

Sandy Sees the World on Wheels

Sandy really loves her dog stroller, which can be pushed like a carriage or towed behind a bicycle.

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Tripawd Sandy goes for a ride in her stroller.

Her mom Dawn shared how much it’s help Sandy get around in her blog:

Since amputation, this has been our blessed wheels that has provided us with the continuation of our walks to our favourite places to meet our friends to sniff, play & socialise, but being able to rest when tiredness kicks in.

This has been our saviour as some days we only make our walks to the green next to the house. Sandy can hop in, stroll along & hop out again when we see friends or wants to sniff.

Strollers are so great when your dog isn’t ready for a wheelchair, but just needs an extra boost getting around. Most pets will adapt well with these dog stroller training tips.

Check out our best Tripawds Gear Blog post about strollers for three-legged dogs and cats. One of them just might work for yours.

Pet Strollers Help Dogs (and Cats) Large and Small Get Outside

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Eva Loves Her Tripawd Convert Harness

June 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Exercise

Have you tried a Tripawd harness or other products we recommend? If so, your first-paw product feedback is wanted. Whether you love something in the Tripawds Gear Shop or don’t like it at all, we want to know. Your Tripawds product experience is very important to us, because we only recommend products that are Tripawd tested and approved.

Why Tripawd Eva Loves Her Convert Harness

Eva recently shared her experience with the Tripawd Convert Harness by EzyDog, which we have available in the Tripawds Gear Shop.

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Eva reviews the Tripawd Convert EzyDog Harness

Here’s what she had to say:

So, we got Eva’s harness, and I love it. I am pretty sure it fits perfect and as someone who has always used no pull harnesses I can say I am surprised with it’s ability to keep Eva at an appropriate pace. This is good cos I was fairly nervous about the entire front strap being velcro. Boy- was I nervous!

But it held her in great! We’ve used it a considerable amount because Eva loves going on walks, and since it’s been over two weeks since her operation I’m slowly reintroducing her to the back door steps that are slightly steeper than the front yard steps, and made out of tile. They have grip strips on them but the handle assist on this harness is SO helpful in making sure that I can help ensure she doesn’t slip and fall.

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Tripawd Eva loves her EzyDog harness.

Thanks for letting us know it works for you Eva! While all dogs are different and there is no “perfect” Tripawd dog harness, we’re always so glad when our recommended products work well for one of our community members.

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Help Your Tripawd Get Strong, Even When Eating

June 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Exercise

Did you miss the Tripawds Fitness and Conditioning course with Wizard of Paws Dr. Debbie Gross? If so, you missed out on some fantastic tips like this:

Add Balance Games to Your Tripawd’s Mealtime

Use every opportunity to add balance games to your Tripawd dog’s life, even during mealtime. Dr. Gross suggested placing a K9 FitBone or Balance Disc by FitPAWS at your dog’s eating station. Teach your dog how to stand on it while eating and you have another great way of helping your dog gain better balance, proprioception and core strengthening.

Here’s what Wyatt Ray’s mealtimes now look like:


Are you ready to take your Tripawd dog’s fitness to the next level? Check out our e-book, Loving Life on Three Legs and visit the Tripawds Gear blog Fitness Page for fun ways to get in shape and stay that way!

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Do All Tripawds Need Boots?

April 20th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Comfort

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

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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.

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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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