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Matching Your Dog Breed to Tripawd Harness

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Comfort

Dogs come in all sizes and shapes. Long, short, narrow, wide. Get the best harness for your Tripawd by considering your dog’s body type before choosing any clothing or harnesses. Here’s how to match your dog breed to Tripawd harness for a winning combo.

Matching a Dog Breed to Tripawd Harness is Easy!

Most Breeds Can Wear the Webmaster Plus

The Webmaster Plus is our #1 Tripawd dog harness for a reason: it doesn’t matter if a dog is missing a front OR rear leg.

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Honeybear says “Yep, even I can wear the Webmaster Plus!”

No matter what the breed type, the vast majority of Tripawds can wear it and enjoy all the benefits such as:

  • A handle that’s in the perfect spot. Not too far forward or too far back, it allows us to assist and lift our dogs with ease.
  • Super strong d-ring for attaching a leash. No more throwing your Tripawd off balance by connecting to a collar.
  • Breathable, durable fabric that’s comfy year-round, no matter the temperature.

The Webmaster has just two challenges for Tripawds:

  • Front-leg Tripawds have an extra challenge with any harness. That’s because all harnesses slip just a little without two front legs to keep it in place. But the Webmaster slips the least.
  • If your dog is long-bodied you may find that even after properly sizing and fitting the Webmaster harness, the handle isn’t far back enough to help you assist. Or if you dog needs rear end lifting, this harness is not designed for that purpose like the Doubleback or Custom Pet Support Suit.

The Tripawd Convert Harness Works Great — for it’s Intended Purpose

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Cassidy is ready for a walkie!

The Tripawd Convert Harness looks great and is a perfect walking harness for all breed types. Short or long, narrow or wide, this harness serves it’s purpose: walking. But if you want to use it for lifting, a Webmaster Plus may be a better choice for your dog.

We love the Tripawd Convert Harness for reasons like:

  • Easy dressing. With one strap to buckle, it’s a breeze to put on any front or rear leg Tripawd.
  • Walking. It has a handy ring for your dog’s leash. Put it on and go!
  • And of course the nifty “TRIPAWD” badges it comes with.

The Tripawd Convert Harness is NOT great for: Hoisting, lifting and assisting. The handle is too far forward for anything more than occasional assistance on stairs, or holding your dog back from chasing squirrels.

If your dog has a long body, like a Basset Hound, you will find it hard to lift with this harness. Essentially you’re lifting just the front end of your dog’s body, instead of closer to the middle like the Webmaster Plus does.

The Ideal Tripawd Harness Solution? Get Both!

Here’s a “best of both worlds” solution: The Lovely Lab Shelby Lynn’s people did a great harness mod to their Webmaster after buying a Convert harness too. We love how it looks, don’t you?!

I will say, everyone in the docs office, raves about her harness!!! The doc, the techs, they couldn’t say enough great things about it. They like how easy she is to help and how much easier it is to handle her with it on, they even comment about how much added support there is with the “skidplate” as I call it, lol! They always take the pets on leashes and with her, they didn’t even bother, they were that comfortable and happy with the harness to just use it!Kudos to Tripawds for such a remarkable addition for these lovely furbabies <3 <3

I chose to add the emblems, because I am a little bit of an overprotective furmomma and don’t want anyone bumping into her and knocking her off balance, so I figure, they can see the warning just in case they don’t notice her beautiful uniqueness. — Shelby the Lovely Lab

Recommended Reading:

The Best Tripawd Dog Harness has a New Look
EzyDog Convert Harness Great for Tripawds
Best Gear Gifts for Tripawd Fitness, Safety and Fun

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The Best Tripawd Dog Harness has a New Look

February 23rd, 2017 · 2 Comments · Mobility, News

Customers requested it and Ruffwear responded. The best Tripawd dog harness is ready for your three-legged hero with an all-new look.

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Splashy Colors, Same Great Support

Any time the Ruffwear Webmaster harness changes, it’s for the better. Our favorite Tripawd dog harness has come a long way from the days when we discovered how much it helped our founder Spirit Jerry get around. Almost ten years later, the Webmaster is better than ever and now comes in an all new look!

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Now in Dusk Blue with matching straps.

To begin with, the Webmaster harness now comes in a pretty “Dusk Blue” (pictured here with the Webmaster Plus Brush Guard attachment).

And whether you order the other traditional colors in Red Currant or Twilight Gray, you’ll see how the nylon webbing now matches the harness color. Talk about nice looking!

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Wyatt tries out the new Webmaster look.

Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray is excited to show you how cool this harness looks. Watch him take off down the runway in his new gear.

Of course the Webmaster is still available in Red Currant and Twilight Gray. Why not get all three? You’ll never get bored with just one color.

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A splashy look for all three Webmaster colors.

The Best Tripawd Dog Harness has Extra Support

The new Ruffwear Webmaster harness looks a bit different, but it works as well as ever for Tripawds. Whether you buy the Webmaster alone or with the “Webmaster Plus” Brush Guard attachment.

Why choose the Webmaster Plus? Because if your older, overweight or just less mobile Tripawd hero needs extra assistance and support, like when getting into cars and going up stairs, the Brush Guard is even more helpful. It provides extra protection, load dispersion and stability when a dog is hoisted and assisted up.

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The Webmaster Plus Tripawd dog harness adds support.

When you get your Brush Guard attachment, it might look a bit confusing at first. You wouldn’t be the first to wonder “How do I attach this thing?”

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Attaching the Brush Guard is easy.

But it really is easy to attach the Brush Guard. Just lay them side by side like this, and watch how to attach them together in less than one minute:

The Web Master Plus Brush Guard attachment is available in the Tripawds Gear Shop and the price includes shipping! If you already have the harness, you will save money on the Brush Guard at Amazon.

More Reasons Why We Love this Tripawd Dog Harness

Web Master Plus Brush Guard Make Best Support Harness for Tripawds
Wow! Wyatt’s Webmaster Tripawd Harness is Still Going Strong
Web Master is a Front Leg Tripawd Harness Too

 

 

 

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It’s Sew Easy to Help a Tripawd’s Amputation Pain Go Away

February 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Comfort

Today’s Tripawds are living in a world where current veterinary pain management guidelines are greatly minimizing post-amputation and arthritis pain in dogs and cats. But even with pain medication, some Tripawds will still experience discomfort. If your Tripawd is experiencing this, a Farabloc EMF shield blanket can get your dog (or cat) feeling better, faster.

A Tripawd’s Amputation Pain Can Go Away in Minutes

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Add Farabloc to your Tripawd’s gear for faster pain relief.

Farabloc is a non-pharmaceutical phantom limb pain therapy. It alleviates pain in animals and humans by shielding the body from man-made and environmental electromagnetic fields (EMF). Here’s how it works:

  • Farabloc is made with ultra-thin stainless steel and nylon thread
  • These fibers shield the body from high frequency electromagnetic fields
  • Without EMFs penetrating sensitive, achy muscles and joints, a dog, cat or human can enjoy less pain and faster surgery 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. But don’t just set a Farabloc blanket on top of your Tripawd’s bed and forget about it. Try incorporating it into your Tripawd’s gear.

Order your Farabloc Pain Relief Blanket here

We added Farabloc amputation pain relief to his gear.

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Wyatt doesn’t know it, but his jacket has healing power!

First, we took Wyatt’s Climate Changer Dog Jacket and measured carefully to know what size of Farabloc blanket to order. The 12″ x 30″ Farabloc blanket makes it easy to add to most dog jackets.

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Wyatt’s jacket before we added pain relief.

Then we carefully folded his 12″ x 30″ Farabloc blanket to neatly fit inside the body of his jacket.

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This kind of pain relief helps arthritic dogs too.

You can sew it inside. But if you’re not crafty, just attach the Farabloc to the inside with hook and loop fasteners. Remove the Farabloc before hand-washing the gear.

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Not crafty? Apply adhesive-backed hook-and-loop velcro.

Order your Farabloc Pain Relief Blanket here

Add it to the inside of a Get-a-Grip Harness or Custom Pet Support Suit and you’ve got a dog support harness with healing powers!

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Wyatt’s Custom Pet Support Suit is deal for an interior Farabloc.

The rectangular shape of this support harness makes it easy to incorporate a Farabloc inside.

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Wyatt’s Custom Pet Support Suit has phantom pain relief inside.

By taking this extra step, you’re giving your Tripawd a chance at faster pain relief and decreased surgical site swelling. Tripawd dogs and cats well beyond recovery can also feel better during cold, dark winters when this blanket is inside their gear.

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Wyatt snoozes after surgery.

About Farabloc Pain Relief for Tripawds

We’ve discussed how Farabloc works many times here in the Tripawds Gear blog. It’s an intriguing holistic tool to help your new amputee feel better after surgery and beyond. People and pets may respond differently to its effectiveness. But when compared to the cost of prescriptions drugs and therapeutic services, a Farabloc blanket can be a cost-effective pain relief remedy for many dogs and cats.

Order your Farabloc Pain Relief Blanket here

 

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Tripawd Exercise Donut Helps Strengthen, Stretch and Build Balance

January 19th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Exercise

When your dog loses a leg, you must rethink what exercise means to the pack. Instead of throwing a ball, try core-strengthening games with a fun Tripawd exercise “Donut.” This FitPAWS® exercise gear is a great way to spend time together and build muscles that help avoid injuries.

Wyatt Stays Strong with His Tripawd Exercise Donut

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We’ve always loved the FitPAWS Donut and now it’s better than ever. This little piece of inflatable equipment helps your dog:

  • Get stronger core-muscles
  • Build confidence on uneven surfaces.
  • Feel a better connection with you as you learn to balance and play in a challenging and ever-changing situation.

Strong core muscles are key for all dogs, but especially for three-legged canines. A strong core is the powerhouse between front and rear body movement. If you are a dog, core-strength helps you when you sit up, stand up, run, turn, twist, jump and play. For Tripawds missing that spare leg, strong core-muscles are key to preventing common injuries to remaining limbs.

Please don’t start any exercise program
until you talk with your vet. 

Tripawd Wyatt Tests the New FitPAWS Donut with Traction

NOTE: The FitPAWS Donut is for advanced exercises. Just getting started? Consider the Balance Disc or build your own Homemade Buja Board!

The FitPAWS Donut has been around for years. But the company only recently released the new Donut with a no-slip, textured “Trax™” surface. What makes the new Trax surface so awesome is:

  • It prevents slipping and provides neurosensory stimulation
  • It’s a burst-resistant design that provides a safer balance platform for conditioning and rehabilitation exercises.

When we tried the Donut with Wyatt, he knew exactly what to do.

  • Wait until we bribed him with yummy treats.
  • Put both feet on top of the Donut.
  • Stand and stuff him with treats for a few minutes.
  • It’s that easy!

FitPAWS Trax Donut Dog Exercise Ball

We noticed that even without the FitPAWS Donut Holder, if you just place your legs in front of the Donut you’ll keep it steady enough for your dog to safely balance on. See how we did that in the video?

Wyatt’s nails were a bit long. But did he punch a hole in the Trax Donut? Nope. That material is so tough that a 300-pound dog can sit on it without a problem.

The flat surface of the Donut makes it safe for smaller Tripawds to stand on. Big Tripawds like Wyatt should only sit on it or place their front limbs on the Donut. Both positions help build critical rear-end muscles to help avoid injury.

You’ll learn all this and more with the free exercise guide and DVD that come with your purchase.

NOTE: Wyatt is wearing the Tripawd Convert harness by EzyDog in these photos. A harness is recommend to help stabilize your dog and prevent injury from falls.

FitPAWS® TRAX™ Donut Basics

The Donut is an intermediate piece of equipment that’s a bit more challenging than the beginner-level FitPAWS Balance Pad, but not as tough as the more advanced FitPAWS Peanut. It’s one piece of equipment you’ll want to add to your canine Tripawd gym.

  • Special TRAX™ Design Provides Superior Grip and Stability
  • Features TRAX™ Neuro Stimulation Bumps
  • Burst Resistant to 300 lbs. – Designed to Deflate Slowly If Punctured
  • 13” height x 22”width (33 cm x 55 cm)
  • Inflation Pump and Guidelines Included

FitPAWS Trax Donut Dog Exercise Ball

Technically Designed for Your Canine

The FitPAWS® TRAX™ Donut is uniquely-shaped inflatable fitness ball designed specifically for dogs. Its flattened base offers more stability than other inflatables. With your assistance, your dog can learn to stand, sit, lay, side step and perform other beneficial exercises.

Real-Time Results

Subtle movement of the Donut under your dog’s weight causes a shift in your dog’s center of gravity. Your dog will naturally try and maintain balance, causing the muscles to engage and strengthen. It’s that simple.

Order the FitPAWS Donut today!

Learn how to get free Tripawd rehab therapy with Tripawds Foundation

Get more Tripawds Fitness Tips in our e-book, Loving Life on Three Legs

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K9 FitBone Can Help Your Tripawd Dog Get Strong

January 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Exercise

The best way to help your Tripawd dog get strong might not be what you think it is. Rehab therapists tell us that the best way to ensure our three-legged dogs get stronger is to build core muscle strength. After your Tripawd is officially out of the amputation recovery stage, you can do this in simple ways such as:

  • Asking your dog to walk on sofa cushions. A FitPAWS Balance Pad can do the same thing too.
  • Taking short walks while your pup walks on uneven surfaces. Walking in sand is a good choice. Just don’t overdo it, it’s hard work! A couple of minutes is plenty.
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Good core strength helps Wyatt do this.

Core strength matters because strong abdominals are the key to preventing weaknesses that lead to injury. Dogs are just like people: both need strong abdominals to minimize the chance of injuries like back problems.

Try the CanineGym® K9 FITbone™ to Help Your Tripawd Dog Get Strong

Here’s a fun little piece of equipment that gives your dog a workout without even really trying! We love this item because you can incorporate into everyday life. This is how Wyatt uses it while he eats:

The CanineGym® K9FITbone™ workout tool is an all-around great piece of equipment for anyone just getting started in DIY canine rehabilitation therapy. And now it comes in different colors to match your Tripawd-proofed home decor!

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Here’s what it can do for your Tripawd:

  • Build Core and Limb Strength
  • Improve Coordination
  • Better Joint Health
  • Creates a Stronger Bond
  • Reduce Behavior Challenges
  • Senior Strengthening
  • Puppy Confidence Building

The K9FITbone measures 23” x 10”. It’s compact enough to leave out in your home and not get in the way. It comes with a pump, and FitPAWS’ CanineGym® Training Cards. These provide detailed exercise guidelines for targeted balance and strength training. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use a treat to encourage the dog to put its back feet on the K9 FITBone
  • Practice holding the position for recommended duration.
  • and more!

 

Get a K9 FITbone here!

Remember, always seek out the advice of a canine rehabilitation therapist before beginning any exercise program. And remember, the Tripawds Foundation will pay for your first rehab therapy visit!

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