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Tripawd Exercise Donut Helps Strengthen, Stretch and Build Balance

January 19th, 2017 · No 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.

Get Strong with a 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 Donut with Traction

FitPAWS Trax Donut Dog Exercise Ball

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!

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.

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!

FitPAWS FitBone Colors

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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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!

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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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