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Help Your Tripawd Swim!

Since Jerry just wrote about swimming your tripawd to better health, we thought it only fitting to announce availability of the new Ruffwear life jackets for dogs here in the Tripawds Gear blog. Check out this review of the Float Coat canine life vests from Ruffwear…

Ruffwear Float Coat

Swimming is some of the best physical therapy you can offer your three legged dog. The Float Coat from Ruffwear ensures safety for your pup and peace of mind for yourself when taking to the water with your Tripawd. Now available in two styles, there is a Float Coat to fit every lifestyle and budget.

Ruff Wear Float Coat Dog Life Vest Jackets

Original Float Coat Design

NOTE: Sizing, colors and pricing have been updated.

Ruffwear Float Coat Colors

New Ruffwear Float Coat Colors

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One of the biggest advantages of a Ruffwear Float Coat: strategically placed PVC-free buoyancy cells that support dogs in a natural horizontal swimming position, allowing them to go farther, longer, with less fatigue.

While this video shows the original Float Coat in action, it shows many of the same benefits available with the new Float Coats from Ruffwear …

Ruff Wear Girth SizingRuffwear Float Coats should fit snugly. This performance fit ensures the coat remains on your dog when needed most. Please measure carefully! The correct size is determined by measuring the widest part around your dog’s rib cage (girth).
If your dog is in between sizes, Ruffwear suggests selecting the smaller size for an active performance fit.

Size Dog Girth†
XXS 13″-17″ 33-43 cm
XS 17″-22″ 43-56 cm
S 22″-27″ 56-68 cm
M 27″-32″ 69-81 cm
L 32″-36″ 81-91 cm
XL 36″-42″ 91-106 cm

† Girth: Measurement around widest part of rib cage

Is your Tripawd in-between sizes?

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Ruffwear Float Coat Wave OrangeRuffwear Float Coat:

The Float Coat for dogs is perfect for supporting your dog in all types of water conditions, day or night, indoors or out.

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16 Responses to “Help Your Tripawd Swim!”

  1. Chuy wears his for his swim therapy. It really helped him when we first started because he didn’t want to put any weight on his left rear leg at all! Now he gets excited when we put it on him to go swimming.

  2. It works great for front-heavy dogs too, like some bully breeds. My terrier mix was built a little like a Bulldog and had severe hip dysplasia in one hip, and without a Float Coat he had to paddle frantically reaching his front legs high out of the water to keep his head above the water. With a life jacket he was able to swim normally.

  3. The Ruff Wear Float Coat Life Jacket for dogs is one of the best out there. I wouldn’t want to be without this great product. My little Jack Russell loves the water and this life jacket provides her the best in safety and security and it looks great on her as well!

  4. Charley loves his Ruff Wear Float Coat!!! He never swam as a quad-paw, but he loves swimming as a Tripawd!!!

    Here’s a link of him swimming with his cool float coat:

    Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
    Ellen & Charley

  5. Can I use the Float Coat instead of the traditional harness? Or do I need both? It looks like I don’t really need both and my dog loves to swim and I’ve signed him for a rehab program that makes use of a swim tank.

    • Thanks for asking Gregg. The Float Coat is a life jacket for dogs, the Webmaster harness is not. The harness should not be used for swimming or hydrotherpay since it provides no buoyancy.

      While the Float Coat does have a handle for helping dogs in and out of the water, it is not designed to be used full-time as a harness. Hope this helps!

  6. Melissa Gregory March 19, 2014 at 7:09 am


    Do you have an Australian supplier or any ideas how I can get a float coat for my aussie tripawd? He’s a black lab, MVA survivor, only just got him home.



  7. want to know if international excludes Canada ?,,\My pooch lost his rear leg last year but loves the water…summers coming and would like to know if the site im on would mail me a swimvest with price for my german shepperd and how to go about this buy…


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