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How Do You Help Your Three-Legged Dog Swim?

Can your three-legged dog swim? If you don’t know, give it a try with the best, safest dog life jacket available, the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat.

Three Legged German Shepherd Swimming
Rear-leg Tripawd Wyatt swims safely with Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat

Most canine amputees can swim without a floatation device. But Tripawd dogs swim longer, safer and more confidently when wearing a life jacket. Watch Tripawds Founder Spirit Jerry G. Dawg, swimming with and without a life jacket:

Accept no imitations! The Ruffwear K9 Float Coat is the only

dog floatation device with full under-belly padded cells
that keep even the largest Tripawd upright while swimming.
Yellow Ruffwear PFD Life Jacket for Dogs
Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat

Why the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat is the best:

  • Prevents dogs from swallowing too much water
  • Under-belly padding keeps Tripawds upright
  • Provides a buoyant lift when your Tripawd gets tired
  • Ergonomic cut provides flexibility
  • Sturdy handle helps you offer assistance as needed
Tripawd GSD Wyatt Swims in Comal River
The K9 Float coat allows for maximum mobility in and out of the water.

Summer is almost here! Now is the time to see how this life jacket helps your Tripawd in the water. On June 1st, Ruffwear is implementing a slight price increase on all items, so act  now!

Purchase your Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat here!

Three Legged GSD Shakes After Swimming in Ruffwear Float Coat
Tripawd Wyatt loves swimming with a life vest

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8 thoughts on “How Do You Help Your Three-Legged Dog Swim?”

  1. Murphy has always been an extremely strong swimmer. He has a very powerful front end, so being a rear Tripawd did not affect that part of his swimming. However, before we even let him go in the water after his amputation/hip replacement, we bought a Floatcoat for him. He gets soooo excited when he sees it. He has no trouble at all out-swimming his quadpawd friends.

    He became familiar with the Floatcoat before we had him at the lake, as the rehab vets used one when he did his underwater treadmill and swimming in the tank.

    The Floatcoat gets a two thumbs and three paws up at our house.

    Kathi and Murphy

  2. Thanks for the feedback Kathi. We agree, the Ruffwear Float Coat Rocks.

    Murphy is such a beacon of hope for all Tripawds! We so appreciate all you do for the community. Thank you.

  3. I’m so excited to see this, and what perfect timing! Oreo and I are moving to a lake in Tennessee in July and she’ll want to swim, I’m sure. I’ll get this now so she’s used to it when it’s swim time.

  4. My 3/4 size poodle Milo lost his front right leg as a puppy and for 5.5 years he has paddled but he hasn’t swum much. After seeing a video of Wyatt swimming so well in his Float Coat, I decided to buy one for Milo. He has been swimming in it for 8 days now and he is a new dog! He can get so much exercise from swimming, he goes way out over his head to fetch a stick, he swims alongside me, or just goes in on his own for fun. Already he is gaining confidence around other dogs who might be threatening to swim out and pinch his stick… he swims so well and he loves it. I’m really keen to see how well we can reduce vet bills for trigger point therapy now that he can get so much exercise swimming. I’m absolutely delighted.


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