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When you’re caring for a dog, sometimes there are events that come unexpectedly with their health. These events may require amputation of one of your dog’s legs, and while it’s not a preferred situation to be in and there’s a looming gloom behind the whole thing, your dog can live a quality lifestyle even with just three legs. 

These precious fur babies are also referred to as tripods, or tripawds. If you have a three-legged dog, have a dog that’s facing amputation in the future, or are a dog owner who wants to know all the things about dog care, keep on reading. We’ve got tips for how to care for a three-legged dog right here!

(via Pug Life Harness Review By Pamela V.)


#1 | Remain Calm

We know you’re probably experiencing a lot of anxiety and concern about amputating your dog’s leg, but here’s the truth of the matter: your dog will feel much better when the thing that’s ailing them is removed. You’ll see a difference! Breathe and try to understand this is necessary and your dog will be more comfortable afterwards.


#2 | Post-Procedure

Until your fur baby gets their footing after becoming a tripawd, pay close attention to them and limit their movements until they are noticeably getting better. When they’re taking bathroom breaks, provide assistance by using a towel under their belly like a hammock to give extra standing support.


#3 | Check Your Home & Surroundings

To eliminate risks, safety proof your home by making sure there are no slip zones that could harm your fur baby especially when it comes to areas of the house that your dog frequents. 


#4 | Maintain a Healthy Weight

Dog obesity is already a concern when it comes to your dog’s joints. If they are a tripawd, or three-legged dog, more weight on three legs can double up on the potential for injury as it puts more strain on their joints. 


#5 | Strengthening Exercises

Maintaining a healthy weight is one thing, but since your dog is now relying on three legs for mobility, strengthening their core is essential. The key is to target their stomach muscles. You can strengthen their core by playing games that activate this section like balancing discs and wobble boards. 


#6 | Walking Tripawds

Collars will work for some, but with concern of tracheal collapses, harnesses are the most preferred walking tool for dogs. The thing about harnesses is that they come in different makes and structures. Not all of them will be friendly for three-legged dogs, or tripawds. We’ve had many people reach out to Pug Life Harness asking if our harnesses will work for their dogs that only have three legs. Because our harnesses are not designed to rely on security around front legs, and clip around the chest and strap at the front, these harnesses are perfect for dog parents looking for a solution to walking their tripawds.

(via Pug Life Harness Review By Katelyn B.)


This is just a sampling of tips we offer at Pug Life Harness. You can find more tips and tricks and how-to’s for caring for your dog on our blog at this section. Feel free to leave a comment with tips you’re looking for!

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