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The Tripawds Recovery Shopping List

Bringing home a new post-op amputee cat or dog from the vet is just like bringing home a newborn human baby. Having certain supplies makes the recovery phase much easier. Here’s a short Tripawds recovery shopping list to help make the first few weeks easier.

Essentials for Your Tripawds Recovery Shopping List

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Stock up uon these must-have items for new Tripawds.

In addition to the amputation pain management medications your vet sends home, here are some handy post-amputation items recommended by the Tripawds community.

Must-Haves for New Tripawd Homes

No-slip rugs or yoga mats for traction. Give your Tripawd confidence by providing traction in your home. You don’t have to cover entire floors, just enough to create a path for your Tripawd to navigate around your home. Traction is a must to avoid falls and injuries.

Canned food and irresistible treats. Most recovering Tripawds have weak appetites, which is a common side effect of pain medication. Stock up on tasty food and follow these tips to get dogs and cats eating again.

Low-sodium broth, Gatorade or other tasty pet-safe beverages. Spiking your pet’s water dish with yummy flavors can encourage drinking liquids. This is important for recovery.

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Traction is a must for all Tripawds

Fiber-rich foods. Most recovering Tripawds will become constipated. This is another pain medication side effect. Have fiber-rich foods ready to encourage bowel movements. Pumpkin pulp, steamed squash, bran flakes and other similar fibery foods can help move things along.

Extra blankets, sheets and towels. Sometimes a Tripawd will experience bodily fluid fluid leakage at the incision site, known as a “seroma.” It’s usually not a problem but often messy. Keep your pet’s bed covered. If a seroma occurs, let your vet know but don’t panic. Most go away on their own.

Potty pads. Some Tripawds have elimination issues after surgery. Be prepared for accidents if your Tripawd is too medicated to walk to their usual potty spot.

Modified litter box. Feline Tripawds can have challenges getting into and out of their usual litter box. This Litterbox Tips for Cats blog post shares how to make life easier after surgery. You can even make your own DIY litterboxes for cats with extra challenges.

DIY litterbox for Tripawd cats

Baby gates or other confinement method. New Tripawds should be kept in smaller spaces to discourage rest and excessive activity. Use whatever pet confinement method you can to prevent your dog or cat from roaming around the home.

Small T-shirts, boxer shorts, baby diapers or baby onesies for cats. Placing the appropriately-sized clothing item on your Tripawd can discourage licking at the amputation incision. Bothering the incision can cause infection or pulled stitches and staples. These DIY pet surgery recovery suit tips and are easy and inexpensive to try.

Hot / cold compress. Swelling and bruising after amputation surgery is normal and common. A hot or cold compress can help your pet feel better. These Heat and Ice Therapy Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs explain the correct way to use a hot and cold compress.

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Tia doesn’t mind her new wardrobe.

Grocery bag sling. Unless you have stairs in your home, there’s no need to put a harness on your dog and potentially irritate the fresh wound. Instead, try this DIY Tripawd Dog Sling you can make with a canvas grocery bag.

Optional post-amputation items:

Tripawd-approved harness. We love the Tripawd dog harnesses in our Gear Shop for many reasons, such as helping dogs in and out of vehicles, up and down stairs and assist on slippery floors. The right sized harness for a Tripawd cat can prevent accidental escape during walks. But these items can wait until stitches come out.

A better cone of shame recovery collar. We can put a man on the moon but can’t seem to make a cone of shame recovery collar that animals don’t hate. A few pet recovery collar alternatives are worth considering if your pet is known for outsmarting the cone of shame.

Orthopedic pet bed. Firm mattresses are best for Tripawd dogs or cats. Big fluffy beds can make it hard to get comfortable and possibly trip up your new amputee. These orthopedic pet beds for Tripawd dogs get rave reviews. We would love to hear from TriKitty families about the best beds for Tripawd cats.

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Fluffy dog beds are a no-no for Tripawds.

Raised feeder station. Animals eat standing up but when one leg is missing, it makes balancing while drinking and eating quite challenging. Raised feeders for dogs and cats help with better posture and stability.

Exterior ramps. Don’t assume your dog will use a ramp. Most will not if they’ve never used one before. Don’t buy or build one until your dog is healed and you can try these ramp training tips.

Whether you have a cat or dog amputee, Tripawd-proofing your home goes a long way to building comfort and confidence. Do you have other ideas that make recovery easier? Comment below and we’ll make sure they get added to the list.

9 Responses to “The Tripawds Recovery Shopping List”

  1. You know, I was wondering about a shopping list, of sorts, to prepare us for when LB is able to come home. What a great idea that you have thought of that already. Everything is common sense but at the same time, there are probably things I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. Luckily, I can cross a couple of items off of my list.

  2. You are a life saver! So much info and its really helping me with my little Soph.

    • Paw shucks Soph & Lauren, we are so glad that you found help when you needed it. Thanks for joining the community (but sorry you had to of course!).

  3. My french mastif Lucy had her front leg ampertated nearly 4 wks ago due to bone cancer, at first I hated myself to have put her through it but I still have my baby and she is doing great. I found the easiest way to get her to drink after the op was squirting water into her mouth using the syringe from meticam and she loves it. She now drinks great and the only food I could get her to eat was a really high protein cat food . She is now eating bakers beef moist food, not my choice but she likes them. It’s only these last few days I can see a fantastic change in her. She is HAPPY and my girl is getting back to how she was. I have a stroller on order for her so we can go on long walks with our other dog. I have been really lucky with Lucy as she will use a car ramp and will love the stroller as I used a friend’s. My advise is to try everything you can to try n get your dog to eat, I definitely recommend trying a syringe to get them to drink.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experience with Lucy. You’re a wonderful parent and she’s a rock star! I’m really glad to hear things are going well. Keep on hoppin and bark if we can do anything to help OK?

  4. WOW!!!! So well put together! A lot of time and thought went intoo this!

    Thank you soooo much for this great “go to” list for recovery preparation. It is one more way to reduce the stress level when trying to navigate through all the uncertainties when first bringing your tripawd home.

    Gratefully,

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  5. What a great post! I love that this pulls everything together in one place! Perhaps you want to add raised food bowls for the larger dogs?

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