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3 Tips to Keep Your Tripawd Warm in Fall and Winter

Can you feel it? The air is a bit cooler, and fall is in the air! And if you’re wondering how to keep your Tripawd warm in cool weather, these tips can help.

Losing a leg in cold weather is not fun!

It was November when our Chief Fun Officer Jerry lost his leg to osteosarcoma.

Jerry recovered with a bare bones fleece dog jacket.

We were in Northern California, and the weather was cold and drizzly. The day he got out of the UC Davis vet hospital, he was naked as a Thanksgiving turkey! Half of his fur was gone, along with his leg. We wondered how he would stay warm in our chilly 100-year old house.

Back then we didn’t know anything about caring for a Tripawd dog. And dog apparel was not yet what it is today. We found a fleece dog sweater that was easy enough for him to wear. But it was crude fabric. Today’s Tripawds are so much luckier!

Top 3 Ways to Keep Your Tripawd Warm in Colder Weather

Now we have so many more ways to keep a Tripawd warm in fall and winter! For example:

Try a DIY Heated Pet Bed

With so many pet beds on the market, choosing one is tough. Why not make a heated pet bed with a pet-safe heating pad for beds?

This heated pet bed mat is made just for dogs and cats. Place it directly over their favorite bed, or underneath a blanket on their favorite snooze spot.

  • Built in 3 different sizes, it has pet-friendly safety features like a “Power-off Protection” temperature control.
  • The mat won’t ever overheat your dog or cat.
  • The cord is made of 100% full wrap-around bendable stainless steel and chew resistant protection so there’s no danger of electric shock either.

Get Your Dog a Tripawd-Approved Winter Sweater

Ruffwear Climate Changer Tripod dog sweater
Keep your Tripawd warm after surgery with the Ruffwear Climate Changer Dog Sweater

Every Tripawd k9 pup needs a winter sweater. Indoors or out, your Tripawd will stay more comfy when bare skin is covered with some nice, soft fabric. The Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Dog Jacket is our all-time favorite for amputees.

  • This fleece dog jacket is especially handy after surgery.
  • You can hide the surgery scar and keep your pup warm while preventing licking at stitches.
  • The jacket provides a great fit even if you sew up one leg hole. 

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For the Coldest Days, a Tripawd Dog Jacket is Essential

Fur is not enough to keep your Tripawd warm in winter. This is especially true if your dog is recovering from amputation surgery. That bare skin can use some protection. The new Ruffwear Powder Hound is the perfect jacket for amputee dogs and four-leggers too. 

ruffwear powder hound tripawd dog jacket
Ruffwear Powder hound for recovery and beyond!

Ruffwear nailed it with a redesign of the best weather-resistant insulated dog jacket!

  • The Powder Hound is ideal for cold-weather activities.
  • Features a recycled polyester insulated back and belly panel
  • With stretch, fleece-lined side panels and sleeves for freedom of movement during recovery, and later when you’re out having some cold-weather fun! 

NEW POWDER HOUND JACKETS
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Bonus Tip: Give Your Tripawd Cat or Dog a Hoppy, Warm Belly with Beef Broth

Now that your pup is warm on the outside, try an Honest Kitchen Instant Beef Bone Broth to warm them on the inside. This liquid treat features turmeric and made for both dogs and cats.

Just add hot water to this irresistibly tasty bone broth, featuring an extra helping of protein.

  • Serve as a warming treat or pour over kibble for a cold weather boost.
  • Made with human grade ingredients & produced in a USA human food facility. That means higher quality ingredients & more safety standards, just like you’d expect from your own food.

Get More Tips to Care for Three Legged Dogs and Cats

LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR A THREE LEGGED DOG OR CAT
IN THE TRIPAWDS LIBRARY

How do YOU keep your Tripawd warm in cold weather? Comment below or share in our Hopping Around Discussion Forum!

4 thoughts on “3 Tips to Keep Your Tripawd Warm in Fall and Winter”

  1. I’m really surprised that you’re promoting step-in style jackets rather than ones that slip over the head. My rear-amp tri struggles with the balance necessary to get into a step-in jacket and I can’t imagine it’s any easier for a front-amp. I’m a big fan of Hurrta dog jackets, which are the over-the-head style. My tripawd wears this one in the winter: https://www.hurtta247.com/product-page/expedition-parka

    Reply
    • Hi @mischief! I like the Hurtta jackets too! We also love Ruffwear ones because they are so ultra durable and well-made. We’ve tried them on front and rear leg amputees, and the easiest way to have Tripawds put on the jackets when they’re in a sit, then run their legs through. So far we haven’t had any complaints but every dog is different as you know.

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      • I love RuffWear harnesses (and have my eye on their boots), but I really prefer Hurtta jackets. I’ve had them for years and they’re holding up beautifully. The fabric on the oldest Hurtta jacket I have does feel like it could be prone to rips, but the newer model I linked above feels much more durable.
        The easy on off, high level of body coverage, the leash portal, and multiple points of adjustment to customize the fit make Hurtta the superior choice in my opinion.

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