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…multiple times.  Griffin is 10.5 years old and became a tripawd 6 months ago.  I probably let him do more than he should because he is already a senior dog and won't be navigating life as a Tripawd for as long as a pup like Totem will.  I'm glad to hear that Totem is doing well! ~Stacy

1 October 2020 10:37 am
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… Jerry, hope Wyatt Ray
is doing okay, we’ve had a housecall vet for about 4 years and it is really a blessing, esp with seniors.

Petra is still unable to put weight on her leg so we are using the sling. she’s getting slightly more agreeable with it, but will not potty on

9 September 2020 5:11 pm
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…all, Petra is 9.5 months out from left rear leg amputation. She’s 10, so a senior. She’s been doing great, still loves walks but does not go very far, most of our excursions are just a few houses away in either direction, but

8 September 2020 6:06 pm
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…a character! It's great she's able to do so much and is barking to let everyone know.

Her self-drying must feel so good. I'm happy this little senior is doing so well. I must be a relief for you and would be inspirational to others.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

30 August 2020 9:33 pm
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… doing her thing. I’ve completely slacked off at updating her blog For now and what’s happening because she is really doing great. Representing the seniors with style!

Our rehab vet and physical therapist both said that she was doing really well and cleared her to do whatever she wants as long as it

30 August 2020 9:04 pm
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…....good puppy indeed❤  He was doing really  well. Shows other  senior pups thistriawd thing is doable!!!

16 July 2020 9:43 pm
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…and welcome! Thank you for adopting your sweet senior pup. What a lucky dog! I'm so glad she is doing well after surgery.

All Tripawds shift their body weight around to make up for the missing limb

12 July 2020 4:21 pm
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…get back to doing the things she loves soon! 

Now, being that it hasn't quite been a month, that really isn't that long of a time for a blind, senior Tripawd to get back on her feet. Have you had her evaluated by a canine rehabilitation therapist? We really encourage every member to take their

8 June 2020 10:42 pm
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…doing today? Any better?

What a cutie. I had to look up her photos!

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We understand how hard it can be to have a senior Tripawd. Our Wyatt Ray
is now 11 years old, he was only 2 when you joined us in 2011! And he has lots of arthritis and pain management

…that we are coping with right now. See these posts about senior Tripawd dogs.

You have made all the right moves as far as getting her checked out and having the diagnostics done, YAY! Let me ask you this:

6 June 2020 2:22 pm
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…said's a link to the foldable wagon that I just purchased that has all terrain wheels... 

Senior Tripawd Henry loved his all-terrain wagon too. Read his review here:

Tripawds Keep Up with Off-Road Collapsible Pet Wagon

20 May 2020 6:22 pm
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Real Life with an Older Tripawd (Part One)
Manage Tripawd Arthritis with Supplements, Exercise and Pain Management
Arthritis and the Senior Tripawd Dog: Wyatt’s Story (so far)
I know that's a lot of info for you. Basically what it comes down to for us is:

We check in with his

17 April 2020 11:27 am
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…used the li on and found Dr. Jackie Dosal. Jackie was my sister's name, so maybe that is a good sign. I called and left a message.

I also found senior paws: senior pet care. They only see dogs over ten. Their website reads they treat mobility, but it does not mention how. I  am calling them

17 February 2020 8:22 pm
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…Tyson and use him for bait, shoot him, and then leave him in the garbage and see how he likes it. Sorry, but this makes me so angry!

I have a senior lab with front leg amputation. After he lost weight he gets around a lot better.

I hope everything turns out great for you and your pack. I'm

17 December 2019 12:29 pm
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….  I add caned sardines to Brownie's food a few days a week. Brownie was diagnosed 10 months ago and doing fine as a tripawd. He is having some senior issues.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. We are sending good thoughts your way.

15 December 2019 4:26 am
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Please don't reply to me here; I will look for your reply in an all new topic OK? Consider posting in "Size and Age Matters" so that others with senior dogs can spot your post right away and chime in.

24 November 2019 11:51 am
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…stay on better.  These were Especially great for visits to the vet school.  Thier floor was  very smooth and tough to walk on ever for 4 legged seniors.   I would put the grippers on then just add a dot of the glue at the top and bottom of the gripper.  Man I miss those little purple toes.

24 November 2019 2:18 am
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…happy to know Ranger is doing better! He will get there. I have total faith in our senior fur babies!

9 November 2019 1:44 pm
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…have a senior lab. To tell you the truth I think 30 feet after 9 days is pretty Good! It took Brownie about three weeks before he wanted to go out and play and

5 November 2019 6:54 pm
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…Your future posts won't need approval so post away.

One thing to keep in mind is that nine days is not a long time after surgery, especially for a senior dog. Tell us more about him: what's his breed-type? Is he overweight? Did he have other pain signals
and mobility issues before surgery? And

1 November 2019 1:28 pm
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…be applicable,  but just thought  I'd post the link just in case.  


Your Buckeye reminds me of my sweet senior Nellie.  She's completely  deaf now, has poor eyesight, failing kidneys incontinence and awful arthritis  too!  She can't  take anything like…

…stiffness, etc.  She can still walk although stiffly (a fourlegger) and she eats like a horse.  As long as Nellie can still be Nellie,  albeit a senior version  of herself, I'll do everything  possible  to make every moment the best moment!  

So try the massaging, the warm towel, etc. Lots of

29 October 2019 8:51 pm
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…pill back into the mix, now that his stomach can hopefully handle it. He did put on 10 pounds in 3 weeks, with his appetite stimulant. He's also a senior, and I know some old dogs just breathe harder. He isn't coughing, still happy to go for a walk, eats once his meds kick in, and loved seeing my

10 September 2019 7:26 am
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…to Clare for a question..or more..

Where was Elsie Pie's arthritis  more prominent, front or back, or both?

I ask on behalf of my  very senior arthritic baxk snd resr legs.  Very stiff.trouble getting up, laying down.

And then there's Mr Arthritis Facotry Frankie... nuff said

9 September 2019 1:35 pm
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…again everyone,

Riot will hopefully be restarting PT next weekend. He's a senior GSD mix, who weighs 103 pounds and is a rear leg amputee. We've had a hard time getting his strength back following surgery. I've been looking at

9 September 2019 8:42 am
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…. Not sure of the right terminology. I tried it at home, and it was not that significant. Also gabapentin makes her a little sloppy and she is senior (just turn 10) and this surgery is taking a toll on her. 

I will ask my vet about nerves left open. She also has hemoclips, I believe it is due

…FOR JAK!!!   Jak is showing  the world seniors can rock three legs!  And it only gets better from here on out!!   Sloooow and easy and staying thd coirse and not giving  up.......

20 July 2019 9:28 am
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…to learn how to keep him in shape. He likely he won't be as active as he once was, but that's something that would be totally normal even for a senior dog with four legs. You're just tailoring his activities a bit earlier now that he's missing a leg. We call it "the new normal," but it's not a bad

31 May 2019 1:30 pm
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…you haven't  already done so, check into Dasequan,  Gilliprant, Adequan injections, etc.  Great tools for helping to manage arthritis.

I recall a senior arthritic pup named Samson  (I think 15, or close to it) handling life on three ,ike a champ!  Another dog named Atlas was one who defied all odds

5 April 2019 9:50 am
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… glad it sounds like it will work for Loki. You want it to be snug enough that you can comfortably slide about two fingers underneath the straps.

Senior dogs typically take a little longer to recuperate but Loki should do great based on the other Huskies who have joined us. Here's some posts about

29 March 2019 12:28 pm
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.  Raised food bowls are helpful  also.  You can just place it on a couple of books.

Huskies are a rough breed, even as three legged seniors!  Sounds like he's doing very well this early on.  Every dog is different and every recovery  is different.   I think it was day five before I…

…come back around the two week mark.  I can assure you this, once it does start coming back, it gets better and better

BTW, weve had several senior Huskys who did very well as tripawd.  We even had one or two ales dogs (well loved and well cared for  ) who would still do VERY SHORT runs with

29 March 2019 12:04 pm
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…members (Amy) had surgery (believe it was tumor removal) done on her dog's remaining legs and, with a long recovery and lots of care, her pup (senior) recovered okay!!

The TPLO surgery  is a quicker recovery than the "other" recovery  for cruciate repair  (based in my experience  anyway). 

23 February 2019 12:45 pm
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