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9 July 2021 - 3:33 pm
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Best. Lapdog. EVER! sf-kiss

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I'm glad your parents are doing OK. Hope they have Tigger on something for the arthritis pain?

  

We were over at my parents tonight. Poor Tigger has trouble on the kitchen tile. Slips and falls and struggles to get back up. I recommended my parents get non-slip mats for the kitchen floor. And they were asking me about the rehab clinic where I took Rocky after his amputation. Tigger is probably going to visit it next week to see if they can help him with the arthritis. He is on Gabapentin. So technically he may not be a Tripawd, but he's going through a lot of Tripawd-type things.  

My parents have been worried about him because he doesn't do much but sleep these days. But he perks up when Baxter comes to visit him. I'll need to get a pic the next time we're over there. 

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Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

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17 July 2021 - 11:08 pm
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The toe grips helped Mitchell a TON! I have tons of throw rugs for Huck but for Mitchell the toe grips were a game changer for when it got really bad.  Honestly,  if a dog doesn't like his paws touched it's a pain in the @ss to put them on but they work!

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17 July 2021 - 11:29 pm
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Thanks Jackie! I will pass that along to them. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

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17 July 2021 - 11:51 pm
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https://shop.to.....s/toegrips

Here's the link ❤🐾

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18 July 2021 - 9:46 am
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David that sure sounds like he's got some arthritis pain, I'm so glad you are working with your parents on his mobility challenges. Older dogs go through the same things that Tripawds do, for sure. I hope the Toe Grips help, they're wonderful for most dogs!

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18 July 2021 - 6:05 pm
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I love that Baxter's visits are  "theraputic" for Tiger.

Yeah, is just miserable.  Sorry sweet Tiger is dealing  with it.  It may have already been mentioned,  but you can ask about Adequan  injections. There is soooo much info about CBD, it's just hard to discern  what, if any of them, actually  help arthritis.   But that's  worth check into to.

Hmmmm.....maybe your parents need to bring  another "therapeutic dog"  into their home to help Tiger, as well as the hoomans😉♥️  

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For the first time since the episode, we walked past the pitbulls house tonight. Had my bear spray ready, but we didn't see them. 

I gave my dad the link for the toe grips for Tigger. He contacted them because he was concerned Tigger wouldn't tolerate having them put on and taken off. So he ended going with some non-slip socks that are supposed to arrive this week. If those don't work, he may reconsider the toe grips. I'll mention the injections too. I forgot to ask my dad if they went to the rehab clinic. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

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Glad they weren't roaming around... still stressful. The toegrips can be a PITA to put on. Mitchell did not like his feet messed with, fought nail trims, etc. You might have to help him if they give them a try. The nice thing is that once they are on, they stay put for a while... usually. You can use a bit of glue. She has very helpful videos that make the process a lot easier. Until Mitch got really bad they could last long enough until it was time to cut his nails. I had my husband help me when it was time to put them on or replace some. They might even know about them at the vet and in that case you might even be able to get them to help. I do know one thing. Once we got them on I had a different dog. They made enough of a difference to be diligent in using them. I know, clear as mud right? How are the socks working?

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Hi David,

The toe grips were life changers for Kodi as well - and he also HATED having his feet touched. It took the 2 of us to put them on, but we got really good at it, and they also pretty much lasted until he needed his toenails cut. We got 2 different sizes, because his toenails were different sizes too. The site is super helpful - in fact I think they GAVE us a sample of the 2nd size since we were on the fence about which to get. They seem a little pricey at first, but we would re-use them until they literally split apart, so the package lasted a long time. We never had as good a luck with the traction socks, though I think some dogs do well with them. Good luck to your parents in getting this figured out.

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Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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22 July 2021 - 10:35 am
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That's great you made it through unscathed! WHEW!

I agree, the Grips can test your patience when you are putting them on. But once they're on they're on, and only need to be removed and reapplied for nail trims which are inevitable anyways so might as well put them on again at that time.

The thing I don't like about socks, well it's a few things actually: they can rotate, and make floors even more dangerous. They also interfere with a dog's proprioception (awareness of where his feet are in space), because a dog can't sense the ground directly with his paws. And then actually using socks requires us to put them on each day. I know that I wasn't good about that with Wyatt Ray in our early days with him. Keep us posted though, all situations are different and maybe they will be just the thing for Tigger! Paws crossed!

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Tigger apparently wasn't real happy the first time the socks went on. But he's adjusting to them. Dad said they seem to be helping. Paws crossed that works for him. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

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Good!   Glad they're  helping!👏👏👏

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That's pawesome! He'll have to model them for us!

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Yes, photos please smiley4  Glad he is adjusting! You have a backup plan just in case but I am thrilled they are doing the job!

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