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Considering adopting a tripawd...questions/concerns
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6 October 2019 - 7:06 am
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We have started looking for a second dog after losing our beloved ancient Newfoundland last Spring.  I thought we would get a small, young dog who could be a good playmate for our remaining dog, Winnie (a 19 lb. terrier mix)……then I saw Crosby\’s photo on a rescue site.  He is about 50 lbs., around 4 years old (best guess)…..and missing one front leg (no one knows what happened, he was pulled from a kill shelter that way). 

I can\’t get him out of my mind, and am seriously thinking about adopting him, but do have some concerns.  We live in a two-story house….the rescue does not have any stairs and has no idea how he would do on them.  Also, the first floor of our house is all hardwood….in doing research on tripawds, I read that they can have a tough time on slippery floors (particularly with a missing front leg).  And finally, I\’m sure the rescue has only had very basic vet care for him, and are not aware if he has any joint/strength/other issues with his remaining legs.  We can put runner rugs down on the first floor for him (had to do that with our Newfie when he became old and arthritic, so I still have them!)….but would love to get more info about how to help him with other things.  Would using stairs make him more likely to have joint issues as he ages? (I spent 10 months sleeping on a mattress on the floor of my office with our Newfie when he couldn\’t do them anymore….I really don\’t want to do that again, lol)??  Are there other issues that I should be aware of around our house and/or yard?  Is he likely to injure himself trying to romp and play with our fast-as-lightning little terrier??  Just trying to make sure I learn as much as I can to determine whether or not we would be the best home for him…..

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Welcome, please consider registering to take full advantage of all the resources the Tripawds community has to offer.

Most Tripawds will learn to adapt and manage well on stairs, but it is important to maintain ideal weight management and focus on developing core strength, balance, and strengthening for remaining limbs with proper rehab exercise program. the best way to do this is to consult with a certified rehab therapist. Visit a CCRT or CCRP and the Tripawds Foundation can even pay for your first visit from the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawds rehab.

There are also many starter exercises you can do at home. Or, download Loving Life On Three Legs for plenty of professional rehab and exercise tips, articles and videos – included in the Tripawds e-books Library.

And yes, traction is very important for Tripawds. Click any traction link for the best recommendations to help improve traction .


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Sorry to hear about your beloved Newfie.  I can tell from your post he lived a life full of love and devotion.💖  And now he is your Guardian watching  over you and your pack.

It warms my heart to know you are considering  bringing a tripawd into your loving home.

The Admjn Guy gave you, it’s of good links.

Joint supplements,  evaluation from a Rehab  are hugely beneficial.  Front leggers sometimes  have a harder time going down stairs than up.  The reverse is true for rear leggers.  You definitely  want non slip coverage on the  treads.  We may have links yo them in the Gear Shop.  Even if he does have tro woth stairs to first, you can get a harness to help him feel more secure.   Again, check out our Gear Shop.

Let us know any other questions  you may  have.  And keep us in the loopabout this exciting  possibility of bringjng this sweet dog into his furever home😊❤


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