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A brace for a front Leg Amputee with difficulty walking?
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24 June 2022 - 12:38 pm
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carolina said

jerry said

From your other post:

Am I right in thinking the Double back Full body harness is best for her?

Hmm. We did review the Doubleback a while back. It can work OK on a front leg amputee, better than on a dog missing a rear end. But honestly I'd probably not use it for her since it's more helpful for dogs who need rear-end support because their back legs are unsteady. I think the Ruffwear Flagline is a better choice for her.


I take the dogs to a garden next door for a daily play and change of scenery each morning but I have to leave her behind for a few minutes before I can return and carry her. That really stresses her, she's calm at home on the back verandah with the other dogs - she hates being left out!

So I'm curious, how much activity is she getting while she's there? Is there a lot of running in a big open yard? She will need more rest breaks than the other dogs so it's important to nudge her into frequent rest breaks if you're not doing that. Also, consider something like a dog stroller or wagon where you can wheel her over there, it'll save your back.


Thanks for the Flagline suggestion. I'm going to have budget limitations so a homemade cart is an option later. At the moment she and I are bonding so carrying her is a joy. It's also helping the other dogs get used to her getting 'special' attention without all trying to climb up into my arms at the same time! LOL!

Her back legs are good and I don't want them to become weak from lack of use. She is not really mobile but wants to be (the videos I posted are linked below). I want her to be with her new pack and enjoy some normalcy - she was incredibly stressed and fearful at the shelter and is now transforming beautifully into a bossy girl! My goal is to get her to enjoy a few short periods each day off her mattress and with her pack. That may require a brace and/or a wheelchair . My fear is not being able to afford a front leg wheelchair they all seem to be USD400+ then I have to ship it to Paraguay and pay duties. smiley6 That destroys my sterilization donation budget for a very long time and it's a terrible dilemma for me! While our young vet has the energy and time to sterilize so many cats and dogs (often having to trap stray cats) I want to keep donating to the costs, it's made a huge difference in the number of puppies and kittens dumped at my gate and surrounds in the last 2 years. 

I am so glad I found the Tripawds forum, everyone has been incredibly kind and welcoming. I'm learning a lot and it will end up helping other animals, especially as I intend to adopt more tripods in the future.



I just tried to order the Ruffwear Flagline harness - they don't have an option for delivery to Paraguay! This is actually a common problem. Hopefully they'll reply to my email and make a special case.

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24 June 2022 - 7:16 pm
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Hmm. Did you check the Ruffwear Distributor page? It looks like they have quite a few SA distributors.

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jerry said
Hmm. Did you check the Ruffwear Distributor page? It looks like they have quite a few SA distributors.


Thanks, I'll see what they have in Argentina.

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