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Bear is 16 days post surgery and wants to PLAY
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Bear is now 16 days post surgery (she lost her rear hind leg due to an accident). She is doing so well. Already we are doing short walks around the block and she is back to pulling me down the street. I thought this might slow her down, but I guess not. Her favorite thing to do is play with our neighbor's dog. Should I restrict her from playing with her friend? Her scar has closed up very nicely.

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I will leave others who know dogs better than me (I have cats) to give advice but what a great problem to have, I am so glad that Bear is enjoying life so much after 16 days. 

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I agree, it's a really good problem to have! What a champ! And you've noticed that Tripawds walk faster than four-leggers eh? Isn't it a riot? They are SO FAST! 

You ask a great question. It's important to start slowly and watch for signs of exhaustion. Dogs will go and go and go until they drop and you want to make sure that her play sessions don't get to that point. Require her to have some breaks and the moment she sits down for a rest on her own, it's time to call it done.

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Bear sou ds like a Tripawd RockStar!  Her recovery  sou ds like she is ahead of the curve already at day sixteen.

And, as you've already experienced., tripawds need a faster pace for balance and momentum.  App she's already developed  a fluid gait that works for her.....and gives you quite a workout!!

Jerry gave you good jnput and links.  Let us know how she's doing and if we can help in anyway, okay?


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