Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
Tripawds is your home to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
30 November 2023
we have recently written about our dog Booboo. The support was wonderful so figured I’d continue to ask questions. What are folks suggesting for best beds for tripaws? Should we be mindful of how high it is off the ground ? Boo is 2 weeks out of surgery and I sometimes wonder if he hesitates to get into his bed due to the height. Also, harnesses. What are folks using for harnesses? Boo is a husky larger size dog. Any suggestions or tips for this would be great.
25 April 2007
Hi Selina! You can certainly ask as many questions as you want, we love questions!
How high is the bed that Boo is trying to get up onto? Is it your bed? Or one of those doggie cot beds (like a Kuranda)? We love the beds on our Tripawds Gear Shop Beds Page. A firmer, more supportive dog bed mattress is better than a lumpy fluffy one.
For harnesses, we like the Ruffwear Flagline for dogs missing a front leg, and the Ruffwear Webmaster for a dog missing a rear. Harnesses are great if Boo goes lots of places with you, if you have slippery floors, stairs, and that sort of thing. The handle on top comes in really handy!
10 June 2023
Hi Selina, If you are looking for an actual bed, tripawds has a great selection. Our Newf does not care for beds, too hot, prefers tile floors, but he sleeps right next to our bed, on the rug, and I was looking for something that would give him a little more cushion but that he'd approve of and we would not trip over in the middle of the night! This XXX-Large crate pad is 54 x 33", has a sort of beveled edge and is fairly thick. It has held up for five months very well under a 120 pound tripawd. $39.00 Kroser Dog Crate Pad Amazon. He's ok with it.