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30 March 2010 - 6:10 pm
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Can anyone guess what the most common fear among Tripawd pawrents is?

Most pawrents fear that their Tripawd will lose the use of another limb.

What if a rear-leg amputee grows old, and hip displaysia takes it’s toll? Or a front-leg Tripawd takes a bad fall and severely injures the remaining leg?

What would you do if your Tripawd lost the use of another leg?

As much as it hurts to think about it, it never hurts to be prepared, just in case.

That’s why we talked to the good people at Doggon Wheels in Bozeman, Montana.

Since 1994, Doggon Wheels has been one of the world’s top creators of mobility aids like wheelchairs, for physically challenged animals.

We asked Doggon co-founder Lori, a few questions about how Tripawds can benefit from wheelchairs, and here’s what she had to say:

Can wheelchairs work with Tripawd dogs?

“Yes- we do make wheelchairs for amputees. They are most commonly used by older amputee’s who are starting to have difficulties compensating for the missing limb (front or rear), or for pets with birth defects. We also make wheelchairs for pets with double amputations.

Generally they do really well with using wheels and appreciate being able to go for longer walks or on more varied/difficult terrain.”

The biggest fear some Tripawd pawrents have is for their dog to lose function of their remaining rear or front leg. We know of one Tripawd who needs a hip replacement, yet he is also a rear-leg amputee. Would a wheelchair help?

“This is legitimate concern and why we recommend that you take into consideration putting the remaining rear leg up in the stirrup during periods of intense exercise. Generally the dogs using amputee wheelchairs are doing so because the other limb is overly stressed or arthritic. Putting the remaining limb into a suspended position allows it to rest during the most stressful periods of exercise.

Owners who do this find that their dogs are able to get around easier on their own the rest of the time, when not in wheels. A wheelchair for the pet above would be useful for both long term use to avoid stressing the remaining limb post surgery, or if the humans opt not have his hip replaced.”

How do you measure a Tripawd for a wheelchair ?

The measurements are the same for all of our chairs, except for a Tripawd we need to know:

  • Is s/he a left or right amputee?
  • Does the dog have any part of her leg remaining? Is the amputation site partial or flush? Most amputations are flush, however if there is enough leg remaining that you can measure the circumference around it, a different support might be needed, other than our amputee support.

To see how mobile a dog really is when using a wheelchair , check out this beautiful movie of Popeye, a dog currently available for adoption through Walkin’ the Bark Rescue in Northern California:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=rUOAVdbvGz4%3Ffeature%3Doembed%22+frameborder%3D%220%22+allow%3D%22accelerometer%3B+autoplay%3B+clipboard-write%3B+encrypted-media%3B+gyroscope%3B+picture-in-picture%22+allowfullscreen%3E%3C

Learn more about wheelchairs for your three legged Tripawd dog at the Doggon Wheels website.

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30 March 2010 - 8:15 pm
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Yep, that story of Popeye is an amazing one. What a dog! I love the “Four Legs is Just Greedy” attached to his cart.

I was thinking how our Comet would make a natural mum for little Popeye. Sounds like they have many things in common. Cute, playful, a tad ornery.

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Hey T –

Tell it to the paw.

 

 

 

Okay, I had to steal that one!

 

 

Ignore the avatar – I’ve been helping JimDawg Linksalot.

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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1 April 2010 - 3:37 pm
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Do they make chairs for dogs that lose the use of the leg that is on the same side as the amputation?  We sure could have used one when Chuy had his FHO surgery last year.

Chuy, showing everyone that Tripawds do everything 3 times better than regular dogs!

Chuy's Short Stories

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1 April 2010 - 3:53 pm
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Doggon makes wheelchairs for dogs that have lost use of either their front legs or rear legs. So, if a dog has one remaining rear right, we assume he/she could use a front-leg cart. But we all know what happens when we assume. Seems like a question best posed to them directly. Thanks for asking!

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1 April 2010 - 5:15 pm
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I just watched all the videos on Popeye’s website… I am in love with this doggie!!!

Angel Jake’s Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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In love and I bet you had some good cries too. Popeye is doggon amazing!!

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Welcome Laury, your future posts will not require moderation. Consider posting your need for a wheelchair in the Tripawds Angel Exchange, or starting a new forum topic or blog to share Baze's story.

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