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Harness for forelimb amputee that continues to stumble
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13 March 2024
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25 June 2024 - 12:50 pm
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Hello Tripawd experts, my 40 lb wheaten is six months post-op for a forelimb amputation. His recovery has been slow, and he continues to stumble frequently. He's in a webmaster harness which has a good handle through which I thread the leash to help prevent hard falls, but sometimes he falls anyway. For dogs like him that seem to need a constant "assist" to prevent injury when out in the world, is there another harness recommendation?


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25 June 2024 - 6:53 pm
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Glad to hear overall your sweet boyids doing well. 

I went back to your previous post to see what suggestions had been offered, etc. So I am curious if you ever did follow up with a rehabilitation specialist appointment and program?

  And the best part is Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit too! We really encourage everyone to go, because we see what a different even one visit can make. It helps educate the pet parent about what their dog's activity should look like, how to avoid injury, etc. You can learn a lot about rehab in our latest Tripawd Talk Radio podcast with Dr. Mandi Blackwelder. Also see these Tripawd Success Stories for some great examples of what a first visit looks like.

Just repeating some of Jerry's suggestions here on this post. As mentioned, the tripods foundation will pay for the first visit. Often that is all is needed to learn how to do some therapies at home. 

It's Not Unusual for front legger to stumble occasionally in the early part of recovery but it sounds like he is stumbling frequently 6 months out from amputation. What is his activity level like? It's much more effective for a tripod to have several maybe 10 15 minute walks a day as opposed to one or two long ones.

Does he try to do jumping up and down around beds or jumping up and down on sofas..... maybe jumping up to catch a frisbee.... any kind of joint pounding situation like that?

I may have missed it, but how old is your Wheaton and what is his name?

Now, back to your original question? Sorry for the "detour!"    You could maybe try the get a grip harness that's in our Tripawds Gear page.


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26 June 2024 - 3:19 pm
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Ali, Sally's info is spot-on. I'm also curious about the rehab. Unfortunately no harness will prevent falls like this, it's a matter of building up core strength and balance. I hope you've been able to take advantage of our rehab therapy program. Please let me know if you'd like help finding a therapist.

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