Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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5 August 2020
Hi everyone! New here!
I just adopted a 5-year-old black lab named Dexter about a week ago. He was found wandering the streets with a badly injured front leg which needed to be amputated. He’s the sweetest most loving pup. We’re so happy we were able to adopt him and give him a loving home.
I had a question regarding walking. He pulls a lot. He weighs about 70 pounds so it’s hard not to get pulled down by him. Is there any way that can be controlled? Or should I just learn to keep up with him? I did read somewhere they feel more stable going fast and taking breaks.
Thank you for your help!
25 April 2007
Welcome! Great question, we just talked about this on our recent Tripawds Webinar. All Tripawds will adjust their gait, and hop alone at a faster pace – using momentum to propel themselves forward. This is especially true for front leggers, who can benefit from using a good harness which will prevent pulling on the neck often caused by their bobbing motion from hopping along. You don’t want to slow them down, it’s better to get a new pair of running shoes.
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