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Swim Ramp/Life vests and swimming tripawds
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4 June 2019 - 2:13 pm
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It’s getting warm, and we would love to get Ronin in our pool. We also plan to take him down to see my parents at the beach this summer. I would love some recommendations on a swim ramp for our inground pool, life vests (hes over 40 lbs and still GROWING), and general water safety with our tripawd. Thanks!

-Hayley, Mark, and Ronin

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4 June 2019 - 2:34 pm
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We only recommend the Ruffwear Float Coat life jacket for dogs, because it has features flotation padding where it matters most – underneath the body. Find details reviews and a demo video in the Tripawds Gear blog :

Ruffwear Float Coat Dog Life Vest

We have never reviewed any swimming pool ramps, but would welcome any feedback if you select any of these dog swimming pool steps and ramps.

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5 June 2019 - 11:44 am
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Great questions Hayley! Ronin is a lucky pup to have a pool in his yard.

Before you get in with him I highly recommend visiting a canine rehabilitation therapist who is CCRT or CCRP certified so they can show you how to make sure Ronin is properly swimming. No, not by doing the breast stroke or anything lol 😉

We recently learned from canine rehab therapists that free swimming for a new Tripawd or any dog with three legs is good exercise as long as it’s controlled and done in such a way that he is not thrashing about too much, which can cause muscle strain and pain. A therapist can show you how to do that.

And if you haven’t seen it already, the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your first rehab visit so do check it out.

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