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Tired and Pooped Out: What Do You Do When Your Tripawd has Overdone It?
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17 June 2011 - 5:57 pm
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Question of the Day:

When your Tripawd is obviously worn out from an extra hard play session or a long walk, what are some things you do to help your Tripawd feel better?

What do you do to prevent boredom while recuperating?

And, how do you know when your Tripawd is feeling good again?

For example, when Wyatt overdoes it we'll reduce his walks to 1/3 of what he normally does and wait until he seems stronger. He lets us know he feels good again when he his whiny, antsy German Shepherd behavior won't let up!

So, how do you cope with a pooped out Tripawd?

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I guess because of her youth (still < 2 years old) it is usually hard to wear Abby out for more than an afternoon. After a really long hour+ walk (like today at her fave beach where she ran and played with many other dogs and chased seagull shadows like the crazy thing that she is) she usually just rests/sleeps the remainder of the day. By the evening she's ready to hop around the living room, chewing on her bones or bringing her (formerly) stuffed toys over to us to toss around. By the next morning, she's almost always ready and raring to go again.

We did wear her out really badly one time and it scared the heck out of me! It was when we were almost done with her Carboplatin treatments. At that same time, we suddenly had a rash of super warm weather. On top of that, we were having some very LOUD destruction/construction work done on the house, and I had kept her out of the house all day long for 3 days straight because the noise level really stressed her out. On the fourth day of construction noise, we headed out in the a.m. for our usual walk. We weren't even a 1/4 of the way thru our usual route when she flopped down in the middle of the street! (No sidewalks in that stretch…) I had to pretty much literally drag her out of the way of an oncoming car. It took us forever to make it home, with her stopping 3 or 4 more times to rest. Scared the heck out of me! I thought at first that she was taking a turn for the worse. Being stupid, it took me a while to realize that I'd worn her out, dragging her around running errands w/ me for 3 days straight (in the heat) trying to keep her out of the construction zone.

After that we kept her quiet for about 4 days, with just very short walks until she was back to her old self. I knew she was back to her spunky ways when we went for a pretty good walk one night after my husband got home from work, and even after that she came home and ran wind sprints out in our backyard — trying to get her stamina back up I guess.

And as for preventing boredom, we are pretty lucky in that regard. She usually is content to just chew on her toys (usually…), or she likes to just hang out in our backyard, keeping an eye on the dogs across the canyon. If she turns into a terrorist and tries to start gnawing on us, then we know she needs another walk!

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18 June 2011 - 8:28 pm
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jerry said:

Question of the Day:

When your Tripawd is obviously worn out from an extra hard play session or a long walk, what are some things you do to help your Tripawd feel better?

What do you do to prevent boredom while recuperating?

And, how do you know when your Tripawd is feeling good again?

For example, when Wyatt overdoes it we'll reduce his walks to 1/3 of what he normally does and wait until he seems stronger. He lets us know he feels good again when he his whiny, antsy German Shepherd behavior won't let up!

So, how do you cope with a pooped out Tripawd?

Give her more rest and a massage of her remaining rear leg if needed.  Also, skip the next day's walk or rehab work.   I don't do both rehab work and walking on same day – that is too much for Maggie.

Maggie is an 'easy' dog in that she doesn't really require alot of exercise but to keep her from getting mentally bored, I may do a few tricks for 'treats' with her just to keep her mood from getting glum.

I know when Maggie is feeling better/less tired when she gets up out of laying down easier and with a 'bounce' in her step more vs labored looking and slower to rise.

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

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18 June 2011 - 8:50 pm
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I'd like to know how to get a pooped out tripawd! 

Dante rarely peters out for more than an hour or so – he's impossible to fully tire out yet, so we're lucky in that regard. However, we do still limit his exercise to what we think is enough, because I don't think he knows his limits still. We also tend to rest him pretty good for a day after, if we've been particulary busy with him the day before.  Our other two help keep him from getting bored, too. 

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18 June 2011 - 10:06 pm
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Dante you crack us up! But if it makes you feel any better, hardly any Tripawds really know their limits! Your pawrents are doing good, keep it up!

Thanks also Tracy & Jackie for sharing your experiences, this is very helpful to know about and it will also give new Tripawd pawrents an indication of the kind of behaviorcircumstances to look out for so they don’t learn the hard way about pooping out a dog without realizing it.

Anypawdy else?

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19 June 2011 - 10:18 pm
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To overcome soreness, I would put a heating pad with a damp dish towel on Comet.  I layered heavy towels on top to hold it in place and then I stuck a fan on her.  She loved it!

 

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Isabelle's mom gave me a great idea for boredom in the crate…

Take and mix water with canned dog food and freeze them in either kongs or small containers.  It works very well!

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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20 June 2011 - 9:42 am
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Awww what a sweet pic!

Great idea Isabelle! A food-sicle, I love it.

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I am so glad to see this post – I logged on today specifically to ask a similar question (Jerry to decide whether it goes here or should get a new thread)

 

— re pooped Tripawd – we do a lot of massage of the rear leg, and Ajax now “asks” for it (by barking non-stop until I do it).  I really like the heated towel plus fan suggestion from cometdog, I'm going to try that. 

 

— re how to tell if your Tripawd has overdone it:  this is our first Tripawd summer in NYC (read:  HOT and URBAN).  Ajax had his surgery last summer and is turning 9 this summer.  We had a freezing cold winter and I didn't notice much if any change in his energy level.  All checkups are good.  But I am definitely noticing him slowing down, and am terribly neurotic about trying to determine if it is just heat (as a black Lab, he has always hated the head), vs. energy due to being a Tripawd and having to work harder to go the same distance; vs. age (becoming 9 years old) vs. is he not feeling well.  Any tips would be appreciated.

 

— re Tripawd “pads” — So, we have noticed that since becoming a Tripawd, Ajax exhibits a decided preference for grass vs. cement.  Makes sense, we think, as it is softer on his pads — I think of it like running on concrete vs. running on a track or dirt path.  However, we still need to get through the urban jungle which requires cement.  He's been licking his front legs and there is NO sign of cancer (he had a soft tissue tumer, not osteosarcoma) and based on Xray the vet thinks it is maybe a little bit of arthritis, not rheumatoid but just from overuse. 

So, being a former dancer with trashed feet myself, I'm thinking what he needs is sneakers or some kind of protection for his pads.  I'm interested to see if anyone has explored this.  I know about the RuffWear etc that is used in snow – let me just say that he had an easier time getting up for the first time on 3 legs than he does going 2 steps in those shoes.  He stubbornly hates them so I have never used them, however, does anyone think they would help with the impact and if so, any recommendations on the best kind?

And, fyi, we are doing GREAT otherwise.  Just looking for some places to get in the water ASAP

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21 June 2011 - 11:23 am
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kazy55 said:

But I am definitely noticing him slowing down, and am terribly neurotic about trying to determine if it is just heat (as a black Lab, he has always hated the head), vs. energy due to being a Tripawd and having to work harder to go the same distance; vs. age (becoming 9 years old) vs. is he not feeling well.  Any tips would be appreciated.

I did the same thing, and it was usually because of the heat plus my age. You have a good attitude….I wouldn't worry too much if his vet checkups are normal.

— re Tripawd “pads” — So, we have noticed that since becoming a Tripawd, Ajax exhibits a decided preference for grass vs. cement. 

I used to do the same thing! Asphalt is so hot.

He stubbornly hates them so I have never used them, however, does anyone think they would help with the impact and if so, any recommendations on the best kind?

Boots aren't for everypawdy. I hated them but our Wyatt Ray will wear them without a gripe. You may want to check out PAWZ booties. They're a nominal investment that can get him used to wearing something on his feet. But remember, as Spirit Calpurnia recently said, you want to be careful when putting dog boots on in the heat of the day. Dogs sweat through their feet and the boots can prevent them from sweating if you leave them on too long.

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It's so great to hear from our NYC contingent and know that you are doing well. I was just thinking about you! I know it's the dawg days of summer but you'll get through it!  Keep us posted ya hear?

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21 June 2011 - 11:31 am
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FWIW, I too, notice Maggie has less stamina in the heat.  She has always been like that but now being a Tripawd it affects her more & probably age creeping up on her to at 11 1/2 yrs old.

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

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Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

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Hey thanks!  We are doing great.  I see that Ajax has made the front page (scrolling down next to “Tripawds Fundraising Appeal Policies”).  His 1 year anniversary from diagnosis has already passed (that was in May) and his 1 year anniversary from surgery is July 19.  He’s doing great.  We are taking him away to Vermont for the 4th to get in some SWIMMING

Also, to be clear, my pup hates the HEAT not the head ….he loves the head because it controls the hand which in turn controls the FOOD

Thanks for the tips.  Would you believe I didn’t know that about the paws/sweating? 

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21 June 2011 - 11:54 am
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FYI: To keep Tripawds safe from overheating in summer, see what Wyatt has to say about the wyatt chills out in ruff wear swamp cooler

Swamp Cooler cooling vest from Ruff Wear!

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25 June 2011 - 12:25 am
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I couldn't resist posting since I found this pic today.  This is Comet getting her heating pad therapy.  Damp dish towel on her with a heating pad and several towels to hold it down.  A fan to help her keep cool too.  And don't forget the stuffed animal under the neck!She really did love it!

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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So far (6 weeks post-op), Rumbles is okay with one walk a day. We’ve learned to do that one walk in the evening, just before dinner and then off to bed.

I tried morning or mid-day walks, but he’s pretty pooped out after and he just spends the rest of the day on his pillow. But I found if we walk at the end of the day, he’ll be up more during the day (I say more because he is 10 years old and his pillow is very cosy and alluring). I figure he’s getting more total daily activity this way. As he progresses, I’m going to try to get him on a two-walks per day schedule.

This was after a morning walk…see what I mean? wink

Pooped Out Pup

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26 June 2011 - 4:04 pm
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That is the cutest pic of both Comet AND Rumbles! Glad you found your groove with the walking. It takes time but eventually that new normal will feel like you’ve been doing it forever. It’s a lot cooler to walk in the evening too, which is good for him, and with him going to sleep right afterward that gives his body time to recover. Good move Ma!

As for Comet…my Mom says she wants to go to Spirit Comet’s Day Spa!

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