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Walkabout Harnesses
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26 November 2011
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1 December 2011 - 12:25 pm
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I am ordering all the paraphernalia Happy will need after his amputation, and I am wondering if any of you prefer a certain harness. I looked at the one linked to the Three Legs and a Spare book, but I also was recommended to the walkabout type. I like this one because there is not a strap that would be going across the scar. Any experience on the different harnesses?

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1 December 2011 - 2:48 pm
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Is Happy missing a rear or front leg? Sorry, I checked your profile but there is no biography info.

The Walkabout "harnesses" we have seen are really just slings, best suited for rear leg amputees. You can't leave them on like others we recommend. The Ruff Wear Webmaster is the best one we have found for most dogs. It worked well on Jerry, a front-legger, and it helps us assist Wyatt, a rear-legger, into our truck and up stairs as necessary. We recommend the AST Get A Grip for larger or less mobile dogs requiring additional support.

If you do decide the Walkabout is best for Happy, let us know. We recently received a large Walkabout from a member but have not yet listed it in the Angel Exchange. PM us if the size is right and we'll be happy to send it if you can cover the shipping costs.

Hope this helps!

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1 December 2011 - 4:43 pm
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gayle is a right front amputee.  we have the ruffwear webmaster - it is a godsend.  if happy is losing a front leg, definitely wait till the sutures/staples are out and the incision is healed before using it.  we are so glad we have ours!!

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2 December 2011 - 10:20 am
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Hi! Happy will be losing his front left leg. I would love any assistance/harness! He is 64 pounds or so, so I think Large would work. I would be willing to send it back to you when he is able to start using the ruffwear type. I was concerned about the ruffwear one for immediately following surgery-since I'll be helping him up  and out to potty-because he will have a large scar where the strap comes across...

I'm not sure how to "PM" for the delivery cost...

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2 December 2011 - 11:38 am
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happy2003 said:

Happy will be losing his front left leg.

The Walkabout harness would not offer any support assistance for front leg amputees. In fact it would make matters worse by placing more pressure on the remaining front leg by lifting weight in the rear. The following is what we tell everyone who purchases a Ruff Wear harness , But you may just be surprised to discover that Happy doesn't require any assistance at all.

We recommend not using the harness until the surgery has completely healed and stitches or staples are removed. We have heard of no specific cases where any harness has hampered healing, but we believe direct pressure from the straps may irritate the wound. Please consult your veterinarian with any concerns.

We suggest using a soft towel slung under the belly if additional support is required in the meantime. A reusable canvas shopping bag slit down the sides also makes a handy temporary sling.

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Hope this helps!

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4 December 2011 - 5:24 pm
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The walkabout makes a front and rear harness, Cooper was a left front leg amputee and we started out with a walkabout rear support harness with great success, then he graduated to the ruffwear harness . I think you have to evaluate your own dogs needs , in Coops case he was able to push his front end up but had trouble getting his butt off the ground, hence the rear support harness. I guess like I said , you need to evaluate which end your dog is having troubles with and go from there, I dont think anything is cut in stone.

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