Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
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5 January 2011
I am the Director of Sales at Eddie's Wheels for Pets, and we build custom made wheelchairs for pets. One group that has benefited greatly are tripods. We have had many dogs come here with aching and overused shoulders or hips, from traversing about on 3 legs.
The links above will bring you to two videos…one shows a dog in our front wheeler, the second shows a dog in a rear wheel cart. We welcome questions and comments!
Thanks for joining Carole! We've moved your topic here to the Tips And Resources forum where it belongs and added some tags to help others find it.
Over the past few years, we have referred many people to Eddie's Wheels for carts when they're pups need them.
One more thing… at about 2:50 of this video interview with the founders of California Animal Rehab, Drs. Waldman and Kramer discuss the benefits of carts for both front and rear leg amputee dogs.
They also highly recommend, however, exhausting all possible rehab exercise options before resorting to cart use. Having a healthy dog use a cart full-time before one is absolutely necessary can prohibit any further rehabilitation, as the dog will become dependent on the support provided.
All Tripawds members are encouraged to consult with their vet or a veterinary rehab specialist when considering a wheelchair for their three legged dog.
23 August 2010
Welcome to Tripawds
I have an Eddies Chair for my rear amputee. I will repost the videos that I have already shared here. 1st of all, yes it has helped her tremendously. I just wish that you offered a few options:
1. A “plug” or “plate” covering the leg hole for the missing limb. I had to build one from foam and it really doesnt fit well, rubbing and slipping around. I know that ever dog is unique and perhaps very few tripawds need this option. http://www.yout…..-VxgndBrDY
2. A larger leg hole for the missing side. She is using her rear leg (thanks to the chair) but is now developing muscle and with the needed foam support on the missing leg side, the leg hole seems to be a bit tight now. http://www.yout…..3QQ_fECxzg
We will take a ride out to MA in the spring and see if you can help us with the fine tuning adjustments……it's just to dang cold right now!
Julie and Daisy
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25 April 2007
Eddies Wheels is the only company as far as I am aware that makes carts for front leg amputees. Here is a more recent article about their services and wheelchairs in general: