Caring for Tripawds | Three-Legged Dogs and Cats

Tripwd and rear amputee dog

Nothing is more fun than watching a dog run outdoors, playing! But can a pet live a normal life as a tripawd? Pets are fun-loving and energetic animals love to freely play, jump, race and roam around, so it is heart-wrenching to see them not being able to walk without support. How do you help your three-legged pet live an active and happy life?

Supporting Your Tripawd Pet

We often come across three-legged dogs who, due to a limb amputation, have to live without one limb. Having said that, one less limb does not stop your pet from living and enjoying its life to the fullest, and good support, diet, and affection from pet parents can make them feel great again!

If you are thinking of getting a tripawd home, or your pet has gone through a limb amputation recently, do not get concerned about its welfare and health; remember getting worried would not help. Instead, use our tips to help your unique pet live their best possible life. 

While many pet parents look for alternatives to amputation surgery, trust the veterinarian doctor as he knows what is best for your dog. The decision of the surgery is taken after weighing and analyzing all the factors and concluding to the best for the wellbeing of the canine. Do not hesitate to ask any queries to your vet, who can guide you and help through the entire process.

Here are some suggestions and guidance to help you through the critical initial days.

How to Care for Your Pet Right After Amputation

The time-span after an amputation surgery is emotionally exhausting and physically tiring for pets and their owners. It is suggested that you religiously follow the vet’s instructions for the quickest recovery of your pet. Walking can be a difficult task but your dog will try walking as much as possible, so make sure you lay down some rugs or keep them in a carpeted area for their comfort. 

Toy size tripawd dog wheelchair

Read the process of partial limb amputation to understand this better. Learn how to take care of your new tripawd, so that you do not cause any pain while handling the dog. Consulting the doctor is a must before you take any further steps. Also, to avoid any other potential accidents take help of fencing.What if you wish to adopt a tripawd?

In most instances, three-legged dogs may be completely recovered from the injury and surgery before heading from a shelter. But it is advised to take all the documentation before adopting to not face any issues when you welcome the tripawd home.Keep in mind that adjusting in a new environment such as stairs, couch, and walls can be challenging at first, and your new pet may also be suffering from separation anxiety.

However, with time and enforced training your dog will adapt to the new activities at a steady pace. So be there to help them in the initial days to get accustomed to the new place.

Choosing the Right Gear to Support an Amputee Pet

Rear amputee dog wheelchair

Most owners notice a change in the walking style of their tripawd. Pet parents are concerned about restricted or reduced mobility post-surgery. However, almost all the dogs recover to normalcy with the use of the right support, nutrition, and exercise. 

A range of factors influence the quality of life after surgery. The owner needs to take every precaution necessary and pick the right support system. The faster your pet gets used to the gear, the easier it will be for them to recover and completely forget about their missing leg.


Many tripawd and amputee pets can run just as easily on three legs as they could on four. Other amputee cats and dogs need extra support to stay active. A wheelchair helps rear amputee dog and cats to better balance their weight and feel fully supported. Wheelchair use also helps to eliminate putting too much stress or pressure on the remaining back leg.

Hip Support for Rear Leg Amputee Dogs

Tripawd pets, especially those with a rear leg amputation, shift their weight and balance. This causes them to move differently and put additional weight on their remaining “good” leg. Creating wear and tear on the leg and hip joint. A canine hip brace can support the healthy hip, while keeping your dog on the go.

Don’t Fall for that Puppy Face

Understand the importance of a good dog diet during the recovery period. Strictly following the prescription and instruction will determine how soon your dog rebounds to life.

If your dog is reluctant to exercise, then it’s your job to ensure you do not agree to this demand and follow an exercise routine. Tripwads will be attracted to treats and food items that are not allowed, no matter how hard it is you should not include food that is not in its food list.

Moreover, do not overdo anything. If you notice your dog is getting tired or panting due to excessive exercise, know that it’s time to stop.

We hope this article guides you well enough to choose the most suitable gear to get your pup feeling great again. The team at Handicapped Pets work rigorously to bring back the smile of your tripawd.

Do not forget- training, exercise, support gear, and nutrition is the stimulus to the life of your tripawd.

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