Caring for Tripawds | Three-Legged Dogs and Cats

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 encounter three-legged dogs who have to live without one limb due to limb amputation. 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 undergone a limb amputation recently, do not get concerned about its welfare and health; remember, worrying would not help. Instead, use our tips to help your unique pet live the 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 on the best for the canine’s well-being. Do not hesitate to ask any queries to your vet, who can guide you and help you 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 difficult, 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 tripod 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. What if you wish to adopt a tripawd?

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

Joint 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 daily joint supplement can support the healthy hip and leg joints to keep your dog on the go. It’s never too late to promote good joint health.

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. Tripod dogs 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 Walkin’ 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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