Here’s a fun Tripawd exercise you can do right now to help your three-legged hero stay loose and flexible: cookie stretches!
Cookie stretches are great for dogs who are not showing signs of acute back or neck pain. Do this first thing in the morning before a long walk. Your dog will love getting a treat to start the day!
Remember, the goal is to stretch from front to rear, not actually turn. Do one side, hold for fifteen to twenty seconds, then do the other side. Repeat three to five times, once or twice daily.
Cookie Stretch Tips
You don’t necessarily have to use food to bribe your dog. Try using your dog’s favorite toy for this game. Or a low-cal carrot or other non-fattening food. Remember: every extra pound on a dog is like five on a human!
Also, don’t force your dog into a stretch and if s/he shows signs of tiring, stop, you’ve gone too far. Some dogs will need more time to move into a deep stretch. Ask your vet if you have any questions about this exercise.
Developed by renowned canine fitness expert, Dr. Debbie Gross, DPT, MSPT, Diplomat ABPTS, CCRP. this Tripawd-centric course is jam-packed with everything you need to know about keeping your front or rear-leg amputee dog fit and injury free. We give it three-paws up!
Tripawds can do lots of things that four legged animals can do, but it can often come at a cost. Shoulder, neck and hip pain is something most Tripawds will experience just because of their altered gait. Unfortunately dogs and cats are really great at hiding that pain, so it’s up to us to recognize pain and learn how to treat it too.
Pain Management Expert Dr. Mike Petty Shares His Best Tips for Life on 3 Legs
Listen to Dr. Mike Petty in this 30 minute podcast and discover ways to determine if your pet is in pain and the treatment options that he feels are worth pursuing. The next half-hour will change your Tripawd’s life for the better!
Three legged dogs and cats of the Tripawds community prove it’s better to hop on three legs than to limp on four. This video features Tripawd Heroes and Angels loving life on three legs: Moose, Sassy, Fang, Tri-Pug Maggie, Cemil, Jill, Domio, Frankie, and Stanley with cameo appearances by Wyatt, Shelby and Travis.
Of the video clips submitted so far, we were only able to produce two new Tripawds Trailers. Stay tuned for Part Two and watch our featured playlists or visit the Tripawds Youtube Channel for more fun and informative videos.
We’re still hoping to complete the Tripawds Trilogy, so read the clip submission guidelines and send in your videos—we may just feature your dogs and cats too!