Tripawd Awareness Day

Did you know that March 3rd is Tripawd Awareness Day … or Triday, for short? This pet observance day was put on the calendar to pay homage to three-legged pets and those who love them, care for them, and keep them happy and comfortable. As it turns out, many of these guys are quite independent: they just need a little extra TLC. An Ellicott City, MD vet offers some advice on caring for a ‘tripawd’ below. 


Just like our four-legged pals, our three-legged friends also need proper exercise to stay healthy. Many tripawds enjoy the same games and activities as any other pet would. Swimming can be a great option for dogs, as it offers a great cardio workout but is easy on the joints. (Needless to say, we don’t recommend this one for cats.) Keep in mind that, while it may be tempting to coddle Fido, this may do more harm than good. Let him enjoy himself! Just keep an eye on him, and watch for signs of fatigue or discomfort. As far as walks go, you may find that several short walks work better than taking one or two long ones. Ask your vet for specific advice.


You’ll need to be careful not to let your pooch pack on extra pounds. Obesity is bad for any dog, but is particularly concerning for tripawds, as that extra weight is only balanced on three legs. That said, your fuzzy buddy may benefit from certain supplements. Follow your vet’s recommendations, and pay close attention to portion sizes. 


It is important to make sure your pet can get good traction as he is running around the house. If you have flooring, you may want to set out area rugs or carpet runners to help your furry friend get a better grip. We also recommend trimming Fido’s claws, and using paw balm to moisturize and protect his paws.

Veterinary Care

You’ll need to keep up with your pet’s veterinary care needs. If your three-legged buddy has already healed from the amputation, or were born a tripawd, they will likely have few, if any, extra needs in this department. However, some pets may still be susceptible to issues, and will require more care. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule. 

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Ellicott City, MD pet hospital, anytime.


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