As long-time Tripawd pet parents, we have learned that it’s important to keep our three-legged pets in good physical condition. Not just for their own health, but to enjoy all the things we love to do with our dogs! Hugo and his predecessor, Angel Xena, have shown us that Tripawds really can enjoy dog life to the fullest. As a tripawd guardian, it’s our responsibility to know our dog’s limits.
The “Tripod Squad” – Hugo & his sister Xena (2007-2019)
We took a COVID-safe hiking trip just after Christmas this year to shake off the drudgery of remote work and not being able to gather with our families for the holidays. Hugo enjoyed every minute!
Here are my recommendations for adventuring with a Tripawd:
Don’t weekend-warrior it! Staying in shape year round is good for everyone. Too much physical activity can leave Hugo feeling sore. We walk around the neighborhood almost daily and hike in the park most weekends. So a three day hiking trip for Hugo isn’t going to wreck him on day one. Building strength in other ways than walking is good too! Walking up and down hill, as well as over unfamiliar terrain and jumping over small fallen trees has been a fun way to keep Hugo in good physical condition over the years.
Talk to your vet about joint support! Our veterinarian recommended that we start Hugo on Dasuquin joint supplements when he became an adult. We also have carprofen (NSAID) as needed for his sore days. This dog doesn’t know his limits, so we have to watch out for him! Some days, the full sprint after the squirrels just isn’t the smartest plan.
Take breaks! Hugo has always loved to go for long walks with us. But sometimes he just needs a rest before he’s ready to go on. And that’s ok! Life’s not a race — Hugo reminds us to slow down and pace ourselves.
Just because a dog has three legs doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy the more adventurous side of life. We just make sure that we’re prepared for life’s adventures. And as everyone knows, the perfect way to end a great trip is to cuddle up for a nap!