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#5854 - 02/21/10 03:24 AM Harnesses and Boots
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Edited by MaxaLisa (08/04/10 08:25 PM)
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#5952 - 02/21/10 10:36 AM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thank you so much - great idea to post these!

Feli used two of these harnesses, and I have a question:

Feli's neurologist suggested the Hartmann harness to help her with her herniated discs. It's obviously great for a dog like Feli whose back shouldn't have been arched as her disc problems where in the middle of her back.
I was never able to make it work though, and felt and still feel quite stupid. The strap along the back, when fitted well for her to walk comfortably, became confining and too short when she was lying down. But then when it was fitted to give her enough room when she was lying down, it became too loose when she got up as then the back part of the harness slid down her croupe. It MUST be possible to make it work. Was anyone ever able to figure it out?

I ended up carrying her up and down the stairs and lifting her into the car instead. My vet showed me how to do it best for her back, putting my arms like forklifts underneath her, and my hands holding her in place.

And towards the end, I used the Ruff Wear harness (listed on top of Lisa's list) to be able to steady her instantly when she stumbled while walking.

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#6933 - 02/22/10 01:54 AM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: shepnterrier]
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I don't know of anyone that has used the Hartman Harness, I've always wondered if the straps around the hind legs wouldn't "cut" into the body.

What you are saying about that long strap along the back makes complete sense, that the lengths for laying vs sitting would be different.
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#40128 - 05/10/10 08:39 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: MaxaLisa]
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New harness from Ruffwear. I like this one because it loops around the front legs to provide even more support.


http://www.backcountryk9.com/177/0/Products.aspx?gclid=CK3n-KLeyKECFQtSgwodfXSecQ

http://www.ruffwear.com/DoubleBack-Harness

It's made for climbers, so it's engineered so that we can lift the dog up with it, entirely. This would be great after an orthopedic surgery as well.


Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kwAQVYxOYM

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#40620 - 05/12/10 06:07 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: 3K9Mom]
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thanks for sharing!
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#62814 - 07/09/10 07:43 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: GSDTrain]
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Has anyone used the HelpEmUp? We need the rear support for Star and now need something more than the sling we've been using, since she has very little use of her rear legs. I want something she can wear all the time. I never imagined how difficult it could be to lift the rear of a 70 lb. dog with dead weight. frown
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#62839 - 07/09/10 09:47 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: AgilePaws]
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I used the Help-Em-Up harness for Rica and generally liked it. It was easy for me to give her rear end support with the back strap. The one negative about it was that the straps would loosen a bit over time, but it was easy enough tocorrect that.

I also had one of the slings, but never liked it because the strap was too long and made it harde for me to lift her.

Here's a picture of her in the harness.

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#62853 - 07/09/10 10:50 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: Woodreb]
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Cool pic.

The only bad thing I've heard about the harness is that the fit is more difficult on a male, their "parts" seemed to get in the way. I would love to hear if anyone used it successfully with a male dog.
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#62881 - 07/09/10 11:38 PM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: Woodreb]
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Thank you Johanna for the picture. It helps seeing her wear it. Rica was lovely. Did she have DM also?

We're having the same problem with the sling and the long straps. We end up tripping over each other. Plus, I'm afraid I'm hurting her belly area.

Was the Help Em Up comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time?
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#62895 - 07/10/10 12:27 AM Re: Harnesses and Boots [Re: AgilePaws]
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Rica had severe HD and spondylosis that eventually resulted in loss of function of her rear legs. I kept the harness on most of the time, just removing it to clean periodically and for exams at the vet's. She seemed comfortable in it.
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