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Quality of Life Scale Tips with Pet Hospice Expert Dr. Alice Villalobos

August 11th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · No Comments

How do you know when “it’s time”? What if we’re too soon . . . or too late?

Dr. Alice VIllalobos

According to Dr. Alice Villalobos, there is no perfect time, you just have to do your best. Dr. Villalobos is the world’s leading expert on end-of-life care for animals. She is a well known pioneer in the field of cancer care for companion animals and creator of the HHHHHMM Quality of Life Scale for Pets.

In this Pet Life Radio broadcast, she discusses the best ways we can learn to compassionately manage the end stages of our animals’ lives, such as:

  • Rating quality of life for pets
  • Understanding pain signals in pets
  • Appetite management
  • Hygiene care
  • Assessing your pet’s happiness level
  • How to work with your vet for appropriate pain management
  • The basics of a compassionate, end-of-life program

Coping with end-of-life care is one of the hardest times and biggest responsibilities that we have as pet parents. By following Dr. Villalobos’ suggestions, you can have more quality time with your pets and a little less stress.

Recommended Reading

Download the Quality of Life Scale for Dogs, by Dr. Alice Villalobos
Download the Quality of Life Scale for Cats, by Dr. Alice Villalobos


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Mast Cell Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis for Dogs and Cats

July 28th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Cancer · No Comments

One reason annual veterinary exams are so important for pets is to check for new lumps and bumps that may be a sign of mast cell cancer. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, mast cell cancer tumors comprise about 20 percent of all canine skin cancers and are the second most common type of skin cancer in cats.

Did you know:Dogs usually develop mast cell tumors on their trunks or limbs. Cats tend to develop them on their heads and necks. When mast cell tumors develop internally, they are often found in the spleen and intestines.

Morris Animal Foundation has a free 45-minute webinar about mast cell cancer in dogs and cats, presented by Dr. Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, DACVIM. You’ll learn

  • What is a mast cell?
  • Who gets mast cell tumors?
  • How can I tell if my pet has a mast cell tumor?
  • How are mast cell tumors diagnosed?
  • What is staging and why is it important?
  • How are mast cell tumors treated?
  • What is the prognosis for dogs and cats with mast cell tumors?

No time to watch the video? Here’s a PDF all about Mast Cell Tumor basics for cats and dogs.

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Recommended Reading

Dr. Dressler’s Mast Cell Cancer Diet for Dogs


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How Integrative Holistic Vet Care Helps Cats and Dogs Fight Cancer, Stay Healthy

July 14th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · No Comments

Learn more about integrative veterinary care for all phases of your cat and dogs’ lives. Catch the June edition of Tripawd Talk Radio and get the scoop on how blending Eastern and Western modalities can be beneficial in so many different ways.

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Tripawd Talk Radio: June 2014
Holistic and Integrative Health Care for Dogs and Cats

Dr. Palmquist’s book for pet parents

Is your Tripawd cat or dog fighting cancer? Curious about how “alternative” cancer care treatments can boost quality of life? Then check out this fascinating discussion with Dr. Richard Palmquist, DVM, Director of Integrative Health Services at Centinela Animal Hospital, Inc, Inglewood, California.

Dr. Palmquist is President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF). He is the author of Releasing Your Pet’s Hidden Health Potential (a comprehensive guide to utilizing the power of nutrition and holistic modalities such as acupuncture, muscle response testing, and stem cell therapy to help your pet live a long, healthy life).

Tripawd Spree gets cold laser holistic therapy

Dr. Palmquist discusses how you can apply the principles of holistic care to helping three-legged amputee dogs and cats live longer, with a special focus on integrative care for coping with cancer.

We also talk about his work with the’s research and education grants for veterinary integrative medicine, including research funding to study canine cancer, vaccine reform, feline behavior and other ailments.

Download Holistic and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats Podcast Here

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Get Tripawd Help on the Go

June 30th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · No Comments

Learn great tips to help your three-legged dog or cat stay strong, live long and be healthy with Tripawd Talk Radio Podcasts. Download these two free 30 minute podcasts and learn how to care for your animal amputee in just 60 minutes! Here are two podcasts from April and May 2014:

Tripawd Talk Radio, April 2014:
Easy, Nutritious Homemade Food and Treats for Dogs

Think that home cooking for dogs is too complicated? It’s not! Learn how to feed your Tripawd dog easy,  healthy, home cooking foods with canine culinary expert Rick Woodford, aka “The Dog Food Dude” and author of Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs.

The Woodford Pack

Rick is dog dad to a cancer hero named Jackson and owner of a home-cooking dog food delivery service. In this episode you’ll learn how we can feed our dogs—and ourselves—natural and nourishing foods, in little time and on a budget while keep everyone in the family happier and healthier for a long time.

Download the Dog Food Dude Podcast Here

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Tripawd Talk Radio: May 2014:
How To Help Your Vet Make Best Pet Healthcare Decisions

Don’t let fear paralyze you when facing tough veterinary care decisions for your dogs and cats. Learn how to gain confidence when faced with tough situations.

Dr. Cyndie Courtney, DVM

In this interview with Dr. Cyndie Courtney, DVM, you’ll learn how to use your mind and heart to make good veterinary treatment decisions for our animals when we are faced with difficult, stressful situations such as accident recovery, cancer care, end of life hospice and more.

Don’t miss Dr. Courtney’s Tripawds News Blog guest post, “How to Make Good Medical Decisions for Your Pets.”

Dr. Cyndie Courtney and Riley

Dr. Courtney is a practicing veterinarian in the Washington, DC area and founder of the veterinary blog Vet Changes World. She works every day to make a difference in the lives of pets and the people who love them. She is especially interested in how veterinarians and pet owners can work together to make pet healthcare decisions.

Download “How to Make Good Medical Decisions for Your Pets” Here

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Free Kit Helps You Identify Potential Pet Health Concerns

June 16th, 2014 by admin in Pet Cancer · No Comments

We at Tripawds have always loved the work being done by Morris Animal Foundation to help end cancer in pets. Now with the #UniteToFight campaign Morris is continuing to educate others about the devastating effects of cancer in pets, and help raise funds for pet cancer research.

Download Free Pet Cancer Kit

This Free Pet Cancer Information Kit is a great resource to help you detect health issues in your pet. Download this information today for your dog or cat. Then share it with your friends, and please consider joining the movement so we can all Unite to Fight!

Unite To Fight Pet Cancer Info Kit

Free Unite To Fight Pet Cancer Information Kit

In 2014 alone Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 30 active cancer studies as well as the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. But don’t just take it from us, hear what the Most Interesting Man In The World has to say about this…

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Learn All About Tripawds on Vegas Rock Dog Radio

June 2nd, 2014 by admin in Tripawds · 1 Comment

Tripawds’ very own Admin guy recently had the honor of being a guest on the popular Vegas Rock Dog Radio show!

Tripawds Admin Jim with Sam on Vegas Rock Dog Radio

Tripawds Admin Jim with Sam on Vegas Rock Dog Radio. Photo Courtesy: Vegas Rock Dog

During the hour-long show, he and Sam discussed the history of Tripawds, our Travels with Jerry and new adventures with Wyatt and much more.

They talked about the importance of healthy nutrition and rehab exercises, and they discussed everything from our time at BlogPaws, to recovery from amputation for dogs and cats, ongoing care, and even end of life decisions.

The best part?

Sam was kind enough to provide the audio file for us to share here with the Tripawds community!

The complete show will air on VegasAllNetRadio Saturday, June 07, 2014. In the meantime, you can stream our hacked up version below.

Tripawds on Vegas Rock Dog Radio

Sam from Vegas Rock Dog Radio interviews Tripawds co-founder Jim Nelson to learn about largest online support community for three legged dogs and cats and their people.

This Tripawds Podcast Is Dedicated To:

For all you multitaskers out there, check out the links below for more information about these things mentioned while listening the show!

BlogPaws – Don’t miss the wrap-up post from our appearance at BlogPaws 2014 for photos, and a special video. See ya in Nashville at BlogPaws 2015!

Vegas Rock Dog – A big shout out to Vegas Rock Dog and their love of dogs, people and pop culture! Visit for the best Rock ‘n’ Roll Clothes For Hip Dogs & Humans.

K9 Medicinals – Learn about K9 Immunity and other supplements for dogs with cancer. We believe it helped Jerry love life on three legs for two years!

Orthopets – We have interviewed OrthoPets about how their orthotic braces and prosthetics can help tripawds be more awesome. They were also featured in the Nature episode, My Bionic Pet.

Why We Love Cats and Dogs – This episode of “Nature” which first aired on PBS in 2009 illustrates the bond we share with our animals by documenting our love for Jerry!

Tripawds was not compensated for any of this, we just love spreading the word about stuff we think our members and fans will love as much as we do.

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We Salute Layka, the Tripawd Military War Dog

May 26th, 2014 by jerry in Tripawds · 4 Comments

It’s an especially touching Memorial Day for the Tripawds Nation;  the June cover of National Geographic Magazine spotlights Layka, a canine amputee hero who survived being shot four times while under fire in Afghanistan yet still managed to attack and bring down the shooter while protecting her handler and fellow soldiers!

Layka, Military Working Dog, MWD, Layka, tripawd, amputee, Belgian Malinois

Layka the Tripawd War Dog Hero

As this video shows, Layka is an incredible hero who has done amazingly well after rehabilitation therapy and adapting to civilian life.  Grab a box of tissues and meet Layka and her handler, then hop on over to read “The Dogs of War,” an awesome story about what military working dog handlers and their brilliant canine counterparts.

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Today and always, we salute all our military heroes, canine and human alike. Thank you for all you do.

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More Animal Communication Tips from Stacy

May 5th, 2014 by jerry in Behavior · 1 Comment

Have you ever thought about speaking with an animal communicator? Lots of pawrents work with intuitive animal communicators to help cope with everything from amputation recovery to life after death.

Stacy Krafczyk from is one of our favorite animal communicators, and through the years she’s been our special guest on various Tripawd Talk Radio episodes.

She’ll be our special guest again later this year, but meanwhile you can get to know what an animal communicator can do for your health and heart by tuning in to this oldie-but-goodie episode featuring Stacy. You can play the podcast below, or visit the Tripawd Talk Radio page for this episode to watch a brief slideshow while you listen.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The importance of explaining what’s going on with your animal.
  • How to keep communicating with all animals of your pack after one has surgery.
  • The benefit of preparing new Tripawds for recovery, vet visits, and the use of helpful gear.
  • The importance of watching our own behavior, as pack leaders we set examples.
  • Helping our loved ones move on peacefully when the time comes to let go.
  • Remembering to celebrate the animal’s life! Cancer is not a death sentence, don’t stress the animal with worry…
TABLET USERS: Follow this link to listen)

Listen to internet radio with tripawds on
Blog Talk Radio

Download All of Stacy’s Tripawd Talk Radio episodes

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Mexican Dog, Other Animals Get New Life with Prosthetic Devices

April 14th, 2014 by jerry in Uncategorized · No Comments

Here’s a heartbreaking story with a hoppy ending. Thanks to the Mexican dog rescue organization Milagros Caninos, a beautiful canine got a second chance at a loving life when the group raised money to purchase a set of artificial limbs developed by the good people at OrthoPets.

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When it comes to prosthetic limbs for dogs, cats and other species, our recent interviews with OrthoPets founder Martin Kaufmann explain how the company creates the best technologies and support systems that enable many animals to enjoy an excellent quality of life. The recent PBS special My Bionic Pet showcases even more of the miracles that happen thanks to OrthoPets.

Please join us in giving OrthoPets a big hand and 3-paws up for all they do for the animal world, including helping the Tripawds Nation get the word out about life on three legs at the upcoming #BlogPaws 2014 Conference, the the world’s biggest and best blogging and social media event specifically for pet lovers and veterinarians. Thank you OrthoPets!

Recommended Reading

Tripawds News Blog: OrthoPets Talks Prosthetics for Pets, Part 1
Tripawds News Blog:OrthoPets Talks Prosthetics for Pets, Part 2

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Learn Gentle, Safe Stretches for Your Tripawd

March 31st, 2014 by jerry in E-Books · No Comments

Learning how to gently stretch your Tripawd’s muscles after a short warm up walk can help keep your dog limber, avoid injury and alleviate tension. But do you know the right way to stretch your Tripawd?

Lisa Saez, PT, CCRT, founder of Dalia’s Doggie Rehab, tells us on the latest Tripawd Talk Radio episode, “Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapy Benefits for Three-Legged Dogs,” that many people are afraid to perform stretches on their dog because they don’t want to accidentally hurt them. That’s understandable, but learning how to stretch your dog is easy as these doggie stretching demonstration videos show:

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Before attempting any stretching exercises, do a warm up with your your dog to avoid injury during these stretching manuevers. Begin with an easy walk of just a few minutes, or if the weather is bad, play a fun indoor game of tug or hide and seek. This simple nose to hip “cookie stretch’ video is another easy maneuver you can do together.

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Please use extreme caution when performing these movements or any other exercises. Always watch for signs that your dog has had enough.

More Tripawd Fitness Tips

Did you know: the second Tripawds e-book, Loving Life on Three Legs, has tons of detailed information and photos that will teach you how to stretch your Tripawd, keep fit and stay strong for life.

When attempting any kinds of new fitness routine, remember: use common sense, don’t push too hard and remember to give lots of praise and rewards afterward so your dog associates these activities with “fun” and not pain.

Get your Copy of Loving Life on Three Legs

Please consult with your veterinarian or a certified canine rehabilitation therapist before beginning any fitness program for your Tripawd.

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