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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
Today and always, we salute all our military heroes, canine and human alike. Thank you for all you do.
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 AllSpiritHealing.com 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…
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.