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Mast Cell Cancer Basics for Tripawds with Dr. Hohenhaus

May 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Pet Cancer

Is your dog or cat facing amputation because of mast cell cancer?

If so, get the mast cell cancer facts in this Tripawd Talk Radio podcast with veterinary oncologist  Ann E. Hohenhaus, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology & Small Animal Internal Medicine) at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, a non-profit veterinary center that has been a national leader in animal care since 1910.

Mast Cell Cancer Facts for Tripawds

Listen below as Dr. Hohenhaus teaches us everything we need to know about mast cell cancer including:

  • What is the difference between a “mast cell” and a “mast cell tumor”?
  • How do does mast cell cancer present in dogs and cats?
  • Are there things we can do to prevent it, or catch it before it spreads?
  • What do vets do to diagnose mast cell cancer?
  • Is mast cell cancer treatable? If so, how?
  • What is the prognosis for this cancer?
  • Are there new treatments to help make mast cell cancer easier to live with?

After the show, Dr. Hohenhaus was kind to respond by email to a mast cell cancer question we didn’t get time to ask:

  • When is radiation therapy recommended for Mast Cell Cancer and how do we know if it will work?

Her response was:

Radiation therapy for the treatment of canine cutaneous mast cell tumors has been studied in a number of research publications starting in the early 1990’s. The results from these studies is similar. In dogs where mast cell tumors cannot be surgically removed with clean margins, radiation therapy administered to the area where the tumor has previously been removed prevented recurrence of the tumor in a large proportion of dogs. Dogs treated with radiation have experienced survival times well in excess of 2 years.
Radiation therapy is a local treatment and if the mast cell tumor is expected to spread systemically, chemotherapy is also indication.

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Tripawds Party Event Flier

April 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Tripawds

Help Spread the Word About Tripawds Pawty 2015!

Download and print this flier to help spread the word about the Pet Cancer Awareness Month Party with Greyhounds Rock and Tripawds members, May 23 & 24, 2015.

Tripawds Event Flier

Tripawds members up and down the East Coast are encouraged to distribute this flier at:

  • Pet Stores
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Canine Rehab Centers
  • Dog Wash Locations
  • Dog Parks & More!

Will you be joining us?

Tripawds Pawty 2015 is special celebration of the Tripawds Nation and Greyhounds Rock in honor of Pet Cancer Awareness Month happening in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Memorial Day weekend.

Tripawds 2015 Virgina Party Info

See who is going and volunteer to help in the Tripawds Parties Discussion Forum topic!


Chemo for Canine Osteosarcoma is Nothing to Fear, Says Sarge

April 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Pet Cancer

Chemotherapy for canine osteosarcoma sounds scarier than it really is. Just ask Sarge and his fabulous veterinarian  Dr. Aaron Heintz, DVM of Wedgewood Pet Clinic in Oklahoma City. Dr. Heintz was totally cool allowing Sarge’s Mom to share these chemo treatment videos. He even took time to explain the entire process in Sarge’s blog post, “Dr. Heintz DVM walks us through a chemo treatment with Sarge.

Chemotherapy Videos of a Dog with Osteosarcoma

Sarge is about to show you that chemotherapy is nothing to be afraid of. With a great vet like Dr. Heintz and your good attitude, your pet can conquer osteosarcoma chemo. Here’s what it looks like:

Step 1: Pre-Chemotherapy Blood Draw

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Step 2: Dr. Heintz Explains Chemo for Osteosarcoma

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Step 3: Preparing the IV

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Step 4: Medications Before Chemotherapy

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Step 5: Giving IV Fluids

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Step 6: Injecting Carboplatin Chemo Drug

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Step 7: Relax and Get Spoiled

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As you can see, chemotherapy for pets with cancer is a much different than it is for people. Animals don’t usually have bad side effects like nausea or losing hair and most bounce back quickly. Consult with a board-certified veterinary oncologist to learn if your dog or cat is a good candidate for chemotherapy to fight cancer.

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Learn About Tripawd Dog Gait Patterns and Osteosarcoma Cancer News

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Pet Cancer, Tripawds

If you and your dog are coping with an osteosarcoma diagnosis, you won’t want to miss this Tripawd Talk Radio interview with Dr. Deanna Worley, Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center.

Broadcast in February, this edition of Tripawd Talk Radio covers important information about osteosarcoma in dogs. We also discuss Dr. Worley’s first-of-it’s-kind Tripawd Gait Study and what she discovered when studying the walking gait of front and rear leg Tripawd amputee dogs.

You can play it in this build-in player or visit the Tripawds Blog Talk Radio Channel and download it for later.

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As Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center, Dr. Worley discusses two fascinating areas in her research specialties:

  1. the biomechanical changes that occur in amputee dogs, and
  2. canine osteosarcoma considerations, treatment options and ongoing care

Join us in the first half of our show to learn about discoveries made when Dr. Worley and her team studied the gait patterns of amputee dogs.

In the second half, Dr. Worley shares  the latest developments from the experts at Colorado State who are helping their canine patients fight osteosarcoma.

We know you’ll find it as educational as we did!

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Questions to Ask Your Veterinary Oncologist


Get Your Tripawd PhD

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments · E-Books

There’s a lot to learn about your dog’s new life on three legs. But don’t get overwhelmed; the Tripawds Nation is here to help you earn your Tripawds PhD!


The Tripawds Library is your fast-track education to knowing all you need to know about:

  • Canine amputation
  • Post amputation surgery care for dogs
  • Ongoing lifestyle tips for
    • rehabilitation therapy
    • exercise
    • nutrition
    • aging
    • and much more
PROM Passive Range Of Motion Dog Exercise on GSD

Learn range of motion exercises for Tripawd dogs

This package contains our two e-book downloads, “Book 1: Three Legs & a Spare” and “Book 2: Loving Life on Three Legs.”

Book 1 is geared toward pawrents whose dog is facing amputation and contains everything you need to know about amputation surgery and recovery. There’s also information about cancer diagnosis and treatment and coping with life after recovery. Book 2 gives more of a snapshot about pre and post-amputation surgery care but mainly focuses on how to stay strong on three legs at any age. Both feature:

  • All the best information found within the Tripawds community
  • Interviews with experts who understand how to make the most of life on three legs
  • Inspawrational examples of happy, healthy Tripawds

The Tripawds Library is your fast track to learning about canine tripawds. Although these books are not about cat Tripawds, in the future we will be adding a feline-friendly edition as our knowledgebase expands thanks to the growing number of kitty Tripawd members.

when you buy both books at the same time!
Get started here.

Do you have feedback about our books? Please let us know in the comments section. We’re always working hard to make them better!