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Prosthetic, Braces, Rehab and Fitness for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 3

December 8th, 2014 by jerry in Uncategorized · No Comments

Have you been watching our fitness tips for Tripawds series with Dr.Kennedy and Tripawd Domino?

Learn Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 1
More Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 2

Prosthetic, Braces, Rehab and Fitness for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 3

When a dog or cat becomes a Tripawd, two of the most common questions future Tripawd pawrents ask are:

  • “Does my pet need a prosthetic limb?”
  • “Will a brace help my Tripawd?”

In the following interview with veterinary rehab specialist Dr. Dicki L. Kennedy of ARCC: Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center in Greenville, South Carolina, she discusses the pros and cons of canine prosthetics, orthotic braces for tripawds and amputee dogs.

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Every Tripawd whether they have a brace or prosthetic limb or not needs to stay strong, fit and flexible. To find out how, watch Dr. Kennedy show Tripawd Mom Cassie and her three legged dog Domino perform flexion, Extension and massage techniques to help Tripawds maintain flexibility, balance and orthopedic health.

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Stay tuned for our final interview with Dr. Kennedy, where she will demonstrate more fitness exercises for Tripawds!

Learn Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 1
More Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 2

Recommended Reading

Learn more about prosthetic limbs, braces and orthopedic conditions with Tripawds and OrthoPets.

Orthopedic Health Tips for Tripawds with Colorado State and Dr. Mike Petty

Download the new Tripawds e-book, Loving Life on Three Legs: Canine Fitness and Conditioning for Happy, Healthy Tripawds for all the tools you need to help your three-legged hero get fit and stay strong for an injury-free life.

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More Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 2

November 24th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · No Comments

Sharing your life with an amputee cat or dog means learning new ways to have fun together while preserving those precious remaining three limbs. In this second of our four part series with Dr Dicki Kennedy, DVM, CCRP of ARCC: Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center , you’ll learn:

  1. safe ways to have fun with your three-legged hero for a long and happy life
  2. how to find a good, qualified canine rehabilitation therapist
  3. pain management and supplement tips for amputee pets
See Part 1 of Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawds

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Recommended Reading

Tripawds Downloads Blog: Learn Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 1

Tripawds News Blog: All About Tripawd Cats with Dr. Kennedy

Download the new Tripawds e-book, Loving Life on Three Legs: Canine Fitness and Conditioning for Happy, Healthy Tripawds for all the tools you need to help your three-legged hero get fit and stay strong for an injury-free life.

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Learn Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, Part 1

November 17th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · No Comments

We all have questions about keeping Tripawd cats and dogs fit, and beginning with this first chapter in a series, Tripawds member Cassie and Domino will get answers by chatting with Dr. Dicki L. Kennedy, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVPP, CCMT and certified in Animal Chiropractic, as well as founder and President of ARCC: Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Domino and Dr. Kennedy

Domino and Dr. Kennedy

First, tune into this recent episode of Tripawd Talk Radio where we interview Dr. Kennedy about all things Tripawd:

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Next, watch this video interview with Dr. Kennedy where Cassie and Domino want to know: why do Tripawds need rehabilitation therapy?

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Watch Part 2 of Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawds

Recommended Reading

Tripawds News Blog: All About Tripawd Cats with Dr. Kennedy

Download the new Tripawds e-book, Loving Life on Three Legs: Canine Fitness and Conditioning for Happy, Healthy Tripawds for all the tools you need to help your three-legged hero get fit and stay strong for an injury-free life.

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Fighting Dog Cancer with Mushroom Based Immunity Supplements

November 6th, 2014 by admin in Pet Cancer · 2 Comments

In this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio, you’ll learn what’s so special about medicinal mushroom supplements for dog cancer, from expert Dr. John Holliday, president of Aloha Medicinals and creator of immune support supplements including K9 Immunity.

You will learn how medicinal mushrooms work and how dogs with cancer can benefit from the ingredients in products like K9 Immunity. Dr. Holliday will share his tips for using supplements safely and effectively when fighting cancer.

Also in this episode: learn how one special Basset Hound named Rosie defied all odds and beat advanced stage cancer after beginning a K9 Immunity regimen. Her Mom Dorla will discuss how she discovered these medicinal mushrooms and what kind of effects they had on Rosie’s life.

Dorla will share her own personal tips for coping with canine cancer through the use of medicinal mushrooms and discuss how she turned a devastating diagnosis into a positive way to help other pet parents through the company she founded in Rosie’s honor, K9 Medicinals.

Hear all Tripawd Talk Radio Podcasts on BlogTalkRadio!

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This post is sponsored by K9 Immunity and Tripawds.com. We are being compensated for helping to spread the word about K9 Immunity, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. K9 Medicinals and Aloha Medicinals are not responsible for the content of this article.

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Survey Wants Feedback on Dog Amputation Pain Relief, Behavior Changes

October 6th, 2014 by jerry in Behavior · Tripawds · No Comments

Hoppy Monday everypawdy! If you have a canine Tripawd, please take a minute to answer this brief survey about post-amputation pain relief and behavioral changes in canine amputees. The survey comes to us from Christopher Adams, a final year veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom. He writes:

Dear Tripawds Community,

We are writing to you because you have pets that have undergone underwent an amputation. We are conducting a research project to determine whether the pain relief provided to dogs like is appropriate following their amputation, and whether they undergo changes in their behaviour after an event such as this.

We have designed a questionnaire which contains questions about the behaviour of your dog following his/her amputation, and we would be very grateful if you would consider completing this online.

We know that if may be distressing for you to recall these events, but your participation would be greatly appreciated and will, hopefully, help other dogs in the future.

If you would be willing to complete the questionnaire, please go to the following website address:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1810315/Survey-of-Canine-Behaviour-following-Veterinary-Surgical-Procedures-Tripaws

We will not ask for personal details as part of the questionnaire and we will only use the data provided for research purposes. This information will be held securely at the Royal Veterinary College and it will be destroyed at the end of the study. The project has received approval from the institutional ethical review committee at the Royal Veterinary College.

If you have any questions regarding the aims of the study or the intended use of the data collected, please do not hesitate to contact us using the details below. Thank you for your assistance with this important investigation.

Yours sincerely,
Christopher Adams
Final Year BVetMed Student
Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 7TA

The survey will be live until January 31, 2015. Thanks for taking the time to further our knowledge about the life of animal amputees!

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Take the Tripawds Cancer Metastasis Survey

September 22nd, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · 6 Comments

If your Tripawd dog or cat is (or was) coping with cancer metastasis, we hope you’ll take this brief Cancer Metastasis Survey for Tripawd dogs and cats.

In this interesting fact-gathering mission we are attempting to identify where, when and how cancer metastasis typically presents itself after a cancer diagnosis as well as steps taken to deal with metastasis.

The deadline for submitting responses is October 31, 2014.

A big thanks to Tripawds Members Michelle and Allison who suggested this survey and created these questions. Contact us if you have any ideas for future Tripawds Community surveys.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

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Enroll Now for Online Tripawd Conditioning School

September 8th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · 12 Comments

Dog rehabilitation and conditioning is important for every canine, but as we discuss in “Loving Life on Three Legs,” it’s critical for canine amputees of any age. And now, at-home canine conditioning classes are be a reality thanks to the Fenzi Online Dog Sports Academy and world-renowned canine fitness expert, Dr. Debbie Gross, DPT, MSPT, Diplomat ABPTS, CCRP.

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Why Your Tripawd Needs Rehab

Canine conditioning exercises help your Tripawd in many ways, including:

  • Discovering existing skeletal and muscular weaknesses to reduce the risk of damage.
  • Preventing trauma by strengthening core abdominal muscles required for balance and stamina.
  • Entertaining and challenging your dog, physically and mentally.

The benefits of learning how to keep your Tripawd fit and strong are endless, which is why we are so thrilled to announce that Dr. Gross is willing to lead a Tripawd-specific online canine conditioning course starting in January 2015, IF we can get at least six participants to commit to enrolling in this course that begins 2/1/15.

Learn Tripawd Conditioning at Home

Dr. Gross’ Level 1 K9 Conditioning course that we are enrolled in is so much fun and educational too. She will craft a course similar to it but just for Tripawds. It will be called “Conditioning and Concerns for the Tripod Dog.”

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Online Tripawd Rehab and Conditioning School

You can enroll at three different levels:

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Whatever level you choose, you’ll learn everything necessary for helping your Tripawd live a fit, healthy, hoppy life. Through weekly course lectures, homework and Discussion Forums, you’ll learn step-by-step ways you can improve your Tripawd’s fitness level.

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Although it helps if you have purchased recommended FitPAWS canine conditioning tools, not all assignments require this gear. Here’s one homework assignment submitted by a student:

Identify important regions

Learn specific exercises and if you’re enrolled at the Gold level you can post your homework videos and photos for feedback from Dr. Gross and other students.

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And for students who participate at the Gold or Silver level, you can get valuable feedback from Dr. Gross:

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Even if you choose to study at the Bronze level and just read and watch students without actually posting your own questions or exercises, the course is extremely beneficial.

Ready to Get Your Tripawd Fit?

Class spots are guaranteed to fill up fast! Here’s how to guarantee a spot:

  1. Get on the Fenzi Academy e-mail list located here
  2. This January, about 4 days before enrollment opens, watch for a newsletter that lists upcoming Fenzi classes. You’ll notice the date and time registration will open for the Tripod Conditioning Course, January 22, 2015.
  3. Hurry and register! Some classes are very popular and fill in a  matter of minutes or hours.

A big shout out to Tracy, mom to the amazing Angel Maggie, for this inspawrational idea!

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About Deborah M. Gross, DPT, MSPT, Diplomat ABPTS, CCRP

Dr. Deborah Gross

Dr. Gross has been involved in the field of animal physical rehabilitation for over seventeen years and currently owns a small animal rehabilitation practice in Connecticut, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC. She received her BS from Boston University, a Masters degree from Quinnipiac College, and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee. She has advanced certifications in her field.

She has lectured throughout the world on the topic of small animal rehabilitation for the past twelve years, and is one of the founders of the Certificate Program in Canine rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee. She has published widely on both the professional level and to dog enthusiasts of many venues.

Laser therapy has been an interest and passion of hers for over ten years and she is very active in the development of treatment programs and education on laser therapy.

NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE OPENS JANUARY 22. SEE THE COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR DETAILS.

 

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Tripawd Cats Share Tails About Amputation, Life on Three Legs

August 25th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · No Comments

The July episode of Tripawd Talk Radio is now ready for download!

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LISTEN NOW: Three Legged Cats Share Tripawd Kitty Lifestyle Tips

Alana, Dareth and Amy share the tales of their three legged cats with the Tripawds community. Learn about Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS) in cats, feline cancer, and other common reasons kitties often require amputation. Hear about how to cope with diagnosis and care for cats during recovery after surgery.

Then, follow the three-legged adventures of these popular tri-kitties at their respective blogs:

Alana’s Blog for Crepes: http://catinthefridge.com

Dareth’s Blog for Misty: http://ddmckenna.tripawds.com/

Amy’s Blog for Steve: http://stevetheprettytripawdkitty.tripawds.com/

Tune in and download your podcast about cat amputees, here:

“Three Legged Cats Share Tripawd Kitty Lifestyle Tips”

 

 

 

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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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