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DIY Core Strengthening Exercises for Cats

January 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments · DIY, Pet Health

Learning proper core strengthening exercises for cats is just as critical for our feline Tripawd family members as it is for three-legged dogs.

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Can you get cats to exercise? Definitely! (image:

Whether human or animal, we all need strong core muscles (abdominals) to keep us from injuring our backs and hips during movement. Much has been written about core strengthening exercises for dogs, but not as much for cats. Thankfully this is changing, and we aim to share these feline rehabilitation therapy tips and articles with you as we learn about them.

Thanks to our amazing and helpful Trikitty members and bloggers, we have two feline rehabilitation therapy articles to share with you today.

DIY Core Strengthening Exercises for Cats

Recently, Harry the Tripawd Cat made it clear that losing a leg wasn’t going to slow him down.

When his mom saw how good he was getting at moving around after amputation surgery, she asked an important question:

I just have some follow up wondering about core strengthening exercises . Are there any specific recommendations for cats (apart from the meercat pose, which we’ll be working on)? All the blog posts seem to be about dogs. I can’t imagine Harry using a stability disc….he’s stubbornly self directed. Although I do have a sit disc that I could give some things a try on.

Well, she’s right. Animal rehabilitation therapy is a pretty new science, about a decade old. Many general practice veterinarians aren’t even aware of the many wonderful things it can do for any animal but especially the three-legged kind. Veterinary rehabilitation therapy science, studies and classes are usually focused on dogs, so as a result we don’t have much to share about cats. But thankfully that’s changing and more is being studied and shared about doing rehabilitation therapy for cats. We are SO grateful to our feline Tripawds members for doing some digging and sharing these downloadable articles with us.

From the Animal Medical Center in New York:

How to Keep Your Cat Fit, Healthy and Happy

core strengthening for cats

Download the article to see how to exercise your Tripawd cat!

and for more reading check out

This Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery article

Feline Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Principles and Potential

More Tripawds Tips about Exercising Cats

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona also report that:

my vet suggested that Mona could maintain her remaining front leg mobility by playing with a feather by stretching her leg out to reach the feather. Mona likes to chase feathers on a stick on stairs and play with a laser light on the floor where she moves around really low to the ground.

Here’s a Tripawds News blog post that tells more about front-leg amputee Tripawd cat exercises. If you have any more to share please let us know!

Front Leg Tripawd Cat Tips and Tricks


Meet Animal Advocate Tripawd Mom Susan Marie and Olive the Doggy Diva

December 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Cancer, Tripawds

Most people begin their Tripawd journey unexpectedly and Susan Marie of Sarasota, Florida was no different. When her beloved Maggy lost her leg to canine cancer seventeen years ago, she never dreamed how it could change her life in some pawsitive ways. If you’re in the early stages of coping with a pet cancer diagnosis, this episode will give you the hope you need for better days ahead.

Tripawd, Greyhound, Maggy, osteosarcoma

Maggy’s osteosarcoma diagnosis inspired a Greyhound cancer walk and more!

A Two-Time Tripawd Mom’s Story

As the Tripawds Community’s newest Tripawd Helpline host, Susan Marie and her current Tripawd Olive, aka The Doggy Diva, are helping animals here, in Florida and beyond. Their steadfast dedication to “giving the voiceless a voice,” as Susan Marie says, is making a difference for animals who need our help. This dynamic duo are the best example of how even a devastating cancer diagnosis can bring blessings that make the world a better place.

Tripawd, Italian Greyhound, Olive, Doggy Diva

Susan Marie and Olive, the Doggy Diva

In this Tripawd Talk Radio interview, Susan Marie shares her two-time Tripawd Mom experience. We learn:

  • What it was like to cope with canine cancer, when veterinary oncologists were hardly in existence?
  • How Maggie changed her world for the better.
  • Why she decided to be a two-time Tripawd Mom by adopting Olive, a “special needs” Italian Greyhound.
  • The biggest lessons that Maggy and Olive have taught her.

Download this insightful Tripawd Talk Radio Episode Today!




Best Tripawd Health Tips from the Experts in 2016

December 12th, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Cancer, Pet Health

It’s that time of year Tripawds Nation! Join us as we look back on the previous twelve months of Tripawd Health Tips in this Downloads blog. Watch for more in our “Best of 2016” series for each Tripawds Featured Blogs.

Best Tripawd Health Tips from the Experts in 2016

2016 Tripawd Talk Radio Podcasts

Hop over to the Tripawd Talk Radio channel on Blog Talk Radio for a long list of helpful interviews with veterinary experts. Download the 30 minute podcast and learn about:

How to Recognize and Treat Pain in Dogs

Learn about Tripawd pain management for dogs with Dr. Mike Petty. He discussed how to tell if your dog is in pain and pain treatment options that he feels are worth pursuing.

Dr. Petty is the owner of Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and Animal Pain Center, both in Canton, Michigan. He is author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs, a must-have for canine pet parents.

Dogs are Cancer Scientists with Paws

Learn why clinical trials for dogs and people are the most promising path to treating and ultimately curing cancers, with Colorado State University’s Dr. Christine Hardy, DVM and Dr. Kristen Weishaar, a board-certified oncologist and the Flint Animal Cancer Center’s Director of Clinical Trials.

Electro Magnetic Frequencies and Phantom Limb Pain in Pets

Human and animal amputees are often adversely affected by EMF (Electro Magnetic Frequencies) in our environment. On this episode we’ll learn why and how amputees are more affected by EMFs and what we can do to help reduce and minimize the side effects of exposure. Our guest is Dr. Don Nixdorf, DC, clinician  and Board of Advisors member for Farabloc Development Corporation, producers of “Farabloc,” a holistic medical aid that reduces exposure to high frequency EMFs, which helps to alleviate chronic pain and sports injuries in people as well as pets.

free pet health insurance bookThe Pet Insurance Tookit with Dr. Doug Kenney

Learn how to choose the best pet insurance for your animal with Dr. Doug Kenney, author of the Pet Insurance Toolkit – new and revised for 2016! Dr. Doug Kenney is a practicing veterinarian in the Memphis, Tennessee area who is dedicated to helping pet parents choose the best health insurance policy for their companion animals. He is the author of the Pet Insurance Toolkit, a downloadable e-book that helps pet parents understand the ins and outs of pet insurance policies and choose the best policy for them. He also hosts a podcast show, The Pet Insurance Guide Podcast.

What to Know About Emergency Amputation Surgery for Dogs and Cats #ANIMALER

Many Tripawds parents face the amputation decision under traumatic circumstances. If you’re coping with this life-changing choice for your cat or dog, listen to the sage advice from Nat Geo WILD’s Animal ER expert Dr. Brian Beale, DVM DACVS. In this 15-minute, informative Tripawd Talk Radio show we’ll ask Dr. Beale:

  • How do you assess whether or not a cricially injured animal is a candidate for amputation surgery?
  • How do you know if the leg is worth saving?
  • What are some things a pet parent should consider when you suggest amputation or limb salvage surgery?
  • What’s your most memorable amputation recovery story that you can recall?
  • And finally, what is the WILDEST animal you’ve ever amputated a limb on, and how did they do?

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer with Author and Advocate Laurie Kaplan

On this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio we chat with author and animal advocate Laurie Kaplan. As creator of the indispensible handbook “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” and founder of the Magic Bullet Fund, a non-profit fund dedicated to covering treatment costs for those that can’t afford it.

In this episode Laurie shares over 15 years of insight about what it’s like to care for a dog with a cancer diagnosis, how we can help others with in their pets’ cancer diagnoses and where we can focus our efforts to end this devastating disease.

More Great Tripawds Health Tips Downloads

What to Feed a Dog or Cat with Cancer

This helpful list of videos, reading and other resources will help you learn what feed a dog or cat with cancer. It’s required reading if your animal has been diagnosed. Get answers to questions like:

  • What foods can help keep our dog or cat strong through chemotherapy?
  • Can we use human foods to boost appetite during cancer treatments?
  • What foods are not safe to feed our dogs and cats undergoing cancer treatment?

Tripawd Exercise: Cookie Stretch Fun

Here’s a quickie post with DIY videos that explain how to help your three-legged hero stay loose and flexible: cookie stretches!

DIY Canine Rehabilitation Therapy for Tripawds Course

Learn tips to safely and effectively keep a canine Tripawd lean and strong, all from home in a go-at-your-own-pace online class. The program covers topics like:

  • Beginning Exercises for Tripods
  • Forelimb AND hindlimb Amputations and Considerations
  • Weight Management
  • Considerations for Allowing the Tripod to Live the Best Quality of Life

Gentle, Safe Tripawd Dog Stretches to Avoid Injuries

Regular and safe Tripawd dog stretches are so important to reduce the chance of injury. Learn about warm-ups, cool downs and safe play for Tripawd dogs and cats.

Download FREE Pet Health Insurance Book (Just $4.49)

It’s worth your time to read Pet Health Insurance: a Veterinarian’s Perspective. This short, 80-page book that lays out the facts about pet health insurance and the e-book download is FREE only $4.49 USD for the Kindle/PDF version.

Vet Gives Cat and Dog Leg Amputation Surgery Recovery Tips

Watch a helpful and hopeful video about cat and dog leg amputation surgery recovery tips. It was created by Dr. Lori Pasternak of Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic in Richmond Virginia.

Join us here in 2017 as we bring you the newest and best downloadable tips to help your cat or dog live a great life on three legs!





Vet Gives Cat and Dog Leg Amputation Surgery Recovery Tips

November 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Tripawds

Did you just get the shocking news that your pet needs to lose a leg? If so, please watch this helpful and hopeful video about cat and dog leg amputation surgery recovery tips. Dr. Lori Pasternak of Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic in Richmond Virginia is the genius behind this helpful look at life on three legs.

Dr. Pasternak is an amazing vet. She started Helping Hands because she grew weary of encountering growing numbers of pet parents who were forced to euthanize their animals because of a lack of funds. Today her clinic has saved the lives of countless animals, thanks to innovative ways she keep costs low.

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Dr. Lori Pasternak with Chili

The pawesome video gives every important detail about before and after amputation recovery. Dr. Pasternak missed nothing in describing how to help a Tripawd have a great life. She also features Tanner, a long-time Tripawds Community member who we had the pleasure of meeting in Virginia a few years ago!

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Angel Rosco and Tanner at Virginia Tripawds Pawty.

If you know anyone facing amputation for their animal, please share this video. Thanks!




“Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” Author Laurie Kaplan on Tripawd Talk Radio

November 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Cancer

Fighting cancer has come a long way since Laurie Kaplan wrote the first edition of “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer.” Veterinary oncology become a viable option to treat pet cancer and now pet parents who want to do it have many support systems like the Tripawds Nation to help them get through it.


Laurie Kaplan has been at the forefront of supporting pets and their humans during their cancer fights, and we are pleased to welcome her to Tripawd Talk Radio.

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer with Laurie Kaplan

Laurie Kaplan with Bullet, the dog who started it all.

Laurie Kaplan with Bullet, the dog who started it all.

Laurie Kaplan is author of “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” and “So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose,” two indispensable books for any pet parents looking for hope and help during a pet cancer battle. As a veterinary medical writer by trade, Laurie knows how to present clinical information in a way that laypeople can understand.

In addition to her books, she is also founder of “The Magic Bullet Fund,” a 501c3  non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance for people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment fees.

Whether you’ve been through a pet cancer battle or currently in the middle of one, you’ll find our interview with Laurie fascinating. In this 30 minute podcast Laurie discusses:

  • The early days of veterinary oncology. What it was like to help her dog Bullet fight a lymphoma battle when pet cancer treatments were relatively unheard of. She discusses how she chose his treatments and other home care methods she used to help him fight cancer.
  • Today’s veterinary oncology choices. How pet parents can choose which ones to pursue for their own pet.
  • Palliative care basics. How does an owner know when it’s time to stop treatment and provide palliative care?
  • Why Help Your Dog Fight Cancer is the number one resource pet parents should have on their bookshelf.
  • How Laurie’s workbook “So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose,” can help grieving pet parents cope with the loss of their animal, through journaling and reminiscing.
  • Why The Magic Bullet Fund was formed. How it helps pet parents afford treatment, criteria for applying to the fund, and how Laurie and her group of dedicated volunteers and donors keep it running to help over 500 dogs to date.

All that and more in this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio!