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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!


Download FREE Pet Health Insurance Book, This Week Only

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Health

If you’re part of the Tripawds Nation, your dog or cat means the world to you. That’s why we think 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 until Wednesday 11/2 on Amazon!

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Pet Health Insurance Book Makes This Job Easier

Much has changed in the pet health insurance industry since his first book “The Pet Health Insurance Toolkit” was published in 2012. And once again we’ve found Dr. Kenney’s insight and materials to be so helpful for choosing the best plan for Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray.

We totally get that doing research like this is quite a chore. But euthanizing an animal because the cost of treating it exceeds our financial capabilities is even worse. That’s why we all owe it to our animals to sit down for a few hours and figure out how to give them the care they deserve with a great pet health insurance policy.

We especially appreciate how Dr. Kenney’s Pet Health Insurance book has direct links to Dr. Kenney’s podcasts. His chats with veterinary and insurance experts offer so much insight into choosing an appropriate plan. His copy in the pet health insurance book is easy to understand and if you stick with the suggestions your pet’s health care will be much better off than it was before you had a plan.

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Wyatt says “Thanks Dr. Kenney!”

Before Dr. Kenney came along, we had chosen a pet health insurance for Wyatt that didn’t come close to meeting his needs or covering costs. At the time we chose it, all we looked at was the monthly premium cost. We didn’t consider other factors like:

Despite what you may think, the premium isn’t the most important thing to consider when evaluating and comparing pet insurance companies. Your focus should be on what a policy covers.

Thanks to the suggestions in the Pet Health Insurance book we now have a plan that most recently, covered Wyatt for a $5k emergency surgery that probably wouldn’t have happened if he was insured with the previous plan. It hurts to even think that we might have had to make that decision. Essentially, Dr. Kenney insight saved Wyatt’s life and we will be forever grateful.

We can’t say enough great things about this revised and updated guide. We all owe it to our animals to get a copy and take action so we never have to make the heartbreaking choice of economic euthanasia. Whether you get it this week for free or buy it later, get it as soon as you’re able.

Download your FREE Copy of
the Pet Health Insurance Guide
(good thru Wednesday 11/2)

Catch the Pet Health Insurance Guide
Podcast on Tripawd Talk Radio






Gentle, Safe Tripawd Dog Stretches to Avoid Injuries

October 17th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Pet Health

Regular and safe Tripawd dog stretches are so important to reduce the chance of injury. Cats, on the other hand, already know that stretching is relaxing and good for them:

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TriKitteh Steve knows how to stretch.

Whether cat or dog, the benefits of Tripawd dog stretches are tremendous. According to canine rehab therapist experts Both Ends of the Lead, doing safe Tripawd dog stretches can:

  • Help reduce muscular tension and discomfort
  • Enhance movement quality and mobility
  • Improve flexibility levels
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Potentially slow down degenerative changes
  • Give you extra bonding time with your dog.

Since most dogs aren’t as adept at stretching as cats, we must lend a helping hand. The best time to do Tripawd dog stretches is before and after exercise. Now remember, please don’t do this until your vet approves. Tripawd dog stretching can be dangerous if your pup isn’t 100% cleared for it.

First, warm up before any exercise

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Passive range of motion with Tripawd Wyatt.

Sudden hard play for prolonged periods of time can lead to physical damage and acceleration of degenerative diseases like arthritis. Never let your Tripawd hero go crazy on the beach or on a play date until you both do an easy, leashed warm up walk for several minutes.

Next, try a few dog cookie stretch exercises. Always stretch your Tripawd from front to rear. You don’t want them to actually turn. Do one side, hold for fifteen to twenty seconds, then do the other side. Repeat three to five times.

End playtime with gentle Tripawd dog stretches.

Just because playtime is over, the fun doesn’t end. Always end a rowdy playtime with some Tripawd dog stretches. Because we’re not vets, we want to share vet-approved Tripawd stretches videos that show you how to do it safely.

In this video, you’ll watch how Happy the Tripawd gets safely stretched with passive range of motion exercises for dogs. See how the experts at California Animal Rehabilitation Therapy do it:

Here’s another quadpawd dog stretching video from Vitality Chiropractic Center in Aurora, Illinois.

Try these exercises little by little and watch for any signs that your dog isn’t enjoying the activity. Walking away, pulling a paw back or trying to nudge your hand away are all signs to stop the movements and try again tomorrow. If your Tripawd’s signals continue, give your vet a call to make sure nothing’s wrong.

Stay Injury Free with Life on Three Legs

tripawd dog stretchesThe Tripawds handbook for Loving Life on Three Legs goes into more detail about stretching and so much more.

  • Surgery recovery and pain management.
  • Rehabilitation therapy and fitness games.
  • Do-it-yourself stretching, massage, and exercises.
  • Healthy diet and nutrition advice.
  • Case studies of dogs loving life on three legs!
  • Exercise routine and nutrition worksheets.
  • And much more.

Download Loving Life on Three Legs today.





Emergency Amputation for Dogs and Cats: Things to Consider in the #ANIMALER

September 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Health

Emergency amputation for dogs and cats is a routine part of the job for an animal ER surgeon, but for pet parents like us, it’s an emotional nightmare. Nobody ever thinks they’ll be faced with this choice, but for those who are, Dr. Brian Beale is here to help.

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Dr. Brian Beale, star of Nat Geo WILD “Animal ER”

Dr. Beale is board-certified veterinary surgeon and partner at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. He also stars in the new Nat Geo WILD show, “Animal ER” – now showing, Saturdays on the Nat Geo Wild channel.

If you love animals and are fascinated with veterinary medicine like we are, you’ll love Animal ER. This show follows the highly trained doctors and staff of Houston’s GCVS as they perform high-end, specialized veterinary medicine on domestic and exotic animals. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll watch:

What to Know About Emergency Amputation Surgery for Dogs and Cats

Amputation surgeries and limb salvage procedures are routine for Dr. Beale. In fact, an upcoming episode of Animal ER called “Heroic Measures” will spotlight Damon, a rescue dog whose badly injured leg was saved from amputation by Dr. Beale himself. Be sure to watch on September 24th!

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But for now, in this 15-minute episode created especially for pet parents facing animal amputation in an emergency situation, you’ll learn:

  • How does Dr. Beale assess whether or not a critically injured animal is a candidate for amputation surgery?
  • What signs might indicate that leg is worth saving?
  • How do artificial limbs factor into the decision?
  • What are some things a pet parent should consider when amputation or limb salvage surgery is recommended?

Dr. Brian Beale’s innovative treatment plans, extensive experience and surgical skills help to maximize each patient’s chances of a positive outcome. Dr. Beale keeps busy with 10 to 20 surgeries a week. He hosts a weekly radio show about pet health, lectures around the world, and is an adjunct professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy.

Meet Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

The amazing vets at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists are well-known here in the Tripawds Nation. Many members like have experienced amazing results while being under their care.

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists was founded in 1988 and is currently one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the country. Their highly specialized, board certified veterinarians provide the highest quality, most comprehensive specialized care for companion animals. This internationally respected veterinary specialty hospital has 14 departments, 28 specialists, and over 200 trained support staff! It’s the perfect example of the very best in veterinary medicine.