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:
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.
Final Year BVetMed Student
Royal Veterinary College
The survey will be live until January 31, 2015. Thanks for taking the time to further our knowledge about the life of animal amputees!
Tagged: amputation, survey
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.
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Tagged: cancer, cat, dog, metastasis, survey
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.
Tripawd Austin gets fit
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.
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.”
Online Tripawd Rehab and Conditioning School
You can enroll at three different levels:
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.
Photo: Debbie Gross
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.
And for students who participate at the Gold or Silver level, you can get valuable feedback from Dr. Gross:
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:
- Get on the Fenzi Academy e-mail list located here
- 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.
- 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!
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: Comment below if interested to be notified when enrollment opens for this course!
Tagged: canine rehabilitation therapy, fitness
The July episode of Tripawd Talk Radio is now ready for download!
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:
Tagged: cancer, cats, podcast, Tripawd Talk
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.
Download the Quality of Life Scale for Dogs, by Dr. Alice Villalobos
Download the Quality of Life Scale for Cats, by Dr. Alice Villalobos
Tagged: cancer, end-of-life care, hospice, pawspice
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.
Dr. Dressler’s Mast Cell Cancer Diet for Dogs
Tagged: cancer, video, webinar
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.
Dr. Palmquist’s book for pet parents
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.
Dr. Palmquist is President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF). He is the author of Releasing Your Pet’s Hidden Health Potential (a comprehensive guide to utilizing the power of nutrition and holistic modalities such as acupuncture, muscle response testing, and stem cell therapy to help your pet live a long, healthy life).
Tripawd Spree gets cold laser holistic therapy
Dr. Palmquist discusses how you can apply the principles of holistic care to helping three-legged amputee dogs and cats live longer, with a special focus on integrative care for coping with cancer.
We also talk about his work with the AHVMF.org’s research and education grants for veterinary integrative medicine, including research funding to study canine cancer, vaccine reform, feline behavior and other ailments.
Tagged: Tripawd Talk
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:
Think that home cooking for dogs is too complicated? It’s not! Learn how to feed your Tripawd dog easy, healthy, home cooking foods with canine culinary expert Rick Woodford, aka “The Dog Food Dude” and author of Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs.
The Woodford Pack
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.
Don’t miss Dr. Courtney’s Tripawds News Blog guest post, “How to Make Good Medical Decisions for Your Pets.”
Dr. Cyndie Courtney and Riley
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!
Free Unite To Fight Pet Cancer Information Kit
In 2014 alone Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 30 active cancer studies as well as the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. But don’t just take it from us, hear what the Most Interesting Man In The World has to say about this…
Tagged: Morris Animal Foundation, pet cancer
Tripawds’ very own Admin guy recently had the honor of being a guest on the popular Vegas Rock Dog Radio show!
Tripawds Admin Jim with Sam on Vegas Rock Dog Radio. Photo Courtesy: Vegas Rock Dog
During the hour-long show, he and Sam discussed the history of Tripawds, our Travels with Jerry and new adventures with Wyatt and much more.
They talked about the importance of healthy nutrition and rehab exercises, and they discussed everything from our time at BlogPaws, to recovery from amputation for dogs and cats, ongoing care, and even end of life decisions.
The best part?
Sam was kind enough to provide the audio file for us to share here with the Tripawds community!
The complete show will air on VegasAllNetRadio Saturday, June 07, 2014. In the meantime, you can stream our hacked up version below.
Tripawds on Vegas Rock Dog Radio
Sam from Vegas Rock Dog Radio interviews Tripawds co-founder Jim Nelson to learn about largest online support community for three legged dogs and cats and their people.
This Tripawds Podcast Is Dedicated To:
For all you multitaskers out there, check out the links below for more information about these things mentioned while listening the show!
BlogPaws – Don’t miss the wrap-up post from our appearance at BlogPaws 2014 for photos, and a special video. See ya in Nashville at BlogPaws 2015!
Vegas Rock Dog – A big shout out to Vegas Rock Dog and their love of dogs, people and pop culture! Visit VegasRockDog.com for the best Rock ‘n’ Roll Clothes For Hip Dogs & Humans.
K9 Medicinals – Learn about K9 Immunity and other supplements for dogs with cancer. We believe it helped Jerry love life on three legs for two years!
Orthopets – We have interviewed OrthoPets about how their orthotic braces and prosthetics can help tripawds be more awesome. They were also featured in the Nature episode, My Bionic Pet.
Why We Love Cats and Dogs – This episode of “Nature” which first aired on PBS in 2009 illustrates the bond we share with our animals by documenting our love for Jerry!
Tripawds was not compensated for any of this, we just love spreading the word about stuff we think our members and fans will love as much as we do.
Tagged: podcast, Tripawds