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Take the Tripawd Phantom Limb Pain Survey

February 23rd, 2015 by jerry in Pet Health · 4 Comments

Do you have time to help veterinary researchers improve the lives of Tripawd cats and dogs? We hope so! Please read on to find out how your cat or dog’s experiences after amputation can help vets determine the best ways to treat pre and post-operative pain in animal amputees.

Note: Anyone with a Tripawd from past or present can answer,
including those pets who did or did not
experience phantom limb pain.
Deadline for survey responses is
Sunday, March 15 at 12midnight Pacific time.

Front leg amputee Lola says “Thanks!”

We were contacted by Dr. Marco Rosati, an Italian veterinarian and professor working and teaching at the Veterinary School of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. Dr. Rosati’s area of research is focused on neuropathic pain recognition and treatment in animals. He has developed a survey for Tripawd pawrents (see below) and writes:

“Phantom limb pain and phantom limb sensation represents unpleasant manifestations of an abnormal function of the nervous system that continue providing sensory information from a part of the body that is not there anymore. In human medicine up to 80% of patients experience at some point this kind of chronic pain which has a negative impact on their quality of life.

Tripawd Kitty Mona meows with appreciation.

Animals and humans experience pain in the same way with only a minor even though crucial difference. Our furry fellows do not express themselves with words. For this reason phantom limb pain might go undetected if we do not look for it observing our pet´s behavior. Our knowledge as veterinarians is strongly limited by the absence of scientific data on the frequency of phantom limb pain, its clinical manifestations and possible risk factors associated to its occurrence. This lack of knowledge ultimately impacts our work and the quality of care that we can offer you.

In order to fill this gap between what the real situation is and what we know about it, we developed an online survey that you can complete through the following link. We designed it as a consult that you could have with a veterinary specialist on pain management and it will take about 30 to 45 minutes.

Every single contribution can make a difference and
we are very grateful to you for taking part to our research.”

Take the Phantom Limb Pain in Tripawds Survey HERE
today through Sunday March 15.

Great Dane Tripawd Izzy appreciates your surveys.

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Tripawds Amputation and Cancer Study Analysis Complete

 

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Save on Tripawds Canine Health and Fitness e-Book

February 9th, 2015 by jerry in E-Books · No Comments

Recently, Tripawds member Ronnie wondered why his Tripawd gets tired during exercise and activity:

. . . But the last two times that I truned him out for a run he seems to be very weak in his back legs after a couple hours of exersize.

Everyone who starts a Tripawd journey eventually discovers the best ways to exercise and not exercise our three-legged pets. But instead of learning the hard way through trial and error, here’s a better way: the Tripawds e-book “Loving Life on Three Legs: Canine Fitness and Conditioning for Happy, Healthy Tripawds.”

Get 30 paw-cent off with
COUPON CODE: LL30
Offer good through 2/28

This handbook for keeping your dog healthy, strong and injury free is perfect for new or long-time Tripawd pawrents who want to make sure their pup stays injury free for life. You’ll learn important things like:

  • What to do and not do during amputation recovery
  • The best and worst exercise for a three-legged dog
  • How much exercise is too much?
  • How to build your own Tripawd fitness gym
  • Where to go for pain management and rehab therapy
  • What to expect as your Tripawd gets older

Loving Life On Three Legs

The Tripawds canine fitness and conditioning handbook is a vital resource for keeping any dog healthy and strong! This 115 page interactive PDF includes the professional advice of veterinarians and certified vet rehab therapists, along with hundreds of direct links to articles, forum topics, interviews and how-to videos for exercises you can do at home with your three or four legged pup. More Info »
Price: $19.95$16.95

 

Don’t wait. Your Tripawd needs all the help he or she can get in order to stay strong and healthy. Learn more about Loving Life on Three Legs and save 30 percent on a copy from now until midnight Pacific Time on February 28th.

Get 30 paw-cent off with
COUPON CODE: LL30
Offer good through 2/28

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Learn How to Recognize, Treat Pain in Your Pets

January 26th, 2015 by jerry in Pet Health · 3 Comments

Do you know how to tell if your dog or cat is in pain? And would you know what to do about it if you did? We all have 30 minutes to invest in our pets’ well-being, so be sure to download to this great discussion with veterinary pain management expert Dr. Mike Petty.

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In this January 25th Tripawd Talk Radio episode you’ll learn:

  • How to tell the difference between pain signals and pain medication side effects
  • The best ways to talk about pain management with your vet
  • Different ways that front and rear-leg Tripawds experience pain as they age
  • and a whole lot more about helping our pets feel better!

Dr. Petty is a world-renowned expert on veterinary pain management whose steadfast and heartfelt dedication to pain relief is creating better lives for pets and humans alike. His upcoming book, Dr. Mike Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs, will be a must-have resource for all pet parents when it hits store shelves in January 2016. For now, get ready to advance your knowledge about pain relief for pets:

Check Out Pets Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with tripawds on BlogTalkRadio

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Tripawds Survey Gives Glimpse of Cancer Metastasis in Dogs and Cats

January 12th, 2015 by jerry in Pet Health · No Comments

Thank you to everyone who answered last fall’s Tripawds Cancer Metastasis Survey. We received 31 thoughtful and informative responses. We hope the following survey snapshot will help anyone looking for insight about what pet cancer metastasis looks like in some dogs and cats.

Tripawds Cancer Metastasis Survey Findings

Remember, this is not a scientifically accurate survey but a general shapshot of the Tripawds community members who shared their cancer metastasis experience. We received 31 responses profiling 29 dogs and 2 cats. The majority were diagnosed with osteosarcoma, with some hemangiosarcoma diagnoses.

Because everyone’s cancer journey is different, it’s tricky to quantify when and how metastasis occurred and some answers take more explanation than filling in a check mark, as you’ll see:

Metastasis Timeframe

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Question: How much time elapsed between cancer diagnosis and metastasis?

More than half of the respondents said mets didn’t happen until at least six months had gone by. Their answers were:

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How to Exercise Your Tripawd For Fitness and Strength, Part 4

December 22nd, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · Tripawds · No Comments

In this last of our four part series about Tripawd rehabilitation, fitness and conditioning tips, you’ll see how Dr.Kennedy works with Tripawd Domino to keep him strong, lean and fit.

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See how you can keep your Tripawd dog fit with these exercises that incorporate the pawsome FitPAWS Canine Conditioning equipment available in our Tripawds Gear Shop:

How to Use a FitPAWS Balance Pad and Balance Disc for beginner-level weight-bearing exercises that strengthen a dog’s core muscles, shoulders, back and hips.

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How to Use a FitPAWS Peanut to help three legged dogs develop core strength and balance with advanced rehab exercises like “Puppy Push-Ups.”

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How to Use a FitPAWS Wobble/Rocker Board as a fun way to help tripawds develop core strength, balance and proprioception (body/space awareness). Dr. Kennedy, DVM, CCRP explains the benefits and how it is best to make a board that fits your dog’s body.

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 Many sincere thanks to Domino, Cassie and Dr. Dicki L. Kennedy of ARCC: Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center in Greenville, South Carolina for taking time to share this important information about Tripawd fitness and health. For more great tips by Dr. Kennedy, see:

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

Recommended Reading

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 About Tripawd Health, Exercise and Fitness

Be sure to reserve your seat in the first ever Tripawds Conditioning Course, an all-0nline course brought to you by the Fenzi Online Dog Sports Academy and world-renowned canine fitness expert, Dr. Debbie Gross, DPT, MSPT, Diplomat ABPTS, CCRP, beginning in February 2015.

Disclaimer: Please remember, we are not veterinarians. This information is not a substitute for medical care by a qualified veterinary professional. Always seek the advice of a licensed rehabilitation therapy veterinarian prior to making any medical decisions or undergoing treatments or therapies, or if you have questions about your Tripawd’s health. Never delay treatment or disregard professional medical advice based on something you saw here on Tripawds.com

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

December 8th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · Tripawds · 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

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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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Learn About Tripawd Health, Exercise and Fitness

 Disclaimer: Please remember, we are not veterinarians. This information is not a substitute for medical care by a qualified veterinary professional. Always seek the advice of a licensed rehabilitation therapy veterinarian prior to making any medical decisions or undergoing treatments or therapies, or if you have questions about your Tripawd’s health. Never delay treatment or disregard professional medical advice based on something you saw here on Tripawds.com

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

November 24th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · Tripawds · 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 About Tripawd Health, Exercise and Fitness

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

November 17th, 2014 by jerry in Pet Health · Tripawds · 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:

Check Out Pets Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with tripawds on BlogTalkRadio

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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Learn About Tripawd Health, Exercise and Fitness

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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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