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Track Pet Tumors with this Easy Smart Phone App for iPhone, Android

May 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Pet Cancer, Pet Health

Is your dog or cat exceptionally lumpy? Do you lose track of spots, lumps and bumps on their body? If so, the Pet Tumor Tracker app by Veterinary Oncology Services is for you.

pet tumor tracker app

We made this happy discovery while looking at current clinical trials offered by Veterinary Oncology Services of New York. VOS is an advanced pet cancer care clinic with services ranging from electrochemotherapy to the newest novel cancer vaccines and targeted cancer therapies.

Veterinary Oncology Services created the Pet Tumor Tracker app to help you help your vet. This .99-cent app for iPhone or Android smart phones helps you identify and track changes in a lump’s size, color or consistency, then relay this information to your veterinarian.

First, create a profile for each of your pets.

pet tumor tracker app

Next, you’ll take a photo of the tumor and add it to the profile.

TumorApp2The app lets you choose between tumor types, such as benign, mast cell, etc. This is helpful if you already followed Dr. Sue’s #WhyWaitAspirate advice to “#SeeSomethingDo Something” about the lump and know what you’re dealing with.

You can describe the lump as much as you’d like. You’ll also note where the tumor is located by tapping the area on the pet diagram.

Overall the app is pretty good and super easy to use. We only wish it would be updated to two things: 1) automatically measure the size of the tumor, and 2) have a left and right image of a dog or cat body to easily show what side the tumor is located on.

iPhone Pet Tumor Tracker for iOS

Android Pet Tumor Tracker for Android

Remember, the Pet Tumor Tracker app is not a substitute for an exam by your veterinarian. Always have lumps and bumps looked at by your vet before jumping to any conclusion.

Remember Dr. Sue’s wise words:

Not even the most experienced veterinarian can look at or feel a mass and know if it is cancer or not.

Your veterinarian must perform an aspirate or biopsy to make an accurate diagnosis.


Pet Health Insurance Guide Revised for 2016

April 18th, 2016 · No Comments · E-Books, Pet Health

If you’re here because your dog or cat needed amputation surgery, you understand the stress of high vet bills. Pet health insurance is the best way to enable our dogs and cats to live healthier, longer lives, but choosing a plan is confusing. Thankfully, Dr. Doug Kenney’s revised Pet Insurance Toolkit is here to help you make the best decision for your circumstances.

The Pet Insurance Toolkit Guide Helps You Decide

pet health insurance guide

Nothing is more heartbreaking than having to consider your finances when deciding on care, but it’s a fact of life that most of us live with. Thankfully pet health insurance takes some of the sting out of that burdensome decision.

Unfortunately, less than five percent of pet parents carry health insurance for their dogs and cats. Their reasons are many but clearly one is because choosing pet insurance is downright confusing. Dr. Kenney, a veterinarian in Tennessee who podcasts about pet health insurance, has the answers. In his book, Pet Insurance Toolkit, he helps you determine things like:

  • Understanding premiums, co-pays and maximums.
  • Choosing the best policy type for your needs
  • How to pick a pet health insurance company
  • Things to know about wellness plans and “managed care.”
  • and more!

What’s notable about his book is that he explains why it’s critical to understand plans and how they work before deciding on what company to pick. While it’s important to talk to others about their experiences with pet health insurance companies, ultimately it comes down to your own unique pack’s needs.

When choosing a pet health insurance company, you are starting a relationship that you need to be comfortable with. The best one for you may not be the best one for someone else. — Dr. Kenney

The Pet Insurance Toolkit is now revised with links to podcasts and videos. The new information gives you a real feel for how pet insurance works as well as firsthand accounts from pet parents. We’re so impressed with the new revisions, it makes choosing a plan easier than ever. Sure, you’ll need to invest a few bucks and some time into reading the book and then choosing a plan, but we guarantee the outcome will be worth the effort.

Don’t Be Forced to Choose

pet insurance guide

Wyatt’s Christmastime Bellyache

After going through cancer with our fearless leader Jerry and not carrying pet health insurance, we said never again. Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray is covered by health insurance and thank Dog he is. In seven years, he’s racked up close to $10,000 in vet bills because of the mischief he’s gotten himself into. Without our Pet’s Best health insurance plan for Wyatt, it’s likely that when his $5500 stomach obstruction surgery was imminent, we might have been forced to make a financial choice. We shudder to think about it.

Get yourself a copy of Dr. Kenney’s book,
The Pet Insurance Toolkit.

And tune in to Tripawd Talk Radio this Sunday April 24th when he’ll be our special guest to talk about choosing pet health insurance. Don’t miss it!



All About Electro Magnetic Frequencies and Tripawd Amputees

March 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Health

If you missed last Sunday’s Tripawd Talk Radio episode about electro magnetic frequencies (EMFs), wound healing, phantom pain and animals, now you can download the podcast or just listen in the player below.

We learned so much in this episode! Let’s start with a basic introduction of what EMFs are all about. According to the World Health Organization:

Electric fields are created by differences in voltage: the higher the voltage, the stronger will be the resultant field. Magnetic fields are created when electric current flows: the greater the current, the stronger the magnetic field. An electric field will exist even when there is no current flowing. If current does flow, the strength of the magnetic field will vary with power consumption but the electric field strength will be constant. (read more about EMFs here)


EMF fields and frequencies have not been proven to be harmful in themselves — the science is still out and nobody has yet proven that EMFs can cause health problems.

However clinical studies have shown without a doubt that if you remove high EMF frequencies from areas of the body that have been injured, traumatized or amputated, the body’s cells and tissues respond by healing faster.

Whether animal or  human, the kind of tissue that is operated on or injured, no matter where it is on the body, is the same class of tissue. What scientists do know is that the effects of the absence of EMFs will occur at the cellular level of this body tissue. Many universities and scientists around the world are studying this phenomena, like these researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The effect of removing EMFs was studied as far back as 1989. A veterinarian studied injured horses to show that the absence of high EMFs allowed healing at the cellular level to occur. Read more in this study by Equine Veterinarian Dr. John D. Twidale.

Today we know that wound healing times can be increased by shielding the area on and around the amputation incision from high frequency EMFs, as visually demonstrated here in a human amputee patient’s experience.

Researchers have also seen how dogs demonstrating pain indicators will typically show a visible difference in comfort level within two to four hours after owners apply an EMF shield to the dog’s resting areas or directly to the amputation site.

There’s so much more we talked about, be sure to listen below.

A big thanks to Dr. Don Nixdorf, DC, formerly Executive Director of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association and Board of Advisors member for Farabloc Development Corporation, producers of “Farabloc,” a clinically-proven, 30-year old holistic medical aid that reduces exposure to high frequency electro magnetic fields, which helps to alleviate chronic pain and sports injuries in people as well as pets.

Studies and Resources About EMFs and Amputees

World Health Organization: What are EMFs?

Study Uncovers How Electromagnetic Fields Amplify Pain in Amputees

The Possible Harmful Biologic Effects of Low Level Electromagnetic Fields

Tissue Responds to Absence of Ambient High EMF

Amputee Wound Care Examples

Report on Equusbloc Blanket by Dr. John D. Twidale

Learn more about
Farabloc in the Tripawds Gear Shop.


Tripawds on CBS Radio News Show, Talking Animals

March 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Tripawds

Sam Litzinger provided an excellent overview of the Tripawds‬ Community during a recent episode of his Talking Animals show on CBS Radio News.

Sam Litzinger Talking Animals

Tripawds friend and show host Sam Litzinger

Sam discusses the many free resources available and mentions efforts of the Tripawds Foundation to help amputee pets and their people.

Listen to the full 5 minute podcast below. The Tripawds segment starts at approximately the 03:35 mark.

Talking Animals: Feb 07, 2016

(Tripawds segment begins at 03:35±)


talking animals

Sound Familiar?

The voice-over and soundtrack you hear is from the Tripawds website trailer featured on the Community Start Page.


Learn How Pet Cancer Clinical Trials Seek Cancer Clues and Cures

February 22nd, 2016 · 4 Comments · Pet Cancer

Did you know that dogs are cancer scientists with paws? And in many cases, cats are too! In this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio, you’ll learn why clinical trials for dogs and people are the most promising path to treating and ultimately curing cancers!

CSU One Cure Comparative Oncology

We caught up 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. Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center is home of the One Cure initiative to find a cancer cure for pets and people.

Learn About Clinical Trials, Comparative Oncology and “One Cure” for Pets and People

  • What exactly are clinical trials?
  • Why are clinical trials so important for treating and even curing cancer.
  • How do people and dogs benefit from participating?
  • What are the pitfalls of taking part?
    And so much more!

About Dr. Hardy

In her role as Director of Operations and Development for CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center, Dr. Hardy is getting the word out about “One Cure,” an initiative to share the importance of participating in clinical trials when animals and humans are diagnosed with cancer.

Dr. Hardy tells us “I am very proud to be full time back at the FACC as of January 2015 and oversee Operations and Development.  I earned my MPH from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both the DVM and MBA as part of the first class of the Combined MBA/DVM program at CSU. I’m a general practitioner with a special interest in oncology and pain management and couldn’t be more honored to be a part of our team where we strive to make a difference for all cancer patients.”

About Dr. Weishaar

Dr. Weishaar earned her DVM from Tufts University in Massachusetts and became board-certified at Colorado State in 2014. Dr. Weishaar is excited to play a role in finding new treatments for animals and people with cancer through clinical research.

More About Comparative Oncology

In this Tripawds News blog article, you’ll learn how One Cure brings together human and veterinary oncology professionals to mutually study how treatment of pets with cancer can improve therapies for human patients – and lead to “one cure” for both pets and people alike!