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Catch the Pet Health Insurance Guide Podcast

May 26th, 2016 · No Comments · E-Books, Pet Health

If you missed our helpful Tripawd Talk Radio show about pet health insurance with veterinarian Dr. Doug Kenney, now’s your chance to listen here or download the podcast. The April 24th episode of Tripawd Talk Radio shares all you need to know about choosing a pet health insurance policy.

pet health insurance guide podcast

In this episode we ask pet health insurance expert Dr. Kenney questions like:

  • Why he’s so passionate about pet health insurance.
  • The three most important things people will learn from his revised Pet Health Insurance Guide Toolkit.
  • Considerations pet parents must make when choosing a plan for their pet, especially when it comes to conditions like cancer.
  • Insuring older pets and those with health conditions.
  • How to know you made the right choice of plan and company
  • and more!

Read About The Pet Health Insurance Guide Toolkit

The Pet Health Insurance Guide Helps You Decide

pet health insurance guide



Easy DIY Tripawd Rehab Therapy

May 16th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Pet Health

When it comes to keeping your Tripawd strong and injury free, Tripawds members have such great insight to share. Take for instance Ingrid, dog mom to greyhounds galore, including one of the sweetest pups to ever join us here, Angel Nixon.

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Hoppy Angel Nixon.

Ingrid knows a lot about dogs and keeping them fit. In this forum topic she shares pawesome Tripawd exercise tips about how to stay strong on three legs:

How to Keep Your Tripawd Strong

Rehab vets will agree that Ingrid’s Tripawd exercise tips are spot on. She writes:

Weight Shifting

“The number one thing you want to condition is the abdominal muscles. Weight shifting exercise is great.

  1. Stand behind her and place your hands on either hip.
  2. Gently sway her hips to one side and then the other. Just enough until you feel her have to compensate for the shift. it is a small movement.
  3. Do 5 times on each side and do this every time you come back in from going outside
  4. Next, add front to back. Stand facing her side that is missing the limb.
  5. Place one hand on her chest and one hand between her tush and her hocks.
  6. Rock front to back. Again very gently and repeat 5 times front and back.
  • Very quickly, you’ll work up to 10 times in each direction. These take no time and you’ll find most dogs enjoy it once they learn what is expected of them.

And then there are cookie crunches.

  1. Take a high value treat and while she standing, without moving her feet, have her turn her head towards her tail on both sides.
  2. Reward the slightest try. many dogs don’t like doing this at first but it helps a lot.
  3. Once they realize they can do it, they start doing it on their own.
  • Also practice this while laying down on a firm surface.
  • Do 3 to 5 in a row on each side. Again, work up to 10. That may take some time.

Finally, walk figure 8’s.

With a dog as large as yours, I’d say make each circle about 10 feet in diameter and then work your way down to 4 or 5 feet. Don’t overdue it but just 1 minutes of this once or twice a day will really help with balance and strength.


A week or two of this and you’ll see some good changes and can start moving on to more advanced work with unstable surfaces.”

Do you have Tripawd dog or cat fitness tips that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!


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 Helps You Choose the Best Plan

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 Pet Insurance Guide is here to help you make the best decision for your circumstances.

Pet Health Insurance Guide Makes Deciding Easier

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 gives you a real feel for how pet insurance works as well as firsthand accounts from pet parents. This book 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 Make a Financial Choice

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 be sure to catch the April 24, 2016 Tripawd Talk Radio episode with Dr. Kenney. He’s our special guest and talks 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.