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Chemo for Canine Osteosarcoma is Nothing to Fear, Says Sarge

April 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Pet Cancer

Chemotherapy for canine osteosarcoma sounds scarier than it really is. Just ask Sarge and his fabulous veterinarian  Dr. Aaron Heintz, DVM of Wedgewood Pet Clinic in Oklahoma City. Dr. Heintz was totally cool allowing Sarge’s Mom to share these chemo treatment videos. He even took time to explain the entire process in Sarge’s blog post, “Dr. Heintz DVM walks us through a chemo treatment with Sarge.

Chemotherapy Videos of a Dog with Osteosarcoma

Sarge is about to show you that chemotherapy is nothing to be afraid of. With a great vet like Dr. Heintz and your good attitude, your pet can conquer osteosarcoma chemo. Here’s what it looks like:

Step 1: Pre-Chemotherapy Blood Draw

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Step 2: Dr. Heintz Explains Chemo for Osteosarcoma

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Step 3: Preparing the IV

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Step 4: Medications Before Chemotherapy

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Step 5: Giving IV Fluids

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Step 6: Injecting Carboplatin Chemo Drug

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Step 7: Relax and Get Spoiled

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As you can see, chemotherapy for pets with cancer is a much different than it is for people. Animals don’t usually have bad side effects like nausea or losing hair and most bounce back quickly. Consult with a board-certified veterinary oncologist to learn if your dog or cat is a good candidate for chemotherapy to fight cancer.

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Learn About Tripawd Dog Gait Patterns and Osteosarcoma Cancer News

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Pet Cancer, Tripawds

If you and your dog are coping with an osteosarcoma diagnosis, you won’t want to miss this Tripawd Talk Radio interview with Dr. Deanna Worley, Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center.

Broadcast in February, this edition of Tripawd Talk Radio covers important information about osteosarcoma in dogs. We also discuss Dr. Worley’s first-of-it’s-kind Tripawd Gait Study and what she discovered when studying the walking gait of front and rear leg Tripawd amputee dogs.

You can play it in this build-in player or visit the Tripawds Blog Talk Radio Channel and download it for later.

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As Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center, Dr. Worley discusses two fascinating areas in her research specialties:

  1. the biomechanical changes that occur in amputee dogs, and
  2. canine osteosarcoma considerations, treatment options and ongoing care

Join us in the first half of our show to learn about discoveries made when Dr. Worley and her team studied the gait patterns of amputee dogs.

In the second half, Dr. Worley shares  the latest developments from the experts at Colorado State who are helping their canine patients fight osteosarcoma.

We know you’ll find it as educational as we did!

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Get Your Tripawd PhD

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments · E-Books

There’s a lot to learn about your dog’s new life on three legs. But don’t get overwhelmed; the Tripawds Nation is here to help you earn your Tripawds PhD!


The Tripawds Library is your fast-track education to knowing all you need to know about:

  • Canine amputation
  • Post amputation surgery care for dogs
  • Ongoing lifestyle tips for
    • rehabilitation therapy
    • exercise
    • nutrition
    • aging
    • and much more
PROM Passive Range Of Motion Dog Exercise on GSD

Learn range of motion exercises for Tripawd dogs

This package contains our two e-book downloads, “Book 1: Three Legs & a Spare” and “Book 2: Loving Life on Three Legs.”

Book 1 is geared toward pawrents whose dog is facing amputation and contains everything you need to know about amputation surgery and recovery. There’s also information about cancer diagnosis and treatment and coping with life after recovery. Book 2 gives more of a snapshot about pre and post-amputation surgery care but mainly focuses on how to stay strong on three legs at any age. Both feature:

  • All the best information found within the Tripawds community
  • Interviews with experts who understand how to make the most of life on three legs
  • Inspawrational examples of happy, healthy Tripawds

The Tripawds Library is your fast track to learning about canine tripawds. Although these books are not about cat Tripawds, in the future we will be adding a feline-friendly edition as our knowledgebase expands thanks to the growing number of kitty Tripawd members.

when you buy both books at the same time!
Get started here.

Do you have feedback about our books? Please let us know in the comments section. We’re always working hard to make them better!




Take the Tripawd Phantom Limb Pain Survey

February 23rd, 2015 · 5 Comments · Pet Health

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 March 28 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 March 28.

Great Dane Tripawd Izzy appreciates your surveys.

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Tripawds Three Legged Dog Survey Tells All
Survey Results: Who’s Doing Chemo? Who’s Not?
Survey Results: A Tripawd’s New Normal
Tripawds Amputation and Cancer Study Analysis Complete



Save on Tripawds Canine Health and Fitness e-Book

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments · E-Books

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
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
Offer good through 2/28