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Emergency Amputation for Dogs and Cats: Things to Consider in the #ANIMALER

September 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Health

Emergency amputation for dogs and cats is a routine part of the job for an animal ER surgeon, but for pet parents like us, it’s an emotional nightmare. Nobody ever thinks they’ll be faced with this choice, but for those who are, Dr. Brian Beale is here to help.

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Dr. Brian Beale, star of Nat Geo WILD “Animal ER”

Dr. Beale is board-certified veterinary surgeon and partner at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. He also stars in the new Nat Geo WILD show, “Animal ER” – now showing, Saturdays on the Nat Geo Wild channel.

If you love animals and are fascinated with veterinary medicine like we are, you’ll love Animal ER. This show follows the highly trained doctors and staff of Houston’s GCVS as they perform high-end, specialized veterinary medicine on domestic and exotic animals. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll watch:

What to Know About Emergency Amputation Surgery for Dogs and Cats

Amputation surgeries and limb salvage procedures are routine for Dr. Beale. In fact, an upcoming episode of Animal ER called “Heroic Measures” will spotlight Damon, a rescue dog whose badly injured leg was saved from amputation by Dr. Beale himself. Be sure to watch on September 24th!

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But for now, in this 15-minute episode created especially for pet parents facing animal amputation in an emergency situation, you’ll learn:

  • How does Dr. Beale assess whether or not a critically injured animal is a candidate for amputation surgery?
  • What signs might indicate that leg is worth saving?
  • How do artificial limbs factor into the decision?
  • What are some things a pet parent should consider when amputation or limb salvage surgery is recommended?

Dr. Brian Beale’s innovative treatment plans, extensive experience and surgical skills help to maximize each patient’s chances of a positive outcome. Dr. Beale keeps busy with 10 to 20 surgeries a week. He hosts a weekly radio show about pet health, lectures around the world, and is an adjunct professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy.

Meet Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

The amazing vets at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists are well-known here in the Tripawds Nation. Many members like have experienced amazing results while being under their care.

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists was founded in 1988 and is currently one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the country. Their highly specialized, board certified veterinarians provide the highest quality, most comprehensive specialized care for companion animals. This internationally respected veterinary specialty hospital has 14 departments, 28 specialists, and over 200 trained support staff! It’s the perfect example of the very best in veterinary medicine.







Guide to Understanding Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

August 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Health

We all know that vaccines can keep our pets safe from horrible diseases. But for most of us, that’s the extent of our knowledge. Today, we’re presenting a fast and easy way to get smart about vaccines. The following Guide to Understanding Vaccines for Cats and Dogs PDF download is painless to read and worth your time.

Understanding Vaccines for Dogs and Cats: Get the Basics

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What do you really know about vaccines for cats and dogs?

Earlier this summer Tripawds member Kerren and Mona brought this helpful article to our attention after Otis’ mom asked:

i remember a forum a while back discussing whether dogs with cancer should be vaccinated.  Otis had a three year rabies in December, before he was diagnosed, but was “due” for his other vaccines.  I was prepared for a conversation with my family vet on this topic, but he didn’t even bring the vaccines into the appointment.  When I asked, he said that he doesn’t generally recommend vaccines for his cancer patients.  What a relief to not have to advocate on this issue! (read more in Treatment, Recovery and Oncology: Vaccines)

Most of us don’t think twice about vaccines until something happens to our pets, like cancer. Don’t wait to get educated under pressure. Read this fast article and learn basic facts about pet vaccines like:

  • What are antibody titers?
  • Which vaccines are “core” and which ones depend on location and lifestyle?
  • Why giving multiple vaccines at one time is a bad idea.
  • When should rescue dogs get vaccinated?
  • Should pets with cancer receive annual vaccines?

The article is based on a presentation by immunology expert Dr. Ronald Schultz, PhD. He is a principal investigator for the Rabies Challenge Fund, which works to extend the legally required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then 7 years. The article is written by Lisia Rodier and originally appeared in Whole Dog Journal magazine. If you want to learn more about blending conventional medicine with holistic-minded approaches to better pet health, we highly recommend a subscription to this publication.

Download “Vaccines 101” here.

More Vaccines Talk around the Tripawds Community

Tripawds Forums: Alumni / Lucian’s First Titre Testing

Tripawds News Blog: Rabies Vaccine Waiver for Cancer Dogs and Cats

Pet MD: The Truth About ‘Titering’ Instead of Vaccination

Whole Dog Journal: Vaccine titer tests: What they can and can’t do

Rabies Challenge Fund: States with Medical Exemptions in Lieu of Rabies Vaccination




Emergency Vets Meet the Tripawds Nation

August 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Tripawds

The Tripawds Nation has no borders. We are a global community for anyone in need of support and information about life on three legs. That’s why we’re especially happy to appear on the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Podcast with Shailen Jasani MA VetMB MRCVS DipACVECC, a small animal veterinary ECC specialist based in London, England.

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Veterinarians Learn From Tripawds

Hearing the recommendation to amputate your dog or cat’s limb is shocking. Most of us are unprepared and not in the best condition to absorb information like this. Vets, however, are well-acquainted with amputation and understand that animals can adapt. They can try to reassure us all they want, but since WE aren’t as familiar with three-legged animals, it’s hard to believe our pet can do fine.

Since veterinarians deliver the amputation recommendation, we want to help them understand our point of view when confronted with this choice. The more veterinarians know what’s in the heads of pet parents faced with this daunting choice, the better these vets can prepare clients for whatever lies ahead.

In this downloadable podcast, we discuss how veterinary staff can help pet parents with dogs and cats that are either facing or have had a limb amputation. We talk about:

  • The ethical and moral considerations of amputation from the pet parent’s perspective
  • Tips they can share with clients about “bringing home baby”
  • The most common pet parent concerns, like pain management, physical activity, the dreaded incision and returning to “a new normal.”

We hope you enjoy the podcast. Consider sharing it with your veterinarian, along with the Tripawds Outreach Brochures available at no cost to anyone who requests them.

Listen to the August 4, 2016 podcast
Dog and Cat Amputees: ‘Tripods’

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What to Feed a Dog or Cat with Cancer

June 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Pet Cancer

When we get a pet cancer diagnosis from the vet, one of the first things many of us do is research the best kind of dog and cat cancer diets. And those of us who have dealt with it in the past want to know how to prevent cancer with nutrition.

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We want to know:

  • What foods can help keep our dog or cat strong through chemotherapy?
  • Can we use human foods to boost appetite during cancer treatments?
  • What foods are not safe to feed our dogs and cats undergoing cancer treatment?

And on it goes. Our brains are filled with so many questions we think our heads will explode!

It’s easy to lose sight of what’s fact-based, what’s anecdotal evidence and what’s a little of both. The reality is, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for dogs and cats with cancer. Look for veterinary nutritionists who can develop a cancer fighting diet tailored to your pet’s needs. They’re hard to find, but they’re out there and many will consult long-distance. See: The American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

Whatever you do, talk to your vet about any nutrition changes you’re thinking of making. If your dog or cat is undergoing chemotherapy, you want to make sure your vet is aware of everything you’re doing to fight cancer. This way, if your cancer hero develops something like an upset stomach during treatment, it’s easier to pinpoint the cause.

Nutrition Help for Cats with Cancer

We dream of the day that more veterinary oncologists specialize in feline cancer treatments, especially when it comes to cat cancer nutrition. Currently they are extremely hard to find, and there’s a real lack of resources for cats with cancer. The good news is that with increasing numbers of pet parents becoming better educated consumers of pet health care, the days of “Cat Cancer Vets” are just around the corner. Meanwhile here are some resources that can help you get started learning more:

Pet MD: The Right Foods for Cats with Cancer
WebMD Pets: Cancer in Cats: Types, Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment
International Cat Care: Treatment of cancer in cats
The Conscious Cat: The Right Diet for Cats with Cancer
Natural Cat Care Blog: Fighting Cancer in Smarter Ways
Pet Remedy Charts: Natural Diet and Nutritional Supplements for Cats with Cancer
Cornell University: Home Care for the Cancer Patient
Pet Health Network: Tiny Beads Cause a Revolution in Cancer Treatment in Cats

For the Pooches: The Dog Cancer Vet’s Diet Downloads and Other Nutrition Help

One of the reasons you’ll often hear Dr. Dressler’s name in our community is because he’s one of the best resources for taking a “full spectrum” approach to fighting cancer. His insight and suggestions combine the best of evidence-backed Western medicine and ancient Eastern holistic care.

Dr. Dressler’s Dog Cancer Free Video Library has many free videos jam packed with great insight for canine parents. They’ll help guide you through the maze of reputable treatments versus those that could be a waste of time and money. For example:

Dog Cancer Diet: What to Feed a Dog with Cancer?

Cancer Cachexia and Dog Cancer- When Your Dog Won’t Eat

Feeding Carcinogenic Foods After You Dog has Cancer

There are many more free videos at the Dog Cancer Free Video Library and a larger library available from Dr. Dressler’s Dog Cancer Survival Guide Toolkit. There you’ll find his entire collection of dog cancer seminars available as MP3 audio recordings that you can buy, download and listen to on your computer, smart phone or MP3 player. Learn more at:

Fight Dog Cancer with Dr. Dressler’s Survival Guide Book and Podcasts

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Have you tried Dr. Dressler’s dog cancer diet approach? Have you tried other dog and cat cancer diets? What did you think? We would love to hear more so feel free to share your experience below.





DIY Canine Rehabilitation Therapy for Tripawds Course

June 6th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

If you have a three legged dog or cat, there are many things you can do to avoid injuries and premature joint stress. It’s up to you to take that first step and learn DIY canine rehabilitation therapy for Tripawds.

Call us biased, but our favorite is our Tripawds e-book, Loving Life On Three Legs, which is all about fitness and life after amputation.


But there’s also another download that is of tremendous benefit for you and your Tripawd: The “Canine Tripods” program, created by the biggest rock star in canine rehab therapy, Dr. Debbie Gross, DPT, MSPT, Diplomat ABPTS, CCRP, aka the Wizard of Paws.

Rehab and Fitness for Tripawd Dogs

Dealing with an amputee dog can be a difficult task, not only for the dog but for us as well. However, it is not impossible. If you are willing to do what’s necessary to make their life as fulfilling as possible then you are already on the right track. I am thrilled you are part of it and I commend your dedication to your dog! My goal is to help you so you can help your dog. I am of the strong opinion that every dog deserves to live the best quality of life for the longest time possible.

How The Canine Tripawds Program Can Help

This canine rehabilitation therapy for Tripawds is the entire “Conditioning and Concerns for the Tripod Dog” online education course that Dr. Gross led for our community in 2015.

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Tripawd DIY wobble board workout.

In her downloadable course, you’ll learn tips to safely and effectively keep a canine Tripawd lean and strong, all from home in a go-at-your-own-pace online class. The program covers topics like:

  • Beginning Exercises for Tripods
  • Forelimb AND hindlimb Amputations and Considerations
  • Weight Management
  • Considerations for Allowing the Tripod to Live the Best Quality of Life

Dr. Gross’ program is only $65 to get started. When you consider that a visit to a professional canine rehabilitation therapist costs about twice that (and that she’s one of the very best out there), you’ve got yourself a cost-effective way to do DIY canine rehabilitation therapy for Tripawds.

Of course Dr. Gross is also available for long distance consulting too. But this is a great way to get to know her teachings and what you can do to improve your Tripawd’s health, today.  Don’t wait, download “Canine Tripods” and learn more about keeping your three legged dog fit.