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Tune in for the best amputation recovery and care tips for three legged pets, and their people. Hosted by the Tripawds Blogs community founders Jim & Rene, and spokesdog Wyatt Ray. Keep listening for interviews and informative discussions with veterinary surgeons, oncologists, rehab therapists and other specialist veterinarians as well as pet parents sharing their own amputation recovery experiences, treatment plans, and results for their own amazing three legged dogs and cats. Learn more and contact the hosts at
98 Episodes
Tripawds Podcast Episode #97: Learn how you can get a professionally designed rehab program for front or rear leg amputee dogs that you can perform at home, to keep Tripawds fit and strong. Introducing Canine Rehab on Demand from Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner Dr John Waterhouse, CCRP at Veterinary Teaching Academy. Watch this video on the Tripawds Youtube Channel: 12-week rehab programs designed for three legged dogs include an educational lecture covering all details about amputation recovery for dogs, and a nutritional plan with recommended supplements. The rehab segment includes detailed step by step video instructions and downloadable resources to help recovering Tripawds regain strength and keep three-legged dogs fit and strong. REAR LIMB REHAB PROGRAM: Rehab On Demand - Back Leg Amputation 12 Week Program FRONT LIMB REHAB PROGRAM: Canine Rehab On Demand - Front Leg Amputation 12 Week Program SEE ALL CANINE REHAB ON DEMAND PROGRAMS: Directory of Conditions - Canine Rehab On Demand LEARN MORE ABOUT CANINE REHAB ON DEMAND: Canine Rehab On Demand Home PageSupport the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #96: Renowned pet pain management expert Dr Robin Downing returns to Tripawd Talk Radio for this full-length interview, packed with tips for keeping three legged dogs and cats pain free - before, during, and after amputation surgery recovery.Watch the video recording on the Tripawds Youtube Channel: important tips for how to identify and treat acute and chronic pain in three legged dogs and cats, before during and after amputation surgery recovery. Learn to distinguish pain indicators from side effects of pain medication. Discover the best supplements and other ways to prevent pain in amputee dogs and cats. Learn how to best prepare your home to keep amputee dogs and cats safe. Hear about the importance of bioethics in veterinary medicine and how Dr Downing is leading the way. And much more...Watch the video version of this episode and find additional content on the subject here:Is There a Recipe Standard for Pet Amputation Pain Control?Resources mentioned in this episode:Learn more about Dr Downing: Tramadol effective pain management for pets? Web Master Harness: all Tripawds interviews with Dr Downing: all Tripawds pain management articles, videos and podcast episodes: all Tripawd Talk Radio episodes: the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #95: Meet Tripawds founders Rene and Jim. Learn about the Tripawds community, and why they created it after their Chief Fun Officer Jerry lost a leg to cancer in 2006. This is a short introduction to the people behind the Tripawds Foundation and online pet amputation support community. Get an overview of their book, Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now. Enjoy a video version of this episode with a slideshow including pictures of Jerry and current spokesdog Wyatt Ray on the Tripawds Youtube Channel.Find all Tripawd Talk Radio podcast episodes at Discover all Tripawds community resources at Learn about Tripawds Foundation assistance programs and how you can help at https://tripawds.orgGet the book Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now at https://bemoredog.netSupport the show (
Bonus Trailer: Dog Cancer Answers podcast highlights from episode featuring Tripawds Founders and Be More Dog authors Rene Agredano and Jim Nelson discussing life on three with Jerry after his amputation due to osteosarcoma.Listen to the full episode at Find all Tripawds resources at Get the book and gifts at https://bemoredog.netFind Dog Cancer Survival Guide Book and Webinars at: all Tripawd Talk Radio episodes and get your free gift for listeners at the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #94: What is the number one tip to help prevent osteoarthritis in Tripawds, and what can you do right now improve quality of life for aging pets who have it? Find out with Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw on this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio. Recorded May 14, 2020.Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw is a small animal surgeon and certified canine rehab therapist. She practices at Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle and is the Medical Director of SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center where she specializes in treating dogs with all sorts physical issues. Needless to say, she sees a LOT of Tripawds.We invited Dr Kirkby Shaw on the show, because she founded CARE - Canine Arthritis Resources and Education. Pet Parents and Veterinarians alike can find helpful resources about arthritis, pain management, weight management, adjusting your home - and your pets activity - at http://www.caninearthritis.orgFind more helpful articles and episodes about preventing arthritis in dogs and caring for arthritic Tripawds at all Tripawd Talk Radio episodes and get your free gift for listeners at the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #93: Pet Health Insurance! Nobody wants it, yet every pet parent needs it. But which company is best? Finding the cheapest plan is NOT the answer. Find out why, and learn all about pre-existing conditions for amputee dogs and cats. Also learn the importance of requesting a Medical History Review when selecting pet insurance on this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio. Recorded February 27, 2020.Doug Kenney DVM, Your Pet Insurance GuideDr. Kenney is a retired general practice veterinarian and a leading veterinary expert on pet health insurance. To help pet parents make good choices about pet insurance, Dr. Kenney wrote the book Your Guide To Understanding Pet Health Insurance, which helps pet owners understand how pet insurance works and guides them through research to make an informed pet insurance company decision. He blogs and podcasts about pet insurance on his website, Your Pet Insurance Guide: http://www.PetInsuranceGuideUS.comJanna Mahan, Director of Claims, Embrace Pet InsuranceAfter 15 years working as a Registered Veterinary Technician, Jenna joined Embrace as a Claims Adjuster in 2011. Jenna was promoted to lead, then manager, and was made Director of claims and Chief Underwriter in 2017, overseeing nearly 50 members of the claims team. Jenna is responsible for implementing time saving system changes and advancements that get Embrace policyholder’s claims' processed quickly and efficiently. Learn more at http://www.embracepetinsurance.comFind more helpful articles and episodes about selecting the best pet health insurance for Tripawds at all Tripawd Talk Radio episodes and get your free gift for listeners at the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #92: Chemotherapy doesn't have to be scary! What is the most important factor when considering chemotherapy for your dog or cat with cancer? And why is it also important to think about nutrition, the clinical experience, and our emotions? Find out from Dr Vanessa Rizzo, on this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio.PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded before COVID-19 distancing restrictions we announced. Please practice safe physical distancing and abide by your vet's regulations.Guest: Dr. Vanessa Rizzo, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology) Oncologist & Medical Director of Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists Dr. Rizzo is a board certified veterinary medical oncologist in the Pacific Northwest. As Medical Director and chief oncologist at Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists, she knew she wanted to treat pets with cancer since starting veterinary school at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine in Southern California. Dr. Rizzo a 3-year residency program in medical oncology at Cornell University and today in addition to oncology care, her unique specialty practice also incorporates integrative vet medicine such as nutrition consulting and acupuncture. Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists also goes the extra mile by taking a Fear Free approach to helping animals feel at ease in the clinic while undergoing cancer care and other serious conditions. Today we will talk about how the Fear Free experience can make cancer care less scary for pets and people, and what newcomers to veterinary oncology can expect if they decide to pursue treatment. Learn more about Dr. Rizzo:http://pugetsoundvetspecialists.comFind a certified Fear Free vet clinic near you:https://fearfreepets.comPlease subscribe and rate Tripawd Talk Radio on Apple Podcasts and find all past episodes at the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #91: Thinking of getting a brace your Tripawd? Find out why custom orthotics are best, and why it's important to consult with your vet first, on this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio. Recorded on December 19, 2019.As an amputee himself, Ben Blecha understands the importance of comfort and function for prosthetics and orthotic devices. But when it comes to dogs, you can't just ask them how they feel to determine a perfect fit. That's why he founded Hero Braces in 2005, to help provide limb stability for dogs who need it. Whether used as an alternative to surgery, or to help provide support when missing a limb, custom orthotic braces are the best solution. Listen to Rene's discussion with Ben to find out why.More about Orthotics for Tripawds: for Tripawds: Dog Braces:https://goherogo.comSupport the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #89: In this short teaser episode, Life and Laughter Coach Dave Berman chats with Tripawds founders Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano about their new book, Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now. They briefly discuss the significance of living in the now, and how a MUTTS comic strip helped them realize what their three legged dog Jerry was teaching them as they traveled the country in an RV after his bone cancer diagnosis and amputation. To Be Continued... Find complete details about Be More Dog and the foreword by MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell at https://bemoredog.netSupport the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #90: What is CBD? Is it safe for pets? And why isn't your vet talking about it? Find out on this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio. Recorded on December 12, 2019. CBD for pets is a hot topic everyone seems to be talking about these days, except your vet. Why is that? On this episode of Tripawd Talk, we welcome back an expert in the field of veterinary pain management to discuss the use cannabinoids for dogs and cats, what we know, and why your vet doesn't want to talk about it. You'll hear about specific conditions CBD has been proven to help with clinical studies. We'll discover how to choose a good product, and learn about the importance of reviewing the Certificate of Analysis before you purchase. Our guest in an expert in pain management for pets. Veterinary Technician Specialist, and Director of Education and Development at ElleVet Sciences, mister Stephen Cital.More about CBD for Pets: the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #88: This is the final episode in a four part series where we are sharing the complete unedited audio from interviews we performed with faculty members at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on October 3rd, 2019. Find our edited video interviews at Find all Tripawd Talk podcasts, and, let us know what you think of this series of shows at had the honor of sitting down with one of our most respected previous guests during our visit to Davis. Dr Denis Marcellin-Little is a leading expert in veterinary orthopedic surgery and Professor of Surgical & Radiological Sciences. This episode of Tripawd Talk includes the complete interview from two videos we produced about remaining limb surgeries and osteoarthitis in three legged dogs. Dr Denis and Rene also discuss 3D printing technology and how it is being used for implants and other orthpoedic procedures. We also discover the single most important thing people can do to help keep their Tripawds fit and strong. Support the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #87: This is the third of our four-part series sharing the complete unedited audio from interviews we held with faculty members at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on October 3rd, 2019. Watch all the video interviews from our visit on the Tripawds Youtube channel at Find all Tripawd Talk episodes, and, let us know what you think of these full audio podcasts at would love to see a cancer vaccine. Well, the people behind the Vaccine Against Canine Cancer study currently underway at three teaching hospitals around the U.S. are working hard to make that a reality. Rene sat down with Dr. Jenna Burton who is leading the efforts at UC Davis. We'll learn all about the VACC Study, how it works, and what it takes to participate. If you live near UC Davis, find out more at Near Colorado State University, visit and in Wisconsin, please check  Support the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #86: On this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio we continue our series to provide the complete audio from video interviews we pproduced with faculty members at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on October 3rd, 2019. Find our edited video interviews on the Tripawds Youtube channel at Find all Tripawd Talk podcasts, and, let us know what you think of the full audio  from these interviews at Amy Kapatkin is Professor of Surgical & Radiological Sciences at UC Davis, and we were fascinated by the work she is doing which involves regrowing bone with the use of Bone Morphogenetic Protein or BMP. We wanted to share her story of Ethel, a 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier, with a severely broken leg that never healed after multiple surgeries. Amputation was the only option if the BMP procedure was not appropriate for Ethel. So Rene asked Dr Kapatkin for details about what happened. We'll learn all about BMP, how it works, and when it can be used. Spoiler Alert: Little Ethel still has all her legs!Please share this episode with your vets and veterinary colleagues. Find all Tripawd Talk Radio episodes at the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #85: On this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio Rene discusses, the benefits and potential of performing a lifetime study to analyze the long-term effects of limb amputation on dogs. Here at Tripawds, we are passionate about educating people to help their amputee pets live a long healthy life on three legs. And so is today's guest: Dr Felix Duerr, from Colorado State University's department of Small Animal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. We have had the honor of meeting Dr Duerr a number of times, and having him as a previous guest on the show. Over the years, we have tossed around the idea of a lifetime study for amputee dogs. Something similar to the popular "Golden Retriever Lifetime Study" currently underway, could provide important insight into the mobility challenges and biomechanical changes Tripawds experience over time. But what would it take to perform a lifetime "longitudinal study" like this? We'll learn what that term means, the important discoveries such a study might reveal, and the challenges to make it happen. Please share this episode with your vets and veterinary colleagues.Recorded October 7, 2019.Support the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #84: On this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio we introduce a new feature for listeners. We will now be sharing the complete unabridged audio from video interviews we hold with veterinary oncologists, orthopedic surgeons, rehab therapists, and other pet health specialists. Find the edited videos and subscribe at And, keep listening to Tripawd Talk for our unabridged discussions with experts about topics of importance to anyone with pets facing amputation or a limb cancer diagnosis.We kick off this new segment with our recent visit to UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. This is the first of four interviews we held with faculty there about the cutting edge work they are doing. Dr. Robert Rebhun is Associate Professor and Researcher in Surgical & Radiological Sciences at UC Davis. He is working on a new study about immunotherapy for cancer that has spread to the lungs of dogs with osteosarcoma or melanoma. Rene get the details about this IL-15 study, and how it differs from the Interleuken-2 research that has been done. We'll learn how this inhalation therapy is administered, and what Adoptive Cell Transfer means. This interview was recorded on October third, 2019. For complete details about the study and info about how to participate, please visit the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #83: On this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio we enjoy another "Meet Your Tripawds Pals" segment. Meet Tripawds Helpline Host Sally (aka: benny55) and hear her tips for anyone new to having a three legged dog or cat. If you've ever posted in the Tripawds discussion forums, you have likely heard from Sally. She has been a huge part of the community since 2013, when her beautiful Mastiff Happy Hannah was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Hannah thrived as a rear-leg Tripawd for just over one year. Later, Sally rescued Frankie, a crazy front-leg Tripawd hound dog who amuses us all with his crazy antics - and sidekick Merry Myrtle, a four-legged blind Mastiff. Sally continues to help the community every day in many important ways, including her Tuesday shift as a host on the Tripawds Helpline. Learn more about Tripawds' resident angel Sally, and the tips she has to share others facing amputation for their own beloved dogs and cats.Support the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #82: On this episode of Tripawd Talk Radio, you'll hear the success story of Boone, the three legged hunting dog who has defied the odds by beating osteosarcoma for six years since his amputation - without chemotherapy. Boone's dad, our guest Dan Thompson, attributes Boone's health and longevity to the holistic treatment plan they chose, including medicinal mushroom based immunity supplements from K9 Medicinals.Dorla Saling from K9 Medicinals will also be joining us to discuss how these supplements have evolved over the years. This program includes no sponsored content and no advertising, though in the interest of full disclosure, K9 Medicinals has been a long-time supporter of Tripawds. Read all about Boone's holistic treatments, watch videos of him in action, and learn much more about immunity supplements in the Tripawds Nutrition blog at Find information about immune support and more success stories at the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #81: "Shark Tank" deal winner Wild Earth is on a mission to make the world a better place for pets, people, and the planet. Tune in as we speak with Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Ernie Ward to discover the benefits of this plant-based protein pet food, learn all about the fungal protein "Koji", and debunk misconceptions about so-called "vegan dog food" - an all too common misnomer for this sustainable alternative to current pet foods containing factory farmed animal products. Ernie Ward, DVM is an acclaimed pet obesity expert and author who first appeared on Tripawd Talk Radio in Episode #56: Help Your Tripawd Get Slim with Dr. Ernie WardLearn more about healthy nutrition for three legged dogs and cats in the Tripawds Nutrition Blog and find a special gift for listeners in the Tripawds Downloads Blog.Support the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #80: Learn about recent developments in the fight against cancer in pets and people with a new osteosarcoma immunotherapy vaccine for dogs currently being developed by ELIAS Animal Health and the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine from lead clinician Dr. Jeffrey Bryan.Support the show (
Tripawds Podcast Episode #79: In the first edition of our new "Meet Your Tripawd Pals" segment, long time member Karen (aka: krun15) discusses the resources that helped her through Tri-Pug Maggie's mast cell cancer tumor amputation and how that helped her prepare for life on three legs with Tri-Puggle Rescue Mutt Ellie. Pet parents facing amputation for their dogs and cats find lots of help by joining the Tripawds community at, often making quick friends with others who understand exactly what they're is going through. These Tripawds Pals point new members to helpful resources, while offering advice, comfort and support. And in the coming episodes, we're going to introduce you to more of them.Support the show (
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