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Jerry’s Tips for Three-Legged Dogs and Cats

Wondering what to expect with your new amputee pet? Jerry’s got you covered with his best tips for three-legged dogs and cats. Tripawds Required Reading List shares Tripawds’ best advice since 2006.

tips for three-legged Tripawd dogs and cats
Got amputation questions? Jerry has answers.

These links answer many of the most commonly asked questions about:

  • amputation information for dogs and cats
  • pet cancer treatment options and care
  • how to keep your Tripawd strong and fit from puppy days to the senior years.

Get Jerry’s Best Tips for Three-Legged Dogs and Cats

We began as a dog-centric community, but each day we are adding more information to help cats facing limb amputation. Thanks for your patience as we add more tips for amputee cats too.

These articles are just a small sampling of our best posts from the Tripawds Featured Blogs. You will find much more help in the Tripawds Community Discussion Forums.

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Jerry’s Required Reading List

From the Tripawds News Blog

Amputation Surgery Help for Dogs and Cats

Read Before Amputation

Frequently Asked Questions: Learn About Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Top Ten Questions: Amputation And Coping with Bone Cancer
(Read Related Forum Discussion)

Pre-Amputation: Why Your Pet Should See an AAHA Accredited Vet

Pre-Amputation: Pet Amputation Recovery and Care Tips from Vets at #WVC2017

Pre-Amputation: Why Amputate a Dog’s Leg? 

Pre-Amputation: Ten Things To Know About Tripawd Cats

Pre-Amputation: The Tripawds Recovery Shopping List

Pre-Amputation: Make a New DIY Tripawd Dog Sling

Pre-Amputation: Choosing a Vet for Amputation Surgery

Pre-Amputation: Considerations When Price Shopping for Vet Care

Pre-Amputation: Surgery and Recovery Tips from Dr. Wiltzius

Pre-Amputation: Partial vs. Full Leg Amputation

Pre-Amputation: Amputation Not an Option?: Consider Bisphosphonates

Pre-Amputation: What to Expect on Amputation Surgery Day for Your Dog or Cat

Pre-Amputation: Pain Signs in Cats and Dogs: Learn the Symptoms

Pre-Amputation: Our Best Pain Management Tips

Read After Amputation

Post-Amputation: What to Expect When You Pick Up Your Tripawd from the Clinic

Post-Amputation: Four Things to Remember About Amputation Recovery for Cats and Dogs

Post-Amputation: How To Help Your Tripawd’s Post-Amputation Recovery Pain

Post-Amputation: Prevent and Manage Pain in Dogs and Cats

Post-Amputation: All About Gabapentin for Cats and Dogs

Post-Amputation: Tips for Three-legged Cats During and After Amputation Recovery

Post-Amputation: Litterbox Tips for Tripawd Cats

Post-Amputation: Amputation Recovery Tips for Multi-Cat Homes

Post-Amputation: Side Effects After Amputation

Post-Amputation: Suture Reactions at Amputation Site

Post-Amputation: Fluid Build-Up and Seromas

Post-Amputation: Heat and Ice Therapy Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs

Post-Amputation: Post-Surgery Incision Care for Dogs (good for cats too!)

Post-Amputation: Post-Surgery Pain in Tripawd Cats and Dogs

Post-Amputation: Best Pain Relief Tips for Tripawd Cats & Dogs

Post-Amputation: What to Expect: Amputation Recovery Time for Tripawds

Tips for Amputee Pets with Cancer

Diagnosis: What to Expect

Diagnosis: MRIs versus CT Scans

Diagnosis:  X-rays vs. CT Scans

Diagnosis: Why Biopsies Matter

Cancer Care: Oncologist or Family Vet, Which is Better?

Cancer Care: Cat Cancer, Oncology and Radiation Realities

Cancer Care: Tripawd Chemotherapy Options and Alternatives

Cancer Care: Pet Cancer Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know

Cancer Care: Prednisone and Dog Cancer Tips

Cancer Care: Metronomic Chemotherapy FAQs for Tripawds

Cancer Care: Electrochemotherapy for Dog and Cat Cancer

Cancer Care: Immunotherapy (Cancer Vaccine for Dogs)

Cancer Care: Inhalation Chemotherapy

Cancer Care: Intralesional Chemotherapy

Cancer Care: Lung Metastasis Help

Cancer Care: How to Prepare for Pet Loss Before It Happens

General Tripawd Health Tips

Post-Amputation: Tripawd Health Tips to Avoid Injury to Remaining Legs

Post-Amputation: What to Know About Remaining Limb Surgery on a Tripawd (i.e., Cruciate Repair, Hip Replacement, etc.)

Post-Amputation: 10 Things to Know About Adopting a Three-Legged Dog or Cat

Mobility and Fitness Tips for Three-Legged Tripawd Dogs and Cats (including prosthetic tips too!)

Devices: FAQs About Artificial Limbs for Pets with Dr. Denis Marcelin-Little

Devices: Prosthetics for Amputee Pets

Devices: Wheelchairs for Tripawds, When and How They Can Help?

Fitness: Try These Simple Starter Exercises for Tripawds

Fitness: Front Leg Tripawd Cat Tips and Tricks

Fitness: Orthopedic Health Tips from Colorado State University

Fitness: Rehabilitation Therapy for Amputee Pets

Fitness: How To Prevent Common Injuries in Tripawds

Fitness: How to Help Aging Tripawds Live Better

Rehab Therapy: Texas A&M Vet Rehab Tips for Tripawd Dogs

Rehab Therapy: Chiropractic Care Basics

Rehab Therapy: Easy Massage Tips for Phantom Leg Pain in Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Rehab Therapy: Massage Tips for Happy Pets

Rehab Therapy: All About Acupuncture

Tripawd Dog Parents; check out the Tripawds e-books
for fast answers to most common questions.
Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats Book
Download Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats eBook

From the Tripawds Gear Blog

Best Gear for Amputee Dogs and Cats

Harness: What’s the Best Harness for a Three-Legged Dog?

Harnesses: The Best Harness for Three-Legged Cats is Here!

Strollers: Take Your Tripawd Everywhere in a Pet Stroller

Beds: Best Beds for Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Boots and Shoes: Dog Boots Protect Paws and Provide Traction

Raised Bowls: How to Measure Raised Pet Food Bowls, and Why

Crates and Confinement: Best Pet Gates, Pens & Crates for Safe Amputation Recovery

Interactive Games: How to Keep Recovering Amputee Pets Busy

More Mobility and Fitness Tips for Three-Legged Dogs and Cats

Pain Management: Pain Relief Gear for Dogs and Cats

Fitness: Swimming and Three Legged Pets

Fitness: Ramps and Furniture Steps for Dogs and Cats

Fitness: Strengthening and Fitness Tips

From the Tripawds Nutrition Blog

Cancer Care for Dogs and Cats

Cancer Care: Mushroom Therapy information

Cancer Care: Diets and Nutrition Tips for Pets with Cancer

Cancer Care: Jerry’s Canine Cancer Diet & Supplements

Cancer Care: Pill Taking Treats, Strategies and Secret Recipes

Cancer Care: Tips to Boost Appetite

Cancer Care: How to Stop Diarrhea

Cancer Care: Coping with Lung Metastasis Coughing

Cancer Care: Artemisinin Information for Cat and Dog Cancer

Cancer Care: Vaccinations After a Dog or Cat Cancer Diagnosis

Nutrition and Recovery Tips for Amputee Pets

Weight Loss: How to Help Your Cat or Dog Lose Weight

Recovery Diet: Get Your Tripawd Eating After Amputation Surgery

Home Cooking: Recipes and Tips 

Cat Diet: The Basics of Cat Nutrition

Joint Support: Everything About Joint Support for Dogs and Cats

Medication, Parasite Control and More

Cannabis: All articles featuring medical cannabis / CBD for pets

Medication: Before You Buy Pet Meds, Read These Tips

Medication: How to Choose Quality Supplements Versus Rip Offs

Parasites: Controlling fleas, ticks, heartworm and other bugs.

From the Tripawds Downloads Blog

Tripawd Talk Radio Podcast
Learn how to care for three-legged dogs and cats on Tripawd Talk Radio Podcast

Pre-Amputation: How to Find Emergency Financial Help for Vet Bills

Pre-Amputation: Is Your Vet Following the Latest Pain Management Guidelines?

Pre-Amputation: MRSA Prevention in Canine Amputee Patients

Pre-Amputation: Learn About Post-Amputation Bleeding in Greyhounds

Pre-Amputation: Dr. Nancy Kay Explains How to Advocate for Your Tripawd

Pre-Amputation: How To Make Pet Healthcare Decisions With Your Vet

Amputee Pets Cancer Care

Cancer Care: Questions to Ask Your Veterinary Oncologist

Cancer Care: How to Give a Dog Pills

Cancer Care: How to Be More Dog (Learning to Cope with a Diagnosis)

Cancer Care: Dr. Dressler’s Dog Cancer Survival Guide Kit

Fitness and Rehab 

Fitness: DIY Core Strengthening Exercises for Cats

Fitness: Easy DIY Rehab for Tripawd Dogs

Fitness: Rehab and Fitness Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs, a 3-Part Series

Fitness: Build Your Own Wobble Board

Fitness: Gentle, Safe Stretches for Your Tripawd

Fitness: Fun DIY Games to Keep Your Tripawd Injury Free

Fitness: The Importance of Canine Rehab and Exercise

Download the Tripawds fitness e-book, featuring tons of helpful tips for three-legged dogs!

Tips for Three Legged Dogs

From the Tripawds Amazon Blog

Before Amputation

Pre-Amputation: Help Your Tripawd Recover From Surgery

Pre-Amputation: ‘Without Regret’ Book Prepares You for Amputation

After Amputation

Post-Amputation: Interactive Games for Recovering Tripawd Dogs

Post-Amputation: Calm Music for Recovering Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Post-Amputation: Cone of Shame Alternatives

Post-Amputation: Abscess Wound Care

Cancer Tips for Amputee Pets

Cancer Care: Help Your Dog Fight Cancer Advice Book

Cancer Care: Facts About Dr. Dressler’s Apocaps

Cancer Care: Mushroom Therapy Tips to Fight Dog and Cat Cancer

Cancer Care: Real Stories and Practical Approaches to Dealing with Dog Cancer

Diet and Lifestyle Tips

Dog and Cat Diet: Resources, Tips and Recipes for Healthy Dog and Cat Diets

Tripawd Living: Guardians of Being Teaches You to Think More Dog

Tripawd Living: Strollers Help Animal Amputees Get Around

Tripawds Lifestyle: Natural Flea and Tick Sprays We Love

Tripawds Lifestyle: How to Be Good to Your Good Old Dog

Hospice: So Easy To Loves Helps You Cope with Grief

Hospice: Help for Coping with Anticipatory Grief

The Tripawds Community Story

Jerry’s Story: How Tripawds Came To Be

Tripawds on TV: Watch Jerry in the PBS Documentary: NATURE “Why We Love Cats And Dogs”

Spirit Jerry: How We Coped with the Grief, and our Search for Jerry’s Acres

Spirit Jerry: Video Tribute to a Canine Cancer Hero

Tripawds Leg-a-Cy: Meet New Tripawds Spokespup Wyatt Ray Dawg

Coping With Loss

Tripawd Forums: Hospice Guide and Grief Support Resources

Tripawds News: Penny Jars Measure a Dog’s Quality of Life

Tripawds News: How to Prepare for Pet Loss Before it Happens

Tripawd Forums: Question Yourself to Prepare for Pet Loss

Spirit Jerry: How We Knew His Time Had Come

Emotional Health: Fear, Guilt and Anticipatory Grief

Emotional Health: Free Counseling from the Argus Institute

Emotional Health: Acknowledge There Is Nothing Left To Lose

Emotional Health: Understand The Truth and Welcome Reality

Fun Stuff

Tripawd Gifts: Show Your Tripawd Pride with Three Legged Dog and Cat T-Shirts, Mugs & More!

Tripawd Gifts: Pay Tribute with Custom People & Pet Memorial Jewelry

Tripawd Heroes: Inspawrational Canine Amputees Loving Life on Three Legs

KillBarney Blog: What is the KillBarney Tour?

Read All FAQs About Tripawds

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12 thoughts on “Jerry’s Tips for Three-Legged Dogs and Cats”

  1. My son’s Huskie had one tripod puppy … and he wants to give him up for adoption, could you tell us if you could help with this process?

    • Hi Marco. Try getting in touch with your nearest Husky rescue organization to see if they can help. Unfortunately we do not rescue dogs ourselves. You may also want to consider posting in our Tripawds Rescue Forum to let people know the puppy is up for adoption.

  2. My 7 year old Great Pyrenees “Sumo” lost his left rear leg to bone cancer 2 1/2 weeks ago. He seems happy and back to his normal self for the most part. My concern is that he still isn’t getting up and around on his own..we still have to “sling” him with blankets to get him outside to pee and poo (which he does laying down). I have seen him hop across the yard a little but he wont stand to get outside. Any tips on how to get him more motivated??

    • Great question Dawn! Sounds like it’s time to start working on helping Sumo rebuild his strength. You will find plenty of tips for the amount and type of exercise required to keep Tripawds strong in Loving Life On Three Legs. Or, you can search the blogs and forums for many helpful articles and videos.

      Above all, we strongly recommend consulting with a certified canine rehab tech (CCRP or CCRT). And, the Tripawds Foundation currently has launched the Vet Rehab Reimbursement Program which is providing a limited number of free consultations.

      Post in the forums for MUCH more feedback from members!

  3. I’d like to say a big thanks for this site. We have just recently found out Zeus has bone cancer. When our vet told us what the diagnosis was & what to expect were all devastated & just didn’t know what to do or think. Zeus is scheduled to have his leg amputate this week. We know we have a way to go but we are certain he will be back to his old self soon & best of all the pain will be gone. I’m off to the pet store now to buy him a new bed & find some none stick shoes.

  4. Thankyou for this website.
    It was a very helpful resource for me when my dog was diagnosed with bone cancer. Unfortunately I one had 1 month with her after her amputation. However, we had wonderful life together and I did everything I could to make sure she was pain free.
    Jerry is/was so inspirational……

  5. I am new to this website because I am preparing to adopt a dog named Bob, who lost his leg in a farming accident in Chicago. I live in San Jose, CA and my friend in Chicago has rescued this precious dog, but she already has 5 dogs of her own. I have always been a dog person having 2 babies who passed away after a short life of 12 and 13 years. I now have 2 cats, which has been new to me and I still miss having a dog in my life. I plan a semi early retirement this year and I was thinking I would like to make Bob a home with me here and my cats. Do you think this would be too much for a dog who lost his leg only a few months ago? Or should I just take a leap of faith and do it? I think after reading your website and reading the ebook “Three Legs & a Spare” I really want to try. I just don’t want the dog to suffer any unnecessary pain in the travel to get out here and adjusting to a life shared with 2 cats.
    Thanks or any advice.

    • Thanks for asking and bless you for wanting to adopt Bob. If he has recovered and is fit and healthy, the fact that he is missing a leg should not be a consideration about him fitting into your existing pack. Find out if he is good with cats, then figure out how he will get to you. In my own personal opinion, I would never “ship” a dog on a plane. Instead, consider a road trip! Please post in the discussion forums for more advice from others.


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