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Tripawds Required Reading List

In our continuing efforts to provide the best advice and support for those facing amputation for their cats and dogs, we have developed the Tripawds Required Reading List.

Jerry poses at Gros Ventre Campground

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

  • amputation 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.

We began as a dog-centric community, but each day we are adding more information to help cats facing amputation of a limb. Thanks for your patience as we grow our Tripawd cat information knowledgebase.

This extensive list is just a small sampling of informative posts from the Tripawds Featured Blogs. Much more advice can be found by searching the Tripawds Community Discussion Forums.

Confused about getting around the community? Check out “How to Navigate the Tripawds Community” for instructions.

Overwhelmed? Want to talk?
Call the Tripawd Pals Helpline!

Oscar the Tripawd Cat

Tripawds eBook Answers Most Common Dog Amputation Questions

From the Tripawds News Blog

Dog and Cat Amputation Surgery Tips

Read Before Amputation

Frequently Asked Questions: Learn About Tripawd Dogs and Cats, Part 1

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 Pre-Surgery and Pre-Amputation Diagnostic Tests Matter

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: 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: Pain Relief Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs

Pre-Amputation: More About MRSA in Amputee Pets

Pre-Amputation: Ten Things To Know About Tripawd Cats

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: 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: 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.)


Tripawd Cat and Dog Cancer Information

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: Tumors and Treatment Options for Dogs

Cancer Care: Cat Cancer, Oncology and Radiation Realities

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

Cancer Care: Prednisone and Dog Cancer Tips

Cancer Care: Metronomic Chemotherapy FAQs for Tripawds

Cancer Care: How Many Chemo Sessions are Best for Osteosarcoma in Dogs?

Cancer Care: All posts about the Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine

Cancer Care: How to Cope with Osteosarcoma Lung Mets Signs in Tripawds

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

Tripawd Mobility, Fitness Tips & Prosthetic Legs

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

Devices: Prosthetics for Tripawds Pros and Cons from OrthoPets

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: If Your Tripawd is Overweight, Here’s What You Can Do.

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

Rehab Therapy: Tips, Exercises and Stretches

Rehab Therapy: Chiropractic Care Basics

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

Rehab Therapy: Massage Tips

Rehab Therapy: All About Acupuncture for Tripawd Cats, Dogs, Rabbits and Other Pets

Rehab Therapy: Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Therapy Tips

Tripawd Dog Parents; check out the Tripawds e-books
for fast answers to most common questions.

From the Tripawds Gear Blog

Best Gear for Amputee Dogs and Cats

Harnesses: The Best All-Around, All-Day Harness for Three Legged Dogs 

Harnesses: Custom Tripawd Convert Harness for Your Original Dog

Harnesses: Best Mobility and Walking Harnesses for Helping Three Legged Dogs

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

Mobility Tips for Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Pain Management: Can Our Smart Devices Interfere with Our Tripawd’s Pain Relief?

Fitness:  Tripawd Dog Life Jacket Helps Our Heroes Swim Better

Fitness: Three Tripawd Tips for Pet Steps and Ramp Training Success

Fitness: Strengthening and Fitness Tips

Fitness: Therapy Tips to Help Tripawd Dogs Stay Strong

Fitness: How to Exercise Young, Recovering Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Fitness: Strengthen Your Dog’s Core Muscles with these Exercises

Fitness: The Top Five Interactive Games for Cats on Three (or Four!) Legs

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

Recovery and Beyond Diet Tips for Dogs and Cats

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

Mobility Supplements for Tripawds

Pain Relief: How UC-II®(Undenatured Collagen) Helps Dogs with Arthritis

Pain Relief: Supplements and Tips for Amputation Recovery and Arthritis Relief

Medication, Parasite Control and More

Cannabis: All articles featuring medical cannabis 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.

find fast answers in tripawds ebooks

From the Tripawds Downloads Blog

 Download the Tripawds fitness e-book for tips on staying happy strong.

Read Before Amputation

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

Living Life on Three Legs

Tripawd Living: Tripawds Quality of Life Survey Tells All

Tripawd Living: Tripawds Three Legged Dog Survey Tells All

Tripawd Living: Tripawd Cats Share Tails About Amputation

Tripawd Living: A Tale of Three Tripawds Podcast

Tripawd Living: 2013 Tripawds Survey Results: Long-Term Osteosarcoma Survivors

Tripawd Living: How to Choose the Best Pet Insurance Policy

Tripawd Living: Training Tips and Tripawd Behavior Podcast with Sarah Wilson

Tripawd Living: DIY Coats for Tripawd Dogs

Tripawd 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

Cancer Care: Learn About Mushroom Based Immunity Supplements

Cancer Care: Mast Cell Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Cancer Care: Everything You Need to Know About Osteosarcoma in Dogs and Cats

Cancer Care: Veterinary Oncologist Q&A on Tripawd Talk Radio

Cancer Care:Holistic Approaches with Dr. Judy Morgan

Cancer Care: How to Monitor Health Changes During Chemotherapy

Cancer Care: “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” with Laurie Kaplan 

Cancer Care: Learn How Pet Cancer Clinical Trials Seek Cancer Clues and Cures

Read more.Tripawds Required Reading List

Make the Most of Free Tripawds Blogs, Part 2:

Optimize your Images for the Web

If you have signed up for a free Tripawds Blog account, you have been given 25MB of server space for uploading photos, PDF files, etc. This space can be consumed quickly with large image files.

Jerry sticks tongue out at Grand TetonsTo make the most of your free server space, pay attention to the size of files you upload and understand that anything over 150± kb is often overkill for image display in your blog. We have found that an image size of 400×300 (@ 72 dpi) works well with most blog themes.

Another option is to keep your photos hosted on an online photo sharing site like Flick’r or SnapFish. You’ll still be able to place the images here on your blog, but the actual digital file is kept on those sites instead of in your Tripawds Blog media library. This can save you from exceeding your upload space allotment.

For additional tips, read our post about how to use online photo sharing sites to make the most of your free blog.

Of course, the easiest way to avoid quickly filling your file quota is to upgrade your blog with a Tripawds Supporter subscription. This can be done at any time via the Supporter tab in your blog dashboard.

But, for all Tripawds Bloggers – either with free accounts or Supporter subscriptions – who just want to manage images with their own easy to use Media Library, we have some some tips to keep your file sizes down to a minimum.

How to Optimize Photo Sizes for the Web

Never upload an image directly from your camera to the web. Original digital photos are too big to publish online, and will use up your file size allotment quickly.

To shrink your photo file sizes down, many photo editing software applications have a push-button option that will optimize files for “web” or “e-mail” use. Windows XP and Windows Vista both have this functionality built-in. But to re-size images manually and determine their file size, follow these simple steps:

  • Launch your photo imaging software of choice.
  • Open your photo and do a “File/Save As” renaming the image so you don’t overwrite your original.
  • Crop your image to focus on the subject as desired.
  • Look for a menu option typically called “Image Size,” “Resize” or “Resample.”
  • Change your Resolution size to 72 DPI (Dots Per Inch).
  • Change your dimensions to a maximum of 640 pixels wide.
  • Click the box to “Constrain Proportions” or “Keep aspect ratio” when changing the image size. This keeps the image from getting distorted when you resize it. When this option is enabled, you just need to enter either the height or width; the other value should adjust automatically.
  • Preview the image at 100% and re-size or crop further as desired.
  • File sizes from 30 kb to a maximum of 150± kb per image will suffice and use the least space. The smaller the better when putting several files on the same page.
  • Save as a JPEG file, with medium compression if given the option.

Keep in mind that these steps apply to any image file you upload to your blog. You cannot crop or re-size images after uploading. A little arithmetic can help put things into perspective. If you upload 1 MB images – 1,000 kb – you may only be able to upload 25 photos. On the other hand, you might be able to upload 500 images at 50 kb each.

We hope this information helps you make the most of your free Tripawds Blogs account. But remember, if you don’t want to take the extra step to optimize your file sizes, just upgrade your account with Tripawds Supporter subscription, and you can have a full gigabyte of upload space! Simply visit the Supporter tab in your blog dashboard. Upgrading via your dashboard will automatically remove the banner ads from your blog too! Supporters also get plugins for embedding blog videos and much more. We’ll talk about all that soon.

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