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…Everypawdy! Head's up. If you are considering prosthetics
for your amputee dog or cat, the Wizard of Paws TV show wants to talk to you. Here's an announcement they just sent to us. If you're interested

12 May 2021 12:04 pm
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…pretty doped up.  Such a sweetie.

Fascinating  about the way the Surgeon logged the process.  How long do they wait to start trying to fit the prosthetic?  Curious if she will try and use her "stump" at first, or hold it up like a true tripawd.

So she does have Gabapentin,  right?  Yeah, Rimadyl

13 April 2021 9:50 pm
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Views: 256

…about surgery or life on 3 is off-limits or traumatizing in this community, we are all here for education. When Admin and I talk to folks about how prosthetics
must be considered before surgery happens, Tsuki's story will be invaluable to show people the process. So yes, by all means, do share and thank

13 April 2021 5:45 pm
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Views: 256

…. Both can give you their perspectives on the possibility of saving the leg, or at least doing a partial amputation which could enable her to use a prosthetic if you are willing to give it a try. 

She's a very lucky girl to have you for parents!

12 April 2021 2:41 pm
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Views: 154

…most aggressive and thorough option... and knowing that we have such a great site that she'll likely have almost 100% of a natural gait with the prosthetic because it's literally just replacing her paw and part of her ankle, I find that I can live with that choice.

I say that with great relief because

5 April 2021 5:19 pm
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Views: 171

…Finn ( Dr. Finn is an integrative vet specialist who is connected with OrthoPet, who will be the ones who make the prosthetic. So she'll not only have traditional veterinarian care, but Chinese Medicine also.

I am very aware... as I watch all the videos and

5 April 2021 12:29 pm
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…to go down the stairs.

We already have her scheduled with the Orthopedic Vet who will start her/our rehab and eventually be fitting her for a prosthetic. That's set for two weeks post-surgery.

We've done a lot research, and I've certainly been reading the forum. I have more reading to do, so I

5 April 2021 10:43 am
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…you did amputate, it would be wise to work with a therapist to ensure she gets off to the right start.

Also, she may be an ideal candidate for a prosthetic! See our posts about prosthetics
and consider consulting with an orthopedic vet experienced with prosthetics
to see if that's an option for you.

16 March 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 3
Views: 171

…so post away. 

It's really great that Ellie is getting checked out by the experts. I love that Team Ellie is also considering the use of a prosthetic. Sounds like she is getting great care! Where are you taking her? I'm nosy 😉

Has anyone had or heard of amputations and joint stabilization

…amputating the left hind leg and potentially surgically stabilizing the right and using an orthopaedic brace. We'll look at the possibility of a prosthetic for the left hind leg depending on cost and if she'll have a stump large enough for a prosthetic to work. 

Has anyone had or heard of amputations

…cancer is involved. That is, unless the tumor is so low on the limb that they can get "clean margins" around it, in order to allow the dog to have a prosthetic limb. If a prosthesis isn't part of the plan, we see that when members' dogs have the whole leg and scapula removed, there is faster healing and

…today's visit goes. Yes, my gut says that she hasn't been in rehab long enough to decide. Meanwhile I like the way your PT is thinking. See our Prosthetics posts for more info about their pros and cons and keep us posted!

…everyone, tomorrow is the last day to send your questions for the pet prosthetics
webinar on Wednesday.

Deadline is tomorrow: Send Your Questions About Pet Prosthetics to Join the Live Q&A!
By registering for the webinar…

…Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and Medical Director for Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group.

First, Watch "Tripods & Prosthetics: How to Care for Your Amputee Friend"
Register here for the free webinar & Q&A 

Hope to see you there!

…you have pet prosthetics
questions? Now's your chance to get expert advice about artificial legs for animals, and ask how or if a prosthesis can work for your Tripawd dog…

…or cat! 



Step 1: Watch Tripods & Prosthetics: How to Care for Your Amputee Friend
Register here for the free webinar and watch it at your convenience. Join veterinary orthopedic expert Dr.…

…Canapp for a look into the world of caring for your three-legged dog or cat through the lens of an orthopedic surgeon. Brought to you by the pet prosthetic designers at Dive Design Co, in just over 1 hour you will learn:

the fitting and application of custom prosthetics
a step by step process case…

…as the founding president of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). 

Step 2: Send Your Questions About Pet Prosthetics By 11/17, Join the Live Q&A!
By registering for the webinar, you can join a LIVE Q&A interactive call only on Wednesday, November 18 at 6pm…

…Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene will moderate the discussion. 

All registered viewers can submit any pet prosthetics
questions to Drs. Canapp for discussion. This is your chance for free insight into your amputee pet's specific situation.

Don't miss it! See…

…you there.



…a reminder that this webinar is happening on Wednesday.

Be sure to watch it soon so afterward, you can email your prosthetics
questions to Dr. Canapp (no later than November 16th). He will answer questions during Part 2 of Tripods & Prosthetics, the Q&A call on

…questions about prosthetics
for Tripawds? This webinar series has answers! Join us for two free webinars about artificial limbs for dogs and cats starting Wednesday,…

… November 4!

Get Facts About Prosthetics for Amputee Pets

On Wednesday, November 4th and 18th, renowned veterinary surgeon Dr. Sherman Canapp will share the facts about artificial limbs…

…for dogs and cats. 

Sponsored by Dive Design, creators of Bionic Pets braces and prosthetics
, this two-part FREE webinar series is for veterinarians and Tripawd parents alike. It is RACE approved with 1 CE unit for veterinary…



Part 1: FREE Webinar Launches! Wednesday November 4th at 6pm Eastern
Register here and join Dr. Canapp for a look into the world of…

…caring for your three-legged dog or cat through the lens of an orthopedic surgeon. You will learn:

the fitting and application of custom prosthetics
a step by step process case study
other ways to keep a Tripawd healthy. A nutraceutical and rehabilitation plan will be shared. Regenerative…

…. After watching, submit any questions to Dr. Canapp's team for the Q&A in part two.

Part 2: Dr. Canapp Answers Your Questions About Prosthetics for Tripawds, Live! Wednesday November 18th
Tune in for a lively discussion for the second part of this pet prosthetics
webinar. Dr. Canapp will…

…answer viewer questions and take any other live questions if time allows!


Learn What Makes Pet Prosthetics Successful

Tripawds can live a rich life on three legs. But for dogs and cats who can wear a prosthetic,…

… that life can be even better. The odds of success go way up when the prosthetic process is handled by veterinary experts. Dr. Canapp and his team are sharing this information with the Tripawds community so more pets can enjoy prosthetic success!

In this free webinar series you will learn pet prosthetic facts like:

what makes a pet prosthetic successful? how much training is…

what do prosthetics
for Tripawds cost?
which Tripawds are good candidates for a prosthesis?
what to look for in a veterinarian if you want a prosthesis for your pet…

…what to expect if you order a prosthetic for your pet
and more!

Meet Our Expert, Dr. Sherman Canapp

Dr. Canapp practices orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the Veterinary…

…elected as the founding president of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). 



…the entire limb. Here's an article that explains more:


Have you had her evaluated by an orthopedic / prosthetics
expert to see if she's a good candidate for a prosthetic leg? 

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19 October 2020 3:25 pm
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…her to have been a part of my life. She taught me so much!

I want to share with you all what made her last few years here so great. We got her a prosthetic! I was skeptical at first, but seeing her run full speed with her sister again was the best thing I’ve ever seen.

Derrick with Bionic Pets in…

…sent from above. He cares more than anyone to get your pet happy and thriving. While it was never our intention, we just so happen to need a prosthetic re-make at the same time Derrick was filming his TV show! If you haven’t seen it, it’s on BYU and all the episodes from season 1 are online. The

16 October 2020 12:12 pm
Topic: Prosthetics!
Posts: 3
Views: 230

…pay for your first rehab visit
so click on the link for details!

Also, I don't know if it's a possibility or not, but you may want to see if a prosthetic is an option for Pepper. Not sure where the break is, but if her leg is broken below the elbow joint, she could be a good candidate for a prosthesis

12 October 2020 12:06 pm
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…? The closest boarded ortho surgeon I found is in El Paso. Only thing is that his clinic doesn't offer rehab therapy or indicate they do work with prosthetics
. Would a drive to Austin or San Antonio be acceptable?

28 September 2020 12:38 pm
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Views: 320

…insight from some of the well respected  Orthopedic Surgeons arpund here's far as who they are, etc.

Therr may be a reason that tje Wisconsin  prosthetic guy didn't get back in touch.

I'm  just so glad RikRok is back home and in your care and under your guidance.  To ,ea, again, it seems you are

27 September 2020 3:25 pm
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Views: 320

… that is right!  One time many months ago, the doctor who was working with RikRak in physical therapy suggested the use of a prosthetic and said they might need to amputate the remaining leg because there isn't enough to attach the prosthetic to on the original amputated leg.  At…

…on the therapist doctor's request.  So then the senior vets at this clinic did research and found this doctor in Virginia who they have making the prosthetic.  Never again was amputation mentioned, so I felt like perhaps they had found a way to make it work without it.  Only when the tech called me on

27 September 2020 3:07 pm
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… And, Jerry, I would love your help in finding orthopedics I could visit with.  

It was one of the techs who called me on Saturday to say RikRak's prosthetic should be in this week and, when they receive it, they will want to schedule for him to come in for the amputation.  This, as you can see, freaked

27 September 2020 1:52 pm
Posts: 12
Views: 320

…. do his bidness, etc?

Hos he home with you now?  I know he was only home on week ends and at the PT place during the week.

Who is making the  prosthetic?  What credentials? 

How many dogs has he fitted and with what kind of results. What kinds if success stories, etc.  To what degree has he…

…assessed  RikRak

To what degree does RikRok need his nerves to engage for the prosthetic to work.  In other words, is there a reassurance that the leg above the knee "works" or can feel and respond.  Not sure if my question makes sense…


What would recovery look like??  As you know already,  amputation is major surgery.  When is the prosthetic  fitted?  How far out from amputation or osmotic done at the same time???  Is wheelchair
still an option during  recovery.

My questions  are…

…not backed by any knowledge  whatsoever, so take them for what they are worth.

If you search prosthetics
on jere, you'll find some information  on them.  I know blogs have been made on them.

Yeah, you definitely have a lot to think about.  I would…

…get second  and third opinions  and DEFINITELY  fi d put more about who is making  this prosthetic, credentials, the assessment  they've  gone through with RikRok, etc.  And this may ge a great solution and would enhance his quality  of life

26 September 2020 9:05 pm
Posts: 12
Views: 320

…t have the nerves firing to tell it to walk.  (That's how my pea brain describes it, anyway.) His doctor has found someone who is making him a prosthetic leg.  They can't put one on the amputated leg, because there isn't enough to grab hold of.  So they want to amputate the left front and fit it with…

…the prosthetic.  This is SCARING ME TO DEATH!  I don't know why it is, because clearly that foot isn't working for him as it is.  If just feels so permanent and

26 September 2020 4:47 pm
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Views: 320

…. It may be worth getting a second opinion from another surgeon. 

If the surgery doesn't look promising there may be other options such as a prosthetic or even a full or partial amputation (depending on Lulu's age and overall health). We've had a couple of cats here who only had 2 working legs.

4 September 2020 9:24 pm
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Views: 488

…me think he will always have a problem with that leg, so for us amputation seems like the better option, while no option is good. They said that a prosthetic was not an option because you have to have most of the leg to do that and since it is his femur he wouldn't. 

I did contact Dr. Beale's office.

17 August 2020 9:47 pm
Posts: 13
Views: 312

…may have the same opinion, but it would be good to know where another skilled surgeon stands on Cosmo's case.

Did they mention the possibility of prosthetics
for him?

17 August 2020 5:59 pm
Posts: 13
Views: 312

…As a result, the costs of care, if you are good about pursuing regular rehab therapy as he ages, will add up. 

If you decide to amputate, see if a prosthetic limb is a possibility for your dog. The surgery will need to be done with that in mind. If you have the time and money to invest in a prosthesis,

10 July 2020 5:19 pm
Posts: 13
Views: 312

…a surgery I would want to know the success rate and how long she would have to be on restricted activity.

Second I think would be looking into a prosthetic if she would be eligible, you could afford it, if there is a location close enough to you and then if you can commit to the training time to get her

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