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Supplement question for parents who's tripawds don't have cancer...
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29 March 2014 - 8:26 am
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Shortly after my first tripawd Jake passed away (he had cancer), we adopted Tanner (also a tripawd). Tanner was a stray that lost his rear leg after being hit by a car. We have had him for a few weeks now. He's 1.5 years old and I've been trying to research the best preventative supplements to give him (to protect his joints, etc) and I am a bit overwhelmed. I am curious if/what supplements you all are giving your pups. Obviously, I want to try to keep his remaining back leg as healthy as possible...especially on this little 31 lb guy because he's like the energizer bunny and can run faster than any dog I've ever seen. Thank you for any advice you can give! Having a tripawd without cancer is completely new to me. 

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Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  


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29 March 2014 - 9:07 am
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Sorry I don't have anything of value to add... Just wanted to say that Tanner is too cute -- and he's a lucky boy to be with you!

Deb and Angel Lexie* Diagnosed at age 13. Tried radiation first; wish we had amputated upon diagnosis (even with lung mets). Joined Club Tripawd April 2014 & Lexie loved life on 3 legs! Advice: Start physical therapy as soon as your vet clears it, especially hydrotherapy if available :-) See Lexie pics here.  

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29 March 2014 - 10:28 am
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That is such a great picture of Tanner!

Great question and one that we all wonder about, which is why we devote an entire section to supplements in Loving Life on Three Legs. Here are some links from that section that can help:

Tripawds Hopping Around Discussion Forum Topic
Joint Support Pain Meds and Arthritis Supplements: Which Ones Do You Use and Why?

Canine Rehab Interview with Dr Jessica Waldman: Pain Meds and Supplement Tips from CARE

As for our Wyatt Ray , he gets a quality glucosamine and lots of core-strengthening exercises. Since it's not so much about keeping the back leg strong as it is about developing good core muscle strength and body condition, we focus on shorter walks and more fun workouts.

When you do find a supplement you think you want to try, here's How to Spot Bargains Versus Rip-Offs

I hope this helps!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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I think a lot of folks may have missed this post so I'm bumping it up.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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