Today, 3/3, is Tripawd Awareness Day – aka Triday – when animal lovers and the veterinary community honour animal amputees and the people who care for them.
Whether an animal is born with a limb difference, or undergoes amputation for any reason, 3/3 is the best day of the year to showcase the resilient ways that dogs, cats and other animals face limb loss and life on three legs.
For many pet parents, amputation is the only way to save their beloved pets from the effects of a crippling accident, neglect, abuse and, most commonly, limb cancer.
When faced with a vet’s recommendation to amputate, many pet parents are uncertain if amputation is a good choice for their best friend. What many don’t realise is that amputation can reduce pain and help extend their pet’s life. Most importantly, it almost always improves quality of life. Invariably, amputation is always worse for the people than it is for the pets.
From puppies and kittens to mature senior pets, Triday is devoted to showcasing the superior quality of life that animal amputees enjoy. It is also a special date to recognise the incredible efforts of all pet parents, vets, nurses, oncologists, and rehab therapists who help Tripawds love life on three legs every day.
The annual Triday celebration is a project of Tripawds.com, and the nonprofit Tripawds Foundation.
Tripawds shares helpful resources for pet parents coping with this difficult decision. The community offers online discussion forums, free member blogs, and informative articles.
Founded in 2006 by Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano, Tripawds was inspired by their beloved ‘Chief Fun Officer’ Jerry G Dawg, who lost a leg to osteosarcoma.
Amy Moses (above) became involved with the Tripawds organisation when her dog, Wrigley (above, right), was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had his leg amputated as part of a clinical trial at Colorado State Veterinary Hospital. She says, “Osteosarcoma in dogs presents similarly to osteosarcoma in children, and so the research conducted by CSU and other vet hospitals is not only helping our beloved pets, but also kids.
“The Tripawd community assisted with supporting me, providing valuable knowledge and tips for caring, feeding and exercising not only a three-legged dog but also one going through cancer and chemo treatment. The founders, Rene and Jim, have become friends, and now, several years after my dog passed, supporting this community’s mission is still of utmost importance to me.”
Celebrate #Triday by sharing your three-legged love story on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Visit Tripawds.com for lots of advice and resources that can be shared to help others.