Tripawd Cash Thanks Maggie Moo for Free Rehab
Dear Maggie (at the Rainbow Bridge),
I would like to provide a testimonial to your ever-living legacy! Thanks to Tripawds Foundation and the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab, I was able to get a “leg” up on life after my cancer diagnosis.
My mom adopted me when I was four months old from the Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue in Austin, TX in 2010. I came with the name “Cashew” and my mom kept it but also calls me “Cash,” as a tribute to Johnny Cash. I am a yellow Labrador and I will be turning 12 in July.
All of my life, I have accompanied my mom on many endurance sport and outdoor adventures! I helped my mom train for the Ironman KONA World Championships, and we love to play together at home on Venice Beach and in our favorite mountain towns – Mammoth, Tahoe, and Jackson Hole. I love the snow just as much as the ocean. You can follow all of our adventures @cashew.tripawd!
Cash Becomes a Tripawd
In December 2021, I had trouble walking on my back leg. My mom took me to the vet, and many appointments, x-rays, CT scans and biopsies later, I was diagnosed with a sarcoma in my leg. Unfortunately, the tumor was too big and to intertwined with my muscle and sciatica nerve to save my leg. On a positive note, my care team at ACCESS and Veterinary Cancer Group felt this would also be the best course of treatment to remain cancer free.
My mom Googled “Tripawds” to search for resources to help me and she learned of this special fund for rehab from an informational session with the Tripawds Foundation. She was encouraged to make an appointment as soon as she could, and boy was she glad that she did.
Canine Rehab Exercise Program for Tripawd Cash
I am doing my treatment at California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) in Santa Monica. As a back-leg amputee, CARE recommends the following PT exercises for me:
1. Assisted stand 3X a day
2. Weight shifts lateral and backwards 2X a day
3. Toe pinch all toes 3X a day
4. Treat series to stretch neck 2X a day
5. Back, neck and chest massage 2X a day
6. Heat shoulders and contrast heat/cold back 1X a day
7. Ice wrists, elbows, knees and ankles 2X a day
8. T-gel wrists, elbows, knees and ankles 2X a day
In addition, I am doing acupuncture and hydrotherapy once a week. All of these PT exercises help build strength and balance and soothe my aching joints and muscles. With each appointment, my CARE team and my mom can see progress.
Admittedly, my mom was a little skeptical about acupuncture for dogs. We tried it and I loved it! We learned how beneficial it can be to help with my arthritis and joint inflammation.
After all of the expenses for my surgery and radiation, this was a really nice benefit and help to me and my family. Thank you, Maggie, and Tripawds Foundation for being so PAWesome!
~ Mona and Tripawd Cash