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Cosequin Joint Support for Dogs: Vet Approved, Tripawd Tested

June 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Supplements

Other German Shepherd parents tell us that some day, Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt “Wild Boy” Ray will slow down. But that’s hard to believe, because at seven years old he’s still crazy as ever, especially when he’s romping in the great outdoors.

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Yet despite his current fitness level, we’re not in denial: age and time are hot on his tracks. Lately we’ve been thinking about putting him on a daily joint supplement so when Nutramax Laboratories launched their new Cosequin ASU Active Lifestyle chewable and Cosequin Omega-3 Supplement, we jumped at the chance to test a free temporary supply  from the company.

Four weeks later, the old saying “Be careful what you ask for” has come back to bite us:  our wacky Spokesdawg is more energetic than ever! Here’s why:

What’s Cosequin and Why is it so Great?

Anyone who’s ever asked their vet about pet health supplements knows: vets are skeptical about everything. Yet there’s one joint health supplement that veterinarians will recommend: Cosequin.

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Why do vets recommend Cosequin? Because Cosquin is the only glucosamine/ chondroitin sulfate supplement with a long list of studies backing it. Cosequin is proven to be safe, effective, and bioavailable in peer-reviewed, published, controlled, U.S. veterinary studies. Each study shows that whether you give it to a dog, cat or horse, Cosequin lives up to its claims – something that other joint health supplement for pets cannot do.

The Cosequin FAQs page explains how it works but in short:

“Cosequin contains TRH122®* chondroitin sulfate, FCHG49®* glucosamine and manganese ascorbate. The exclusive combination . . . works together to maintain the structure of your dog’s joint cartilage while slowing the enzymes that break down cartilage.

Glucosamine hydrochloride acts as a building block of cartilage by supplying a key nutrient that keeps cartilage cells healthy and functioning properly. Chondroitin sulfate blocks the enzymes that break down cartilage. Manganese ascorbate is added to help optimize the production of cartilage components.”

Cosequin comes in different formulations depending on the dog, cat or horse’s specific needs.

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Wyatt is on Cosequin ASU Active Lifestyle. This formula keeps dogs active thanks to:

  • Two patented combinations of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables with glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate to help deliver joint support.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), hyaluronic acid (HA), boswellia extract, and manganese – additional ingredients also known to help support joint health.
  • Biotin to help support foot and pad health and integrity, as well as a healthy coat.

Wyatt has also been getting Cosequin Omega-3 Supplement mixed into his breakfast. Every serving complements his Cosequin ASU Active Lifestyle with the omega-3 fatty acids “EPA” and “DHA.” These two powerhouse ingredients are responsible for:

  • Healthy Skin and Coat
  • Normal Heart Rhythm
  • Renal Function
  • Stable and Responsive Nervous System
  • Improved Trainability
  • Healthier Joint Tissues

We especially like that Wyatt only needs two teaspoons of Cosequin Omega-3 every day. One bottle goes a long way, even for an 80-pound German Shepherd!

How Do We Know  Cosequin Works?

Nutritional supplements aren’t an overnight cure-all. Holistic-minded veterinarians tell us that a minimum of four weeks are necessary to show any effects of a supplement (sometimes longer). That’s why we gave Cosequin Active Lifestyle ASU and Omega-3 Supplement a full six weeks before sharing our thoughts with you.

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Finally, here’s what we’ve experienced:

  • Wyatt suffered no GI effects from either supplement.
  • Despite his ongoing seasonal allergies, his fur remains shiny
  • Wyatt’s covered a lot of rough terrain over the last few weeks as we head north to Colorado for summer, yet his paw pads remain very resilient.
  • Best of all, Wyatt’s brain and body remain at a happy equilibrium. He can still complete his daily Tripawd workouts and have extra reserves for some fetching and swimming.
  • As you can see, Wyatt is more energetic than ever!

Based on what we’ve seen so far, Wyatt has responded very well to Cosequin joint health supplements. These two exceptional pet health supplements are the best additions we’ve made so far to keep him as wild and charming as the puppy we met seven years ago.

See if Cosequin ASU Active Lifestyle and Omega-3 Supplement can work for your Tripawd too!

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Holistic Vets Help Logan Survive, Thrive After Osteosarcoma

June 9th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Diet, Supplements

If your Tripawd is fighting osteosarcoma, it helps to take a “full spectrum approach” when thinking about how you want to treat it. Examine all treatment options from Western to Eastern medicine, then get holistic vet help to assist you in coming up with the right blend. That’s what Logan’s people did when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma three years ago, and today at age 10, this boy is thriving! Here’s his story as told by his mom, Jeane Bock. We hope you find it useful.

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Logan is unstoppable!

Logan Thrives with Holistic Vet Help

Logan is an Australian Shepard who has just turned 10 years old. We live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina now for 6 years, but Logan came from an Amish farm in Indiana. Both his parents were working farm dogs, so he comes from strong stock and maybe that has something to do with why he is surviving this osteosarcoma so well.

He was diagnosed 3 years ago after suffering a fracture to his right ankle. He had been limping on and off for a while, but this day he came home from running around outside with his paw lifted, and I knew right away it was broken. We went to the emergency vet hospital, he was x rayed and it was wrapped. 2 days later, when we returned for a follow up, we walked out in total shock having been told he would need to lose his leg and had 3-4 months to live.

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Logan and Mom, Jeane

I cried and grieved for days. Then I went into research mode. I was ready to spend any amount of money and was headed towards traditional chemotherapy. Then a friend of mine jumped in and sent me tons of information about holistic treatments. More research including reading and chatting on Tripawds web site. And what a find that was. Amazing support from the tripawd community helped me get through the traumatic hellish 2 weeks following surgery and provided me with options to consider.

I decided to go the holistic route. It just made sense to me to boost the immune system and get at the source. I began working with two holistic vets long distance via phone consultations. Tripawds Jerry directed me to Dr. Charles Loops, a homeopathic vet here in Pittsboro, NC. He provides us with the homeopathic remedies.

The other vet, Dr. William Kruesi. in Clarendon Vermont, was my friend’s vet and has since retired. I then found Dr. Tina Aiken in Acramdale, NY who trained along with Dr. Kreusi years ago.

Dr. Loops did an oral consultation and assessment. Dr. Kreusi and then Dr. Aiken did the same plus a full blood screen analysis, which we continue to have drawn by our local vet and then sent to Dr. Aiken every 6 months.

Supplements that get added to his food are adjusted based on his blood work results. The first thing they had me do was change his diet. We moved from high end store bought kibbles to a diet of fresh whole foods, high protein and no carbohydrates which feeds the cancer.

We rotate his diet between chicken, beef, and cottage cheese. Each mixed with cooked pureed vegetables on a 3-1 ratio. Because fish is expensive but has the nutrients he needs we add canned sardines 2 times a week plus a teaspoon of wild sardine oil once a day.

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Logan says “Look out cancer!”

Also added to his food is Golden Paste made from turmeric, virgin organic coconut oil, and fresh ground pepper. The recipe for this can be found on Turmeric Users Group Facebook page. This may all sound cumbersome, but we have it down to a system. I have about 2 weeks of food prepared at a time and after that, it really doesn’t take too much longer then feeding the kibbles. He eats his chicken raw, but can’t stand raw ground beef, so that is cooked.

10 Minutes after eating he gets the homeopathic remedies. Cell salts are rubbed on his gums and at least 10 minutes after that he gets 2 ml of remedy twice a day alternating between Sulphur, Hecla lavea, and Carcinosin.

Every 4 months we have blood drawn for cancer screen called TK Canine Cancer Panel by VDI Lab Services in California (phone 805-577-6742) This is early detection for metastasis and measures Thymidine Kinase, type 1 (TK1), canine specific c-Reactive Protein (c-CRP) and Vitamin D levels. (Research indicates a link between Vitamin D and cancer).

So far so good and blood work indicates “therapeutic management is effective”. Because of adapting to missing that front leg, Logan uses his back muscles excessively and is out of alignment as his front leg has moved towards the middle (a true tripawd) so he receives monthly doggy massages by Tammy Ross Walker, an agility dog masseuse, and chiropractic adjustments by Dr. Lisa Busko.

In so many ways Logan is healthier then he has ever been!

Hope this is helpful to people. If anyone would like to talk about this further, feel free to email me.

Do you have a Tripawd nutrition success story you’d like to share? Let us know and we’ll be glad to share it here so others can benefit too.

Please note that we are not vets. The information presented here is not meant to be construed as medical advice or guidance, nor should it be substituted for veterinary assistance. Always discuss any remedies and treatments you wish to pursue with your veterinarian.


Easy Grain-Free Salmon Treats Recipe for Tripawd Cats and Dogs

June 2nd, 2016 · 2 Comments · treats

Looking for an easy grain-free treat recipe with powerful nutrition? Today we have one just for you! We found it courtesy of the good folks from Vitality Science Holistic Pet Remedies.

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“Hmm, I think I want to bake you!”

Homemade Grain-Free Salmon Treats for Cats and Dogs


  • 1 (5 ounce) canned pink salmon (tuna can be substituted). Make sure there’s no salt and it’s packed in water.
  • 1 cup oat flour*
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of dried catnip (yes, for dogs too!)

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How to Bake Your Grain Free Salmon Treats

  • Make your own oat flour, it’s easy! Take old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking kind!) and grind them up in a super clean coffee grinder. Grind to a flour-like, powder consistency.
  • Drain your canned salmon or tuna.
  • Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine all ingredients. Pulse until mixture comes together. Bits of fish and ry food will remain but the ixture will easily form into small balls. You want it thick and pliable but not too sticky.
  • Roll dough into 1/2 teaspoon-sized balls. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Use a fork to press marks into each cookie ball.
  • Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until they are dried on top and slightly browned. Allow to cool completely before your pet devours them!
  • Store your treats in an airtight container. Refrigerate for no more than seven days, or freeze for up to two months.

And oh, you can also feed these to your four-legged furry family members too! Let us know how they like ’em, or if you have any suggestions to improve this recipe.


Win All New NOW Pet Supplements! #NOWpetsSweeps

May 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Supplements

Tripawd dogs and cats can do just about anything a four-legged pet can do. But they need us to make sure they have the health, stamina and strength to do it safely. One way we can do that is by incorporating high quality, scientifically tested dietary supplements into their daily life, like the all new NOW® Pets supplements for cats and dogs.

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NOW® Foods is kicking off their new line of dietary supplements for pets with a fun, easy giveaway so keep reading for details.

This post is sponsored by NOW®Pets and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network. We are being compensated to help create awareness about NOW Pet Supplements but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. NOW® is not responsible for the content of this article.

How Do You Know Pet Supplements Really Work?

What goes through your head when you choose a supplement? Do you pick the most affordable one and hope for the best? How do you measure the results?

Our pets can’t tell us that they feel stronger and healthier, but they sure can show us. For example, every day on our daily walk and exercise sessions, Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray says a lot about how he feels. This look on his face shows what quality supplements look like, such as NOW® Pets Omega-3 and Joint Health Support.

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High quality supplements are critical for in his strength and stamina. We follow orthopedic veterinarians recommendations to incorporate a fish oil with EPA and DHA, because research has shown this combination can be beneficial for easing arthritic pain. For added support, experts also recommend a high quality Glucosamine with MSM, which are also part of Wyatt’s daily nutrition. Can you tell?

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Wyatt works out in the park.

The new line of NOW® Pets supplements is in a class all by itself and backed with 45-years of experience. They’re made by NOW® Foods, a company known for developing proven, reputable supplements for humans. NOW is bringing their expertise and reputability to improve the health of our pets.

NOW® Pets Supplements: The Results Show

The same raw materials used in NOW® nutritional aids that you and I take are identical to the ones in NOW® Pets supplements. The company doesn’t scrimp just because these are for pets. According to the company, “Every one of our pet health formulas is subjected to the same rigorous FDA-GMP quality standards as our human supplements.”

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But don’t take their word for it. The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) also stands behind NOW® Pets. The NASC is an organization that works with the FDA and responsible manufacturers like NOW® Foods to improve the quality of their products. Only companies that commit resources to enhancing and protecting the integrity of the animal health product industry are eligible for the NASC Quality Seal. NOW® Foods is one of them.

Formulated with the guidance of Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, a renowned Midwestern veterinarian and pioneering expert in holistic animal care, NOW® Pets supplements  offer products made to address common pet health concerns like :

In the past we’ve given Jerry and Wyatt NOW® products for humans because these supplements are affordable and reliable. Now we can feel 110% confident that our pets are getting the right dosages and blends for their species — and at a great price!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NOW® Pets Supplements. The opinions and text are all mine.


Immune Support from Medicinal Mushrooms Helps Boone Thrive

May 5th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Supplements

Leaping, turning and pronking through the high desert, it’s hard to believe that two years ago this champion bird dog was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.


Statistically speaking, Boone shouldn’t even be here – especially because he didn’t have chemotherapy. His longevity has stunned everyone around him, but his humans aren’t really surprised. In their hearts, they know that Boone is thriving because of his daily immune system support from medicinal mushrooms found in K9 Immunity Plus.

We love sharing information about proven holistic veterinary supplements, which is why we are sharing Boone’s story with you. We are being compensated for creating awareness around K9 Medicinals supplements but we only share information we feel is relevant to the Tripawds Community. K9 Medicinals is not responsible for the content of this article.

Boone the Bird Dog Didn’t Get the Memo

Four year old dogs aren’t supposed to get cancer, but the osteosarcoma cells invading Boone’s leg never got the news. In October 2013 when Cindy and Daniel Thompson got the bad news that Boone had osteosarcoma, vets were as stunned as they were. “We were pretty scared,” remembers Cindy.

One week prior, Boone was just hitting his stride flushing birds in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Agile and quicker than other hunters, “He leaps and bounds just like a deer,” says Cindy. Boone had everything going for him, which is what made his osteosarcoma diagnosis even more devastating. Daniel was so distraught from the news that he took time off from work to research different osteosarcoma treatment options.

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“The first thing you do in today’s world is you get up on the internet and look up ‘osteosarcoma.’” says Daniel. One search led to another with more odds stacking up against Boone. But then he stumbled upon which features studies about immune system support from medicinal mushrooms and how they can help dogs with cancer. Daniel had just found K9 Immunity Plus.

How Immune System Support from Medicinal Mushrooms Works

For many years, immune system support from medicinal mushrooms has helped dogs and humans stay strong when fighting cancer. Medicinal mushrooms are well-studied because of their anti-tumor, immune regulating beta-glucans compounds. When carefully combined, medicinal mushrooms can:

  • Strengthen and stimulate the immune system
  • Give the body more energy to fight disease
  • Help patients rebound from the effects of chemotherapy.

These powerful mushrooms include the ones you’re familiar with, like shitake, but also less common ones like coriolus, agaricus and cordyceps. All are carefully combined into K9 Immunity Plus™, a one-step chewable treat that boosts dogs’ immune systems.

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Instead of a daily fist-full of pills, dogs on K9 Immunity Plus get a tasty wafer of support with:

  1. K9 Immunity™ — activates ALL 260 different classes of immune cells
  2. K9 Transfer Factor™ — maximizes recovery results by enhancing K9 Immunity’s effectiveness
  3. K9 Omega™ — powerful fish oil to inhibit tumor growth and supports overall health during cancer treatment

Boone Thrives as a 2-Year Osteosarcoma Survivor

With the information necessary to make an informed choice about Boone’s fate, Daniel and Cindy knew what they had to do. “It wasn’t a very hard decision for Danny and I, we said ‘Let’s take the leg,’ remembers Cindy. When it came to treatments she says that:

“Our vet didn’t lead us one way or another, but we chose not to go with chemo. After doing research about K9 Immunity, Boone’s been on that since day one, twice a day.”

Two years later, the dog sitting by Cindy and Daniel’s feet is all the proof they need to know that K9 Immunity Plus was the best decision for Boone. “Here we are. Two years later and he’s got a vibrant, full life, he’s an awesome hunter. He still retrieves, points. We attribute it to the immediate care that we did, we didn’t linger. The best route was to get rid of the limb, get rid of the cancer as fast as we can.” says Daniel.

With each passing month Boone skewed the depressing osteosarcoma survival statistics. Last October when he reached his two year ampuversary, his fan club was elated. Daniel and Cindy’s treatment choice worked better than anyone imagined.

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“I don’t know what pushed him through but I have the utmost faith that it was the path that we took,” says Daniel. Was it easier than chemo? Not necessarily, Daniel recalls. “It was difficult at first because he did not like the flavor (of K9 Immunity Plus).” But instead of giving up, Daniel and Cindy worked around Boone’s tastes. They approached Boone’s hesitation with understanding and patience. “We ended up putting them (the wafers) in butterballs. Then he would eat ’em. Now he eats them in any form.”

“Boone wanted to walk and play as soon as he got home (from surgery)” says Cindy. Proud of her osteosarcoma survivor, she adds “He can teach us humans a lot about losing a limb or going through a huge health event in your life. As soon as that next bird season came, Boone was swimming. He was going out and retrieving birds . . . anybody who sees him sees that he hikes, he hunts, he swims, he plays. She adds:

“We never let him miss a beat. We treat him as if he has four legs because that’s what he wants us to do. He wants to live like he did before.”

Watch this in-depth interview about Boone’s journey.

(Photos by Daniel and Cindy Thompson).

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NOTE: This information is not intended to replace professional veterinary advice. All cancer treatment therapies should first be approved by your veterinarian. Please share this medicinal mushrooms information with your vet and encourage them to contact K9 Medicinals with any questions they have.