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Honest Kitchen Revel Review and Giveaway

April 23rd, 2015 · 9 Comments · Diet

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None of us like how price influences decisions we make for our Tripawd heroes, but that’s just how life goes. So when we find a great premium food that’s affordable and tasty, we want to shout it out to the world. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce this Honest Kitchen Revel giveaway!

Revel Honest Kitchen giveaway

This post is sponsored by The Honest Kitchen. We’re being compensated for spreading the word about their recipes, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. The Honest Kitchen is not responsible for the content of this article.

Revel Makes Us Do a Hoppy Dance

The Honest Kitchen chefs never stop thinking about what’s great for our pets. Revel is their newest dehydrated dog food recipe and it’s jam packed with tasty nutrition at a great price. Today they’re helping us with our Honest Kitchen Revel giveway just so we can show you how good it is!

When we say Revel is “packed” with quality ingredients we mean it!

Revel Honest Kitchen ingredients

We don’t know about you, but Honest Kitchen ingredients are even better than what we put into our own bodies on a daily basis!

  • No preservatives
  • No by-products
  • No fillers
  • No wheat, corn or soy
  • No GMO ingredients whatsoever

Keep Reading to Enter the Revel Giveaway!

All of Honest Kitchen’s recipes are made with FDA-certified human grade ingredients that free us from the guilt of not home cooking for our dogs. Honest Kitchen food IS home cooking! At $60 for a 10 pound box that makes forty pounds of food, it’s the best deal around for premium canine nutrition.

The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food

Guilt-free home cooking!

Revel is Honest Kitchen’s most far-reaching, wholesome food yet at a price that’s within reach. This “whole grain” food is perfect for puppies and dogs without chicken or grain sensitivities.

Yes, this food includes grains like barley, flax and oats, but don’t panic: when quality ingredients are used, they’re powerful stuff. According to holistic vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ:

“they offer many nutritive benefits including fiber, omega fatty acids, vitamins (B1, B3), and minerals (chromium, copper, mangesium, selenium, etc.).

Barley’s insoluble fiber serves as a prebiotic, which provides growth medium for beneficial bacteria (probiotics).

Flax is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid having anti-inflammatory benefits, and lignans, which are an antioxidant.

Oats contain antioxidant compounds like avenanthramides, which reduce the risk of heart and blood vessel disease by preventing free radicals from damaging beneficial low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol).”

The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food

Wyatt’s belly loves Revel!

When we were given the chance to try Revel, we rotated it into Wyatt Ray’s diet with some hesitation. His stomach doesn’t usually tolerate kibble made with chicken or grains. But after three weeks of licking his bowl clean and no signs of GI upset, we can say without hesitation that Honest Kitchen has concocted up another winning recipe!

Enter the Revel #Giveaway!

If want to introduce premium dehydrated dog food to your pup, our Honest Kitchen Revel Giveaway is your ticket. Here’s your chance to try it free!

The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food

Budget meets quality with Revel by The Honest Kitchen

Follow the instructions below and enter every day if you’d like.

The contest goes between now and Wednesday May 6 at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Two USA-based winners will be chosen at random, so enter often and have fun!

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Is Marijuana Safe for Dogs, Cats and Other Pets?

April 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Medication

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If your dog or cat has cancer or chronic pain, you may be wondering if cannabis products like edibles and oils can make them feel better.

mariujuana bud

“ST-3-bud” by Hupu2 – Horsma*

To be honest, we’ve wondered about marijuana for pets too. After all, humans consistently report satisfactory pain relief with cannabis and marijuana products, so why not our pets?

To answer that question, we looked at a couple of reputable resources about cannabis for pet pain and here’s what we found:

Pet Cannabis Dosage Guidelines are Lacking

In a VetStreet article by acclaimed holistic veterinary researcher Dr. Narda Robinson, “Is Medical Marijuana Safe for Pets? A Case for More Study” she says:

A Deadly Uncertainty

Lacking rigorous scientific evidence, veterinarians cannot determine safe dosages and THC/CBD ratios of medical marijuana for dogs, cats and other animals. Veterinarians and owners are left relying on anecdotal reports, trial and error and companies’ claims. If the tolerable and safe dose, whatever that might be, is exceeded, an animal may land in the local veterinary emergency clinic, and there are no antidotes for THC poisoning. While many insist that marijuana overdoses cannot kill, the consequences of cannabis can indeed turn deadly in dogs as the result of  THC overdose.  . . .

Today, inadequate oversight of the amount of THC that producers are putting into each serving of edible marijuana is resulting in injuries, as is the lack of guidelines for and availability of testing, labeling and protective packaging. Consumers are confused about how much to eat and whether one batch of cookies or candies will produce the same effects as the next, turning self-medicating into a game of wild guessing.

cannabis for dogs

What’s the right dose for cannabis for dogs?

Dogs are More Sensitive to Pot Than People

In this February 2015 Psychology Today article “Marijuana for Dogs? by neuropsychological scientist Dr. Stanley Coren, he states:

Many of those people who have access to medical marijuana give it to their own dogs, with the rationale that “If it works for me it will most likely work for my dog who has a similar problem.” Unfortunately this practice can be dangerous. Most people feel that marijuana is safe, and never really all that toxic. The neurological literature shows that dogs have the same kind of endocannabinoid receptors that allow humans to benefit from the therapeutic effects of marijuana. The caution comes from the fact that this same research also says that dogs have a higher much concentration of these receptors in their hindbrains then humans do. Basically this means that dogs can develop severe neurologic effects if they receive an overdose of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the active chemical in marijuana.

Research has shown that when dogs (but not other laboratory animals that have been tested) get a high enough dosage of THC, they have a unique reaction known as marijuana toxicosis. One disturbing part of this is a condition called static ataxia. When it occurs the dog stands rigidly and rocks back and forth as if he is trying to move but cannot. The dog will drool, its eyes open very wide, pupils dilate, muscles get very tense, and the dog looks much as if he might be suffering from unpleasant, fear provoking drug induced hallucinations—the sort of situation that used to be called “a bad trip” back in the 1960s and 70s.

. .  . the increased sensitivity of dogs to THC could have lethal consequences. READ MORE

The AVMA Says No Pot for Pets

According to this Today @ColoradoState article, “Veterinarians advise: Just say no to pot and pets:”

The American Veterinary Medical Association, standard-bearer for the industry, does not yet have an official position on veterinary marijuana, according to the AVMA website.

Members of the AVMA Scientific Activities Division have noted the following:

  • Veterinarians making treatment decisions must use sound clinical judgment and current medical information, and must be in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Medications do not necessarily work the same in animals as they do people, which underscores the value of extensive studies showing safety and efficacy, and also the value of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval process for drugs used in animals.
  • There are possibilities of adverse reactions, including toxicities and failure to treat the clinical condition at hand.

With no solid research and the scary prospect that any dog could go through a horrible THC overdose with even a little bit of pot, we feel marijuana for pets is not worth the gamble. Do you?

Instead, let’s fund marijuana use studies led by groups like the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, which does advocate for more research on the uses of pot for pets.

Recommended Reading

Tripawds Discussion Forums: Marijuana Supplement for Dogs
Veterinarians advise: Just say no to pot and pets
Pot for Pets: Medical Uses of Marijuana in Companion Animals


Celebrate Wild Dogs and Grain-Free Diets with #TheArtofNutrition

April 10th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Diet

Pet pawrenthood has evolved since we were kids. Today’s dogs are part of the family. They’re no longer told to stay outside. They work with us and they play with us. We give them get good medical care and we even share our beds with them.

Wild Boy Wyatt on the hunt.

This post is sponsored by Wild Calling!® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about the Wild Calling! Pet Food, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Wild Calling! is not responsible for the content of this article.

But despite our evolution as pet pawrents, there’s one thing that will never change: our dogs and cats’ wild instinct to hunt, stalk and chase. Whether a dog is a Pomeranean or a Husky, all of our canines have wild origins. For some of them like our Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, that wild nature is more apparent.

Wyatt prowls for prey.

It doesn’t matter how many cool outfits your dog has or how often you take her to the groomer, if left to her own devices your posh pooch won’t hesitate to chase a critter and devour disgusting things we’d rather not think about. Instead of trying to suppress our dogs’ wild instincts, why not celebrate them? Embrace our dogs’ elegant dance between primitive and pampered, fierce and friendly. And let’s do something else that will benefit them for life: Let’s choose all natural diets that reflect their inner wild.

Wild Calling High Protein Grain Free Dog Food Review

Wild Calling for the Wild in Your Pet

There’s a new family-owned, Colorado Rocky Mountains company that’s doing this, with a new protein-rich grain-free food they’ve appropriately named “Wild Calling!®” The packaging is pretty and screams “Let’s hunt!” But there’s a good reason for that: Wild Calling! recipes mirrors our dog’s physiological need to consume a variety of prey. It includes made in the USA ingredients like: Rocky Mountain Medley Recipes

Wild Calling High Protein Grain Free Dog Food

Rich with:

  • Elk
  • Duck
  • Trout

You’ll also find Western Plain Stampede Single Ingredient Recipes including:

  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Whitefish

And Xotic Essentials for novel protein, sensitive stomach diets with meat meals such as:

  • Kangaroo
  • Rabbit
  • Bison

Authentic and true, the Wild Calling! family only chooses meats, poultry and fish that are hormone and antibiotic-free. When combined with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, superfoods fruits and vegetables, vitamins C and E as well as helpful prebiotics and probiotics, your dog will have all the powerful nutrition she needs for healthy muscle growth and increased energy.

Wild Calling High Protein Grain Free Dog Food

Wyatt’s ready to eat.

There’s something else that makes Wild Calling! completely different than other grain-free dog food:

GlycoEdge Low-Glycemic Formula

Designed to provide your dog with consistent energy and a low glycemic diet, GlycoEdge is a good choice for all dogs but especially for dogs who are fighting illness like cancer or diabetes. Made from Tapioca, sweet potatoes, and lentils, the GlycoEdge formula ensures your dog will enjoy a low glycemic diet. New foods come up all the time, each claiming to be the best for your dog’s health. We like what we see in Wild Calling! because of the great reviews it’s been getting online both from dog food experts and pet parents. You’ll need to look a little harder to find it, since Wild Calling! is new and slowly making its way into holistic-minded pet stores.

Use this Wild Calling! store locator to hunt down Wild Calling! near you.

There’s no doubt in our minds that Wild Calling! is a good option to feed our dogs (and cats too!) a convenient, ancestral diet. And if Wyatt’s dinnertime antics are any indication, it’s a tasty winner worth serving up to your dog too!

Wild Calling High Protein Grain Free Dog Food Review

Wyatt meets #TheArtofNutrition


How Yunnan Baiyao Stops Bleeding in Pets, People

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Medication

Yunnan baiyao, also referred to as yunnan paiyao, is one Chinese herb that should be in every human and dog’s first aid kit to help stop bleeding.


We became aware of this inexpensive, powerful hemostatic powder from Tripawds members fighting hemangiosarcoma, an internal cancer that carries a risk of sudden, severe organ bleeding. Yunnan Baiyao has been used in China since about 1900. But this anti-bleeding herb only recently came into use in Western Countries when American soldiers discovered its powerful effects while fighting the Vietnam war.

Yunnan Baiyao Benefits

  • decreases / stops bleeding
  • safe for dogs and cats
  • painless to apply
  • inexpensive

Yunnan Baiyao slows or stops bleeding through a combination of components that include “various yam roots, ox gall bladder, pseudoginseng, sweet geranium, and more,” according to Dr. Lena McCullough of A Path with Paws. Although not even workers in the factory where its made know what’s in the secret yunnan baiyao recipe, veterinary researchers believe its tiny red capsules are safe enough to be given every other day.

Be aware that like all Chinese medicinal products, Yunnan Baiyao carries a risk of being produced with inferior ingredients, uneven quality and unregulated production processes. Always ask your holistic veterinarian for the best buying sources.

Yunnan Baiyao Dosages and More Details

To read more about yunnan baiyao and animals, check out these detailed articles:

Yunnan Paiyao PDF report by Colorado State University’s Dr. Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS

Veterinary Place: Yunnan Baiyao For Dogs (includes dosage tips) Yunnan Baiyao Dosage for Dogs

The Dog Cancer Vet: Chinese Herb for Bleeding Dog Cancers

A Path with Paws: A magic vial of Yunnan Paiyao

DISCLAIMER: The information contained here is intended as education/information only. It is not intended to replace your veterinarian. Please use your own good judgment and always discuss any DIY treatments for your pet with your veterinary team.


Do Cats Need Joint Supplements?

March 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Supplements

Three-legged cats are a recent addition to our Tripawds community. Each day we learn so much from our feline friends. For example, we recently learned that yes, cats do benefit from joint supplements.

Three legged cat Smore

Smore the Three-Legged Cat

Our feline TriKitty members recently had a great Forums Discussion about joint supplements for cats. Smore’s Mom kicked it off by asking:

Do cats need joint supplements? If so, what kind? Where do you find them at? What other types of preventative stuff can be done now to try to ensure a better and longer life for a tri-kitty?

This sparked a great conversation with other feline pawrents, who shared their own joint care tips:

Sebastian’s Mom said:

Sebastian, Cat Tripawd

Sebastian Tripawd

Sebastian takes Dasuquin for Cats.  He’s around 8 years old though…technically a senior but don’t tell him that!  My vet wasn’t overly concerned because cats are so agile and able to adapt but I still feel better taking some sort of action.  And Dasuquin is what my vet recommended when I asked.  You can get it online or through your vet.  I think (don’t quote me) that Fang takes it as well.  Some other cat on here does!

It comes in a powder that you sprinkle on their food.  Sometimes Sebastian is happy to eat it, other times he’s a brat and won’t.  But if I mix it with wet food, all is well.  Ever since his surgery he has been weird about food.  I think I spoiled him!

Cancer Fighting Kitty Jill’s Mom added:

Osteosarcoma cat Tripawd Jill

Jill the Cancer-Fighting Tripawd Kitty

Jill’s oncologist wanted her on a glucosamine and chondroiten supplement. She recommended dasuquin and Jill took that and loved it for a while. Then one day she didn’t want it anymore! Now I give her pet naturals of Vermont bone and joint treats and she loves them!

TriKitty Vinny takes two supplements, says his human:

Tripawd cat Vinny

Prince Vince the TriKitty

They all take Cosequin, which is made by Nutramax Labs, the same company as the Dasuquin which sebastien mentioned. I was curious, so I just checked their website to see the difference: they both have the same amounts of supplement (125mg of glucosamine & 100mg of chondroitin), and Dasuquin has an extra ingredient called “soybean & avocado unsaponafiables”, which is also beneficial to joint health.

The other dietary supplement I’ve been feeding Vinny (and now all of my animals) is fish oil. I spoke to their doctors about it, and they thought this was a good idea too. Just like us, it’s good for so many of their body functions. I bought a high quality liquid fish oil, designed for humans, and they each get 1/4 teaspoon a day mixed with one of their meals. They love it!

There’s a great conversation happening in the Cat Supplements and Nutrition topic. Hope on over and add your ideas and experiences with joint supplements for your cats!

Recommended TriCat Reading

Fang’s Story: Pain Management – Dealing with Vets