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Nourish for Active, Healthy Living with #NutriencePets

August 28th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 2 Comments

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Did you ever think your three-legged dog or cat could be so active and full of energy?

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Forget the pity pawty and put on your hiking boots, Tripawds just don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves! Even when life throws you obstacles, a Tripawd inspires, and shows us all that every day is a gift.

Tripawd Wyatt plays in the pond.

Whether you’ve got two legs or three, there’s no time to waste when you’re living in the moment with your best friend. One of the best ways we can all make the most out of our time together is by nourishing our bodies with high quality foods that help us stay strong and healthy.

Wyatt and Dad go for a run.

When it comes to our dogs and cats, we have more choices than ever to feed high quality commercial foods, which is why Tripawds loves sharing diet and nutrition information that can keep our animals active and healthy.

Nourish the Body, Fuel the Spirit with Nutrience

We just discovered Nutrience Pet Food, a premium kibble for dogs and cats backed by a “No Bad Anything” promise.

This five star food is produced with fruits, vegetables and botanicals harvested at their peak, as well as top of the line meat and fish proteins from world class Canadian and U.S. growers. Dogs and cats also benefit from healthy fats, low-glycemic carbohydrates, DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids and nutritional supplements included in every batch.

Ingredients like these are why we are impressed:

Fresh turkey, cage-free chicken, duck, whole egg, New Zealand lamb, de-boned cod, herring, haddock, flounder & pollock.

Pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots, spinach & broccoli, apples, pears, blueberries and pomegranates, sweet potatoes, steel-cut oats, lentils, and green peas.

Fish & salmon oil, flax seed and coconut oil. Prebiotics, probiotics, glucosamine and chondroitin, Turmeric, licorice root, ginger, fennel, peppermint, juniper berries and green tea

Get to Know Nutrience

Nutrience is made by a family-owned Canadian pet food producer that’s been quietly and wholeheartedly leading the way in premium dog and cat food since 1955!

The family recently expanded into the American marketplace via Amazon.com so that U.S. pets can benefit from their time-tested recipes including:

Created in small, hand-crafted batches out of their own food production facility, you can feel confident knowing that each batch of Nutrience must pass tough industry testing procedures and third-party approvals before leaving the kitchen.

Check out the Nutrience Comparison Chart to see how it compares with other premium pet food or your current brand.

Wyatt Goes Grain Free with Nutrience

As anyone with a young Tripawd can tell you, three-legged animals don’t know they’re missing a leg. Our own Wyatt Ray is unstoppable. He plays and eats like there’s no tomorrow, which puts extraordinary demands on his body.

Inspector Wyatt.

During July, Wyatt dined on Nutrience Grain Free as part of his main meal. One month later, we could see the pawsitive results. Both inside and out, Nutrience ingredients provided all the fuel Wyatt needed to keep up with his ranch duties.

Wyatt dines on Nutrience Grain Free Dog Food

Ensuring that our three and four-legged pets stay strong and injury-free requires a commitment to daily brain stimulating activity, ongoing strengthening exercises, joint supplements and high quality nutrition. The natural, real food in every bag of Nutrience is a great way to get there.

Wyatt makes the most of every day.

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


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Rotating Foods Keeps Dogs and Cats Healthy

August 18th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 2 Comments

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What if you ate the same foods every day from the time you were born? Not only would mealtime be a bore but your body would also be deprived of critical nutrients obtained by eating a variety of foods. Funny thing is, we do this to our pets by sticking to one brand or type of food!

One kind of pet food is boring and unbalanced.

Why Sticking to One Pet Food is a Bad Idea

If your dog or cat has only eaten one type of protein source for his entire life (also known as a “single formula diet”), consider taking Dr. Jean Dodds’ advice and carefully rotate different proteins and carbohydrates throughout the year.

Wyatt gets excited over new Honest Kitchen duck recipe!

In this excellent article “Food Transitioning Versus Food Rotating: What’s the Difference?” Dr. Jean Dodds explains:

No one dietary formula, no matter how “complete and balanced” it is, can meet all of an animal’s nutritional needs over an extended period.
Think of some of the healthiest foods in the world—let’s say spinach, wild salmon, sweet potatoes and blueberries. Eating these foods would provide an excellent protein source as well as a wide variety of phytonutrients. But, eaten every day, even these healthy foods will create nutritional deficiencies over time…
If you continually feed them the same food, over time your pet can become deficient in some nutrients. Varying the diet brings in potentially missing nutrients, allowing the body to self-correct. Read more.

Regular rotation can be accomplished without GI upset, over the course of about a week. You’ll find more helpful pet food rotation tips by the Dog Food Advisor.

Honest Kitchen’s New Halcyon Duck Recipe: A Great Place to Begin Dog Food Rotation

Food rotation doesn’t have to be hard. The Honest Kitchen has an entire line of high quality, minimally processed premium whole pet food recipes that make it easy to rotate proteins and carbs.

Honest Kitchen duck recipe introduces novel protein dog food

Introducing Honest Kitchen Halcyon, a dehydrated dog food recipe.

Their recipes retain critical vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and amino acids found in real food, all vital nutrients that any living thing needs in order to remain strong, healthy and resilient to disease.

These tasty dehydrated meals for dogs and cats are as close to home cooking and raw food diets as you can get; just add water and serve!

Try a $1 mini-sample of Honest Kitchen’s new Halcyon Recipe:
Order yours HERE today!

Recently Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray had the ruff job of taste testing The Honest Kitchen’s new Halcyon whole grain recipe for dogs, made with cage-free duck. He could barely contain himself while the food rehydrated.

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He had never tasted duck before but didn’t hesitate to dive right in!

We feel good knowing he’s getting a “novel protein source” like duck. “Novel protein” is a type of meat or fish-based protein that pets don’t normally receive. Including it in your pet food rotation is a must, otherwise you’re putting your dog or cat at risk of food allergies.

Halcyon’s Healthy Ingredients: Dehydrated duck, organic oats, organic buckwheat, dehydrated peas, organic flaxseed, dehydrated potatoes, dried organic coconut, dehydrated carrots, dried parsley, dehydrated spinach, dried bananas, dried basil, chia seeds, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

24% protein, 13% fat

No pet foods come closer to home-cooked goodness. Like all of The Honest Kitchen’s premium dehydrated foods for dogs and cats, you just add warm water to the mix and serve.

Honest Kitchen Halcyon dehydrated dog food duck recipe

Honest Kitchen meals save space in tiny homes!

Honest Kitchen meals cost about the same price per serving as homemade dog food but one huge advantage over home cooking is that a 10 pound box of Honest Kitchen lasts about 20 to 16 days!

Since Wyatt is a big, 80 pound dog, we stretch it a little further by serving Halcyon as a topper on Wyatt’s kibble. Honest Kitchen encourages serving it different ways, including adding your own special extra foods for even more variety (banana, anyone?). On days when he’s a really good boy, Wyatt will get it as an entire meal.

Another added benefit? If you live in a tiny space like we do, you’ll love how it saves space in your home. One small 10# box makes 40 pounds of food – say goodbye to heavy cans and big bulky bags of food!

Try a $1 mini-sample of Honest Kitchen’s new Halcyon Recipe:
Order yours HERE today!

The Honest Kitchen did it again with Halcyon; it’s just ducky! If you give it a try, let us know what your pack thinks by sharing your thoughts below.

Please discuss all food changes with your veterinarian before introducing them to your pet’s diet. This information is for research purposes only and not meant to act as veterinary advice for your pets.

*This post is sponsored by Honest Kitchen. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about Honest Kitchen foods, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Honest Kitchen is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Dr. Loops Homeopathic Osteosarcoma and Mast Cell Cancer Protocols for Dogs and Cats

August 4th, 2014 by jerry in Medication · 1 Comment

If there ever was a rock star of holistic veterinary medicine, it’s Dr. Charles Loops, DVM of North Carolina. As a practicing homeopathic veterinarian for the last 35 years, he is highly sought-after because of his great success rate in managing cancer in cats and dogs with homeopathy remedies. He works with pet parents from around the globe, like Cody’s, and about 95 percent of Dr. Loops’ clients work with him via phone consultations.

Dr. Charles Loops, DVM

What’s Homeopathy?

A homeopathic vet takes a holistic approach to treating disease. After getting a thorough understanding of the animal’s environment, lifestyle, behavior and background that may play a role in the illness, the vet will prescribe a homeopathic medicine called a remedy. According to Dr. Loops:

Homeopathic remedies are prepared from a wide range of substances – animal, vegetable, and mineral. Their preparation involves a process of sequential dilution in alcohol/water and succussion (vigorous shaking), a process known as potentization. This process of potentization enables the homeopath to prescribe medicines which possess an enhanced curative effectiveness with essentially NO toxic side effects, unlike current orthodox drugs.  All homeopathic medications are FDA certified and approved and, in fact, licensed for “over the counter” sales, although availability is not that common.

There’s a wide variety of opinions about homeopathic remedies. Veterinarians who are more in line with traditional Western medicine call it hocus pocus, and while concrete clinical studies about its efficacy are practically non-existent, we’ve seen many Tripawds members beat the osteosarcoma odds after working with Dr. Loops to manage the disease.

One of Dr. Loops’ longest bone cancer survivors was our dear friend Eisen, who lived to the ripe old age of 12 after beating osteosarcoma for over four years!

Bone Cancer Hero Eisen

You can read about how Dr. Loops helped Eisen in this Nutrition Blog Post.

A Homeopathic Approach to Osteosarcoma

Every animal’s treatment is approached on a case-by-case basis, but here is Dr. Loops’ general approach toward treating osteosarcoma:

Classical homeopathic prescribing, the selection of the one, most similar homeopathic remedy, repeated only when the effects of the previous dose have subsided, and with the correct potency matched to the energy of the patient and their disease, is the highest and most effective use of this great system of medicine. In the case of aggressive cancer, when the balance of the vital energy of the body has been overwhelmed, I find that it takes more to slow or stop the progression of the disease and the demise of the patient than single remedy prescribing. To help more of my patients deal with cancer, I have struggled over the past twenty years to find methods of treatment that provide more consistent and reproducible positive results.

The treatment methodology I have developed stimulates homeopathically, the patient’s ability to re-balance their immune system, thus attacking the tumor by taking both a constitutional remedy (Classical) and secondarily, another remedy that specifically relates to the tumor type or location. The genetic and environmental influences that have predisposed this patient to cancer can be addressed with a third homeopathic remedy.

Read in more detail about which homeopathic remedies Dr. Loops uses.

A Homeopathic Approach to Mast Cell Cancer Tumors

If your dog or cat has just been diagnosed with mast cell cancer, it might seem overwhelming and scary but take a look at Dr. Loops’ hopeful information about how he treats mast cell center tumors:

In my practice I treat between twenty to thirty dogs with this tumor condition per year. I have seen patients with a Grade I MCT that developed many more tumors and patients with Grade III that never had another tumor. I consider mast cell tumors a systemic condition, regardless of the grade, and feel the potential for reoccurrence is always there. I treat this condition aggressively and I don’t recommend reducing the intensity of the homeopathic treatment until two years pass without the appearance of more mast cell tumors. In fact, most pet families never stop the remedies and this causes no long term issues.

Many of my patients have normal life spans with the MCT condition. Some get multiple tumors, some owners choose to have multiple surgeries done, some dogs only get one or two tumors over their lifespan and others never have another tumor after the first one. The odds of reoccurrence are very unpredictable for dogs with mast cell tumors but for most patients, they can lead a normal life, even when more tumors appear.

Read more about how Dr. Loops treats Mast Cell Cancer Tumors in Dogs and Cats.

Treatment costs for homeopathic cancer management are far less than treating pet cancer with conventional medicine. As a bonus, there are no side effects with homeopathy. If you’re considering a holistic approach to managing your dog or cat’s cancer, this is not something you should attempt on your own. Instead, we encourage you to give Dr. Loops a try.

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Why Our Dogs and Cats Need #SomaPet

July 25th, 2014 by jerry in Supplements · No Comments

Tripawds members are some of the most dedicated pet pawrents in the world. We do our best to make sure our dogs and cats are getting good nutrition and staying fit, but it can be tough to tell if they’re getting all of the vitamins and minerals and exercise needed to stay healthy and strong.

Wyatt checks the ranch ponds.

One way to tell is by looking at your dog or cat and asking yourself:

Are his eyes bright?
Does she have shiny skin and coat?
Is she full of stamina and vitality?
Is he looking overweight and sluggish?

Recently we jumped at a chance to try a new pet supplement called “SomaPet,* because of our Wyatt Ray’s recent change in lifestyle.

SomaPet Natural Dog Dietary Supplement

You see as Chief Regulator at a Colorado dude ranch where we work each summer, this is the time of year when he’s surrounded by many more opportunities to swim, run, jump and play. If ever there’s a time that his body needs extra support, it’s now.

Wyatt regulates dude ranch work.

Eight Great Reasons to Try SomaPet

We found this 100% organic, premium supplement worthy of trying because it contains eight pure free-form L-amino acids – the building blocks of protein that promote good health and energy.

SomaPet

SomaPet contains:

  • L-arginine
  • L-lysine
  • L-ornithine
  • L-glutamine
  • Glycine
  • L-leucine
  • Leucine
  • L-isoleucine
  • L-valine

These eight amino acids in SomaPet work together to boost critical body functions such as building strong cardiovascular and immune systems, strengthening bones and muscle, regulating blood sugar and more.

SomaPet Natural Dog Dietary Supplement

Each time SomaPet is sprinkled onto Wyatt’s morning meal, it supports the release of growth hormone from his pituitary which aids his body in cell repair and regeneration. You’ll know SomaPet is working when you see your dog or cat is enjoying:

Better Immune Function
Improved Nervous Function
Strengthened Collagen and Bone
Increased Healing
Promoted Cellular Energy
Minimized Exercise Damage

This SomaPet Informational PDF details how each amino acid works when it’s consumed every day.

SomaPet Natural Dog Dietary Supplement

SomaPet Vitality Supplement Results are In

Wyatt has been taking SomaPet for close to a month now and it’s clear that this pet health supplement is doing what it’s supposed to. He’s not slowing down despite all the extra activity he’s been getting. Each day he has more opportunities than ever to put his body to the test, and each day he bounces back from the previous one, just as healthy as ever without aches, pains or groans.

Wyatt watches the forest.

Now that Wyatt is officially “middle aged” at five years old, we’re doing our best to find nutritional supplements that will keep him strong  as he enters the senior years. SomaPet is definitely going to be in our mix of nutritional aids to help him stay there.

Want to learn more? Watch this SomaPet video, then order yours today!

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Please discuss all supplements with your veterinarian before introducing them to your pet’s diet. This information is for research purposes only and not meant to act as veterinary advice for your pets.
*This post is sponsored by SomaPet and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about SomaPet, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. SomaPet is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Simple Cabbage Poultice Heals Wounds

July 21st, 2014 by jerry in Medication · 2 Comments

Did you know that an ordinary cabbage has healing powers? A simple do-it-yourself-cabbage poultice has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce joint inflammation and can help drain infected wounds.

According to the Hartland Institute:

“Cabbage is abundant in vitamin C and glutamine, a crystalline amino acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. A simple cabbage poultice reduces inflammation in joints and increases local circulation, relieving lymphatic congestion. It also draws out infected matter and toxins from the body. Use a cabbage poultice for arthritis, chest infections, laryngitis, tonsillitis, mastitis, lymphatic blockages, tumors, gangrene, sciatica, and other nerve pains and skin infections.”

Dotty’s Cabbage Poultice

We first learned about the healing powers of cabbage from Tripawds Member Dotty. Her holistic-minded vet used it to help treat a stubborn infection and it worked:

“We clean the cabbage leaves, dry them and then crush them well with a rolling pin so they are floppy and be moulded to the body. Once applied directly to the inflamed or infected area you cover the cabbage with something warm, I have used warm washcloths or a clean towel and a heat pack.

The white towel that I’m lifting up has a gel heat pad wrapped in it and I have arranged this over the cabbage leaves that are on Dot’s wound site and butt to help relieve the pressure of infection. She is having a lovely rest on her back, a favourite sleeping position in happier days.” — Victoria, Dotty’s pawrent

Dot’s Cabbage Poultice

There are two ways to make a cabbage poultice:

Create a paste as explained by the Hartland Institute:

1. Wash cabbage leaf thoroughly and drain water.
2. Lay the cabbage leaf flat on the table, and then apply pressure with a rolling pin to soften the leaf.
3. Apply the leaf on the affected area, cover with plastic and then cloth, and then pin it in place.

Make a poultice as explained by SootheClinic.com

  • Finely chop green cabbage sufficient for the area to be treated
  • Place the cabbage in a blender with just enough water to make a thick paste
  • Spread the cabbage paste 1″ thick over a piece of cheesecloth, muslin or a clean tea towel. The size should be sufficient to cover the desired part of the body
  • Place the cloth, cabbage side onto the skin, over the area to be treated
  • Cover with a clean, dry cloth then wrap the whole area in a thick towel or wool flannel cloth
  • Leave the cabbage poultice in place for 15 to 60 minutes depending on the severity of the condition and the reactions of the person. It is intended that the treated area should get red and warm but no burning should be allowed to occur. If the person becomes uncomfortable then remove the poultice and wash the area with cool water
  • Have the person lie down and rest for the duration of the application
  • After removing the poultice wash the area with tepid water
  • The cabbage poultice can be repeated two or three times daily as needed, using fresh cabbage each time.

For more details about the healing properties of cabbage, visit the Hartland Institute and SootheClinic.com.

Dotty rests with her cabbage poultice

Do you have a nutrition tip you’d like to share? Start a conversation below, we’d love to hear from you!

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 treatements for your pet with your veterinary team.

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Frozen Treats for Hot Dogs and Cool Cats

July 7th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 1 Comment

Do your dogs and cats have the summertime blues? Perk up their spirits with these homemade frozen treats for pets!

Hannah’s Homemade Banana Popsicle Recipe

Tripawd Hannah

Here’s how Tripawd Hannah’s personal chef Kim makes them for the pack:

Banana Pops Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (healthy for us dogs, make sure you get the good stuff with all the live stuff in it)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (we like chunky but you can use either)
  • 1 banana (good for everyone)

Steps (it’s complicated. Are you ready?)

  1. Mix all together in a blender or food processor
  2. Fill a standard ice cube tray
  3. Freeze, then serve!
  4. (For bigger dogs, try pouring some into a larger mold and then freezing. A large 16 oz. disposable Solo cup does the trick!

More Easy Frozen Dog and Cat Treat Ideas

If that recipe is too complicated for you, then these frozen treats by Honest Kitchen are right up your alley!

Honest Kitchen Ice Pups

The Honest Kitchen Ice Pups Healthy Liquid or Frozen Pet Treats are unique and easy!

This tin is filled with a powdery mix that is combined with warm water to offer your pet a liquid delight. Or, during those hot, humid days, you can freeze them and offer a cool treat. Also helpful for dogs and cats with kidney problems who benefit from increased fluid intake.

  • 8-oz box filled with (16) 0.5-oz single serving packets
  • Serve as a hot liquid, a cool drink or a frozen delight!
  • Used for pets with kidney problems who need increased fluids
  • Great for animals with lowered appetite and post-operative recovery
  • Use as a tasty gravy to increase palatability or help with transitioning foods
  • Makes about 15 trays of ice cubes

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When Surgery and Chemo Are Not Enough to Fight Dog Cancer

June 23rd, 2014 by jerry in Supplements · 3 Comments

Nothing is scarier than hearing your dog’s vet say the word “cancer.” If you’re swimming in the midst this frightening diagnosis, remember: you are not alone and your dog’s life isn’t over. Although fifty percent of all dogs will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime, a diagnosis not an instant death sentence when you stop to look at treatment options.

Stay Strong, Fight Back

Take for instance, Bart, an AKC champion hunting Vizsla who was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2008. At the unthinkable age of just three years old, he developed an osteosarcoma tumor that required an immediate leg amputation and chemotherapy treatments in order to save his life.

Three Legged Vizsla Cancer Hero Bart

Bart the Extraordinary Vizsla

His mom Darcy looks back on that fearful time and remembers;

“I felt confused, scared and determined…mostly determined,” she says. As Darcy stayed focus for Bart’s sake, she discovered that she knew one thing for sure: “Cancer was not going to take my boy!”

And thanks to a process called “Immunotherapy,” it didn’t. Bart is one of over a million dogs who successfully fought cancer by activating the immune system’s cancer-fighting response with naturally-occurring compounds derived from certain species of mushrooms, including PSK, polysacharide K, found in the mushroom Coriolus versicolor, and a substance called Lentinan, derived from shitake mushrooms.

Recognize, Destroy, Repeat

Historically, Western medicine uses the same primary methods to destroy and manage cancer tumors in people and animals: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. And while they are effective treatments for removing or shrinking tumors, what these methods cannot do is address the underlying reason for the cancer tumors; the immune system’s failure to recognize and destroy “bad” cancer cells.

Fight dog cancer with K9 Immunity

A secondary method that can fulfill this role is a process called immunotherapy. By using a powerful combination of the three most widely used anticancer compounds in the world today, an all-natural, American-made supplement called K9 Immunity™ can jump start this process and train the immune system to recognize, destroy and prevent cancer cells from overtaking the body.

K9 Immunity is a robust combination of organic compounds derived from six species of American grown, laboratory cultivated medicinal mushrooms, as well as nearly 200 other closely related immune-active polysaccharides which trigger other aspects of immune function.

More Energy, Better Quality of Life

Increased energy is one of the benefits of introducing immunotherapy to your cancer fighting toolkit. Karen’s 14-year old Pug Tani is a perfect example.

Tani, 14 years and thriving

This senior girl had three mast cell cancer tumors removed in 2007 and when a recurrence occurred four years later, Karen says “I added K9 Immunity Plus to her diet in the Summer of 2011 and within a week or so I noticed an improvement in her energy level.”

Another Tripawds member, Sally, says she had the same experience when her 125-pound Bull Mastiff, Happy Hannah went through four rounds of chemotherapy to fight osteosarcoma.

Happy Hannah and Sally

“I observed a higher energy level when she was on K9 Immunity Plus and Apocaps and felt like I observed a slightly lower energy level when she was off them,” she says.

“Do I believe these supplements have given her an extra boost of quality extended time? Yes!”

As thousands of dog parents like Darcy, Karen and Sally have experienced, K9 Immunity and its companion products including Transfer Factor, K9 Omega and Apocaps can add a powerful boost to your dog’s health that results in more energy and a better quality of life, even while fighting nature’s most dreaded disease.

K9 Immunity, Apocaps: a Powerful Combo

Orders may be placed any time of day or night by visiting K9Medicinals.com or DogCancer.net, or by dialing their toll-free number
1 (888) 366-3641. They also have friendly and knowledgeable staff who can answer your questions during normal business hours by calling their hotline at 1 (775) 883-1974, Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm (PST).

*This post is sponsored by K9 Medicinals. Tripawds has been compensated for helping spread the word about the benefits of K9 Immunity. We only share information we feel is relevant and beneficial to our readers. Neither K9 Medicinals nor the manufacturer of K9 Immunity are responsible for the content of this article.

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How Manuka Honey Helps Heal Wounds

June 11th, 2014 by jerry in Medication · No Comments

When it comes to wound care, the sweet goodness of Manuka Honey is making a comeback in the veterinary community. Groundbreaking holistic vets like Dr. Richard Palmquist, who you’ll meet Saturday on Tripawd Talk Radio, has long been an advocate for applying Manuka honey to wounds

Manuka flowers and native bee. Source: Wikipedia

According to Dr. Jean Dodds, this unique strain of raw honey from New Zealand is being used by both conventional and holistic veterinarians for patients with wound-healing complications.

When applied to the wound, Manuka honey has been shown to kill more than 250 strains of bacteria, including:

  • MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
  • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
  • Helicobacter pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)


We first heard about Manuka Honey when Tripawds member Charley had an oozing pressure sore on his elbow. His veterinarian, the renowned Dr. Karen Becker, suggested Manuka honey. Charley’s pawrent says:

Charlie, my nine year old Lab, is a right rear leg Tripawd. Right after his amputation he got a pretty serious pressure sore on his left front elbow. Before getting a custom wrap made, our holistic vet, Dr. Karen Becker, recommended trying Makuna honey. It worked beautifully!

Charlie now gets occasional sores on his remaining back “ankle”. The honey clears it right up. It has to be raw honey, of which Makuna is a special kind. It is great stuff, with antibacterial properties. I use it on my own cuts too. It might be hard to keep dogs from licking it, even when wrapped, but applying it at bed time might help. Charlie still took the wrap off, but thankfully just a touch of Makuna honey works wonders.

Keep in mind that Manuka Honey is NOT the kind you see at the supermarket: that one should never be used on wounds. Manuka honey is medical-grade, sterilized honey that should only be applied to an open wound by your veterinarian at diagnosis. Users must be cautious of fake Manuka honey products too.

According to Mercola.com, Manuka honey is different because:

Compared to other types of honey, Manuka has an extra ingredient with antimicrobial qualities, called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). It is so called because no one has yet been able to discover the unique substance involved that gives it its extraordinary antibacterial activity. Honey releases hydrogen peroxide through an enzymatic process, which explains its general antiseptic qualities, but Active Manuka honey contains “something else” that makes it far superior to other types of honey when it comes to killing off bacteria.

The level of UMF can vary between batches, so each batch is ranked and priced accordingly. The higher the concentration of UMF, the darker, thicker, and more expensive it is. . . A rating of UMF 10 or higher is recommended for medicinal use.

IMPORTANT: Never apply any type of honey without consulting your veterinarian first. Here are some resources to learn more and share the dialogue:

Dr. Jean Dodds: Raw Honey, Sweet Food for the Health of Your Pet
Mercola.com: The Sweet Golden Treat That Can Help Wipe Out Deadly MRSA
PetMD: Honey is Great for Wound Care, But Not All Honeys Are Created Equal
Veterinary Practice News: Jump Starting the Healing with Manuka Honey

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A Healthy Grain-Free Cake Fit for a Canine Cancer Hero

May 19th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · No Comments

Finding a healthy dog cake recipe for a bone cancer hero is challenging, since many recipes rely on ingredients like sugar and wheat that feed cancer cells.

Bone cancer hero Charley

Bone cancer hero Charley

But here’s a tasty recipe that’s healthy enough for all canine cancer heroes. We know it’s good because Charley had it on his birthday and for all of his cancer victories over the last 3.5 years!

Charley’s Meat Cake Recipe

Healthy cake recipe for dogs

A healthy cake for dog cancer survivors

  • 2 pounds of ground sirloin, 2 eggs, and about 1/2 container of cottage cheese (large size container)
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Place ingredients in an 8″ spring form pan (the pan used for cheesecake) on top of a cookie sheet to catch grease from meat
  • Flatten ingredients level in the pan
  • Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes depending on how well you want it cooked; I cooked it for about 50 minutes
  • Ice meat cake with softened Philly cream cheese
  • Decorate with turkey bacon
Healthy dog cake recipe

Mini-cakes made just for small dogs

Charlie’s Mom Shares More About this Recipe

“I made the recipe up myself! I don’t give Charley grains because he has a grain allergy or intolerance (he vomits after eating grains), so I needed a recipe without grains or carbs (since I limit carbs/sugars because of cancer).

We put cottage cheese in our red meat sauce for pasta and I figured Charley would like it too…plus it keeps the cake moist.

Healthy dog cake recipe for parties

Try cream cheese frosting on dog cakes

We have a ton of cream cheese on hand to give him his artemisinin and other supplements so that was easy to use as icing. I’ve also decorated the cake with peanut butter too, but turkey bacon is easier than writing!”

Learn all about Charley’s amazing 3.5+ year bone cancer victory in his fun Tripawd blog, Chocolate Kisses.

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Tripawds Post-Amputation Nutrition Needs are Covered at That Pet Place

April 28th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · No Comments

From raised feeders to human-grade treats to stimulate finicky appetites, finding the right post-surgery products for a Tripawd is easy at That Pet Place, where you’ll find hundreds of high quality pet supplies to make your Tripawd’s quality of life even better.


We hope you’ll hop on over and give them a try, especially since That Pet Place is generously helping the Tripawds Community get the word out about life on three legs by sponsoring our appearance at Blog Paws 2014!

Raised Feeders

Tripawds have an easier time eating and drinking when their bowls are lifted up off the ground. This is especially true for Tripawds missing a front leg, since they still carry more weight up front even with a missing leg. A raised feeder helps with their center of balance and makes for better digestion. Here’s a raised feeder that we love for both dogs and cats:

3 Quart Double Diner with Stand, for Tall Tripawds

Double Diner with Stand - Tall - 3 qt.

1 Pint Double Diner with Stand for Small Tripawds

Double Diner with Stand - 1 pt.
Appetite and Digestive Help

 

Tomlyn Nutri-Cal Dietary Supplement for Dogs and Cats

Tomlyn Nutri-Cal Dietary Supplement Cat

Whether your animal is stressed, ill, or just plain picky, you can rely on Nutri-Cal(R). The trusted low-volume, high calorie formula has been vet recommended and used for over 50 years to supply nutrients and energy to those pets that need it, when they need it most. Features: For stressed or debilitated animals, those suffering from illness, recovering from surgery or whelping, aging animals and picky eaters. Potent dietary supplement supplies Vitamins A, D and E, Phosphorus, Thiamine, Calcium, Manganese, Iodine, Potassium, Iron, Folic Acid, Riboflavin and other essential nutrients. Easy to digest. Stimulates the appetite with a delicious taste no dog or cat can resist. Easy to give—offer it on your finger, on your pet’s paw, or in food

Fruitables Pumpkin Digestive Supplement

Fruitables Pumpkin Digestive Supplement - 15 oz

Fruitables Digestive Supplement features great tasting; all-natural; harvest fresh pumpkin; ginger; and cinnamon to promote regularity and intestinal health. Pumpkin provides a low calorie; healthy balance of soluble and insoluble fiber to support healthy digestion; and ginger is a natural remedy for stomach upset; diarrhea; and nausea.

Interactive Treat-Based Games

Keeping a Tripawd dog or cat entertained during the confinement period is easy with some great interactive games!

Everlasting Beanie Ball Treat Holder for Dogs

Everlasting Beanie Ball Treat Holder - Medium - 3.5 in

Cheese Chase Cat Toy

Cheese Chase Cat Toy - 11 1/2 in. diameter

These are just a few great recovery supplies you’ll find for your Tripawd hero. Be sure to check out the great selection of supplies at That Pet Place and tell ‘em Tripawds sent you!

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