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The Amazing Adventures of #WellyTails Wyatt

October 29th, 2014 by jerry in Supplements · 3 Comments

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Do you worry about wear and tear on your Tripawd’s hips and joints? Fear not, Wyatt the Tripawd Wonder Dog is here to save the day!

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Even with one less leg, you can see that Wyatt takes exercise as seriously as any other five year old German Shepherd. Not a day goes by when he’s doesn’t try to fly off a rocky perch, zoom straight uphill or chase a feisty squirrel. We flinch whenever he throws himself into these crazy adventures, since he has an achy hip and no legs to spare. Like every Tripawd pawrent, we want him to enjoy being a dog for as long as possible without hurting himself.

That’s why when we had the chance to give WellyTails Cartilage, Hip and Joint savory gravy supplement mix another go-around in Wyatt’s diet, we jumped at the chance.

This all natural powder gravy mix is a no-brainer way to get premium mobility support supplements like gluosamine, chondroitin and MSM into Wyatt’s system without shoving pills down his throat or fattening him up with glucosamine-infused treats.

WellyTails produces an entire line of premium supplements at a good price, each one formulated to help specific health conditions. In every scoop of WellyTails Cartilage, Hip and Joint you’ll find:

Glucoasamine HCL
Chondroitin sulphate
MSM (Methelsulfonylmethane)
Green lipped mussel powder
Hyaluronic acid HMW
Tart red cherry powder
Omega-3 and 6

Don’t let these ingredients confuse you. Simply  put, this is how they keep dogs like Wyatt going strong:

Improves joint mobility
Minimizes painful joint inflammation
Supports strong healthy joint tissues, cartilage, hips and joints
Contains all 3 omega-3s + GLA omega-6 fatty acids
Supports brain and eye health
Promotes heart health
Re-energizes aging senior dogs

With just two scoops in each meal, we’re making sure that Wyatt gets what he needs to continue doing what he loves most without getting hurt or sore. The package it comes in is huge, he still has quite a bit left over for next month.

For about 30 days we added WellyTails Cartilage, Hip and Joint to Wyatt’s regular diet, as a savory gravy topper for WellyTails new DIY grain-free dog food, Veggie & Friut + Chia Canine Blend.

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This make-at-home dog food base mix can turn an ordinary package of your own fresh chicken, duck, farm-raised Atlantic salmon or tilapia fish into an exceptional homemade meal for dogs that meets/exceds AAFCO dog food standards. All you do is add:

Your choice of meat
Sunflower or vegetable oil
Fresh fish oil
Water

You can include optional ingredients like a hard boiled egg and one carbohydrate source like cooked quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, barley, white potato or pasta. Since we had a lot of brown rice around the house, we added this carb to Wyatt’s food because we thought his extra activity up here in the mountains was making him a little too thin.

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WellyTails also sent us a bottle of their Wild Ocean Fish Oil Omega-3 Blend to use in the food, which was a great addition. We were especially impressed in the bottle it came in, which sounds crazy but here’s why: the bottle has a “stay ever fresh pump system” that’s used in human medicine for treating burn victims. The special bottle prevents oxygen (air) from contaminating the fish oil and turning it into a free radicals cesspool.

After one month of Wyatt getting the WellyTails Cartilage, Hip and Joint supplement into his system, along with dining like a king on the Veggie & Friut + Chia Canine Blend, we’re certain that the premium ingredients are making a difference in his ability to keep up with the demands of being a mountain dog.

Thanks to WellyTails, every day is another chance to be a three-legged K9 Superhero!

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This post is sponsored by WellyTails and the Pet Blogger Network. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about WellyTails WellyTails Cartilage, Hip and Joint supplement and WellyChef Veggie & Friut + Chia Canine Blend, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. WellyTails is not responsible for the content of this article.


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Help Hungry Homeless Animals with Merrick Forever Home Holiday Recipe

October 23rd, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 2 Comments

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Hey Tripawds! You can help feed homeless animals just by opening a can of some really tasty food!

Help Feed Paws Chicago Dogs with Merrick

Each time you buy cans of Merrick Pet Care’s new limited edition Forever Home Holiday Recipe, you’ll feed hungry dogs at PAWS Chicago, a leading No Kill humane organization focused on finding solutions to end the killing of homeless pets, both in Chicago and communities across the nation.

Merrick Forever Home Holiday Recipe Canned Dog Food, 12.7 oz. ()

  • Made with Beef, Chicken, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Red Delicious Apples + Peas
  • Grain-free recipe starts with real deboned meat and offers balanced nutrition
  • Made in the USA in our own kitchen, with no ingredients from China

Merrick is PAWS Chicago’s exclusive feeding partner and will provide more than 80,000 pounds of dry and wet food to the shelter in 2014-15, which includes donations of food from every can of Forever Home Holiday Recipe sold this holiday season. Here’s why we’re going to be stocking up our pantry with this tasty and nutritious meal!

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Helping shelter dogs has never been easier or tasted better. Hurry and stock up, Forever Home Holiday Recipe is only available for a limited time!


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Great Fuel, Good Times for Life with #NutriencePets

October 17th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 4 Comments

Losing a limb doesn’t mean the end of an active lifestyle. Just ask any Tripawds member, including our Spokesdog Wyatt:

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It usually doesn’t take long after amputation recovery to learn that Tripawds can do just about anything. Whether it’s swimming season or snow days, as long as you keep these three things in mind so your three-legged hero can enjoy good health and an injury-free life.

(This post is sponsored by Nutrience and the BlogPaws Professional 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.)

Three Ways to Keep Your Tripawd Active

  1. Feed the best food you can afford
  2. Focus on conditioning exercises (developing good balance and core strength)
  3. Monitor your pet’s activity to make sure he or she doesn’t overdo things

Choosing a food that agrees with your pet is one of the easiest places to begin. But when it comes to feeding time, it can be hard to tell what our pets think about our choices for them. Our Wyatt gobbles his meals in less than a minute, he never holds it on his tongue to savor the flavor, he never stops to say “Yum!”

Nutrience Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Wyatt is a fast eater!

So how do you know if you’ve picked a winning food? It’s all about what’s on the outside. Ask yourself:

  • Is her stamina better?
  • Does his fur shine?
  • What do her ears smell like?
  • Are his eyes bright?
  • What about your dog’s poops? Are they “bouncy” and firm?

Tripawds Are Unstoppable!

What goes into your dog or cat’s body is always reflected on what you see on the outside. Based on how Wyatt looked after dining on a food called Nutrience, we can tell his body thrived on it.

We’d never heard of Nutrience before, but earlier this summer we decided to give it a go when we saw that nothing but good stuff fills every bag:

  • Fruits, vegetables and botanicals harvested at their peak are part of the recipe
  • Top of the line meat and fish proteins from world class Canadian and U.S. growers are the heart of each meal
  • Healthy fats, low-glycemic carbohydrates, DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids and nutritional supplements round out every bite.

Backed by a “No Bad Anything” promise, 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. Crafting nutritious, healthy food to our cats and dogs is their number one purpose and it shows in how well Wyatt did on their Grain Free Recipe for Adult Dogs and Cats

As far as quality and reputation goes, Nutrience ranks with the very best. Check out the Nutrience Comparison Chart to see how it compares with other premium pet food or your current brand, then shop for it online in the Nutrience Amazon Store.

Good Food, Great Times on Three Legs

All summer long, Wyatt was unstoppable and his activity never slowed down. As his pawrents we had to remain vigilant about not letting him overdo things to the point of exhaustion, which is hard to do when your pup is so full of energy!

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But in the end, we know that along with a little tough love, all that daily exercise fueled by good food like Nutrience will make sure he’s part of our pack for a long, long time.

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Make a PowerFood Transition in Four Easy #PawNatural Steps

October 1st, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 3 Comments

Whether your dog or cat has cancer and you want to try a holistic anti-cancer diet, or your new Tripawd needs to lose weight on a low-calorie food, rotating to a new pet food diet must be done with care. Food changes often wreak havoc with sensitive pet stomachs but did you know there’s a way to avoid unpleasant side effects? Keep reading to find out how Wyatt made a recent switch to Canine PowerFood!

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

Here’s how to make a pet food switch in four easy steps:

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  1. Mix 25 percent of the new food with 75 percent of the old food. Feed this combo for about three days.
  2. Modify the mix so it’s 50 percent new food to 50 percent old food. Feed this combo for another three days.
  3. Increase the new food so it becomes 75 percent of your pet’s meal, add in 25 percent of the old. Feed this mix for three more days.
  4. Enjoy the new food on day 10, your pet should be ready to eat 100 percent of the new food.

If loose stools occur during the switch, go slower for a few days by adding smaller increments of the new food.

Recently we made a pet food transition with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, when he had the chance to sample Canine PowerFood, a new holistic dog food developed by Only Natural Pet, one of our favorite natural product pet companies.

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We’ve been big fans of Only Natural Pet for a long time, starting back when Spirit Jerry was battling cancer. As a leading advocate and retailer of holistic pet products, we know that ONP’s founder Marty Grosjean is deeply committed to walking the talk – his Tripawd rescue dog Crinkles is the whole reason why the company began!

“Only Natural Pet was founded when I realized that while I was thriving on a healthy, natural lifestyle, my dog was struggling on conventional pet foods and treatments,” explains Marty. “I started feeding my dog a natural, healthy diet that also included natural supplements and saw great strides in her health.”

Only Natural Pet’s Tripawd, Crinkles

Knowing how much Crinkles’ healthy Tripawd lifestyle means to the Marty and the company, we knew this Made-In-America natural dog food had to be great – and it is! Here’s why:

Canine PowerFood™ and Feline PowerPâté™ Honor Pets’ Natural Needs

Only Natural Pet worked with Dr. Jean Hofve, a renowned holistic vet, to create a food that combines a holistic understanding of your pet’s ancestral diet with science based nutrition to create the most complete, balanced, bioavailable dry pet food ever.

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“If we are honoring what your pets natural needs are you’re going to see big improvements..they’re going to be less prone to chronic disease and they’re going to live longer, healthier lives,” says Hofve.

Holistic Benefits of Canine PowerFood™

  • Grain free: no wheat, corn, soy, oats or grains
  • The first three ingredients are meat (or fish)
  • Made with low glycemic carbohydrates like garbanzo beans, peas and lentils (from Wisconsin and Minnesota farms!), which are great for long lasting energy without spiking blood sugar.
  • Every kibble is infused with the ONP PowerBoost™ blend; a raw, freeze-dried combo with powerful superfoods like green lipped mussels, sea cucumber, pumpkin, probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Only Natural Pet’s PowerBoost Blend is in Every Bite

The new allergy-friendly Canine PowerFood and Feline PowerPâté™ will be available on October 6. Dogs can choose from three recipes sold in 4.5-pound and 22.5-pound bags.

Poultry Feast
Just Fish Feast
Red Meat Feast

Cats can also choose from three revolutionary recipes, all of which come in a BPA-free can and are made in small batches at a micro-cannery in the USA with 100% human grade, grain-free and gluten-free ingredients including fresh meat, fruits and vegetables and a homemade broth. The Feline PowerPâté will be offered in individual 5.5 oz cans and in cases of 24.

Chicken Dinner
Turkey Dinner
Seafood Dinner

Wyatt Makes the #PawNatural Transition

Wyatt sensed our enthusiasm to switch to Only Natural Pet’s new food. And perhaps we were a little too excited, because although we followed the food rotation guidelines and Wyatt gobbled up the Just Fish Feast PowerFood recipe without hesitation, his notoriously hyper-sensitive German Shepherd belly did a somersault and told us to go a little slower. Poor Wyatt!

After scaling back the kibble, adding boiled white rice and edible green clay to alleviate his upset belly, Wyatt’s GI system gradually calmed down and he was able to enjoy the full benefits of Only Natural pet’s pawesome biologically appropriate dry dog food.

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Test PowerFood, Make the Switch

If you’re ready to rotate your pet’s food and transition to this limited ingredient diet, Canine PowerFood and Feline PowerPâté™ can be purchased at OnlyNaturalPet.com. Buy yours before the official October 6 release and you can enjoy big savings off every size!

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Tripawd Diet Tips to #GetHealthyHappy

September 17th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · No Comments

Do you know the best dog and cat foods for Tripawds?

If you don’t know, you’re in good company; because we don’t either! Seriously, we wish it were that easy but there is no one “best dog food” or “best cat food” because good nutrition for dogs and cats means something different for everyone.

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Nutritional needs differ even more if your pet has a health condition like cancer, arthritis or allergies. Instead of looking for that one great food, begin your search for a quality diet by assessing your pet’s unique health profile.

Ask: Is my Tripawd a Healthy Weight?

Staying slim is critical for Tripawds, who must have a lower than normal body weight for optimum joint health. Help your Tripawd stay slim by using weight management strategies like:

  • Tripawd Conditioning and Exercise Games
  • Walking your dog or heading outside when begging happens
  • Feeding small meals frequently
  • Measuring food instead of eyeballing it
  • Cutting back on treats (try making your own!)
  • Using fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks
  • Not leaving food out while you’re away.

If you suspect your Tripawd is overweight, check out these signs of overweight dogs and cats. If your pet has some pounds to lose, remember; your Tripawd is counting on YOU to do it.

Wyatt visits the vet

Your vet can compute your pet’s obesity risk with tools like the new Healthy Weight Protocol app, created by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and veterinary nutritionists at the University of Tennessee. This app will tell you exactly how much weight your pet needs to lose if she or he is overweight and even the amount of food to feed at mealtime.

Consider: Foods to Manage Your Tripawd’s Condition

Visit your vet’s office or walk down the pet food aisle and you’ll find a variety of specially formulated, balanced, healthy commercial pet foods that make it easier to manage and decrease the effects of certain health conditions, such as cancer, kidney disease or joint conditions.

  • Life stage foods” help manage disease because they are especially designed to meet the nutritional needs of pets with these conditions
  • These foods increase certain ingredients and decrease others to manage health conditions.
  • Pets can eat life stage foods indefinitely but make the switch gradually over the course of a week.

Make:  The Switch to a New Food

If you’re concerned about upsetting your dog or cat’s gastrointestinal system by changing pet food, you should be! Moving too quickly can cause upset stomach, especially if your pet has been eating the same food for a long time. These food transition tips can make it easier:

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When it comes to Eating Healthy, remember that the only right answer is the one that works for your pet’s unique needs. Cheap pet food has nutrient excesses and deficiencies that can lead to health problems so don’t base your decision solely on price or you’ll pay higher vet bills later.

Talk to other Tripawd Pawrents in our Eating Healthy Forum then work with your vet to #GetHealthyHappy and find a food you can trust (don’t forget, you can win a $100 towards your next vet check up from Hill’s Science Diet!).

#GetHealthyHappy and Save

To help start your Tripawd on an appropriate, high quality life stage diet, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is offering a $10 off promotion on select Hill’s Science Diet products, including Grain Free Adult Dog Food and Grain Free Adult Cat Food. Visit http://blogp.ws/1w2TSJJ to get your rebate today!

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Recommended Reading

PetMD: How Can You Tell Your Pet is Overweight?
Tripawds Nutrition Blog: Staying Slim Makes for Hoppy Tripawds

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight Food. Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

 

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Homemade Dehydrated Green Beans Make Great Treats for Dogs

September 11th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · No Comments

Green beans are healthy, low-cal treats to help your dog lose weight. But fresh beans can be messy to keep in your pocket as a snack! To solve that dilemma, you can make homemade dehydrated green bean treats at home. They’re crunchy and delicious!

Molly’s Mom made some dehydrated green beans at home, and she tells how she did it in this fun video:

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Recommended Reading:

How to Make Paw Lickin’ Good, Home Made Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

 

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Nourish for Active, Healthy Living with #NutriencePets

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

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 · 3 Comments

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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