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Truman Tripawd Inspires TruDog Raw Food Nutrition for Dogs

April 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Diet

If your heart’s been broken by pet cancer, you understand the guilt that hits you like a ton of bricks. Fighting through tears we ask ourselves: Could pet food be the cause?

Tripawd Truman inspired TruDog Raw Food

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Lori R. Taylor gets it. Her Great Dane Truman lost a leg to bone cancer in 2002. Scared and alone, she made the brave decision to amputate Truman’s leg to save his life. He did well on three, but sadly, seven months later the cancer got to be too much and her giant pup was released from his broken body. And that’s when Lori became determined to help others avoid the same fate.

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We love sharing news about the best pet nutrition on store shelves. That’s why this post is sponsored by TruDog®. We are being compensated for helping to create awareness around TruDog’s exceptional raw food and supplements but we only share information we feel is relevant to you. TruDog is not responsible for the content of this article.

Truman’s Legacy: Better Nutrition for Dogs

“He changed my life and that’s why I vowed to make it my life’s work to reach out to as many people as I could possibly help,” says Lori in the video posted below. Her gut feeling told her that Truman’s commercial kibble diet may have played a role in his cancer.

“I really thought what I was feeding Truman was a great brand of dog food. Yet I realize now I had no idea what he was really eating. In the end I believe Truman paid the ultimate price for my lack of knowledge.”

Lori learned all she could about pet food ingredients – and how to make it better for all of her beloved animals. Like many of us she became convinced of the power of raw diets for animals. And like those of us who have tried homemade raw food nutrition for dogs, we quickly learn that it’s time consuming and consumes valuable freezer space.

Lucky for us: one day Lori discovered that raw meat could be freeze dried into pellets at a facility near her house. That’s when TruDog raw food nutrition for dogs was born.

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Meet TruDog, Mother Nature’s Best Raw Food Nutrition for Dogs

  • 100% American sourced and produced meat
  • Freeze-dried mix of raw vital organs, muscle meat, blood and bone.
  • From farm to table in less than 72 hours.
  • No fillers, veggies or artificial preservatives
  • No rendered or “meal” products
  • Just add water!

Wyatt Ray goes wild over TruDog

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The other day, Wyatt Ray was very excited to see what we put in his bowl. He might not be able to read the ingredients in TruDog, but he could taste the goodness coming from the food that TruDog sent to him. We had to snap these photos fast before he gobbled up his dinner.

Wyatt doesn’t know that his new meals hold a powerful tool that can alleviate his springtime allergies. Poor dog: he’s been scratching like crazy now that new grasses and tree leaves are in bloom. He’s on daily doses of Benadryl but even that’s not helping. Thankfully TruDog came to the rescue!

Raw food nutrition for dogs, without taking up your freezer space!

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  • No fillers to maintain a healthy weight
  • Pure nutrition to boost your dog’s energy level
  • Alleviates itchy, flaky skin
  • Helps fur shine and reduces shedding too!

It’s so cool knowing exactly what’s in Wyatt’s bowl. We also love how easy it is to make his new raw food. The best part? Wyatt had no problems making the transition. He gobbled it up and the minimal result that came out the other end was bouncy and firm like it should be for a dog on a raw diet. We’re feeding him 100% raw with TruDog for the next few weeks. We’ll let you know it helps ease his allergies.

TruDog Food and Supplements are Irresistible!

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Check out all of TruDog’s powerful raw food nutrition for dogs products, supplements and health aids. Holistic-made with the power of nature’s best nutrition for dogs.

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Pet Dental Treats Approval Seal Shows Which Products Are Best

April 14th, 2016 · No Comments · treats

Did you know that all pet dental treats aren’t created alike? Like all pet products, some are better than others. A new pet dental treats approval seal from the Veterinary Oral Health Council tells us which pet dental treats make the grade.

Do your pet’s dental treats have this seal of approval?

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Look for this pets dental treats approval seal.

The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) is an organization that recognizes great pet dental treat products that deliver on their promise to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) in dogs and cats’ mouths.

According to our friend The Preventive Vet, “the VOHC is an organization within the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) — the organization that oversees and certifies the dental specialists within the veterinary field. The VOHC have created the standardized scientific protocols that companies must follow while conducting the plaque and/or tartar controlling studies on their products if they wish to obtain a “VOHC Seal of Approval” to substantiate their dental benefit claims.”


Compliance is voluntary but clearly the companies who participate are the ones that stand behind their products. The VOHC’s list of pet dental treat products that make the grade include:

Virbac CET® VeggieDent® Chews for Dogs

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats for Cats Oven

Minties Dental Treats for All Dogs

Purina DentaLife Dental Cat Treats

The list of pet dental treats backed by the VOHC is quite short when compared to the number of treats on pet supply store shelves. We hope that as more of us vote for great products with our wallets, pet dental treat suppliers will notice and produce products that give our pets the cleanest, healthiest mouths possible.

Don’t Forget About Tooth Brushing

Great pet oral health isn’t just about daily dental treats. Remember, these treats have calories! Use care to ensure your Tripawd doesn’t gain weight from your efforts to clean his or her teeth. Try daily tooth brushing for a fat-free way to better oral health.

Commit to brushing your pet’s teeth at least every other night. Pet dental health vets tell us that anything less is considered ineffective and wasted effort. Remember: it only takes 60 seconds a day to reap the rewards of this healthy habit. For example, we’ve saved thousands of dollars because we brush Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray’s teeth every night. Every year at his annual physical exam since he was eight months old, vets have happily told us that he can go another year without a professional dental cleaning.

Here’s a fun article we wrote for the Guild of Shepherds and Collies, called “Give Your Dog Clean Teeth for Life in Sixty Seconds a Day.” See how we brush Wyatt Ray’s teeth — it’s a riot! As you can see, he’s pretty good at tolerating our daily routine.

Check out the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s list of Pet Dental Treats that have been awarded the VOHC Seal of Approval!


Merrick Goes Potato-Free for #BestDogEver: Enter to Win Classic Refreshed!!

March 15th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Diet

For many dogs, a grain-free, low-carb, high protein diet and home cooking is considered the gold standard. But some dogs’ sensitive bellies just can’t handle rich, high protein meals. And bulking up home cooked food by adding grains is defeating the purpose of going grain free. Yikes! The good news is that workarounds exist for your #BestDogEver. One of the best we’ve just discovered is Merrick’s new Classic “Refreshed” dry recipes.

Today you can enter to win Merrick Classic!

#BestDogEver Merrick Classic

Read on to learn why Merrick Classic Refreshed can help you feel confident about a giving your dog a high quality pre-made commercial diet, no matter what health situations you’re dealing with. You can even enter to win a bag to find out for yourself!

This post is sponsored by Merrick Pet Care and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network. I am being compensated for helping create awareness around the Merrick Classic Refresh, we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Merrick Pet Care is not responsible for the content of this article.

Why Merrick Classic?

Merrick’s new Classic Refreshed recipes caught our eye for two reasons.

  1. Our #BestDogEver, Wyatt Ray, has always done well on Merrick grain free recipes.
  2. Merrick has refreshed their Classic line by adding even better ingredients, like quinoa and chia.

#BestDogEver Merrick Classic

We became advocates for a grain-free dog diet when Tripawds Founder Jerry was fighting cancer. That’s when we learned that since cancer cells feeds on carbs and sugary starches, feeding grain-free could eliminate those cancer-friendly carbs from his diet.

Years later Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray reaped the benefits of a grain-free diet even though he doesn’t have cancer. Unfortunately we just learned that while a grain-free food can technically give him the benefits of a high protein diet, it won’t necessarily keep cancer away because most grain-free food is made with potato starch, which has an astronomical glycemic load, according to Harvard Medical Review.

Most pet food manufacturers make grain-free kibble by adding potatoes as a binding agent to create the nuggets.

Merrick Classic Refreshed Has Quinoa, Not Potatoes

No Potatoes in Dog Food

Merrick’s standard recipe is now potato free. Every bowl has all the benefits of a high protein diet, without the drawbacks of potato starch.

Kudos to Merrick for Tossing Out the Potatoes!

No Potatoes in Dog Food

What’s So Great About Quinoa?

Instead of potatoes, Merrick Classic now has quinoa. This a superfood is packed with health benefits and has one of the lowest glycemic loads in existence. Even better: quinoa is not a grain, it’s technically a seed.

Whether human or canine, Mother Nature News says that consuming just one cup of this superfood is beneficial because it has:

  • A glycemic load (blood sugar spike) of only 18 out of 250
  • 20 percent of recommended daily fiber intake
  • All eight essential amino acids
  • Contains no gluten or wheat

Merrick Classic Refreshed Also Has Chia


All kidding aside, chia seeds are so beneficial no matter what your species. Chia is known for an abundance of healthy properties that according to the vet experts at include many:

  • Anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties (key to fighting off cancer cell replication)
  • Valuable amino acids, antioxidants, fiber, and flavonoids, along with nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and niacin.

Wyatt Puts Merrick Classic Refreshed to the Test

Wyatt has eaten Merrick on a regular basis for years. Why? Because Merrick foods are always made with premium ingredients.

  • #1 ingredient is real deboned meat
  • Locally sourced ingredients
  • Made in Merrick’s own American kitchen with nothing from China.

Plus, the company has a huge heart and Merrick is always donating to great causes. It’s a win-win for everypawdy!

Merrick Classic is a Superfood!

#BestDogEver Merrick Classic

With low-glycemic binders and healthy fiber like green peas, Merrick Classic Refreshed is ideal choice for Wyatt. With his sensitive belly and predictable allergic reactions to cheap fillers and low-quality proteins, the Classic Refreshed line is a perfect way to rotate his food and add variety.

#BestDogEver Merrick Classic

Check out the ingredients for the Classic Real Lamb with Ancient Grains recipe Wyatt woofed down:

#BestDogEver Classic Lamb ingredients

Merrick Classic Refreshed is another winner from a great company. Give it a try and feel good your pup is getting a superior commercial kibble diet made with the best quality ingredients available.

Win Merrick Classic for Your #BestDogEver!

Think your #BestDogEver would like to try new & improved Merrick Classic recipes? Merrick is giving away 50 bags to 50 lucky dogs on their Facebook page – click here to sign up for a chance to win:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Merrick. The opinions and text are all mine.


A Bone Broth Turmeric Treat for Happy Tummies

February 29th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Supplements

Have you ever given your Tripawd a warm soup broth, but worried it had too much sodium? We did too. So when we heard about Honest Kitchen’s new Bone Broth Treat for Cats and Dogs, we couldn’t wait for Tripawds Spokespup Wyatt to try it! After all, what could be better than a warm, tasty broth with the powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of Turmeric, and zero sodium?!

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Honest Kitchen is sponsoring today’s post because we are both committed to sharing the stories of pets who thrive with the best foods and supplements available. Honest Kitchen is not responsible for the content in this article.

We also want everyone to know about this yummy Bone Broth Treat because it’s great for those times when your dog or cat won’t eat. Whether it’s because of pain medication side-effects from a surgery or chemotherapy, a good broth can often perk up appetites.

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Human broths are loaded with sodium, which our pets don’t need. Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth Treat is sodium-free with nothing but goodness:

  • Dehydrated beef broth, beef, pumpkin and parsley
  • Contains chondroitin sulfate and the power of Turmeric!
  • 95% curcuminoids, the active compound in turmeric that’s been studied for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Just 59 power-packed calories per serving in one cup of broth!

The Power of Turmeric in a Broth

Honest Kitchen made this treat with Turmeric because this warm spice contains Curcuminoids, a powerful ally in boosting immune systems. As we discussed in this previous Tripawds Nutrition Blog Post, researchers at institutions like Ohio State University have discovered that curcumin:

  • causes cell-death (apoptosis) in several human cancer lines
  • slows angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels which supply food to cancer tumors)
  • decreases the COX-2 enzyme, which is associated with inflammation (which is linked to cancer)
  • enhances the cytoxicity of chemotherapy drugs such as cisplatin, gemcitabine and capecitabine)

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You’ll even find Turmeric in Dr. Dressler’s Apocaps immune boosting supplement. However if your Tripawd is going through chemotherapy, you might want to hold off on giving Turmeric, which can affect so many different processes in the body, that researchers recommend avoiding it during chemotherapy because they just don’t know if it will negate the effects of treatment.

Bone Broth Warms Wyatt’s Belly

It’s been a bit cold out here in the desert, making it the perfect time to warm up Wyatt Ray’s breakfast. We whipped up a batch, poured it over his kibble and he ate it so fast we couldn’t even get a good photo!

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Whether your pet needs an appetite boost or you just want a great, natural way to boost your or cat’s immune system, Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth treat is the way to go.

  • Pour it over a meal.
  • Serve in a bowl.
  • Hot or cold, it’s nutritious and healthy!

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What’s the Best Nutrition for Tripawds?

February 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Diet

If you’re a Tripawds member, chances are that you care a lot about the best nutrition for Tripawd cats and dogs. Whether you’ve been awakened to better pet nutrition because of a cancer diagnosis, or you just want to do the best you can for your three-legged hero, your pet is on the way to better health.

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Sometimes it seems that you need a rocket scientist to help you pinpoint the best foods for cats and dogs. Gone are the days when we just grabbed a bag of supermarket pet food and called it done, now there’s so much more to think about. But where does one begin? Here’s how we start our own research for Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray.

Canine Nutrition Resources

As part of our mission to this community we’re always on the lookout for healthy pet food. Sponsored posts help cover the costs of keeping Tripawds online, so Wyatt samples many different kinds of new kibble, canned and dog health supplements. But before we agree to write about any foods we visit The Dog Food Advisor’s website to learn more.

Dog Food Advisor

The Dog Food Advisor was founded by Mike Sagman, whose dog Penny died in 2007 as a direct result of tainted dog food. With a background in chemistry, human dental medicine and a passion for canine nutrition, Sagman and his staff have researched, reviewed and rated more than 4,563 dog food products without taking a single dollar from a pet food company. He explains:

“We know who actually makes each dog food, the company’s recall history and safety practices.

We know how to read labels and correctly interpret the nutritional content. We also know how to find out where the ingredients come from, which additives are safe and which ones are toxic.”

Here at Tripawds we don’t have the knowledge about dog food that Sagman and his team do, so we rely on them to guide us in what foods we present to you. To ensure the foods you see here are accommodating to all household budgets, we cover both five and four star rated foods, but never anything less.

Learn more about the Dog Food Advisor in our 2011 interview with Sagman on Tripawd Talk Radio.

Another resource we turn to is The Whole Dog Journal.

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Like The Dog Food Advisor, the editorial team at this long-standing reputable publication has never taken a cent from pet food companies, supplements makers or others with an interest in receiving positive reviews. Not only is The Whole Dog Journal our bible for choosing a healthy canine lifestyle for Wyatt, but is also has fantastic, holistic-minded tips about training and behavior too.

When you combine these two fantastic resources, you can never make a bad decision about your own dog’s health needs.

Feline Nutrition Resources

We are not cat parents nor feline nutrition experts, but our theory is that if a dog food manufacturer creates high quality dog food, odds are that their cat food is just as great. Cats are a relatively new leg of the Tripawds Nation and we have a long way to go when it comes to knowing about the best food and nutrition for them. As a result, we look to experts like:

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Founded by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM, is a guide to optimal feline nutrition. You’ll learn about topics like:

Natural Cat Care Blog

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With their motto of “Never Say Just a Cat,” the founder of Natural Cat Care, Liz Eastwood, serves up one of the best cat blogs on the web covering:

What’s Your Go-To Pet Nutrition Resource?

We all learn here by sharing ideas and resources with one another. We would love to know:

What cat and dog nutrition resources you turn to before making a decision about what to feed your pets?

Share in the comments below or hop over to the Tripawds Eating Healthy Discussion Forum to share!