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Do Cats Need Joint Supplements?

March 16th, 2015 by jerry in Supplements · No Comments

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

Three legged cat Smore

Smore the Three-Legged Cat

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

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

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

Sebastian’s Mom said:

Sebastian, Cat Tripawd

Sebastian Tripawd

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

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

Cancer Fighting Kitty Jill’s Mom added:

Osteosarcoma cat Tripawd Jill

Jill the Cancer-Fighting Tripawd Kitty

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

TriKitty Vinny takes two supplements, says his human:

Tripawd cat Vinny

Prince Vince the TriKitty

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

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

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

Recommended TriCat Reading

Fang’s Story: Pain Management – Dealing with Vets

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Artemisinin FAQs for Dog and Cat Cancer

March 2nd, 2015 by jerry in Supplements · No Comments

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Through the years the herbal treatment Artemisinin has been discussed in our community (see “What’s All this Talk About Artemisinin“), but not often. Most oncologists and vets don’t have enough familiarity with this holistic treatment to recommend it to their patients, but one vet who does is Dr. Lena McCullough of A Path With Paws.


Dr. Lena McCUllough and Lucy

We love Dr. McCullough’s approaches to fighting pet cancer with herbs and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as acupuncture. Her website, A Path With Paws, is a renowned resource about holistic care for dogs and cats with a focus on cancer care. We’ve been honored to have her as guest on this Tripawd Talk Radio episode.

Recently we discovered some pawtastic information that Dr. McCullough wrote about using Artemisinin to fight dog and cat cancer:

Artemisinin is the second most common herbal I use to fight cancer in animals and it is extremely safe in almost all cases. — Dr. Lena McCullough

In her blog post, “Artemisinin — When Cancer Cells Kill Themselves,” she shares the facts about using Artemisinin for pet cancer care. For example, she says that Artemisinin:

  • can be used for both dog and cat cancer
  • works best against bone cancers, squamous cell carcinoma, fibrosarcoma and lymphoma.
  • has no side effects that she’s seen, other than clearing up bad breath in animals
  • works best if there is a break from it every two weeks

Keep in mind that Artemisinin cannot be used in animals undergoing radiation therapy. ” If your animal is undergoing radiation you must wait a month after the last treatment of radiation to use this,” she warns.

As a holistic veterinarian who uses Artemisinin in her daily practice, Dr. McCullough sure knows her stuff when it comes to this herbal therapy. To learn more about how Artemisinin works, what dosages to give dogs and cats (it varies by weight) and other interesting inormation, hop on over to the artesminin article at A Path With Paws and let Dr. McCullough know that Tripawds sent you.

Recommended Reading

Tripawds Nutrition Blog: What’s All this Talk About Artemisinin?
Tripawds Downloads Blog: Ancient Chinese Herb Cures Cancer?
Tripawds Amazon Blog: Practical Information About Artemisinin for Dog Cancer


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Clyde’s Two Year Survival Tale and Holistic Osteosarcoma Treatment Protocol

February 16th, 2015 by jerry in Supplements · No Comments

Have you read about Clyde’s amazing canine osteosarcoma survival story?

We are 2 years and 3 months post op with No chemo at all  . . .
I am happy to say with the right diet, a positive outlook,
and three loving humans; Clyde has not only survived but also thrived.

With a holistic approach to his cancer therapy regimen, this eight year old, Great Dane/Bloodhound/Shepard Mix Tripawd is beating the odds and loving every minute! His pawrents have been kind enough to explain the details Clyde’s holistic osteosarcoma fight. This is how they do it:

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Wild Boy Meets #TheArtofNutrition

February 10th, 2015 by jerry in Diet · Manufacturers · 3 Comments

What do you see when you look into the eyes of your dog? When we look into Wyatt’s eyes, we see pure wild child.

Wild Boy Wyatt Ray Dawg

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

Every day he lives up to his nickname “Wild Boy Wyatt.” From chasing rabbits in the Rockies to urban squirrel hunts, Wyatt heeds his prey-driven instincts. He knows his calling.

Wild Boy’s Crazy Eyes

Our calling is to fuel his active body with healthy, grain-free foods and high quality proteins that won’t irritate his belly. Of course cost is a concern, so we’re constantly seeking affordable dog foods that work for our budget. It’s a constant challenge to simultaneously meet his needs and ours.

As you know, there’s a lot of great dog foods available. Some stand out more than others and that’s why we’re taking this opportunity to share a new high quality dog and cat food we’ve just discovered: Wild Calling!®

Wild Calling!

Wild Boy’s Wild Calling

Made in Northern Colorado — just a few miles from Wyatt’s retreat we call Jerry’s Acres — Wild Calling! is more than a new dog food with gorgeous packaging. It’s a passion of the Petersens, a local family who lives to make a pawsitive impact on the health of our dogs. Here’s their mission:

We make a heck of a good product. That’s why you buy it, right? Not because of the packaging, which we know is real pretty. But because of the meat-rich diet, the fruits, the Omega 3 & 6 and the fact that we’re 100% grain-free. A convergence of dietary science and natural food found in the wild is what makes Wild Calling unique. We call it the Art of Nutrition.


What’s really interesting about Wild Calling! is its low glycemic foundation called “GlycoEdge.” It gives pets longer, sustained energy throughout the day instead of getting it in one punch after eating. Wild Calling’s GlycoEdge formula includes Tapioca (quick release), Sweet Potatoes (moderate release) and Lentils (slow release) in every recipe to help limit glucose and insulin spikes.

Other noteworthy features of Wild Calling! include:

  • No grains, chicken, gluten, corn, wheat or soy
  • Several different recipes let you rotate your pet’s diet with multiple meat sources
  • OR you also have the option of limited diet recipes with just one meat source
  • Every recipe includes novel proteins like elk or rabbit as the main meat source
  • USA-grown meats, poultry and fish with NO hormones or antibiotics
  • Contains optimal amino acids for healthy muscle growth and more energy
  • This food is 88% digestible, which means less poop patrol for you!
  • All batches are inspected by a neutral, 3rd party lab

We both know that lots of pet food companies claim they have the secret to perfect dog and cat health. In the coming weeks we’re going to give Wild Calling! a try to see if this food lives up to the promise of ideal nutrition for Wyatt. Watch for a full review.

Discover Wild Calling

Want to learn more about this new premium diet? Check out this Wild Calling! brochure for tons of details. You’ll even find out how much it costs to feed it to your dog or cat every day.

Visit the Wild Calling Store Locator to find it near you. Let us know what you think!

Are you on Twitter? Join us for a live chat with the Wild Calling family
on March 10, 8 – 10 pm Eastern. Follow the hashtag #BlogPawsChat to participate.

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Why You Should Care About #DogDentalHealth

February 2nd, 2015 by jerry in Manufacturers · Supplements · 17 Comments

Remember when we used to think that stinky dog breath was just part of being a dog? Thankfully, word’s getting out that good dental health isn’t just for humans – our dogs and cats depend on us to help them keep them free of dental disease too!


Let’s talk #DogDentalHealth.

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

It’s National Pet Dental Health Month, and today our mission is to show everypawdy that it’s not only easy to take good care of our pet’s mouths, but it saves money too. It all starts with getting into the habit of regular oral care for our pets. Here are the two ways that we do it:

Step One: Brush, Brush, Brush

When Wyatt Ray came into our life, we vowed to take good care of his teeth. Since his sensitive belly can’t tolerate raw meaty bones to help keep his mouth clean, he gets (almost) regular tooth brushing sessions. It’s not hard to brush choppers in a big mouth like his and he thinks licking his chicken-flavored toothpaste is fun. Because we do it pretty regularly, he tolerates our tooth brushing sessions quite well.


Wyatt’s tooth brushing routine

Pet dentists try hard to get the word out about good dental health for our pets, but it seems like many of us aren’t listening. The fact is, by the time the average pet is three years old, over 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will show signs of dental disease. This is so sad because pet dental disease is a very preventable condition.

By not paying attention to our pet’s mouths, we’re putting them at risk of conditions like heart, kidney and liver damage – not to mention the pain associated with cavities and gum disease!

When it comes to our pack, sometimes we’re really good about brushing Wyatt’s teeth every day, and other times, well, life gets in the way. That’s when it’s so easy for us to turn to Step Two of our dog dental health routine: dental treats to help maintain that clean mouth of his.


Wyatt loves lazy days the best.

Step Two: Tasty Dental Treats

Wyatt doesn’t care if we skip our tooth brushing routine but he sure gets excited when we go shopping at PetSmart® for dental treats. You’ll find a ton of dental treats for cats and dogs in the treats aisle at PetSmart, but our favorite ones we discovered for Wyatt are BLUE® Bones.

These tasty little mouth cleaners are nothing but tasty, good stuff for dogs’ teeth and gums. They’re also healthy:

  • NO: chicken or poultry by product meals
  • NO corn, wheat, soy, grains or glutens
  • The only dental treat with joint, hart and immune system health supplements

Time for a PetSmart visit!

We’ll be honest; dental treats aren’t cheap, but every month we budget for them because we know treats like BLUE Bones are an investment in Wyatt’s overall health that pays off – our six year old Tripawd has never needed a professional cleaning by the pet dentist! Every year at his annual wellness exam, his vet is pleased with his mouth health and says we can skip the cleaning – as long as we keep up his dental care routine. We’re happy to do that, because between the tooth brushing and the dental treats, we are saving about $1000 just in teeth cleaning costs!


We like BLUE Bones dental treats.

It’s never too late to start taking good care of your pet’s mouth. Start with these easy dog dental health tips from Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a veterinary dental specialist and you’ll have a dog with pearly whites and fresh breath that makes doggie kisses even sweeter!

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Dog Cancer Supplement Protocol from HydePod

January 29th, 2015 by jerry in Supplements · 1 Comment

Tripawd Heroes are the source of many inspawrational ways to cope with cancer. Take for instance, Hyde. He was diagnosed with canine osteosarcoma last March. When vets gave his people the bad news, they didn’t take it lying down, they fought as hard as they could with holistic care.

K9 Cancer hero Hyde

One of the ways they did it was by consulting with holistic veterinarians at Natural Pet Animal Hospital and Apawthocary (owned by world-famous holistic vet Dr. Karen Becker). They prescribed a special anti-cancer diet for Hyde, which included these supplements, as shared by Hyde’s people in his blog, Hyde Pod’s Story. Hyde is an angel now, but his cancer fighting story lives on. We hope these supplements his people tried will inspire you to keep fighting this disease.

“Supplements: She gave us 5 new supplements to support him. He takes these 2x per day (AM/PM) with meals.

Vital Immune Probiotic – boosts immune system and digestion. (Important not to take if on antibiotic)

Hoxsey with Boneset Herbal Formula – Specifically helps to fight Osteosarcoma

Si Miao San – A chinese herbal formula to help digestion and supports anti-cancer activity.

Mushroom Complex Powder- contains 8 species of medicinal mushrooms to boost his immune system/anti-cancer activity

Cellular Max Forte – supports body’s “killer cells” that fight cancer.

Prior to our visit we had supplements we were taking. She suggested to continue taking these, also 2x per day. (AM/PM)

VItamin E: Omega 3’s + Joint Support

Krill Oil: Omega 3’s + Joint Support

Fish Oil: Omega 3’s + Joint Support

Cosequin DS: Joint Support

CTR Support (Physiologics- antioxidant protection for joints) also has anticancer supplement (turmeric) inside.

Ligaplex II: Joint Support.

Hyde, Forever A Warrior in Our Hearts

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Get Your Pet to Eat with Hand Feeding Honest Kitchen Recipes

January 15th, 2015 by jerry in Diet · No Comments

When nursing a dog or cat back to health, hand feeding is a great way to get the appetite juices flowing. Although you want to be careful that you don’t baby your pet too much, there’s nothing wrong with using your hands to get your pet to eat when they haven’t chowed down for a day or two.

Please eat something, Wyatt.

Recently when Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray was recovering from a stomach blockage surgery, he had no appetite while his Fentanyl pain patch was still active. As a dog who will devour anything (after all, that’s why he had a stomach blockage!), it scared us when he turned away from food.

Wyatt isn’t hungry. What?!

He had already dropped a few pounds on his svelte 75-lb frame, which made him appear malnourished and weak.

To get him eating, first we made a warm batch of Honest Kitchen’s Winter Warmers Broth, then tried to whet his whistle for liquids.

Getting better with Honest Kitchen broths.

Next, we mixed a bit of Halcyon, Honest Kitchen’s new duck recipe, with Wyatt’s regular kibble, and crossed our fingers he would eat a few bites.

Wyatt starts to eat food again.

Maybe it was hand feeding him with our own bowls and plates, but more than likely it was because the taste of warm, yummy Honest Kitchen was too good to pass up, even for a dog on pain killers. Any Honest Kitchen’s food is definitely a winning combination for a recovering patient!

Honest Kitchen Halycon Duck Recipe Dehydrated Dog Food

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A Tripawd New Year’s Feast

December 29th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 3 Comments

Are you pawtying extra hard on this New Year’s Eve to celebrate your three-legged victory?


Poor Wyatt is staying home to recover.

If so, Tripawd Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray, wants to wish you a very hoppy new year and he has one small request: please eat extra doggie friendly cake on his behalf, since he can’t pawty because he’s recovering from his stomach blockage surgery. For some great doggy cakes you can make at home to celebrate your very special Tripawd journey, we hope you’ll enjoy these easy and tasty recipes.

Rachael Ray’s Bacon and Beef Doggy Birthday Cake Recipe

Who else can make a tasty doggy birthday cake other than the one and only Rachael Ray? Here’s how she celebrated her dog Isaboo’s 9th birthday, courtesy of PeoplePets.

• 5 slices bacon
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 pound ground pork
• 1 cup cooked barley
• 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
• ½ cup chopped parsley
• 1 egg
• Salt

For the frosting:
• 1 slice of roasted beet – from salad bar, or roasted yourself**
• Splash of water
• 8 ounces cream cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Place bacon onto a baking pan and cook for 12 minutes or until crispy. Remove and allow bacon to cool; once cool, crumble into tiny pieces.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients with half of the crumbled bacon. Form into a heart-shaped meat loaf and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. For the frosting, combine the beet and water in a food processor and purée; add the cream cheese and process until mixture is pink and smooth.
  5. Place frosting into a piping bag to personalize your message. Sprinkle the remaining bacon crumbles on top as you would sprinkles or jimmies.
  6. **To roast your own beets, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Remove the tops and the roots of the beets and peel each one with a vegetable peeler. Cut beets in quarters. Place the cut beets on a baking sheet and toss with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rachael Ray’s lucky dog Isaboo.

Angel Tahoe’s Grain-Free Peanut Butter Apple Blueberry Doggy Cake

This recipe from Angel Tahoe and his pack is based on Spirit Roxy’s special celebration cake, but with blueberries added.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 large doggy cake
Serving Size: Varied. Depends on dog’s size.


Angel Roxy’s Ampuversary Grain-Free Doggy Cake


  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 apple, finely chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  3. Grease a ramekin or a jumbo muffin tin. Fill with batter.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for a couple minutes, and then slide
the cake out of the baking container.
Cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before serving to your dog.
  6. You may frost with extra peanut butter, if desired.

In memory of Angel Tahoe, brave warrior.

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Winter Warmers Broths Help Dogs, Cats Feel Warm and Loved

December 15th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · No Comments

What’s warm, yummy and very good for any cat or dog’s belly? The new Honest Kitchen Winter Warmers Broths Kit, that’s what!

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Gravy

For a limited time only, the Honest Kitchen is making this warm, wintertime beverage treat for dogs everywhere. Perfect for chilly days, post-hike hydration, after playing in the snow, or any winter morning (or evening). Helps your pup or kitty feel warm, loved, hydrated and happy in the tummy!

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Gravy

The Honest Kitchen Winter Warmers Broths are also a sure way to get any pet eating. If your pet has a decreased appetite, these ingredients will definitely help perk up their taste buds:

Chicken Consommé = Dehydrated chicken, goat’s milk, chard & parsley
Beef & Bone Broth = Dehydrated beef, pumpkin, shiitake mushroom & chard
Turkey Stock = Dehydrated turkey, goat’s milk & parsley

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Gravy

Sold in a set of three flavors: Chicken Consommé, Beef & Bone & Turkey Stock, these Winter Warmers Broths make great gifts and stocking stuffers for cats and dogs.

And like every Honest Kitchen product, Winter Warmers Broths are made with a mix of human grade, dehydrated ingredients that you just blend with hot water right before serving.

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Gravy

Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray loved the broths when he tried them.

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Gravy

But to be certain that all dogs would enjoy them too, Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack recently gave Winter Warmers Broths a taste test. Here’s how it went:




Winter Warmers Broths have NO corn, wheat, soy or GMO ingredients.

*Please note: Substitutions cannot be made – kit is only sold as a set of three different broths.

Winter Warmers Set of Three – Chicken Consommé, Beef & Bone & Turkey Stock*
3 x 5.5oz jars (16.5oz total)

Hurry! These are only around for a limited time!
Get your Honest Kitchen Winter Warmers Broths Kit
before they’re all gone!

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Coping with a Mystery Illness in Our Pets

December 4th, 2014 by jerry in Member Posts · 1 Comment

Most Tripawd pawrents have dealt with a mysterious medical condition in their dog or cat that took several tries by veterinarians to properly diagnose, and sometimes not be able to diagnose at all. This experience is frustrating, expensive and makes us feel so helpless.

X-ray of Tripawd Dog with Cancer

A dear friend of the Tripawds community, Gina Snow, a holistic-minded licensed veterinary technician, has written a great post in her blog about this subject that we hope will bring you comfort if you’re going through it now. Since many of our pet’s medical conditions revolved around nutrition, we thought it was appropriate to spotlight Gina’s insight here.

With Gina’s permission, here’s her original post in her fabulous blog, Doggie Decipher. Be sure to subscribe to her blog and check out all of the posts she’s written for our community!

Doggie Decipher: Chasing the Diagnosis

Whenever a pet develops a health condition, it can vary from concerning to downright frightening. Often we immediately want an answer for the expressed symptoms that our pet is showing.  Those symptoms may present as pain, cough, lameness, lethargy, inappetience, fever, vomiting and so on.

One of the most frustrating things I see pet owners experience is the lack of a diagnosis or “name” to their pet’s condition.  Sometimes it may even feel like you are “chasing your tail” for answers. The lack of a quick answer and a timely fix may cause animosity and frustration towards the veterinarian.  I believe the blame is often unwarranted.

Let me give you an example.  Let’s say we bring our dog into our regular vet for a less than normal appetite.  Our regular vet runs blood work, does simple x-rays and a fecal and declares there is nothing obviously wrong.  He may try this or that medication over the next few weeks but our dog continues to wax and wane and now he’s now dropping weight.  More tests are run and maybe our veterinarian even recommends a referral for services he or she cannot offer.  We feel overwhelmed and upset.

We continue down the diagnosis road and don’t get any farther along.  The ultrasound was normal and the endoscope was a waste of time.  None of the medications seem to help and none of the tests run are giving any answers.

Suddenly to our surprise, the dog starts gaining his appetite again.  Maybe the neighbor had us try something that helped their dog once; a food, an herb, a supplement.  We don’t have an answer as to why our dog suffered and now have spent a lot more money on tests and medications than we feel we should have.  Sound familiar?

I’ve often heard the complaint “I should have just tried what so and so said because I spent all this money and the vet didn’t fix my dog anyway!”  We tend to be happy with the last thing we tried and seemed to work but perhaps it was all of the steps together that got your pup back to wellness.  Please try to understand that often it is a process to get the pet healthy or at least to rule some more serious things out.

If you want to treat conservatively and try to avoid a large regrettable expense then let your vet know that from the start.  Clear communication helps to reduce frustration and anxiety. YOU are ultimately responsible for your pet’s health care.  Your vet is only PART of that health care team.

The point of this blog post is two things:

  1. Sometimes you just never get an answer.  Sometimes all the body is doing is expressing symptoms and no disease name will ever be found. Embrace the information given and understand that sometimes there is no name to be had.
  2. Try not to publicly blame or badmouth the veterinarian.  If this is a doctor you like and trust they are probably doing the best they can.  If you do not believe that was the case, move on but take the high road unless you truly believe something damaging was done.

Be responsible for your dog’s care.  Become the squeaky wheel.  Vets have many cases through the day and although he would love to concentrate on your one case, it is often impossible with his work load.  Take the lead as to what is done and how much money you spend.  Ask for quotes.  Work collaboratively with your veterinarian and take your time deciding on treatments or diagnostics whenever possible.  Ask for explanations if you don’t understand something.  If you feel more needs to be done, ask about a referral.  If you have a good relationship with your vet, the idea will probably be embraced as vets often can get frustrated or sad with how things go sometimes.

I know from years of experience how scary owning pets can be at times.  Nobody wants them to suffer but the body is a complicated machine and often it can take several tries to get things running well again.  Try to remain understanding through the process.


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