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If your Tripawd dog or cat was diagnosed with osteosarcoma or another cancer, at some point you may be confronted with the vaccination decision:
Is it safe to vaccinate my Tripawd
after a cancer diagnosis?
It’s common for veterinarians to recommend routine vaccinations for dogs and cats with cancer, but over the last few years we’ve learned that vaccinations should not be given to animals with compromised immune systems.
As the Dog Cancer Vet Dr. Dressler stated in his blog post “Vaccination and Dog Cancer,”
For those who want the bottom line now: No vaccinations for dogs with cancer. None. Vaccinations have complex interactions with the immune system and these are not predictable and can be harmful in dogs with cancer. Use the minimum vaccinations for your pet’s lifestyle, needs, and other health issues. . . But don’t eliminate all vaccinations in healthy pets.”
Some oncologists recommend taking a more conservative approach. According to Lili Duda, VMD, Section Editor of the excellent pet cancer website OncoLink
AS A GENERAL GUIDELINE ONLY, most vaccinations probably provide immunity for much longer than the 1 year currently suggested by vaccine manufacturers, and most adult dogs will have adequate immunity if they have been vaccinated within the past three years. Every dog should be evaluated as an individual based on his risk, potential exposure to disease, and general health.
To help you weigh the pros and cons of the vaccination decision, one of our favorite holistic veterinary practitioners, Gina Snow, has written an informative blog post about how vaccines work, when they should be given and why she feels they should not be given to dogs and cats with cancer.
Why a sick pet should not be vaccinated
So, from the brief information above, you can see that the immune system is very busy if it is reacting to any type of invader or infectious organisms. This could be a vaccine, a bacterial ear infection, a urinary tract infection, autoimmune disease like lupus or an immune disaster such as cancer. If a vaccine is given when the system is already working hard it makes sense that this would be potentially harmful. Best case scenario is that the immune system steps up and deals with both the vaccine and the illness. Worst case is the immune system “breaks” and you either have improper healing of disease or improper immunity with the injected vaccine. Common sense tells us that vaccinating while a pet is already sick is not good or proper medicine. Even the vaccine manufactures tell us this on each and every package insert.
Read more in Gina’s blog, “Vaccines; How they work and when they should not be given.”
As with most decisions you’ll make on the cancer journey, you need to weigh the pros and cons for every choice you are given. One way you can feel more confident doing so is by learning how to become a better advocate for your dog or cat. A great place to discuss your health dilemmas is with your veterinarian and in the Tripawds Discussion Forums. See you there!
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Tagged: cancer, immune system, vaccines
February 10th, 2014 by jerry in Diet · 5 Comments
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The following guest blog post was submitted by Allison Martin, mom to Tripawd Boomer and Quadpawd Amy, pictured here.
If you have an area of expertise you’d like to share with the Tripawds community, contact us today!
Grain-free vs. Low Carb: Understanding the Differences in Dry Food
By Allison Martin, Boomer and Amy’s Mom
Did you know not all grain-free foods are low carb? More and more research is accumulating each year to suggest that a low or no carb diet can significantly boost survival rates for both pets and people fighting cancer. Many people find that their cancer warriors do best on a raw diet but some people don’t have the time, money, or stomach to feed raw and vets are usually hesitant to switch dogs to raw during chemo.
Pet parents often opt for a grain-free dry food to give their pets an edge over cancer when raw isn’t an option. However, many people make the mistake of thinking that because a food says “grain-free” on the bag, it is therefore low carb. This isn’t always the case, for example, Blue Buffalo’s Freedom grain-free line is over 50% carb and Nature’s Logic, which contains millet (a grain), is about 36% carb.
No study has ever shown that dogs or cats need any carbs in their diet, but most dry dog and cat foods consist of 30-60% carbohydrates. Why? In dry food, some kind of starch has always been necessary, it is what holds the kibble together. Without it, any traditional kibble would turn into a giant bag of crumbs.
Wysong has a line of food, Epigen, that is actually starch free. They have figured out a way to create a kibble without using a starchy binder and instead use plant based proteins to help keep the food from crumbling. At about 11% carb, it is one of the lowest carb dry foods out there – and it’s not even grain-free!
Since carbs are not considered an essential nutrient for dogs and cats, companies don’t have to put the carb count on the label – a handful of them do, but they are few and far between. Our friends over at Dogfoodadvisor.com have helped us out a lot by calculating the estimated level of carbs as part of their review. It is a simple calculation but I won’t go into it here.
Check out the explanation at http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dog-food-carbohydrate-content/. This calculation can be used on cat food as well. As of right now, I know of no site for cat food that comes close to the depth and breadth of Dogfoodadvisor.com, so you’ll have to do a bit more of the math yourself if you are looking for a low carb kitty option.
The lowest carb line of grain-free dry foods out there for both dogs and cats is EVO by Natura. Depending on flavor, the dog food is 12-20% carb and the cat food is 7-14% carb using dry-matter analysis. (Natura did go through a large recall last year for a higher-than-acceptable salmonella test. As a result, they have made significant modifications to their plant and production practices – check out www.gettoknownatura.com for more on what happened and what was done to fix it if you are concerned.) EVO is also an exceptionally calorie dense food with a very high meat content, so if you have a picky eater or someone who is not feeling great and not eating well, a food like this can help get more calories into them in smaller quantities of food.
Few foods out there come close to EVO and Wysong, but some of my other lower-carb dry favorites are Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural (28% dog, 20% cat), Orijen (30%, 22%), and Nature’s Variety Instinct RAW Boost (31%, 25%).
Investigate what is available in your local pet supply stores (not the chains) because they will have regional options that are far superior to many of the national brands – just because you’ve never heard of it before doesn’t mean it is an inferior food, in fact in my experience, the ones you haven’t heard of are often some of the best. And don’t hesitate to go investigate their selection and do some independent research before you buy.
There is also the world of freeze-dried, dehydrated, frozen raw, and canned which are by and large going to be lower carb than most dry foods, but we’ll discuss that a different day.
A little about me and my pack: I work at a family owned pet supplies store that prides itself on high-quality products and knowledgeable staff. I am owned by two dogs, both of whom adopted me at the sanctuary where I used to work. Amy is probably a McNab and Boomer is probably a boxer mix. In January 2013, Boomer developed a limp and after many months of wait-and-see, supplements, and tests he was finally diagnosed in July 2013 with disseminated Valley Fever, a rare fungal infection, in his right hock. He became a tripawd on September 13, 2013 and is now back to his old self.
Tagged: cancer, Diet, dog food, grain-free
Loving a Tripawd means being extra vigilant about joint health maintenance. As a result, we’re always on the lookout for high quality, proven supplements that take good care of your dog’s joints. Today we’re happy to let you know our test run results of a product that does just that.
And, you can enter to win a free bag to try it for yourself! Keep reading for details on how to enter the contest.
Wyatt Stays Active with Natural Stride
After trying the Natural Stride Hip & Joint health supplement on Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray we feel that this is a supplement that delivers what it promises: joint pain relief for dogs.
Since November Wyatt has been lucky enough to benefit from a company-sponsored trial run of this highly effective anti-inflammatory natural supplement that includes:
- Glucosamine HCL: a shell fish-based natural compound that is found in healthy cartilage.
- N-Acetyl Glucosamine: Shown to decrease pain and inflammation, increase range of motion in osteoarthritis patients, and help repair cartilage.
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA): Studied for its effectiveness in the treatment of different types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Yucca Extract: Noted for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties
Despite his notoriously sensitive belly, Wyatt had no gastrointestinal effects from this powerful combination of remedies. He was diagnosed with hip displaysia as a puppy, so this is a great product for us to stick with.
Whether he was trying the powdered form or the newer chewable supplements (both have equal amounts of pain relief), we are noticing that he shows fewer aches and pains after extra-long play sessions and activity.
We rate Natural Stride Hip & Joint “Three Paws Up!” for their high quality, made-in-America approach toward good joint health for all dogs.
If your dog has been diagnosed with arthritis or hip displaysia, or you’re just in need of a good supplement to give as preventive medicine, give this product a try and let us know what you think.
Order use this special Tripawds coupon to receive 20% of any order through 3/31/14 on any dog, equine or human product:
Natural Solutions, the makers of Natural Stride, guarantees you’ll see results in days, not months. They’re so certain it works, they even offer a 60-day money back guarantee to customers.
Win a Free Bag of Natural Stride
And now the part you’ve been waiting for! Here’s how to enter to win a free full-size bag of Natural Stride powder or chewable formula! Just follow the next two fast and easy steps.
Step 1: Take the Joint Health Survey
Natural Solutions is looking for feedback from Tripawds pawrents. Please take this fast easy survey about joint health to help them learn more about a Tripawd’s special needs. Then, return here for your final steps to enter the contest.
Step 2: Enter to Win a Full-Size Natural Stride Package
To enter the Natural Stride giveaway, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. There are two different ways to enter, so select as many or as few as you like each day. By completing more than one entry option you increase your chances of winning! The giveaway starts now and ends on January 29th. US residents only please.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Hey folks: This post is sponsored by Natural Solutions for Life on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. Tripawds is being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Solutions for Life’s Natural Stride Supplement, but the Tripawds Nutrition Blog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Solutions for Life is not responsible for the content of this article.
Tagged: glucosamine, joint health, Supplements
Canine hemangiosarcoma is a dreaded diagnosis, but amazing dogs like Butchey Hudson often make those statistics look silly. Butchey Hudson is an angel now, but he beat the hemangioscaroma odds for a whopping twenty-six months!
Butchey Hudson, Tripawd Warrior
October 15, 2004 – September 9, 2013
26 months of ampuversaries
Mushroom Therapy for Canine Hemangiosarcoma
Butchey was a leader in helping to find a cure for canine hemangiosarcoma. His participation in a clinical trial conducted by two University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine faculty helped provide a groundbreaking mushroom therapy treatment for treating this disease.
The Zhi Mushroom. Photo from I’m-Yunity.
The trial found that dogs with hemangiosarcoma who were treated with a compound derived from the Coriolus versicolor mushroom had the longest survival times ever reported for dogs with the disease. These promising findings offer hope that the compound may one day offer cancer patients — human and canine alike — a viable alternative or complementary treatment to traditional chemotherapies.
A U-PENN press release about the study states:
The Coriolus versicolor mushroom, known commonly as the Yunzhi mushroom, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. The compound in the mushroom that is believed to have immune-boosting properties is polysaccharopeptide, or PSP. In the last two decades, some studies have suggested that PSP also has a tumor-fighting effect.
Butchey wrote about his experience with this trial in his blog:
Momma wants me to mention that I am taking a new mushroom product to fight my cancer. I’ve been on it for about 3 weeks now. It is called I’m Yunity. There was a study released by U Penn in September I think. The study was done on 15 dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma and had very good results. The mushroom is specifically Coriolus versicolor. The press release link is here, and the study link is here. She says we will keep posting in the blog about how I am doing with it.
In the study he was in, fifteen dogs that had been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma participated in the trial. Divided into three groups of five, each group received a different dose — 25, 50 or 100 mg/kg/day — of I’m-Yunity, a formulation of PSP that according to the U-PENN scientists has been tested for consistency and good manufacturing processes.
We located another manufacturer, Mushroom Science, which also formulates PSP but we don’t have firsthand experience using it. If you do, any feedback is appreciated.
The American Cancer Society’s website states promising information about treating cancer with Coriolus versicolor mushrooms:
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that the raw mushroom itself is an effective anti-cancer agent in humans. But there is some scientific evidence that substances derived from parts of the mushroom may be useful against cancer. Clinical trials suggest that PSK may help people with certain types of cancer by increasing survival rates and lengthening periods of time without disease, without causing major side effects. PSK is commonly used with other cancer treatments in Japan. PSP and VPS have not been studied as thoroughly.
If you’re coping with canine hemangiosarcoma, Coriolus versicolor is something you may want to discuss with your holistic-minded veterinarian. Find a holistic veterinary medical provider at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association website directory or at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
NOTE: If you choose to work with I’m-Yunity, you can receive a 5% discount** on your I’m-Yunity® for Dogs order, when referred by a veterinarian and free domestic shipping on next orders. Please have your Vet complete and sign the form located here.
Thank you for this great information Butchey (and Momma Nancy), you will always be a Tripawd Hero.
Tagged: hemangiosarcoma, medicinal herbs, power mushrooms, Supplements
Is your dog stressed out over the holidays? Do New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations make your pup run for cover? If so, PetNaturals of Vermont’s Calming stress reduction chews are the solution, which you can try for FREE! Read on for details about getting a free trial size for your pooch.
PetNaturals of Vermont feels so certain that Calming works that they recently sent Tripawds Spokespup Wyatt Ray a sample package to test. Talk about a perfect test case: Wyatt is so anxious that no natural calming remedies that we’ve tried in the past have ever had much of a lasting effect on him. But as soon as he opened the package, we had a feeling they might be different.
Calming is a tasty treat that’s flavored with chicken and features a ‘Colostrum Calming Complex,” which supports stress reduction and cognitive function, and works synergistically with L-theanine.
This naturally occurring amino acid helps the body produce other amino acids like dopamine and GABA, and has been studied for its ability to curb destructive behaviors often associated with stress, without causing adverse affects or drowsiness. B vitamins like thiamine support calming and relaxation, as well as normal energy levels. CALMING can be used daily or when extra help to relax is needed.
Sure, we were skeptical but we let Wyatt gobble three down, since it’s OK to give that amount to dogs with extreme anxiety, which Wyatt definitely has.
And two hours later in the car, instead of barking his head off at everything that goes by, he’s doing this:
We’re pretty sure that Calming is doing its stuff, but we’ll test it again later during tonight’s New Year’s Eve festivities.
How to Score a Free Sample of Calming
Get a free sample of Calming to evaluate and a valuable coupon too. Visit The PetNatural Calming Offer page and sign up!
Tagged: anxiety, stress
December 23rd, 2013 by wyattraydawg in Diet · 4 Comments
Soup bones without the mess?
Yep, it’s true, and I wouldn’t mess with ya. My people got a package of the new Soup Bones by Nutrish that the famous celebrity chef Rachael Ray made just for us dawgs, and they are da bomb!
Win a Nutrish Treats Bone-anza
Do you like good, meaty, juicy soup bones? But do your people get mad if you make a mess all over the floor when you eat ‘em? If you know what I’m talking about, then I want YOU to win a bag of ALL THREE Nutrish Treats! Keep reading to find out how.
Eat Natural, Eat Well
Dawgs, you gotta get your people over to the nearest Walmart or Kroger Grocery Store so they can pick up a package of Rachael’s newest treats like these Savory Bites and Soup Bones.
Here’s what to love about Nutrish Soup Bones:
- Savory, long-lasting chews with a tender, meaty center
- Highly digestible with no splintering or mess
- No meat by-products or artificial colors
- Perfect for small, medium or large dogs
And Nutrish Savory Bites:
- Real beef is the #1 ingredient
- Made with delicious garden veggies you can see like peas and carrots
- No corn, wheat, fillers, or gluten
- No beef by-products
My people and I love the Nutrish line because Rachael Ray herself oversees all recipes to make sure they’re tasty, nutritious and safe for dogs. You can learn all about how they’re made on the Nutrish FAQ page.
They also don’t cost a lot! They’re just $2.99 to $3.49, which really makes my people hoppy knowing they don’t have to spend a lot to give me healthy treats.
How to Win a Nutrish Bone-anza
To enter, just comment below and tell us: what is your favorite human food treat? Enter between today and this Friday at 12 midnight Pacific Time. One winner will be drawn at random on Sunday December 29.
A head’s up: Me and my people were given these yummy treats as compensation to spread the word about Nutrish treats, but we only share news about excellent products that we believe you and your pack will enjoy.
Tagged: contest, treats
Is joint health maintenance high on your priority list for your three-legged hero? If not, it needs to be. Because while Tripawds can do anything that their four-legged counterparts can do, rehabilitation veterinarians warn us that dogs on three legs will definitely pay a higher price in time, especially if we don’t pay close attention to signs of joint pain and arthritis. It’s our responsibility as Tripawd pawrents to do all we can to minimize the risk.
The good news is that it’s never too late to take steps that will ease the aches and pains of life as a three-legged dog.
Monitor your dog’s activity levels: three-legged dogs should never be allowed to participate in ongoing “explosive” activity like the stop-and-start chasing and racing around that goes on at dog parks. While they’re having a ball doing so, the stress it puts on joints is too much for them to handle over time. Instead, force your dog to take a break for a few minutes while hanging out with his buddies.
Whether three or four-legged, never let your dog jump in and out of vehicles. While it’s a a joyous thing to see your amazing hero successfully jump in and out of your car, the sudden and ongoing impact of landing on concrete can cause damage. Purchase a harness to aid your dog in getting in and out of your vehicle.
Finally, introduce a daily supplement like NaturalStride Hip & Joint Dog Chews to help protect your dog’s joints from excessive stress.
Take the Supplement Survey!
Do you currently use a supplement for your Tripawd? If so, why or why not?
The makers of Natural Stride want to learn what you think about joint supplements by taking this very brief survey:
Stay Protected with Natural Stride Hip & Joint Dog Chews
As we recently shared with you, #NaturalStride supplements provide a healthy, natural way to protect the joints and ease the aches and pains associated with arthritis.
Made with Tripawd-recommended holistic pain relief ingredients like yucca and cetyl myristoleate, an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and immune system modulator, Natural Stride provides the kind of protection a Tripawd needs against long-term joint stress caused by normal everyday activities.
We’ve been testing this supplement out on Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, who at age five years old, already shows signs of hip displaysia.
Natural Stride comes in a powder form that we tried in his food. This is extremely cost effective for large dogs like Wyatt. As an alternative, Natural Stride’s Hip & Joint Dog Chews are now available as a tasty treat! These tasty treats promote:
- Healthy joints and mobility
- Normal range of motion
- Healthy cartilage and synovial fluid
- Joint comfort
Wyatt was so excited when we received these glucosamine treats!
He grabbed them out of our hand so quickly, we didn’t even get to use them as training treats!
We had to hold back; since one treat per 25 pounds of body weight is the recommended dosage, our 80-pound Wyatt would gobble these up in no time! Instead, we prefer their daily powder supplement and enjoy using the chews as incentives for good behavior.
According to Natural Stride, one $24.95 pouch will provide the following amounts of protection against joint pain:
For a 25 pound dog – 120 days (4 months)
For a 50 pound dog – 60 days (2 months)
For a 75 pound dog – 40 days
For a 100 pound dog – 30 days
For a 125 pound dog – 24 days
Made in the USA and manufactured by an FDA-approved facility, Natural Stride supplements are available online. If you use this special Tripawds coupon you’ll receive 20% of any order through 3/31/14 on any dog, equine or human product:
Natural Stride guarantees you’ll see results in days, not months. They’re so confident they offer a money-back guarantee if you don’t see improvement in your dog’s mobility.
Protecting our Tripawd’s joints is an easy thing to do now, to avoid huge vet bills later.
This post is sponsored by Natural Solutions for Life on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Solutions for Life’s Natural Stride Supplement, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Diamond Naturals is not responsible for the content of this article.
Tagged: glucosamine, joint health, Supplements
December 2nd, 2013 by jerry in Diet · No Comments
Last week we told you about Nudges® Premium Jerky Cuts™ Treats, a brand new all-American chicken jerky dog treat from Iowa that we’re really excited about sampling.
It’s been so long since Tripawds Spokedog Wyatt Ray has had any kind of chicken jerky treats. Ever since the deadly China chicken jerky treat scare we’ve avoided them completely.
Well, last week he almost knocked down the mail carrier when he smelled his Nudges sample coming from a mile away!
Wyatt anxiously waited while we ripped open the package.
He was a good boy and politely pulled out one jerky piece at a time
to begin his official test.
After just one bite, Wyatt gave Nudges a very big “Three Paws Up” rating!
We feel good about letting Wyatt chow down on these jerky treats. It’s about time that a company will guarantee their product is as safe as can be and is 100 pawcent Made in America. Thank you Nudges!
Learn more about this great product by checking out the Nudges Facebook page. If you try them, write and let us know what your dogs think.
Head’s up folks: We have written this post on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network for Nudges. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about Nudges Wholesome Dog Treats , but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.
Tagged: chicken, treats
November 22nd, 2013 by jerry in Diet · No Comments
Dogs love chicken jerky treats but with all of the chicken jerky recalls over the last couple of years, it’s vital to stay away from any treats that come from China or an unknown origin.
Thankfully, dogs can start enjoying this tasty delicacy again thanks to Nudges® Premium Jerky Cuts™ Treats, a new chicken jerky dog treat made from American chickens and now available at supermarkets and pet supply stores throughout the U.S. including WalMart and Kroger grocery stores (check the Nudges Facebook page for retailers near you).
The All American Chicken Jerky Dog Treat
Nudges® Premium Jerky Cuts™ Treats are chicken jerky treats made in Independence, IA, with quality, safety and pride, where every batch is tested to ensure they are safe. They’ve never been associated with any pet food recalls either, which is why you can feel good about giving them to your dog.
All of the ingredients, from the chickens hatched and raised in the U.S., to the added vitamins and flavors are FDA and AAFCO approved. Nudges treats come from a reputable group of suppliers who are subjected to rigorous testing too.
Nudges is available in three varieties which you can read about on the company Facebook page and website. We appreciate how the company is not afraid to tell you what’s inside:
Vitamin Essentials packed with 11 essential vitamins, so you can be sure they will help keep your dog in prime tail-wagging, face-licking, fetch-playing condition.
Ingredients: Chicken, vegetable glycerin, brown sugar, choline chloride, salt, potassium sorbate (preservative), natural smoke flavor, calcium propionate (preservative) and zinc propionate, paprika extract color, garlic extract, sodium erythorbate (for color retention), vitamin E supplement, mixed tocopherols (preservatives), rosemary extract, calcium pantothenate, niacin, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid.
Bone & Joint treats with added glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
Ingredients: Chicken, vegetable glycerin, brown sugar, salt, potassium sorbate (preservative), natural smoke flavor, calcium propionate (preservative) and zinc propionate, paprika extract color, garlic extract, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, sodium erythorbate (for color retention), natural mixed tocopherols (preservatives), rosemary extract.
Bites, which are smaller sized and great for training sessions.
Ingredients: Chicken, vegetable glycerin, brown sugar, salt, potassium sorbate (preservative), natural smoke flavor, calcium propionate (preservative) and zinc propionate, paprika extract color, garlic extract, sodium erythorbate (for color retention), mixed tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract.
We know that as a Tripawd pawrent you’re conscientious and super careful about what foods you give your dog to make sure they’re safe. This is why we can honestly feel good about recommending Nudges to you. If you want to learn more visit the Nudges Facebook page and if you try them, be sure to let us know what your dogs think. We’ll be sampling a package soon so stay tuned for a full review!
We have written this post on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network for Nudges. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about Nudges Wholesome Dog Treats , but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.
Tagged: Diet, treats
Tripawds bodies work overtime to compensate for their missing limb and as a result, extra loads are placed on their joints.
Over time Tripawds who are lucky enough to live long lives on three legs will typically develop aches and joint pain directly related to their unique gait and movements.
For dogs battling conditions like hip displaysia, the effects are even more debilitating.
When pain and other related joint pain symptoms arise, that’s when its time to consider a supplement like Natural Stride for Dogs Hip and Joint Supplement.
Natural Stride Helps Tripawd Wyatt
Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray shows mild symptoms of his developing hip displaysia condition. Although he is in great shape thanks to ongoing rehabilitation therapy exercises and games, occasionally he plays too hard and the results are a pronounced limp and slouchy gait.
Recently we had the opportunity to test a free sample of Natural Stride for Dogs Hip and Joint Supplement. This liver-flavored powder is made with a joint formulation that actually repairs the joints and helps a dog feel good, instead of just masking the cause with pain killers. Its active ingredient, cetyl myristoleate, has multiple biological properties, including as an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever, as well as being an immune system modulator. Other ingredients include:
- Glucosamine HCL: a natural compound that is found in healthy cartilage. Glucosamine is commonly used in patients with osteoarthritis, and may allow for reduced doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. It is primarily derived from shellfish..
- N-Acetyl Glucosamine: one of the eight essential sugars needed for optimal health and functioning in the human body, also promotes communication between the cells. Shown to decrease pain and inflammation, increase range of motion in osteoarthritis patients, and help repair cartilage.
- MSM: Provides sulfur, a vital building block of joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nails, and methyl groups, which support many vital biochemical processes in the body, including energy production.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic Acid): A powerful antioxidant, fighting molecules, which trigger rheumatoid inflammation. Plays a role in fighting infection and may work to control inflammation.
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA): The primary component of the Synovial fluid found in the joints. HA has been shown to be effective in the treatment of different types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Glucosamine sulfate is often combined with hyaluronic acid to create a complete joint support formula.
- Omega 3: Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis (osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus).
- Yucca: According to folk medicine, yucca extracts have anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory effects. Yucca is also a rich source of polyphenolics, including resveratrol and a number of other stilbenes (yuccaols A, B, C, D and E). These phenolics have anti-inflammatory activity.
Natural Stride has no fillers, preservatives or artificial color or flavors either. What we especially love about it is that it’s cost effective; only a small amount is needed, even for an 80 pound dog like Wyatt. Our sample tester bag lasted us about a month.
Wyatt had no problem licking up the supplement when we added it to his food every day. Although he has a very sensitive stomach, he didn’t experience any gastrointestinal upset or other side effects, but what he did enjoy was increased energy after physical activity!
We noticed after just a few weeks that it was making a difference. And after running out of Natural Stride, it was apparent how much it helped with his mobility when he experienced sluggish, tired episodes after prolonged physical activity. You can bet we’ll be ordering another month’s supply and getting him back on this supplement asap!
Order and Save
If your Tripawd is in need of the highest quality hip and join supplement, you can save on Natural Stride for Dogs with a 20 percent off coupon that’s good through March 31, 2014.
Use Coupon Code: TRIPAWDS20Save 20 Pawcent
“Just a head’s up folks; this post is sponsored by Natural Solutions for Life on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Solutions for Life’s Natural Stride Supplement, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Diamond Naturals is not responsible for the content of this article.
Tagged: coupons, glucosamine, Supplements