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Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Stuffed Toys

January 16th, 2017 · 1 Comment · treats

Store bought dog treats for stuffed dog toys are great time savers. But if you really want to make sure your Tripawd is eating the healthiest foods possible, take a few moments each week to make these healthy dog treat recipes from scratch. Odds are you have most of these ingredients in your pantry.

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Stuffed Dog Toys

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes

Make healthy dog treats for your dog’s stuffed toys.

With special thanks to Tripawds member Michelle for sharing these healthy dog treat recipes with us. Many recipes make GREAT appetite stimulants too. Before choosing a recipe, remember:

  • Use the low-cal versions of high fat ingredients like cream cheese and cereal.
  • Try to use unsalted peanut butter (dogs don’t need salt in their diets!).
  • When including cat food and table scraps (i.e. steak) in the recipe, use sparingly.

Many recipes are omitted for space considerations, so if you want to view all of them, hop over to this “Hypoallergenic Dog Treats?” Forum topic.

Appetite Boosters for Picky Eaters


Mix together some fat-free cream cheese, peanut butter, and either sugar-free applesauce or a jar of baby food (like bananas, carrots). Cram a solid food item into the small hole at the end of the toy, then fill with the mixture. Seal the large hole with either more cream cheese or peanut butter.

Fruit Kitty Noodles

Mix together some fruit, cooked pasta, banana and dry cat food.


Cheese. Chicken skin. Bacon. Pate. Cooked lamb’s liver. Meaty canned cat food. – Use very sparingly and make sure this treat blocks the top hole so that none of your other ingredients fall out.

Fiber Treats for Upset Bellies and Constipated Colons

Doggie Omelette

Combine a scrambled egg, some beef, yogurt, cheese and steamed or mashed potatoes all together.

Fiber Crunch

Combine bran cereal with some peanut butter.

The Monster Mash

Steam a sweet potato, then mash. Mix with crushed dog biscuits. Stuff into toy.

Pumpkin Pie

Pureed pumpkin. Tahini paste (or peanut butter). Mix together the pureed pumpkin and tahini paste and fill the toy. Serve straight away or freeze for later.


Cold boiled white rice. About a dessert spoon of natural bio-yogurt. Mix and mash the rice and yogurt together and fill the toy. Serve straight away or freeze for later.

Super Healthy Veggie and Fruit Treats

Apple Pie

Squeeze a small piece of apple into the tiny hole. Fill the stuffed toy with a small amount of plain yogurt. Add a few slices of mashed banana, more apple, yogurt, banana. End with a slice of banana and chunk of peanut butter on the top.

Crunch N Munch

Combine crumbled rice cakes and dried fruit with some cream cheese and plain croutons.

Fruit Salad

Place apples and carrot chunks into a toy. Mush one quarter banana in large hole to hold fruit in place. You can include other fruits and veggies: orange slices, peach and/or nectarine chunks, celery sticks, broccoli and/or cauliflower. . .

Nut Crunch

Take 2-3 dog biscuits and crunch them a bit into very tiny bite-sized pieces. Add a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter. Then add a couple spoonfuls of plain yogurt. Mix in bowl until soft, but not runny. Stuff inside toy.

Peanutty Pupcicles

1 ripe banana. 1/2 cup peanut butter. 1/4 cup wheat germ. 1/4 cup chopped peanuts. Mash bananas and peanut butter, stir in wheat germ. Chill 1 hour. Place in toy, store in refrigerator or freezer.

Poochie Pudding

Whole milk yogurt, plain or vanilla. 1 banana. 1 peach or nectarine (peeled). Strawberries or 1 apple (whichever the dog likes). 1 dog biscuit (bone-shaped). Mash the banana and the peach/nectarine (or put in blender). Slice the apple or strawberries into smallish chunks. Push a chunk of fruit into the bottom hole of the toy to stop leaking. Mix the banana, peach/nectarine, apple chunks or strawberries into the yogurt, then pour the mixture into the toy. Push the biscuit into the large end of the toy. Freeze for about 3-4 hours or until consistency of frozen yogurt. Can also be served unfrozen, for impatient dogs.

Puppy Trail

Fill the toy with some cashews (unsalted) and freeze-dried liver bits. Add some dry dog food and/or dog crushed dog biscuits and some Cheerios. Drop in a spoonful of peanut butter, followed by some dried fruit (NOT raisins, sultanas or currants, these are toxic to dogs). Finally, top it off by using a piece of ravioli or tortellini to close the large opening.

Veggie Omlette

Scramble one egg and fold in vegetables your dog may like. Put into toy. Sprinkle some shredded cheese over the top and microwave for about 20 seconds. Cool thoroughly before giving to dog.

 Everyday Boredom Buster Treats

The Cheesy Elvis

Combine a ripe banana, 3 spoonfuls of peanut butter, and a slice of cheese. Mix until blended well. Fill the toy and freeze.

Egg-Ceedingly Tasty

1 scrambled egg. 1 chopped Frankfurter or hot-dog sausage. Boiled white rice. Mash the scrambled egg and rice together in a bowl and then mix in the chopped sausage. Fill the toy, using a chunk of sausage to plug the end.

Gooey Cheerios

Combine cheerios and peanut butter. Freeze.

Mac N Cheese

Melt leftover macaroni and cheese in microwave until gooey. Add to toy. Pour one small cube of heated cheese into the toy. Make sure it has cooled before giving to your pet.

Meaty Treat

A portion of your dog’s normal kibble. About a teaspoon of meat paste. A chunk of banana (about an inch thick). Half fill the toy with kibble, and then add the meat paste. Using the handle of the spoon, mix the meat paste into the kibble. Add some more kibble, packing it in well, and then plug the large opening with the banana.

Peanut Butter Glue

Fill stuffed dog toy 1/3rd full of dog food. Pour in melted peanut butter (after it has cooled from microwaving). Add more dog food, followed by more melted peanut butter until the toy is full. Freeze until solid.

Philly Steak

Steak scraps. 1 ounce cream cheese. Place small scraps of the steak inside toy. Spread cream cheese in large hole to hold scraps.

Rock-Hard Kibble

Combine some of your dog’s regular food with cream cheese, which acts as a cement, keeping everything inside.

Sticky Bread

Smear peanut butter on a piece of bread. Fold it over and stuff inside the stuffed toy. Mix together plain yogurt with some fruits or vegetables (carrots, celery) and pour inside. Freeze. The yogurt sticks to the bread holding everything together.

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

Make Your Own Pill Pocket Dog Treats

Healthy Birthday Cake Recipe for Dogs

More Healthy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Energy Bars for Dogs

Do you have a favorite treat recipe you’d like to share with the Tripawds community? Contact us and we’ll feature it here!



The Difference Between Human versus Pet Pharmacies

January 5th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Medication

You know that big box pharmacies and online pharmacies sell affordable pet prescriptions. But did you know that the difference between human versus pet pharmacies is huge — and could be a matter of life or death for your animal?

What to Know About Human Versus Pet Pharmacies

human versus pet pharmacies

Do human pharmacies understand veterinary prescriptions?

It’s a safe bet that your big box store pharmacy staff lacks the same level of veterinary pharmaceutical knowledge found in your vet clinic. If a human pharmacist wants to legitimately become a veterinary pharmacist, they must receive additional training and certifications.

Many pet medications began as human prescriptions. Gabapentin, aka Pfizer’s Neurontin®, is one example. But that doesn’t mean we can share those drugs. An animal given Neurontin® could die from Xylitol that’s included in the human version. Can you guarantee that your pharmacist knows the difference between the two?

The veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly puts it best in her blog post “Why Human and Veterinary Pharmacies are NOT Created Equal.” She tells of a feline renal failure patient who nearly died after a human pharmacy mistakenly put Meloxicam, not Mirtazapine, in the cat’s prescription bottle:

After examining the pill and looking it up online (thank you,  it was clear that the pharmacy had given her the wrong medication. It was 7.5 mg, just like the mirtazapine was supposed to be (it even said 7.5 right there on the tablet), but it was decidedly not mirtazapine.

Unfortunately, this was meloxicam, not mirtazapine. Which is a very bad thing indeed. Let me count the ways:

  1. 7.5 mg of meloxicam is an appropriate dose for a 150-pound mastiff, not a seven-pound cat.
  2. Meloxicam is only approved for cats as a one-time injectable dose for post-operative pain.
  3. This drug is an NSAID, a class of drugs well known for their potential renal side-effects.
  4. Meloxicam is expressly contraindicated in the case of renal compromise.

In other words, I can’t think of a worse pharmacy mistake. Well … maybe I can, but I’ve never personally treated a patient who experienced one more more potentially catastrophic. (READ MORE).

In their excellent article about buying pet drugs online, The United States Federal Drug Administration even warns against buying pet prescriptions like Meloxicam from human pharmacies and says “NSAIDs should not be purchased on the Internet without a veterinarian’s involvement. . . ”

That doesn’t mean you can’t buy from online or human pharmacies. Or that your vet is being greedy and grumpy about losing business to bix box stores. We all love saving money, but when we do we must be extra smart about buying pet prescriptions from anyone but our vet. “I also recommend you look up your pills online to be sure they’re what the pharmacy says they are,” suggests Dr. Khuly.

Play it Safe with Veterinary Compounding Pharmacies

Our animals are worth so much more than a few dollars we save at human pharmacies. If you want to play it safe, many legitimate veterinary pharmacies offer equally affordable animal prescriptions. Roadrunner Compounding Pharmacy is one. We bought metronomic chemotherapy drugs from Roadrunner for Spirit Jerry, and they were excellent to work with.

When we had the chance to meet Roadrunner staff at the 2016 AAHA Conference, we asked them to explain what veterinary compounding pharmacies do:

A legitimate online veterinary compounding pharmacy like Roadrunner creates customized medication for animals. The AVMA supports compounding veterinary pharmacies and says this service “is needed in veterinary medicine to provide individualized medication for specific patients with special needs not met by FDA-approved drug products.” The drug you receive is based on size of the animal, strength of the prescription the veterinarian wants and the form that our animal will tolerate best (pill versus liquid, for example).

Compounding pharmacies can be very affordable and fast too. Roadrunner even offers free express shipping.

We encourage you to talk to your vet about the best places to get your pet’s medications. Learn more from this excellent article by the American Veterinary Medical Association, “Prescriptions and Pharmacies: For Pet Owners.

Read More About Human Versus Pet Pharmacies

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For the #DogObsessed Parent in All of Us

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Diet, Manufacturers

When we heard that the Honest Kitchen published a dog care guide, we had to get our paws on it. Written by company founder Lucy Postins, “Dog Obsessed: The Honest Kitchen’s Complete Guide to a Happier, Healthier Life for the Pup You Love,” is exactly what the dogtor ordered for new and experienced pet parents alike.

The #DogObsessed Guide to Dog Parenting


What’s not to love about the Honest Kitchen? They are one of (if not the) first pet food company to open our eyes to the importance of feeding our pets meals with premium, human grade ingredients. Since the company’s founding in 2002, many have tried to imitate the Honest Kitchen. Sill, it’s difficult to find another dehydrated pet food that matches the freshness and quality Lucy and her crew put into every bag. Yeah, we’re biased. They make great dehydrated pet food!


Lucy Postins, Honest Kitchen’s Founder, with Chief Canine Officers

Lucy’s new book is the key to having healthier dogs (and we sure hope that a “Cats Obsessed” book is in the future!). Featuring over 45 easy-to-prepare recipes for treats, party meals, and tasty menus that you can actually share with your dog (complete with wine pairings), the book also offers vet-approved health tips designed to troubleshoot common issues like food sensitivities and chronic illnesses, tips for camping and picnicking with your pup, as well as a two-week health and fitness plan.

We know that the Tripawds Community is a super-smart group of highly evolved pet parents. However even the most conscientious dog dad and mom can learn things in this book that they didn’t already know.

As a bonus, we especially love how Lucy demonstrates ways to integrate The Honest Kitchen food into larger batches of home cooked pet food. Recipes like Cod and Potato Oven Fritters are such a pawesome way to stretch your pet food budget!


Hop over to the Honest Kitchen website for more great recipes with dehydrated dog (and cat) food.

There are a couple of things we wish the book would have included, like more information about how choose a veterinarian. Also, more about why choosing AAHA-accredited clinics and working with board-certified vet specialists makes a difference, especially during a pet health crisis. Otherwise though, this is a fun read for ever #DogObsessed pet parent.

Combine the “Dog Obsessed” book with a sampling of The Honest Kitchen’s many recipes and you’ve got a pawesome gift that any pet parent will love!










Tripawd Versus TruDog’s Ultimate Premium Dog Coat Supplement

November 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Supplements

That lucky dawg Wyatt. As Tripawds spokesdog he gets to inspect TruDog’s pawesome products, like their premium dog coat supplement. Recently he had a chance to try TruDog’s “Soothe Me” Dog Coat and Skin Detox formula.

premium dog supplements

Can Soothe Me get rid of Wyatt’s hot spot?

This post is sponsored by TruDog®. We are being compensated to create awareness about TruDog’s products, but we only discuss products we’ve tried ourselves and feel you may be interested in knowing more about. TruDog® is not responsible for the content of this article.

A Tripawd Meets TruDog’s Premium Dog Coat Supplement

Wyatt’s done great since he began devouring TruDog’s products earlier this year. From their FeedMe Turkey raw freeze-dried meat meals to their #FreeMe Joint Supplement, everything we’ve tried has kept him in tip top shape.

Unfortunately earlier this year Wyatt got a hot spot. His vet told us it probably happened when a foreign object scratched his skin and an infection set in. What’s a dog to do?

premium dog supplements

SootheMe premium dog supplement by TruDog.

Start devouring TruDog’s #Soothe Me of course! This soft chewable treat:

  • Aids in immune support
  • Provides a healthier skin and coat
  • Helps to decrease hot spots and excessive itching/scratching

Here’s a peek at the ingredients that make it so special.

premium dog supplements

See what’s inside Soothe Me.

Like all products he tries, we inspected Soothe Me before giving it to Wyatt. He also  inspected the literature carefully, then put his giant snout to work because he wanted to make sure he liked the taste.

premium dog coat supplement

“Hmmm, what’s it all about?”

We let him poke around his TruDog shipment, and here’s what happened.

Soothe Me contains essential OMEGA 3 DHA and EPA to help your dog cope with the toxic effects of our environment naturally, leaving your dog with fewer symptoms and a shiny, healthy coat.

So far so good! Wyatt’s got no problem begging and doing crazy dog tricks in exchange for this premium dog coat supplement. And we love that his hot spot is completely gone too!

Want your Tripawd canine to try it too? Shop TruDog’s premium dog coat supplement and let us know what you think.




Amputation Recovery Supplement Helps Tripawds Get Healthy

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Supplements

Any surgery takes nutrients away from the body. And when an already weakened cat or dog has a leg amputated, they need all the help they can get to bounce back faster. There’s a new amputation recovery supplement that can help them do that. Tripawds member Kerren and TriKitty Mona recently posted in the Tripawds Eating Healthy Forum to tell us about Viyo, a supplement packed with nutrients for recovering cats and dogs.

Get Well Sooner with this Amputation Recovery Supplement

amputation recovery supplement

Viyo amputation recovery supplement is given with meals.

Here’s what Kerren told us about Viyo Recuperation:

The product was developed by veterinarians to provide cats and dogs with all essential nutrients in a palatable drink. Some vets recommend it for pets who refuse to eat after surgery, when antibiotics cause tummy problems, etc.

I see there are good reviews on but then that’s not always the best resource. I’m not one who is big on supplements but have been discussing this product with a friend whose dog may have surgery and tends not to eat well at the best of times.

The more we read when Kerren posted Viyo ingredients information, the more we realized it’s a great way to help your Tripawd get well faster. Check out this synopsis of the Viyo amputation recovery supplement as shared on the Viyo website.

What is Viyo Recuperation?

“Viyo Recuperation is a new product and product category for veterinary clinics. It is a breakthrough in recuperation therapy of post-surgery, debilitated and weakened cats and dogs of all ages, helping them to get back in optimal health during their 14 days recuperation period. It is not replacing any product currently being used on the market.

Viyo Recuperation is a highly palatable and low calorie recuperation fluid. It contains all essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids) and can be classified as the most complete, 100% natural, nutraceutical on the market without any artificial colorant or preservatives added.”

What we really like about it is that Viyo Recuperation was developed and endorsed by vets, including Colorado State University small animal veterinarians, Drs. David Twedt and Dr. Michael Lappin.

Viyo is given with meals during the most critical time after surgery, the 14 days following a procedure.  It helps the body bounce back with a formula containing all essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids). Pets receiving it also get an extra whallop of nutrients important for recuperation:

  • glutamine
  • arginine
  • taurine
  • omega 6 & 3 fatty acids.

Viyo also has a prebiotic component (inulin and fructooligosaccharides to support the gut health and immune functioning).

  • Safe for any age cat or dog.
  • Can give with all types of diets, including therapeutic diets.