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Princess Fiona Thrives Against All Odds

January 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Supplements

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You never forget the day your vet delivers the bad news: “Your dog has cancer.

The diagnosis leaves us reeling and unsure which way to go. One Internet search leads to dozens of treatments for dog cancer. Some are proven, many aren’t. But choosing the best path for your dog is agonizing. Whether you decide on a holistic, conventional or a mix of dog cancer therapies, first talk to your vet to choose the path with the greatest odds for success with the least impact on quality of life. During this process, consider the experience of other pet parents whose dogs beat the canine cancer odds, like Princess Fiona McSnuggles.

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About today’s post: we endorse K9 Immunity Plus because many vets recommend it and we know K9 Immunity helped Tripawds Founder Jerry beat the osteosarcoma odds. K9 Medicinals (distributors of K9 Immunity) is sponsoring today’s post because we are both committed to sharing the stories of dogs who experienced the same great results. K9 Medicinals is not responsible for the content in this article.

How Princess Fiona Beat Cancer

It’s hard to believe that this sweet Dachshund lingered in an animal shelter for over a year. But the day Monica saw her online, her destiny changed forever. With a sweet disposition and a yearning to love and be loved by everyone, the appropriately named “Princess Fiona McSnuggles” has gone from a life of health struggles to one filled with joy.

Monica and Fiona are therapy dog partners who travel throughout Indiana to read to kids and bring happiness to seniors living in care homes. “She’s changed a lot of people’s ideas about handicapped dogs, blind dogs . . . you know (those) that are not as abled as the rest of us,” explains Monica.

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None of this would have been possible without Monica’s decision to try K9 Immunity Plus when Fiona was diagnosed with brain cancer over a year ago. Monica remembers when the veterinarians at Purdue University didn’t have much hope for her therapy partner. “They gave me a month’s worth of meds at Purdue and said ‘Good luck with that, your prognosis is guarded, she could die on the way home.'”

Conventional surgery wasn’t an option, but Monica knew there was more she could do for Fiona. As a believer in natural medicine, Monica and her holistic vet created a treatment plan using different holistic dog cancer supplements like Apocaps and Chinese herbs. But despite the new treatments, Fiona still wasn’t quite herself.

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That’s when Monica discovered K9 Immunity Plus. She remembers thinking “’Well that sounds interesting.’” The company’s free shipping, 100% satisfaction guarantee and Made-In-America promise gave her the confidence to phone K9 Medicinals to ask more questions, then give it a try.

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“My thing was, it’s got free shipping, there’s a guarantee . . . why not try it? It’s not going to make them any worse,” she said. She was certain that K9 Immunity Plus would at a minimum do no harm – and at a maximum, potentially give Fiona a longer, happier life.” Monica placed her first order and thought, “Well, we’ll try it and see what it does.”


Fiona Returns to Work

“Before she was diagnosed her heart rate was in the 50s, she slept all the time. She couldn’t do her therapy dog work anymore because she literally just didn’t have the strength to do anything. And after she started taking the K9 Immunity Plus, then she started being more alert, she was able to get back to her therapy dog visits.”

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Over one year later and against all odds, Fiona has a clean bill of health and continues doing what she loves most: making people smile. Not a day goes by when she doesn’t take her K9 Immunity Plus chewable with gusto. “It’s been incredible,” says Monica. “Honestly I really don’t think Fiona would still be here if she hadn’t taken them.”

To learn more about K9 Immunity Plus, hop over to the K9 Medicinals website where you’ll find fact-based information that you and your vet can use to make an informed, confident decision about adding it to your dog cancer treatment. K9 Immunity Coupon

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Sheba’s Butt-Kickin Cancer Diet Details

January 11th, 2016 · No Comments · Diet

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Tripawds member blogs often provide many helpful details about eating healthy while battling cancer. Take Sheba’s blog as an example. This sweet girl was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last year (but as you can see she’s not letting it slow her down!).

canine osteosarcoma diet

Sheba happily hops on three after her osteo diagnosis.

Sheba lives way up in British Columbia, Canada. When she was diagnosed with ostesarcoma her people moved quickly to find evidence-based diet and nutrition advice from local and long-distance veterinarians.

They found Dr. James Clark of Shuswap Veterinary Clinic, a IVAS-certified acupuncturist and holistic veterinarian. In addition they developed a long-distance consulting relationship with Dr. Erin Bannink, another IVAS-certified acupuncturist and veterinary oncologist at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Michigan.

canine osteosarcoma diet

Together, Drs. Clark and Bannink developed a cancer-fighting nutritional therapy for Sheba that her people documented in “Sheba’s Diet and Complimentary Treatments” blog post. The customized low-glycemic diet and therapies include meals, treats and supplement to help Sheba thrive, such as:

Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Savory Salmon & Cod Meal Mixers

Wild salmon and fish oil for pets

and healthy low-glycemic treats (eg. freeze dried beef liver, salmon skin)

Read all about Sheba’s canine osteosarcoma diet here.

If you are coping with a canine cancer diagnosis, the Tripawds community blogs are a great place to learn how other dogs are fighting cancer. However, remember that All Dogs and Cats Are Different: please don’t follow other members’ diets and supplements before talking to a veterinarian who is knowledgeable in the type of treatments you want to pursue.

Even if you live in a remote area like Sheba, you’ll find vets who are enthusiastic about long-distance consulting to help you and our pup live a long, healthy life ahead. Here are some organizations to get you started:



New Limited Ingredient Diets from The Honest Kitchen

December 14th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Diet, Manufacturers

Why Feed Dogs Limited Ingredients?

Veterinary nutritionists agree that a limited ingredient diet is best for dogs with food allergies or sensitive stomachs. Wyatt has both. Certain dry dog foods have made him itch like crazy, and others have really messed with his digestive system.

For the past couple months he’s been a very happy, healthy dog since he’s been eating nothing but Brave and Marvel. These two new mixes from The Honest Kitchen only include six whole food ingredients each!

the honest kitchen dehydrated dog food mix

Normally, we add some Honest Kitchen as a topping to whatever high-protein grain free dry food Wyatt is getting at the time. Traveling through some rather remote areas recently—with very limited access to finding premium dog food—we’ve been feeding nothing but The Honest Kitchen, which is easy to prepare on the road. And he couldn’t be happier!

This post is sponsored by The Honest Kitchen. We’re being compensated for spreading the word about their recipes, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. The Honest Kitchen is not responsible for the content of this article.

The Honest Kitchen Introduces New Minimalist Grain Free Foods

The Honest Kitchen recently added two new grain free diets to their Minimalist line of dehydrated dog foods that minimize food sensitivities while maximizing nutritional value. Wyatt always does better on grain-free foods, so we were happy to give them a try! A grain-free diet is also recommended for pets living with cancer

Minimalist recipes are easy on the digestive tract, and limit the potential for allergic reactions. Each dehydrated blend includes a single protein source, fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, with select vitamins and minerals.

“These recipes are great for dealing with food sensitivities or allergies or if you just want to simplify your pet’s diet.” —Lucy Postins (Founder, The Honest Kitchen)

These foods are ideal for anyone who wants to simplify their dog’s diet, or needs to limit ingredients due to various allergies or food sensitivities.

With a single protein source and limited ingredients the Honest Kitchen packs a lot of nutrients into each bite. They are easier to digest, allowing the digestive system to function better.

the honest kitchen dehydrated dog food ingredientsBrave Grain Free Minimalist Recipe

Wyatt went crazy for Brave! Likely because he loved the smell. With 21 pounds of pollock in every box, it does smell pretty fishy. It is good to know though, that the wild caught pollock used by The Honest Kitchen is sustainably sourced and Marine Stewardship Council Certified.

the honest kitchen dehydrated dog food mix

Each box of Brave makes 40 pounds of food!

High in protein, with moderate calories, Brave is easy to prepare—like all Honest Kitchen dehydrated foods. Just add water! We make batches that feed Wyatt a few days at a time.

the honest kitchen dehydrated dog food mix

Whole foods in Brave include only fish, pumpkin, coconut, spinach, chickpeas and celery. These limited nutritious ingredients add up to a healthy dose of soluble fiber, good fat, and irresistible flavor.

Honest Kitchen Dog Food

In fact, Wyatt wanted it so badly when we made the first batch that we were able to use it as incentive for his morning workout routine. Normally he gets handfuls of kibble or flavorful treats, but licking the spoon was enough to keep Wyatt balancing and stretching on his FitBone.

the honest kitchen dehydrated dog food ingredientsMarvel Grain Free Minimalist Recipe

Wyatt seems to have developed an allergic reaction to chicken in commercial dog foods. He has started having scratching fits shortly after trying certain brands. But he had no trouble when we switched him to Marvel which includes moderate poultry protein.

The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food Mix

The single source of protein in the grain-free Marvel recipe is cage-free turkey. The only other whole food ingredients are: parsnip, navy bean, organic coconut, pumpkin & parsley.

The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food Mix

Like all Honest Kitchen Recipes, Marvel is certified Human Grade. This isn’t just some marketing buzzword. It means they are certified by the FDA as ‘food grade’ or fit for human consumption.

“We blend our healthy pet food in a human food facility that makes things like breakfast cereal and bakery mixes. So, we abide by the same strict standards for safety, cleanliness, record-keeping and overall quality as the place that whips up your favorite cookie dough.” —Lucy Postins

The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food Mix

Wyatt can’t wait to try Marvel.

What’s it cost?

The first question many people ask when shopping for a new food is often, “What does it cost?” We usually tend to answer this with a question of our own. What is your pet’s health worth to you? We certainly understand that budget is a concern for everyone, it is for us!

Some people don’t understand, however, how a premium food with less ingredients can cost more. Well, many of the “cheaper” foods out there include all sorts of fillers and by-products that make them less expensive to manufacture.

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If you’re not sure a premium dehydrated food like these available from The Honest Kitchen is right for you, than try a sample for only a dollar!

Use Promo Code TP15 to try a three-pack of their best selling Recipes for dogs (and cats) for just one dollar!

Really, No Drawbacks?

The only issue we discovered with these new recipes from The Honest Kitchen, is that we had to feed Wyatt more than we usually do with their other blends to keep him satisfied. Without the grains to fill him up—or the kibble he usually gets added—he just wasn’t getting enough at each meal.

Honest Kitchen Dog Food

Increasing his intake a bit was enough to keep him from losing weight. Wyatt is a very active dog, so we like the higher protein he gets in Brave. And the pumpkin in both recipes has helped keep him regular. The proof is in the poop!

Honest Kitchen Dog Food


Jones Dog Treats Giveaway is #MakingDogsSmile!

November 30th, 2015 · 22 Comments · treats

“Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!”

Those are the sounds of a very hoppy Wyatt Ray Dawg, who is having a blast with his all natural dog treats from Jones Natural Chews. Want to see just how happy he is about these dog chews? Check it out:

Why Wyatt is so Hoppy

This post is sponsored by Jones Natural Chews and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping to promote all natural dog treats made in the USA, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Jones Natural Chews is not responsible for the content of this article.

Enter below to win a free sample pack!

As Tripawds Spokesdog, Wyatt wants you to know how much he loves these tasty, all natural meat treats for dogs. He has good reason: Jones is a family run business that only produces USA meat products from beef, chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit and venison.

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In fact, Wyatt is so happy about his gigantic dog stocking stuffer that he wants your canine pals to experience Jones’ delicious single ingredient treats too.

Ring in the Season with Jones Stocking Stuffer Dog Treats!

We’ve always loved Jones Natural Chews healthy dog treats. When Wyatt was younger with a very sensitive belly, the only treats we knew for sure that he could enjoy without a GI payback were Jones’ Bare Bones, a great healthy dog treat for pups who can’t eat raw human-grade meat bones.

dog stocking stuffer

Now that he’s got a more stable belly, Wyatt can enjoy all that Jones has to offer, like this new irresistible holiday line of stocking stuffer dog chews!

Christmas Wooferman Treats

dog stocking stuffer

These Christmas Wooferman can’t run fast enough for dogs who get a whiff! But the best part is they’re not sugary cookies, they’re all natural dog treats made with oven baked 100% USA all natural beef and NO ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS!

The Holiday Box Dino Bone

dog stocking stuffer

It’s so big you’ll think it came from a dinosaur! Wyatt loves his 4 pound smoked beef bone (also in 2-pound size). This colossal 100% grown and made in the USA treat ensures good dental health for dogs while entertaining for hours. Yes, it’s a little messy but Wyatt says that’s what makes it even better!

Rocky’s Rollers

dog stocking stuffer

Your dog will roll over all season long for these soft, flexible sausage links! Measuring about 7-8” they’re baked with 100% American beef, beef lung, rye flour (a necessary binder but very mild on a dog’s stomach), glycerin, brown sugar, salt, liquid smoke flavoring, natural mixed tocopherols (preservative) and rosemary extract in an all-natural collagen casing.

Jones Meat Treats for Dogs: a Cut Above

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Jones stands out above all other natural dog treat makers. They began as a family-run meat-cutting business in 1850. Six generations and 150 years later, the Jones family is still in charge and committed to making meaty dog treats for chewers of all sizes.

  • No artificial ingredients
  • The highest quality, best tasting food-grade natural flavorings
  • Only purchasing products from USDA inspected meat plants within the USA
  • Slow baking all natural dog treats in their own plant
  • Careful testing for moisture levels and bacteria control

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Three Ways to Help Your Dog Fight Cancer

November 16th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Supplements

Are you coping with dog cancer? If so, take a deep breath and remember that no matter what the prognosis, you can do something to help your dog fight cancer with three easy, uncomplicated and convenient steps.

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This post is sponsored by K9 Medicinals. We are being compensated for helping to create awareness about K9 Medicinals’ dog cancer treatments, but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. K9 Medicinals is not responsible for the content of this article.

Step 1: Take a Full Spectrum Approach

First, keep an open mind about different dog cancer therapies. Conventional veterinary cancer oncology and holistic treatments each have valuable benefits that increase your dog’s odds of beating cancer, so don’t rule either one out. In fact, the most forward-thinking dog cancer specialists will tell you that it takes a multi-faceted approach to control and ultimately work toward eradicating the cancer.

Dog Cancer Guide Book

One tool that thousands of pets and people have experienced success with is the use of medicinal mushrooms. When it comes to clinically proven immune boosting supplements that do no harm, mushroom therapy ranks high on many veterinary cancer specialists’ lists.

Step 2: Strengthen Your Dog’s Immune System

Cancer attacks the body’s immune system in order to grow. The next big step you can take to stop it is to boost your dog’s immunity so that it can recognize, destroy and work toward preventing cancer cells from overtaking the body. You can help do this with the power of medicinal mushrooms.

Ganoderma Reishi Medicinal Mushroom

Medicinal mushroom ganoderma reisshi

Both humans and dog cancer patients have experienced the power of medicinal mushrooms for decades. They’ve been well-studied for their anti-cancer, anti-tumor, immune regulating beta-glucans compounds. Some types you may be familiar with include shitake, but less common medicinal mushrooms include coriolus, agaricus and cordyceps.

“And I found they work. They extend life, slow progression, and keep life quality high in dog cancer patients beyond traditional care expectations,” says dog cancer vet Dr. Dressler.

When consumed in measured quantities, these fungi:

  • Strengthen and stimulate the immune system
  • Give the body more energy to fight cancer
  • Help dogs rebound from the effects of chemotherapy.

But no matter how great of a chef you might be, your dog doesn’t want to eat heaps of mushrooms every day. So how do you get the power of medicinal mushrooms into your dog’s diet? That’s easy: K9 Immunity Plus™, a one-step, clinically proven, holistic way to fight cancer without the risk of side effects.

Step 3: Treat your dog to K9 Immunity Plus™

Feeding foods with strong aromas and flavors are one of the best ways to perk up a dog’s appetite during cancer treatments. That’s why the folks at K9 Medicinals put the power of medicinal mushrooms into a single tasty, fish and liver flavored chew – K9 Immunity Plus™.

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Along with your oncologist’s treatment plan, daily doses of K9 Immunity Plus™ can help improve the odds of keeping cancer away. This soft, tasty wafer is so easy to give! It contains the exact same effective ingredients previously only found in the pill form of K9 Immunity.

With every dose your dog will think he’s being spoiled rotten with treats, but you can feel good knowing that he’s getting an all-in-one trio of support with K9 Immunity™, K9 Transfer Factor™ and K9 Omega™. Every soft chew contains:

  1. K9 Immunity—activates ALL 260 different classes of immune cells
  2. K9 Transfer Factor—maximizes recovery results by enhancing K9 Immunity’s effectiveness
  3. K9 Omega —powerful fish oil to inhibit tumor growth and supports overall health during cancer treatment K9 Immunity Coupon

Over a million dogs have benefited from the power K9 Immunity, including Tripawds Founder Jerry and many other Tripawds members too.

Tasty, Easy and Convenient Medicinal Mushrooms

Pills are no fun for you or your dog, especially if you need to give many. But K9 Immunity Plus soft chews make it easy and tasty to give your pup powerful immune support and although you might not like the strong, fishy aroma of K9 Immunity Plus, your dog most definitely will!

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With each bite, you can feel good knowing you’re doing everything possible to help your dog fight cancer – with no known side effects that could compromise quality of life. Ingredients are listed in more detail here.

K9 Immunity Plus soft chews are:

  • Tastier than pills
  • More convenient to give
  • Costs less than buying K9 Immunity, K9 Transfer Factor and K9 Omega separately.

If you have more questions about K9 Immunity Plus, or any products from our friends at K9 Medicinals you can call and chat with a caring and knowledgeable representative anytime during normal business hours:


We hope your dog continues to enjoy a long, healthy, happy life and appreciate this opportunity to share how K9 Medicinals has helped our Jerry and so many of our friends. We sincerely believe that it can do the same for your dog too. If you’ve tried K9 Medicinals, we want to hear about your experience. Please hop over to this “Eating Healthy” Discussion Forum Topic today!

K9 Immunity Plus:

  • The only formula that turns on all 260 types of immune cells. This provides your dog faster and better results.
  • Made in the USA in a FDA certified facility
  • Guaranteed to be free of dangerous toxins.

Please note that we are not vets. The information presented here is not meant to be construed as medical advice or guidance, nor should it be substituted for veterinary assistance. Always discuss any remedies and treatments you wish to pursue with your veterinarian.