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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.



A Grain Free Dog Food Recipe for Hoppy Tripawd Bellies

October 10th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Diet

Hey Tripawds! We’re getting ready for National Pet Obesity Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 12. What better way to do it than share Patchy the Tripawd Saint Bernard’s favorite home cooking recipe!

Grain Free Dog Food Recipe for Large and Small Breeds Alike

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Patchy gets home cookin’ all the time, lucky dawg!

If you think home cooking for a large breed dog is impawsible, think again. Summer regularly cooks for her pack of three Saints, one English Bulldog and one Miniature Pincher!

Summer was kind enough to share Patchy’s favorite grain free dog food recipe, Chuppy Pow. She makes this recipe using quinoa because quinoa is not a grain, believe it or not. It’s a seed!

“We make another version for everyone else made with brown rice and barley instead of quinoa,” says Summer. “We make another version for everyone else made with brown rice and barley instead of quinoa. Quinoa is so expensive which is unfortunate as we would love to have them all on that.

The recipe is the same we have to make a huge pot for everyone else so everything is pretty much tripled as far as what goes in and we usually use 10 lbs of chicken.  This lasts us for about a week for everyone.”

grain-free dog food recipe

Patchy and Summer

Homemade Grain Free Chuppy Pow
(Patchy’s food)

What you will need:

grain-free dog food recipe

You won’t need any special ingredients.

  • Pre – cooked chicken, beef roast or pork roast (patchy’s favorite is pork)
  • 1, 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1, 16 oz can dices tomatoes
  • Combination of fresh veggies such as (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach etc.) grated fine in a food processor or Ninja
  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • Olive Oil about 3 tbsp
  • Iodized Sea Salt about 2 tbsp
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Everything is already in your pantry!

Prepare the Meal

In a large pan combine all ingredients except the fresh veggies. Add enough water to nearly fill the pan.

grain-free dog food recipe

Cover and simmer on low for about 30 – 45 minutes.

grain-free dog food recipe

Cook until quinoa is done (quinoa is done when you see small white rings around the seed).

grain-free dog food recipe

Once the quinoa is done add the fresh vegies that have been grated in a food processor to the pan.

grain-free dog food recipe

Allow to cook on low for about 15 more minutes.

grain-free dog food recipe

This makes a large pot with enough Chuppy Pow for a large pup for about 4 days.

As Patchy continues kicking butt over cancer and getting ready to celebrate his seven month ampuversary, one can’t help but think that healthy, wholesome foods are contributing to his victory.

If you’d like to try home cooking for your Tripawd hero with or without cancer, first work with your vet to ensure you’re coming up with all the right ingredients for good health.

More Tripawds Home Cooking Recipes

Rio’s Healthy Soup for Dogs Recipe

High Protien Low Fat Dog Food Recipe from The Canine Ancestral Diet

Easy Grain-Free Salmon Treats Recipe for Tripawd Cats and Dogs

Jasper’s Jazzy Healthy Dog Cake Recipe

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Apple Cake Recipe for Healthy Dogs

Spirit Tika’s Omega-3 Salmon Treat Recipe

The Oaktown Pack Dog Treat Recipe

Healthy Treat Recipe for Cancer Dogs

Is Home Cooking for Pets Worth The Effort?





Be Your Dog’s Hero with #FreeMe Joint Supplement

September 12th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Supplements

One day your puppy is a ball of crazy, unstoppable energy. And the next, he’s sporting a gray muzzle with the dignified look of a wise old pack leader. Not even a super hero can stop a dog’s aging process, but one thing we can do is protect and heal our dog’s joints. We’re playing super hero to Wyatt Ray, by starting him on Free Me, a premium dog joint supplement by TruDog™.

Tripawd workout

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.

Wyatt Ray is getting older and yep – a little mellower! Some days he prefers catching sunbeams instead of a wave, on others he’s ready for more action. He gets a daily a mix of healthy and safe exercise to keep him limber and injury free. But now that he’s almost eight, his needs are more challenging. Just like humans, his joints have to feel good enough so he wants to exercise. That’s why a premium dog joint supplement like Free Me makes all the difference.

Because his joints are strong, he wants to do this:

Tripawd workout

Free Me is a once-daily, liver flavored joint supplement for dogs that promotes:

  • Reduced Discomfort
  • Less Inflammation
  • Better Range Of Motion
  • Increased Joint Cushioning

Why Other Dog Joint Supplements Don’t Compare

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Free Me has a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Free Me works because it contains a breakthrough joint support formula called BiovaPlex. This all-natural egg shell membrane extract is clinically tested to keep joints flexible and stable. It’s rich in elastin, collagens and glycosaminoglycans such as chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. Thia Made in America supplement also promotes healthier skin and coat too.

Free Me also stands out from other dog joint supplements because it contains:

  • AstraGin®
    As a potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, AstraGin works by blocking different chemicals that cause pain. Manage the pain and you can reduce the inflammatory compounds found behind many chronic diseases like osteoarthritis.
  • Astaxanthin®
    This key ingredient what allows Free Me to be easily absorbed by the body. It allows crucial amino acids, glucose and vitamins to penetrate the body’s blood cells.
  • Proprietary HA.
    As a major part of joint (synovial) fluid, HA (Hyaluronic Acid) promotes joint lubrication. Its secondary role is keeping inflammation in check. Commonly given to horses and people as a medical injection, HA protects tissues by slowing down the damage created by free radicals when inflammation is present.

What you won’t find in Free Me:

NO Chinese-made ingredients. Everything is produced here in the USA.
NO Shellfish, Sugar, Wheat, Corn or Soy.

But, you will find a product that’s so good, TruDog backs it up!

dog joint supplement

Another thing we appreciate about Free Me is that it comes in a beef liver flavored powder.

Tripawd dog joint supplement

Liver-flavored powder is just like a treat!

Sprinkle it on your dog’s food and they think it’s a treat. Because Free Me is water soluble it’s easily absorbed too. Wyatt’s had no problems transitioning over and probably doesn’t even realize it’s the reason he’s so spry these days! Over the coming months we’ll report back on how he’s doing. Till then, we encourage you to be your Tripawd’s hero and give it a try.

Tripawd dog joint supplement

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