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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.”

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Patchy and Summer

Homemade Grain Free Chuppy Pow
(Patchy’s food)

What you will need:

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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.

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

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

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

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Allow to cook on low for about 15 more minutes.

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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™.

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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!

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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.

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Best Of Weight Loss Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs

August 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Diet

Did you know that almost 60 percent of cats and dogs in the United States are overweight? Most of us don’t even know that our dogs and cats need to lose weight. For a three-legged animal, obesity is a major problem that greatly impacts quality of life. Overweight Tripawds are far more prone to mobility issues, joint stress and more.

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Wyatt and Travis beg for dinner.

The good news is, we have more resources than ever to determine if our pets need to drop the pounds. And it’s ENTIRELY in our hands to help them do it! Our dogs and cats cannot do it alone.

What’s even better is our vets are ready to help! Start by making pet wellness checks a regular part of your dog or cat’s annual health care. At the wellness check, ask your vet if your dog or cat needs to lose weight. If so, your vet will have many resources to help you get started.

And, you also have this list of our best (so far) “Weight Loss Tips for Tripawd Cats and Dogs” to guide you too.

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Weight Loss Resources for Tripawd Cats and Dogs

Pumpkin Pulp Treats for Cat and Dog Weight Loss, Digestion and More!

Tripawd Diet Tips to #GetHealthyHappy

Homemade Dehydrated Green Beans Make Great Treats for Dogs

Did You Know Dogs Get Diabetes?

Staying Slim Makes forHoppy Tripawds

Trouble is the Biggest (Weight Loss) Winner

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

Learn Three Legged Dog Diet Health Tips from Dr. Patty Khuly (Podcast)

From the “Eating Healthy” Tripawds Discussion Forum

What Is Your Pet’s Body Condition Score?

How do I help my newly tripawed to lose weight and get motivated?

Trying to shed a few pounds (tripawds or quadpawds)

Weight gain.

Dry Food Recommendations to control weight

Needing to lose some weight…

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Do you have a Tripawd weight loss story you’d like to share? Contact us today, we’d love to spread the word and celebrate your success!




Natural Remedies for Amputation Recovery

July 28th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Medication, Supplements

Is there a brand new Tripawd in your home? Then you’ll want to read every word of this excellent guest post about natural remedies for amputation recovery. It’s written by Gina Snow, a licensed veterinary technician with over 20 years of natural pet health experience. She’s a dear friend of the Tripawds community and author of Doggie Decihper, a blog devoted to natural health for dogs and cats.

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Excellent! Your companion has made it safely through the surgical amputation but, what is needed from here to provide the most comfort and a speedier recovery?

One of the safest natural methods I recommend is homeopathy. Homeopathy is an energy medicine that works with the body’s own healing abilities and it can be used with any medication as it has no contraindications. For more detail about homeopathy, read this article from the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.

One of the first problems you may see is slow recovery from the anesthesia.

Obviously, the IV fluids that are given help “push” out the drug(s) but is there something natural and safe you can do to? Yes, the homeopathic form of Phosphorus will help speed a slow anesthetic recovery or that dopey demeanor.

A 30C or 200C potency is what you will find at your local health food store and either can be used. This remedy is used 1-4 times per day until the animal is less “drugged” feeling. It is rarely needed more than 24-48 hours.

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Wyatt is dopey after surgery.

Is your pet anxious and restless?

Some vets prescribe the tranquilizer ACE which can make many pets worse and some breeds of dogs cannot take this drug at all.

The drug ACE reduces their locomotion and does nothing for the pain or anxiety, only their movement, in my experience.

Pacing, shifting, panting and wandering are often signs of pain which leads to anxiety, not vice versa, so treating the pain is often what curbs the anxiety.

The homeopathic remedy Aconite (NOT the herb) is fantastic for anxiety, especially if there is a lot of shivering, shaking, pacing or even hiding. It can help with the anxiety whether is is from pain, drug reactions or post op confusion.

200C potency is often needed for this intense symptom and can eliminate the shivering within minutes after giving it!

What if your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea or is angry or grumpy after amputation?

Well, Nux vomica, another homeopathic remedy, can help with those types of symptoms. Again, 30C or 200C is best, given 1-4 times per day until the bowel issues and/or grumpy attitude have passed.

At the same time your pet is feeling “green” (nauseated), they are most likely experiencing some pain and discomfort, even despite the conventional pain medication they were prescribed.

Here are some common choices for post op pain relief:

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Tripawd Eider after amputation surgery.

Homeopathic Arnica is very helpful for pain, swelling and bruising. It is also helpful for those that avoid touch of any kind, post op. Homeopathic Hypericum is a fantastic nerve pain reliever and many nerves are involved with amputations. It may be given long term if the animal seems to be experiencing phantom pain symptoms.

Homeopathic Belladonna (NOT the herb) is a great pain reliever if there is much swelling and perhaps the patient wants to bite at the slightest touch. The Belladonna patient is often in so much pain that even their pupils are dilated and large. If the pain seems to be at the actual incision itself, homeopathic Staphysagria is the remedy of choice.

For any post op bleeding, Ferr phos 6x cell salt (a type of low potency homeopathic remedy) can be very helpful. This cell salt also helps to build the body back up and recover faster after surgery. Cell salts are given 2-4 times per day.

If any post op infection occurs, the homeopathic remedy Hepar sulph is the top choice.

Often these animals are in pain due to the secondary infection. The Hepar sulph can be combined with the cell salt Silicea 6X to help rid the body of the infection even faster.

All of these remedy suggestions should be chosen on individual symptoms. It is best to give the fewest remedies possible to achieve the desired effects although it is safe to combine remedies if multiple symptoms are present.

Since amputation is an acute condition, you should see improvement in symptoms very quickly, sometimes within minutes of giving the correct remedy. Again, if no improvement after 4 doses, reevaluate the pets symptoms and consider another choice.

It is best to give the remedies as infrequently as needed but frequently enough to provide relief. Animals may need the pain reliever remedies long term, if they are proving helpful.

Stop any remedy if it is not helping symptoms or new symptoms occur. It is always advisable that you seek the consultation of a veterinarian homeopathy, if possible.

I hope these few important remedies provide relief for many!

In health,
Gina Snow LVT

Many thanks to Gina for another great article. Be sure to follow her blog and check out all of the posts she’s written for our community.

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