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Try Natural Flea Protection with Wondercide

May 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Products

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It’s that time of year when we weigh the pros and cons of weapons in the war against fleas. Do we choose natural flea protection for pets or go for the big guns?

Natural flea protection

There’s no doubt that conventional flea medications work. That’s because they have so many toxic ingredients that manufacturers warn you against touching your pet where the flea medication has been applied.

We think that’s crazy. If conventional flea medication for pets is dangerous for us to touch, but considered “safe” to put on our animals, then how can it be safe?

Natural Flea Protection 1: Toxic Chemicals 0

Natural flea protection without chemicals means that, instead of one fast and easy chemically-induced drop on our dogs and cats, we wage a battle on three different fronts;

  • the yard
  • the home
  • and those nasty fleas.

It’s more work for us, but choosing poisonous flea medications to protect our pets isn’t a wise move. Here’s why:

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Tripawd Oreo and his pack are all about natural flea protection. In this blog post, “I fought the fleas and I think I won,” they share a favorite products for keeping fleas away, Wondercide EcoTreat.


Enjoy a Flea-Free Yard

The active ingredient in Wondercide Flea and Tick Products is cedar oil, which has been used for centuries to protect from pests (think Grandma’s cedar chest!). Cedar oil works by blocking octopamine, which is necessary to regulate heart rate, movement, and metabolism in “bad bugs” like fleas and ticks. When cedar oil is present in the area, pests are repelled. When contacted by cedar oil, pests die.  *For indoor infestations, use Wondercide Natural Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home.

Natural flea protection pesticies don’t work the same way as chemical pesticides. Chemical-based treatments utilize water or petroleum distillates as a carrier for their active ingredients, most often permethrins, or other formulations using primitive, nerve gas byproducts, commonly referred to as pyrethroids.

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For best results treating active flea & tick problems, you must apply twice within 7-10 days to ensure you break the egg cycle. We recommend the Hose End Sprayer method when applying for treatment of active pest problems.

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Get Holistic Pet Care Health Help with Dr. Morgan’s Nutrition, Diet and Treatment Tips

April 13th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Books

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If you’re a Tripawds member, you’re probably looking for information about healthy dog and cat foods and other ways to keep your pet healthy and strong. We aim to please, so here is a great new resource we think you should examine:

From Needles to Natural: Learning Holistic Pet Healing

This guide to holistic pet care is written for the layperson like you and me, by Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, VVA, CVCP, CVFT, of Clayton Veterinary Associates. Here’s why you need this book:

After using traditional Western veterinary medicine to treat her animal patients for many years, Dr. Judy Morgan discovered a better way to help them live longer, healthier lives.

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Get Started Learning About Holistic Pet Care

In From Needles to Natural she shares her journey from traditional to holistic veterinary medicine and helps pet owners understand the differences between good advertising and good health for their animal friends. With more than thirty years of experience as a practicing veterinarian, Morgan blends her personal story as a lifelong animal lover with this collection of professional opinions about animals and animal care.

The book covers a variety of topics including:

  • pet nutrition and food therapy
  • pet food labels
  • veterinary chiropractic care
  • acupuncture
  • understanding the array of vaccines and medications.

Morgan, who has produced a full webinar series on YouTube, discusses alternative and supplemental treatments for pet illnesses. Here’s her first webinar video, “Reading Pet Food Labels.”

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While narrating heartwarming tales of the pets she’s treated, Morgan dispels the myths about effective pet care and teaches pet owners the benefits of feeding and treating an animal holistically.

Cook Healthy Dog Food with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Morgan also co-authored another helpful holistic pet care book about home cooking for pets that recently hit shelves, “What’s For Dinner, Dexter?: Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory.

Home cooking for your dog can be fun and easy. By using Chinese Medicine theory, you can keep your pet healthy using fresh, wholesome food ingredients. Learn to use food as medicine by following the simple guidelines in What’s For Dinner, Dexter? Over 50 main dishes for your dog, some travel meals and snacks.

We haven’t read these books yet but they sure look fantastic. If you check ’em out before we do, drop us a line below and let us know what you thought.


Water Your Dog on the Go with Portable Water Bowl

March 19th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Products

Tripawds work so hard when they walk. With one less limb to get around, it’s critical to take water on walks, car rides and play dates.

portable dog water bowl

Spree drinks from Water Rover Portable Dog Bowl

Whether you’re headed around the block or on a weekend road trip, keep water with you at all times to quench your Tripawd dog or cat’s thirst. Here are some favorite portable dog water bowls that make this an easy habit to start.

We looked for portable cat water bowls but couldn’t find any. Holler if you have a favorite for your feline!

Water Rover Portable Pet Water Bowl

The Water Rover Portable Pet Water Bowl is our #1 all-time favorite way to carry water for our Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt. You can see why:

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  • Hands-Free – Clips to belt or waist band
  • Leak-Free – Even when held upside down
  • Waste-Free – Extra water tips back into the bottle
  • Hassle-Free – Wide mouth bottle is easy to fill with water and ice

Check out these other portable pet water bowls we like:

The Gulpy Water Dispenser

We used to have one of the Gulpy Water Dispenser back when Jerry was a pup and it lasted several years. These are great for smaller dogs since larger ones tend to gulp the water down at one time.

  • Easy way to carry and dispense water for your pet.
  • Flips open so your dog can sip from the attached cup.
  • Simply flip to open position and gently squeeze bottle to fill tray.
  • Convenient belt clip for no-hands carrying.
  • Great for hot days and long walks with your dog.
  • Colors are assorted.

And here’s one we haven’t tried but like the way it looks and sounds:

H2Rover Water Bottle for Dogs

Talk about a very cool idea! The H2Rover Water Bottle for Dogs allows you to water your dog using a hose and spigot attached to the bottom of the bottle. You can still drink safely and hygienically from the top.

  • Water your dog using a hose and spigot attached to the bottom of the bottle.
  • You can still drink safely and hygienically from the top.
  • Machined stainless steel connector between the bottle and hose
  • Solid no-leak connections
  • High quality tap valve for dispensing to your dog

Here’s how it works:

The folks at H2Rover are so confident your dog will like drinking from it, they offer a money back guarantee if your dog doesn’t warm up to the idea!

Pet Top Combo Portable Drinking Device

Now here’s something original! The Pet Top Combo Portable Drinking Device and Short Neck Adapter for Pets lets you turn an ordinary plastic beverage bottle into something your pet can drink from!

Keep this in your car for those times you forgot your Water Rover or H2Rover bottles.

  • Provides a neat, convenient water supply for pets when on the go
  • Fits most standard water bottles
  • Adjust water flow by a simple turn of the cap
  • Made in the USA using only high-quality, non-toxic materials
  • Top rack dishwasher safe

Do you have favorite portable pet water and food bowls? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Building a First Aid Kit for Adventures with your Dog(s)

March 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Products

If anyone knows about pet first aid and adventures it’s longtime Tripawds member TC Wait, dog mom to a pack of twenty Huskies, led in spirit by the one and only Calpurnia, a Tripawd musher extraordinaire.

Spirit Calpurnia

Always in awe of the Odaroloc Sled Dog’s wild times in the Great White North, we asked TC if she wouldn’t mind sharing her essential “Must Haves” for the doggie first aid kits she totes to Alaska and out on the sledding trails.

The Odaroloc Team on the Trail

As an ever-supportive Tripawds member, TC gladly shared her tips and tricks for medical emergency pet care. Although we hope you never have to use it, we know you’ll find her insight as useful as we do. Here goes:

“Having adventures with your canine companions are one of life’s great joys, and for many of us, one of the reasons you have a furry dog buddy. Dogs make great hiking, biking, running, canoeing, camping, swimming, skiing, sledding, Frisbee, you-name-it buddies, and being active is good for both human and canine friends. However, with fun and adventure comes a certain level of risk that you need to be prepared for – cuts, sprains, and other injuries can happen to your buddy as well as to yourself during any outing. It is good practice to have some sort of first aid kit on hand that can be available if something happens to you, your dog, or someone else who happens to be out enjoying the day.

TC and her traveling partner.

There are all sorts of pre-packaged first aid kits that you can get online or at sporting stores. Most (but not all) of the items that are sold for human use can also be used for dogs. You need to be aware that many over-the-counter medications (such as Ibuprofen) that are safe for humans to use can be very toxic to animals. Additionally, a human-sized bandaid isn’t going to be very helpful for an injury on your Chow-chow, so any first aid kit will need a certain level of modification to make fit for both species.

The best place to start is a chat with your veterinarian. A good working relationship between a pet owner and their veterinarian is the best bet to ensure the overall health of any animal. Your vet knows the specific needs that your dog has, and can help you find items to include in your kit specifically for your dog, and the activity you are planning. They can also identify items in your kit that should NOT be used on dogs, which you might want to mark somehow so that any future need can easily identify and avoid them.

You should also sit down and ask yourself some questions.

  • What sort of trip are you planning?
  • How long of a trip are you expecting?
  • What type of injury might occur?
  • Where are the closest resources you can turn to for help?
  • Are you in cell phone range?
  • Do you have local veterinary numbers written down?
  • Does your dog have special medication or medical needs to plan for?
  • Are there particular environmental conditions (extreme heat, cold, remoteness, noise, poisonous plants/animals, etc.) to take into consideration?
  • Are there any special logistics, vaccinations, or medications you may need where you are going (ie international travel, or areas where there may be parasites that you do not have in your area, such as fleas, heartworm, ticks, etc.)?

These questions are important to consider for every outing you take. A day hike near your home requires a different level of preparedness than a multi-week backpacking trek with your dog along the Appalachian Trail, for example. Once you have an idea of the scope of your trip, you can better plan what you may need as far as first aid. It may be useful to have several different first aid kits assembled, for day trips up through a range of adventures you may have planned. Once you have your materials gathered, you need a convenient way to store them. A toiletry travel bag or an old “bum bag” can be used as an easy grab-and-go first aid kit. For larger adventures, you might consider a small suitcase or duffel bag.

It is always good to have basic first aid training of some sort – from the basic course you can take at Red Cross to extensive wilderness first aid training to deal with emergencies when help is not nearby. Your veterinarian can also help guide you for what to do on longer, more remote trips where veterinary care may be some time or distance away. If you have multiple dogs, be sure to ask your vet for dosage of any medications (over the counter or prescription) for each dog, and write it down in your kit. Additionally, having some reference books on hand can be helpful. There are a number of emergency care guides specifically for dogs that are available. It is good to look through them a little before the need arises to familiarize yourself with them – you can even add tabs to sections that may be more useful for your adventure so you can flip to that page quickly.

Putting this all together takes some time, but to give you some ideas it might be helpful to peek inside our first aid kits. For full disclosure, our kits are designed for our particular location and canine adventures. Each winter we travel north to our cabin in Alaska with our 20 sled dogs and 2 cats. We take multi-day winter camping trips by dog sled through remote parts of Alaska, often covering 300 miles or more at a time. Temperatures can get pretty chilly (it is currently -33F), so many things that are brittle plastic or in liquid form cannot be used. Even at our cabin, the closest veterinarian is 2 hours away, and on the trails vet care could be days away. This is likely very different than the activity you are planning, so keep that in mind!

On the Trail

Day Trip Doggie First Aid Kit

  • Bandaids (standard size)
  • 4×4 gauze pads
  • Diaper or sanitary napkin (don’t laugh-they are super absorbent for wounds)
  • Roll of 2-inch wide vet wrap
  • Roll of 4-inch wide vet wrap
  • Moleskin
  • Superglue
  • Ibuprofen (pain/anti-inflammatory – human)
  • Rimadyl (pain/anti-inflammatory – canine)
  • Benadryl (allergic reactions)
  • Yunnan Baiyao (bleeding)
  • Flint and cotton (to start a fire if needed)
  • Emergency “space” blanket
  • Orange flagging tape
  • Duct tape (fixes everything)
  • Pocket knife/leatherman tool
  • Trauma shears
  • Foot cream
  • Healing salve (made locally from beeswax, olive oil, and herbs)
  • Extra dog booties
  • Hydrating Dog Snacks (if going out for more than 3 hours – not in the kit, but in the sled)

Multiple Day Doggie Travel Kit

All of the above, PLUS

  • Throat lozenges
  • Aspirin
  • Latex or nitrile gloves
  • Loperamide Hydrochloride (anti-diarrheal)
  • Famotidine (acid reducer)
  • Tramadol (pain reliever)
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Betadine wash packets (the packets defrost pretty fast)
  • Prescription meds for dogs that need them
  • Anti-inflammatory massage oil (for working dogs)
  • Isotone (hydration supplement)
  • Sam splint
  • Soft nylon muzzle
  • Skin stapler or suture material (with instruction for use from our vet)
  • Child’s t-shirt (to prevent licking on torso)
  • Dog jacket for each dog (not in the kit, but in the sled)
  • Dog food and cooker to make warm water for meals (not in the kit, but in the sled)

By far our biggest first aid kit is the one we use when we are on the road driving between Colorado and Alaska. Some of the stretches in Canada and Alaska are very remote, and we need to be sure we have everything we need to keep our animals healthy and comfortable for a long drive. That kit fits in a suitcase, and includes all sorts of things from fluids to specific pharmaceuticals we may need for our dogs with medical issues. If you are doing extensive travel with your animals, the best bet is to work closely with your vet to get exactly what you may need and know how to use it.

Good luck and have a great adventure!”

Odaroloc Adventures in Alaska


Paw Prints in Heaven Book Helps Grieving Hearts

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Books

If you or someone you care about is coping with the loss of a pet, here’s an adorable book that’s one thing you can do to help heal a broken heart.

Paw Prints in Heaven


This hard cover 10 x 10 book includes 14 colorfully illustrated pages lovingly painted by artist Shari Sherman. It was created to bring a comforting perspective for pet owners who are grieving the loss of their dog. A portion of proceeds from this book is donated to local animal rescue organizations in an effort to improve the lives of our best friends.


  • Hardcover
  • 24 pages
  • Fully illustrated by Shari Sherman
  • Written by Connie Stubbs & Kirby
  • 9″ x 9″ (22.9 cm)
  • Made in the USA

With thanks to Angel Harmony’s Mom Pam for telling us about this comforting tool for helping to cope with pet loss.

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