Not too many pets love taking pills, and with good reason. Many medications taste just awful, especially Tramadol, a common medication for new amputees. If your pet has made it clear that certain medications are just unacceptable, you’re going to need to get creative about giving them.
Whatever you do, never hide pills in your pet’s regular meals. Your pet may associate their food with the taste of pills and go on a hunger strike. That’s the last thing you need.
Instead, mix up how you give the pills. Wrap them in different foods, always changing up the routine. Some creative ways to disguise pet pills include wrapping them in:
Store-Bought Pill Paste, Wraps, Masks and Treats
As you can see below, we found a ton of commercially-made pill pastes and wraps that will keep your Tripawd from getting too used to your pill disguises.
The only issue we can see with the following products is that the ingredients aren’t exactly health-conscious. Many include controversial ingredients, including preservatives like BHT or corn syrup for flavoring. This is not great when you’re aiming for a low-glycemic, anti-cancer diet for your Tripawd dog or cat. On the other hand, as long these pill masks are given in small quantities, one can assume that the overall benefits of the medications are greater than the small risk these ingredients pose.
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get your dog or cat to take pills. Always be conservative about using these pill wraps.
Few situations in a cat or dog’s life are as stressful as amputation surgery, recovery and learning to get around on three legs. It’s not uncommon for some animals to show signs of stress after amputation surgery, like urinating outside the litter box, displaying anxious behavior in familiar situations and more. It might be tempting to ask your vet for a sedative or even Prozac, but why not try an all-natural anxiety remedy first, like the Feliway Diffuser.
Feliway Pheromones Help Progo’s Recovery
We learned about Feliway Diffusers when Progo, a 16-year old cat and brand new Tripawd, was having litterbox woes. He refused to use the box so his people reached for an all-natural stress remedy: pheromones!
Just to update, for others who might be in the same spot, we got a Feliway diffuser and some “calming treats” (which he took well for about a week, then started refusing). He has been confining his peeing to the bathroom, where the litterbox is, since starting the Feliway (whether coincidence or not), but until yesterday it was on the floor. I put down “pee pads” and he would pee on them. Yesterday and once today, though, he actually peed in the litterbox for the first time since surgery. Hoping this might continue…
How Pheromones Can Ease Animal Stress
So what is this invisible thing called “Pheromones”? According to Feliway, “Pheromones are chemical signals which are widely used for animal communication. When emitted by one individual, pheromones are then detected by other individuals from the same species. The messages conveyed by the pheromones affect behavior.
Here’s a great video by Feliway that explains how pheromone therapy can make life better for stressed cats:
Pheromone therapy comes in all sorts of varieties, like diffusers you plug in:
You can also buy pheromone collars:
and of course, dogs can also benefit with the same type of pheromone therapy, only it’s known as “D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromones). Calming dog pheromones come as wall diffusers:
Many veterinarians have embraced synthetic pheromones, recommending them for use at home as well as in cat carriers. The success of these products has cut down on expensive sessions with animal behaviorists. “We’re seeing far less of the common behavior problems such as urine spraying than we saw 10 or 15 years ago,” says Gary Landsberg, a leading veterinary behaviorist in Toronto. Instead, he adds, “we’re seeing much more difficult, pathologically anxious, phobic or compulsive animals.” In those cases, he often recommends pheromones, along with psychotropic medication and behavior therapy.
Like any behavior therapy, what works for one animal may not work for another. Treating anxiety and stress takes patience and time to see what will make the best impact so you new Tripawd can lead a happy, healthy life. If one type of holistic anxiety remedy doesn’t work like you thought it would, try another. Odds are pretty good there is a product out there that can ease your dog or cat’s transition to life on three legs.
When your dog loses a leg, they must re-learn different normal activities, like walking and balancing. Plus, front leg Tripawds have an extra challenge that rear leg Tripawds do not: chewing on bones and toys.
When Tripawds Founder Jerry lost his front left leg, we thought he’d never chew on bones again. Without two paws, how could he hold anything? But it didn’t take long for him to show us that our fears were unnecessary.
“Look Ma, One Paw!”
As determined as he was to enjoy his bones, it wasn’t an easy position for him. Too bad the Benebone wasn’t invented yet!
Meet the Benebone Wishbone Chew Toy
Benebone Wishbone Chew Toy is a meat-flavored dog chew that will please dogs for hours. It’s got an ergonomic design that’s friendly to all dogs, Tripawd or not.
The company says “We painstakingly designed Benebone with dogs in mind. Benebones are curved to allow dogs to pop-up one end and get a satisfying chew going. It has deep grooves which allow pups to get a good bite, and increased surface area for improved scent and flavor. Our shape is so special, it’s patented!”
Benebones are flavored with 100% real bacon or chicken. The only ingredients are Nylon and Bacon (or Chicken) and every Benebone is proudly Made in the U.S.A.
What’s even better? Benebone supports canine welfare, in particular dog shelters throughout the USA.
“If you have a “front” Tripawd, this Y-shaped bone will be your pup’s new favorite. We discovered this yesterday & Hop Along Prancy Pants absolutely loves it. She can hold it in place, unlike other “normal” bones. Bones are tricky!”
Real Meat Flavors: Bacon or Chicken!
Also comes in a Peanut Butter Flavor too.
Patented Design makes it easy to grab a bite
Made in the USA
NOTE: Product should be whole and intact at all times. Replace at first sign of reasonable wear, such as deep teeth marks, cracks, or any sign of breaking apart. *Made in a facility that may also be in contact with nuts. As a precaution, do not introduce to a household with a nut allergy of any kind.*
Want to get the best book for the dog and cat parents on your shopping list? It’s called “Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures,” and here’s why we think it’s such a perfect gift for the pet parents in your life. Oh and don’t be fooled by the title: Heal also discusses how cats are helping cancer research too!
“Heal” is Full of Hope
When you hear the words comparative oncology, what comes to mind? For most of us, those two words don’t mean much at first. But once you know why it matters so much, you’ll want to explain it to everyone you know.
. . . studies cancers that occur naturally in animals (not just dogs, but also cats, horses and other domesticated animals); it uses its findings to develop treatments and cures that can benefit people, as well as animals.
We used to think comparative oncology was a daunting topic, but then we were sent a press copy of Heal and what a game changer! Now we know that if we want to see a cancer cure in our lifetimes, we all need to shout out to the world that comparative oncology is the answer. Here’s how Heal can help us do that.
Arlene Weintraub and Molly
Drawn from extensive research, on-the-ground reporting, and personal experience, this book explores the fascinating role dogs are playing in the search for cures for cancer. Learn how veterinarians and oncologists are working together to discover new treatments — cutting-edge therapies designed to help both dogs and people suffering from cancer.
Heal introduces readers to the field of comparative oncology by describing several research projects aimed at finding new therapies for cancers that are similar in dogs and people, including lymphoma, osteosarcoma, breast cancer, melanoma, and gastric cancer. Weintraub, who lost her sister to gastric cancer, also writes about the emerging science behind the remarkable ability of dogs to sniff out early stage cancer and the efforts underway to translate that talent into diagnostic devices for early detection of the disease. In the course of bringing these dogs and their human companions to life, Weintraub takes her own personal journey from grief to healing, as she shows her readers how man’s best friend might be the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.
Cancer is not a sexy or happy subject to read about but Weintraub manages to put “Hope” in every chapter. From the success stories of dogs and cats who participated in studies that resulted in groundbreaking cancer treatments, to the insightful way she chronicles her own transformation from feeling hopeless to hopeful about cancer cures, Weintraub’s book is a great read that leaves us inspired and excited about the future of cancer research.
Listen to Arlene Weintraub on Tripawd Talk Radio
On Tuesday we were thrilled to speak with Weintraub herself for this month’s edition of Tripawd Talk Radio. Give our chat a listen, then order Heal today so you can pass it around to all of your favorite pet parents during the holidays.
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