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Learn, Laugh in the Face of Cancer with Dr. Sarah Boston’s Memoir, Lucky Dog

July 24th, 2014 by jerry in Books · No Comments

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Veterinary oncologists are the superheroes of the Tripawds Nation. With brilliant minds working overtime to help us through very dark times, these cancer experts offer hope and understanding when oftentimes our friends and family do the opposite.

But what happens when a vet oncologist is facing her own cancer battle? Can she find reassurance in a bogged-down human health care system that pales in comparison to the efficient, compassionate care that her animal patients receive? Will human oncology medicine measure up to her expectations?

The book “Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life” by Dr. Sarah Boston, takes us on a funny and unforgettable journey through the eyes of a brainy, lovely and funny oncologist. Any pet parent who’s been through the cancer experience or is going through it now will relate to every word. Here’s why:

Animal or Human Cancer Patients: Who Gets the Better Deal?

Sharp as a tack and ready to do battle with cancer every day of her life, Dr. Boston is a busy veterinary oncology surgeon who is well-versed in diagnosing cancer in animals. But during one typical evening while indulging in her “fantastically overpriced” French beauty cream, she happens to find a suspicious mass in her own neck. Her memoir begins with the shock of realizing she’s just made her own diagnosis:

“I’m spreading on the cream, banishing forehead wrinkles, eye wrinkles, and smile lines. I move on to my neck. Wait a second, what is that? I can feel a mass.

I do not say “bump” or “lump” or “swollen gland” because these fingers are trained fingers and I know instantly that it is a mass in my right thyroid gland. I know that it is new, and that it is not good.”

This marks the beginning of Dr. Boston’s bumpy ride through the human oncology medical system. We follow along through tests and appointments as she fluctuates between worrying about bothering her doctors too much, to becoming a ferocious advocate for herself when treatment moves at a snail’s pace and doctors patronizingly advise her not to worry – despite her gut instinct (and well-trained oncologist brain) indicating otherwise.

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From “Diagnosis” to “Treatment” to “Recovery,” the book’s chapter structure alternates between her own cancer experience and those of her canine patients. From dealing with surgeries, to coping with the reactions of friends and family, to getting back into the “real world,” Dr. Boston’s story unexpectedly unfolds into a “How To” guide for human and animal cancer survivors, their friends and family. She writes:

“It’s hard to compare a dog’s experience of cancer surgery to that of a person. A few things make it easier on them: first, they don’t know that they have cancer, and second, they have less time to think about the fact that they have cancer (if they could know that they have cancer in the first place) because they move through the process so much faster. Some things are harder. I wish I could explain to them what we are doing, why we are poking them, why they wake up in pain, and why they are sleeping in a cage. It’s heartbreaking if I think about it too much. Most of my patients are used to sleeping in a bed every night with their owners. The cage and the solitude must be very confusing. Even for the same surgical procedure, the experience for the human and animal patient is worlds apart.”

As you read through Lucky Dog, keep a highlighter pen handy. This insightful memoir is filled with so many inspirational and refreshingly honest insights about life, death, humans and animals, you’ll want to remember passages like:

“If you are a dog with a mass or a lump that someone thinks is cancer, your path to diagnosis and treatment will be very different than mine, with one glaringly obvious similarity: every patient needs an advocate. This is probably more apparent in canine patients because they can’t discuss their clinical signs, take themselves to the doctor, or make any decisions about their health. They are completely reliant on health advocacy.

Sometimes the barriers to a diagnosis and treatment are too great and our patients lose before they even have the chance to fight. Sometimes just the word cancer, and not the disease itself, is enough to bring the dog’s life to an end, even if it is a suggestion and not a firm diagnosis. A dog’s life is only as important as we think it is, and it is only worth as much as we can afford, or choose, to pay. A dog’s death is only as sad as it makes the owners who loved him, and a dog’s recovery from cancer or fake cancer is only as happy as it makes the people who are cheering him on.”

Cancer Freedom and Life Lessons

Spoiler alert: Dr. Boston survives, and today her health is good. But surviving the cancer ordeal is just the beginning of her next chapter in life, which is a new appreciation for seeing and experiencing things the way our animals do; living every day to the fullest, without worrying about the future. Again, we learn from her wisdom as she shares insights about looking death in the eye:

“We don’t consider death very often, but contemplating your mortality brings a certain level of freedom. Appreciating life for what it is – brief and precious – is cancer freedom. We are constantly trying to forget that we are all going to die. What if we stopped protecting ourselves from death? It doesn’t need to be so morbid. It might help us focus on the things that are important and bring us happiness.

What would you change in your life if you were going to die in a few days? Weeks? Months? Or years? Well, the truth is, you are. How few days, weeks, or year of life does it take before you start living the life you want to live? Wouldn’t it be better to live a shorter life with happy purpose and freedom than the unexceptional life of faux-immortality?”

When we’re in the middle of life-changing situations that drain us of our energy, it’s hard to imagine picking up a full-length novel and actually getting through it. But after reading Dr. Boston’s book, we guarantee you that her story is hard to put down, and will serve as the best medicine for you and your beloved companions, human or otherwise. Pick up a copy of “Lucky Dog,” and get ready to laugh in the face of cancer!

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Raw Feeding for Pets is a Trendy Risk, Says CSU

July 10th, 2014 by jerry in Books · 2 Comments

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People who feed their pets a raw meaty bones diet are putting their pets and entire households in jeopardy and should consider other diets, says Dr. Camille Torres-Henderson of Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital Small Animal Practice.

Adherents claim that pets eating raw diets have shinier coats, healthier skin, cleaner teeth, improved immunity and easier weight management. Impassioned testimonials about raw food diets often include anecdotes that might seem persuasive.

Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to support such claims, and the veterinarians at Colorado State University do not recommend feeding raw diets to pets. — Dr. Torres-Henderson

In this June 10, 2014 article published by CSU, Dr. Torres-Henderson goes on to advise pet parents to “analyze nutritional claims and look for the research to support those claims, especially if they seem too good to be true.”

While much of the raw feeding success stories are anecdotal, it’s hard to dispute these examples of how well the diet works for certain cats and dogs when you experience the benefits firsthand. We respectfully dispute calling it trendy, when the raw food diet for pets has been growing in popularity since the early 1990s.

We saw the raw diet benefits ourselves when Tripawds founder Spirit Jerry ate raw, and we see how bright and clean our Wyatt Ray’s teeth stay because he loves gnawing on a raw meaty bones.

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Yes there’s a salmonella risk when feeding raw, but when you consider how often commercial pet food is recalled for the same reason, the risks seem on par with one another don’t you think? CSU cites other reasons for not choosing a raw diet, including choking on bones and nutritional deficiencies, of which most veterinarians will concur.

A raw deal? The trendy ‘ancestral diet’ might not be best for your pet.  — CSU’s Dr. Torres-Henderson

There’s one thing that we can agree with when it comes to this article: there is no one perfect way to feed a dog or cat. We recommend doing your research and working with a holistic-minded vet to decide if a raw food diet is right for your pack.

Meanwhile here are some great resources for learning more about feeding a raw diet to your dog or cat so you can talk to a vet about your findings.

The Barf Diet
(Raw Feeding for Dogs and Cats Using Evolutionary Principles)

What Your Dog Is Begging For!:
Raw Meaty Bones, Your Dogs Best Friend.

Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats

Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray says “Eat more bones!”

German Shepherd Wyatt loves to eat raw bones

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Are We Shortening Our Dogs’ Lives?

June 26th, 2014 by jerry in Books · 2 Comments

Dogs don’t live long enough and we humans have a lot to do with that, as Ted Kerasote demonstrates in Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs.

This hefty book is now available in paperback and should be required reading for every new dog parent. Thanks to a promotional copy provided by Ted’s publisher, we are sharing our thoughts about this book with you.

Searching for the Anti-Aging Switch

Before Ted opens his heart to another animal after his heart dog Merle succumbs to old age, he begins a careful examination about the state of domesticated dogs’ health and what we may be doing to inadvertently shorten it.

What he uncovers are hard facts that will make you question (and hopefully change) many aspects of the life we share with our dogs.

“And although we may be able to extend their life span by improving their nutrition, inbreeding, can care, it’s almost certain that dogs will never live as long as we do. Yet, across this bittersweet divide, which separates us so finally from them, we reach out – again and again and again.”

Is there a “Well-Bred” Dog?

Pukka’s Promise opens by taking a closer look at dog breeding and how irresponsible behavior and lack of regulation in this profit-motivated industry is much of the reasons for genetically linked diseases that cause premature debilitation and death in millions of purebred dogs every year.

“I also had to wonder why in an age when products such as electrical appliances, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, home furnishings, and toys must meet safety standards before being sold to the public, dogs are still sold without any regulations concerning their quality and health.”

As he does throughout the rest of the book when examining factors that adversely affect our dog’s health, Ted provides viable alternatives for us to avoid them. This time as an alternative to the American Kennel Club, he suggests working with a dog breeder through the United Kennel Club when seeking a pure bred dog.

Formed in 1898, the UKC is comprised of breeders who will only breed lines based on the physical stamina, strength and longevity for dogs of any size, versus breeding primarily for outward appearance. The UKC also welcomes mixed-breed dogs into many of its competitions under a Limited Privilege program.

It is our firm belief that the right balance between performance and conformation results in healthier happier dogs for everyone. We are proud that we share that same philosophy with our growing number of dedicated participants. –United Kennel Club

When agonizing over whether to choose a pure bred or a rescue dog, Ted also takes a closer look at the animal rescue movement, public animal shelters and the causes and effects of pet overpopulation. While this discussion was emotional and upsetting to read through at times, it’s critical reading for all pet parents in order for us to do our part to advocate for the health and welfare of all dogs.

A Look at Your Dog’s Environment

After carefully choosing Pukka, Merle’s successor, Pukka’s Promise goes on to provide vital food for thought for every dog parent today. He discusses how the shortened life spans of dogs may also be the result of the endless amount of toxins we expose them to:

“We, and our dogs and cats, swim through a vast chemical ocean. We swim through it each and every day of our lives, and our dogs and cats are far m ore affected by its harmful ingredients – carcinogens, neurotoxins, and endocrine distruptors – than you or I.”

Ted devotes a large section of the book to “putting up dikes” to protect our dogs from environmental contaminants, from carefully choosing certified non-toxic toys like those from Planet Dog, to using minimal chemicals and treated fabrics in the home.
The book also covers how diet plays into our dog’s longevity and practical things we can do to ensure peace of mind when feeding our dogs. For example, buying “grain free” isn’t necessarily healthy if it contains artificial preservatives in it like BHA and BHT, both of which have been linked to cancer in laboratory test rats.

Always educate yourself and read labels, always consider the true cost of what you’re purchasing: feeding a dog the healthiest food you can afford will cost you just a few more cents each day and perhaps save you thousands in vet bills over the course of your dog’s lifetime.

The Spay Neuter Dilemma

Other dog health discussions that Ted embarks upon include a closer look at vaccines and why we should question them, cancer treatments and holistic therapies (that most members here will be well familiar with already), and finally perhaps the most controversial topic that I was surprised to learn about: how recent studies are finding that spaying and neutering dogs at any age adversely affects their health, stamina and longevity.

For example:

  • Neutered males have a 2 to 4 times greater risk of getting prostate cancer
  • Are at increased risk for osteosarcoma
  • They are are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop bladder cancer
  • Have a 160 percent higher risk for hemangiosarcoma
  • Are at greater risk for orthopedic injuries, hip displaysia and more prone to a weaker rear end because their back muscles aren’t as well developed as those intact dogs, who have the muscle-building benefits of testosterone.

When it comes to spayed females, their situation is a little more complicated but they too are at greater risk for certain cancers, including a five times greater risk of developing hemangiosarcoma.

While questioning the positives of spay and neuter, Ted presents the option of canine vasectomies and tubal ligations to several institutions and veterinarians, most of whom thought he was completely nuts for calling into question the spay neuter dogma.

“Such quick and easy techniques could have wide application in animal shelters interested in reducing the costs of spaying and neutering. Yet not one of dozens of shelter workers and directors with whom I spoke, and almost none of the veterinarians whom I interviewed, had ever considered any method of canine birth control other than spaying and neutering, a testament to how the spay neuter mind-set has overshadowed the teaching of other pregnancy-preventing methods in North American veterinary training centers.

“Only one veterinarian, Dr. Robert McCarthy, a veterinary surgeon specializing in orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine…when I asked him why his and other veterinary training schools weren’t teaching vasectomies and tubal ligations, he laughed, a bit ruefully. “The reason they’re not being taught,” he said,, “Is habit. Spaying and neutering were taught a hundred years ago, and so we continue to do it that way today. It’s only recently that we’ve started to accumulate data showing that loss of hormonal function may have consequences.”

Ted presents such a good case for the argument against spay/neuter that you can’t help but wonder if he’s right. There’s so much food for thought like this in Pukka’s Promise, that no pet parent should be without it. Our dogs will thank us and we’ll get to enjoy them for much longer than ever before.

“The breakthroughs in human medicine will increasingly be applied to veterinary medicine and will extend the life spans of our dogs, especially if a master genetic switch, one that determines the rate of our aging, can be found and eventually turned off. What a welcome day that will be: no more stiff joints, no more graying hair, no more wrinkles, no more botox. Not eternal life, but one with more youth and less pain.

While the search for this master aging switch goes on, there is yet another way to produce longer-lived dogs, albeit one that may take sometime. We can change how we breed them, selecting first for longevity instead of for coat color, height, or the shape of the skull. In this way we could reset the evolutionary clocks of dogs – the clocks of danger that we spoke of in chapter 2 – so that dogs no longer resemble their short-lived ancestor, the wolf.”



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Natural Flea and Tick Sprays We Love

June 12th, 2014 by jerry in Products · 4 Comments

Flea and tick sprays with natural ingredients like neem and cedar oil are great options for dogs and cats who live in places with a low risk of being invaded by these bugs. The best places to avoid fleas and ticks are low-humidity areas, a hot, dry climate or high altitude mountain states.

This flea risk map explains where the risks are greatest and lowest:

Flea risk map of the U.S.: Source: PetParents.com

And this map shows which types of ticks are found where. Deer ticks carry Lyme Disease. Scary!

Tick Distribution Map. Source: Petparents.com

If your pets have a low risk of parasite invasions, here are some great all-natural flea and tick sprays that we’ve personally tried on Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray. We’ve never once used topicals like Frontline, and he’s never had a flea or tick problem, so we know these all-natural flea and tick sprays are doing what they’re supposed to do.

Tripawd Wyatt runs in the mountains

Tripawd Wyatt runs in the mountains

You can feel good about reducing your dog or cat’s risk of flea and tick invasions when using all-natural flea and tick sprays. The only downside is you have to apply these sprays religiously at least every two days, and after each time your pets get wet, in order for them to work well.

Ark Naturals Neem Protect Spray

We thought this worked well for flea-prevention, but didn’t do so great of a job keeping a tick or two off of him.

The active ingredients in Neem Protect Spray are Neem and citronella. Neem is a natural tree oil that has been used for thousands of years to repel lice, mites, flies, mosquitoes, fleas, gnats, and ticks and soothe itching and skin irritation. Neem Protect is safe and effective for dogs and cats 12 weeks and older

Natural Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs

This worked great on both fleas and ticks, but the bottle leaked on us two separate times during shipping.

  • Chemical Free – No Pyrethrins or Permethrins
  • Kills & Repels Fleas & Ticks with documented residual for up to 7 days
  • Use directly on pet and on pet bedding and surroundings
  • Safe to use on puppies and around children and other animals

Vet’s Best Natural Flea and Tick Spray

We really like this one. It’s scent is more pleasant than Natural Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs.

  • Kills fleas ticks and mosquitoes on contact
  • Safe for dogs and cats 12 weeks or older
  • Pets may be treated indoors or outdoors
  • May be used year round

This unique blend of Peppermint Oil and Clove Oil Extract was formulated to kill both live fleas and flea eggs and ticks, by contact, naturally and safely. Plus it soothes skin to leave pets comfortable and smelling fresh as can be.

Sentry Natural Defense Natural Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs and Puppies

We just started using this one and it seems to be working well. The scent is stronger than any of the aforementioned products, which leads me to believe that it’s longer lasting and we won’t need to reapply it as much.

Kills and repels fleas and ticks, yet it’s safe for use around children and pets when used as directed – even in multiple-pet households. Each easy-to-use pump spray features natural active ingredients such as peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemon grass oil, thyme oil and eugenol.

Recommended Reading:

Tripawds Nutrition Blog: The Flea Dilemma for Cancer Dogs
Tripawds Nutrition Blog: Fight Fleas Naturally with Cedar Oil
PetMD: Where are Flea and Tick Populations the Worst?

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Best Pet Products at BlogPaws, Part 2

May 29th, 2014 by jerry in Products · 1 Comment

We researched helpful new pet products at the BlogPaws Social Media Conference, and today we’re sharing even more that we think will make life better for our dogs and cats.

(Be sure to catch Part 1 of “The Best New Pet Products” )

Earth’s Balance Pill Paste

There’s many ways you can give a dog or cat pills, but Earth’s Balance Pill Paste is our choice for the easiest way to give a pet pills of any size. Here’s how:

Both cats and dogs will go crazy over the taste and you’ll love how easy it is to hide the bitter taste of any medication.

  • Easy to shape oral paste
  • Does not stick to fingers
  • Covers any size pill
  • Highly palatable
  • 30 servings
  • All the taste with less fat & no mess

We’ve tested it for two weeks with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray and he’s never been more eager to have his daily medication! Although the paste got a little firm in cooler weather, just take a bit and roll it between your palms to make it pliable.

Earth’s Balance Pill Paste is available in two flavors, peanut butter or bacon, and a wheat-free version too. Ingredients for the flavors are as follows:

Peanut Butter: Wheat flour, corn syrup, vegetable glycerin, vegetable oil, stabilized rice bran, spry dried pork liver, peanut butter, natural flavor, vegetable lecithin, salt, dried cheese, dried corn syrup, xanthan gum, sorbic acid and calcium propionate (to preserve freshness). Contains Peanuts.

Bacon: Wheat flour, corn syrup, vegetable glycerin, vegetable oil, stabilized rice bran, spry dried pork liver, natural flavor, vegetable lecithin, salt, dried cheese, dried corn syrup, xanthan gum, sorbic acid and calcium propionate (to preserve freshness).

Get Earth Balance Pill Paste here at Amazon.com

 Merrick Grain Free Dry & Chunky Can Recipes

When Wyatt Ray reacted poorly to a change in his daily kibble, a premium pet supplies retailer suggested we try their two best top-shelf grain-free kibble foods: Orijen Grain-Free, and Merrick Grain Free. We tried Orijen and it worked superbly, but the price was hard on our budget.

Thankfully at BlogPaws, Wyatt attended a doggie luncheon given by Merrick, and we were introduced to an outstanding Made-in-America food priced at less than top-shelf competitors but with the same excellent, whole foods ingredients.

Merrick Doggie Lunch at BlogPaws

Why Merrick Grain Free?

Merrick is made entirely in the USA from local growers. Based in Hereford, Texas, Merrick never uses ingredients from China. This high protein diet has deboned meat as the first ingredient in each recipe and every one includes vegetables, healthy levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin.

The Dog Food Advisor gives Merrick Grain Free his highest rating of five stars and says:

Bottom line?

Merrick Grain Free is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats and meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

We became Merrick fans when we learned that each of the five meat recipes utilizes the same base ingredients, so we can easily rotate different meats into Wyatt’s diet without throwing his sensitive belly into a tailspin. The five meat recipes include:

Wyatt is enthusiastic about Merrick too, as you can see!

Wyatt loves Merrick Grain Free

Stay tuned for more great Blog Paws pet products for cats and dogs! Meanwhile thanks for doing all of your Amazon shopping through this blog, a small portion of sales helps to offset the costs of keeping Tripawds online.






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Best New Pet Products at Blog Paws, Part 1

May 22nd, 2014 by jerry in Products · 4 Comments

Every year hundreds of new healthy, organic, grain-free, all-natural and holistic pet products for dogs and cats are introduced to pet parents.

With so many to choose from, it can make your head spin! Thankfully at this year’s Blog Paws Social Media Conference we got educated on some of the best healthy pet products currently available. Here is part 1 of a 2 part series about pawesome new foods, supplements and more that can help your dogs and cats live healthier, happier lives.

WellyTails Natural Pet Health Dietary Supplements

WellyTails blends evidence based ingredients to make natural holistic pet dietary supplements that help keep cats and dogs in excellent health, active and living long natural lives. Their tasty dust-free powder supplements can be sprinkled on dry over your pet’s food or made into an irresistible gravy.

Best, Supplements, Vitamins, Immune Support, Dogs, Cats

WellyTails can effectively prevent pets from suffering from the following common conditions:

  • Dry itchy skin and dull shedding coat problems
  • Cartilage, hip and joint degeneration, joint pain and limited mobility problems
  • Digestive problems, bloating, bad breath, foul smelling flatulence and feces
  • Premature aging
  • Cancers

WellyTails has a full product line for cats and dogs that includes a Digestion and Immunity Supplement, and a Vitality Cat Rx Nutritional Supplement for Mature Kitties, among many others.

Tripawds Spokedog Wyatt Ray is now using the WellyTails Dog Rx Cartilage Hip and Joint Supplement. We expect that in about 3-6 weeks we’ll see a noticeable improvement in his ability to bounce back after extended play and exercise sessions. We’ll keep you posted.

WellyTails Cartilage, Hip and Join Supplement for Dogs


Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care Products for Animals

Vetericyn has a full line of animal wound and skin care products for dogs, cats, livestock and exotics. These wound care products are safe, effective and easy to use on whatever wound or irritation animals may encounter.

Vetericyn All Animal Wound & Skin Care

Vetericyn is steroid-free, antibiotic-free and non-toxic product that’s safe even for puppies and can be used for wounds caused by cuts, burns, post-op sites, hot spots and more. It won’t sting, harm healthy tissue and doesn’t require rinsing. Recommended by veterinarians and pet parents alike.

Jones Natural Chews Co.

This year at Blog Paws, our Wyatt went crazy over Jones Natural Chews Bare Bones!

Jones Natural Chews, Dogs, Bare Beef Bones

Jones Bare Beef Bones

These tough beef bones stood up to his powerful German Shepherd jaws. Since they don’t have meat or flavorings, Wyatt’s sensitive stomach wasn’t bothered by them. He’s still working on the same one he got at Blog Paws!

German Shepherd Wyatt Loves Jones Bare Bones

With over 15 decades of experience in the meat packing business, Jones Natural Chews are baked to ensure the highest quality and best flavor, with stringent temperature control to kill bacteria. Learn more about the Jones Family that started it all and check out their wide variety of bare and flavored beef, chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit and venison bones and chews, all made in the USA!

The Honest Kitchen

Last but not least, we had a great re-introduction to The Honest Kitchen’s ever-growing line of human grade dehydrated foods, treats and supplements for dogs and cats. Wyatt says he wants to be employed as a taster in their kitchen!

 Honest Kitchen, Wyatt, Tripawd

As long-time fans it’s great to see more new healthy, wholesome products that the Honest Kitchen has cooked up, including:

Grain-Free Smittens

Smittens™ are made from pure, wild, line-caught Haddock from the pristine waters off the coast of Iceland. They’re high-protein, low-fat and low-carb with just 1.1 calorie per treat. Smittens are delicious and perfectly aromatic, with a texture cats love – not too hard with just the right amount of crunch!

See for yourself why Honest Kitchen consistently wins awards for their outstanding food that’s sourced directly from the human food chain — not from rendering plants!

Honest Kitchen human-grade dehydrated dog and cat food

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the best new healthy, organic, grain-free, all-natural and holistic pet food, treats, chews and more for dogs and cats!

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Pet Loss Communication and Healing Tips

May 8th, 2014 by jerry in Books · 1 Comment

If you’ve ever wanted to develop better communication tips with your animal pack mates, Amazon is a wealth of resources to help you get started. Here are just a few highly rated and popular tools.

Learn About Animal Communication

Read what renowned animal intuitives have to say about communicating with animals in our past and present relationships.

Hey! Can You Hear Us?: Messages From Animals

Myra Logan, a professional animal communicator from Texas, has connected with various species of animals-from ants to zebras-for over a decade. Myra’s delightful descriptions, derived from client sessions, increases the reader’s insight regarding the purpose and presence of animals in our lives. Myra’s book demonstrates the joy, humor and clarity, the depth of the awareness, compassion, and love our animal companions have for us.

With her simple, yet vivid and real manner, Myra fills these pages with story after story that entertain while gently raising our consciousness about these precious beings who give fully of themselves to us, and bless our lives. As an additional bonus, Myra shares her personal journey of consciousness growth as she describes how she transitioned to her current profession from a career in corporate America. She creates a basic blueprint for practicing animal communication for those interested in a closer relationship with animals.

FREE! The Animal Psychic eBook Story Selection

A free selection of stories from The Animal Psychic collection. This is a chance for you to read about Jackie Weaver’s work with Celebrities’ pets and also how she has made a difference to animals’ lives. She has helped solved their problems by being able to psychically communicate with them and let them tell her what was wrong and how they wanted to be helped. Incredible but true!

Communication Tools and More

How to Talk to Your Pets:
Animal Communication for Dogs, Cats, & Other Critters

Animal communicator Gail Thackray believes that everyone can learn to talk to their pets. Gail leads you through specific exercises to develop this skill and guides you step-by-step to connect and communicate. You’ll learn the most voiced “pet peeves,” solutions to common behavioral issues, and how to know what your animal wants. Gail teaches you how to perform energy healings, do body scans for health, and how to connect to lost pets. With Gail’s down-to-earth style and hilariously funny stories, you’ll get a firsthand look at how animal communication works and just how cute these critters really are.

Psychic Communication with Pets Step By Step

Let Steve Murray show you step by step how to learn Psychic Communication with dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, any and all pets! The steps explain how to Psychically send information to a pet, and how to Psychically receive information from a pet. Any person can learn Pet Psychic Communication with Steve’s guidance. Two psychic abilities assist with Pet Psychic communication: Clairsentience and Clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is the psychic ability of receiving information mentally through images. Clairsentience is the psychic ability of receiving information through feelings and bodily sensations. Steve also provides a Bonus program on the video that will help open both psychic abilities for you. The DVD includes – Complete step by step instructions on how to psychically communicate with pets – A program to increase your Clairsentience and Clairvoyance abilities- Instructions for Long Distance Pet Psychic Communication.

Steve also explains-Clairsentience and Clairvoyance, Biological Intelligence, Alpha and Theta Brain Waves, Brain Wave Entrainment, Isochronic Tones.

There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven:
Finding Comfort After the Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet can be as difficult as losing any other family member; we grieve, we miss them, and, mostly, we want closure, to know that our furry, feathered, or scaled friends are okay, wherever they are.

For years, animal communicator Sonya Fitzpatrick has helped pet owners cope with the loss of their beloved companions. Many of them ask the same questions: Is my pet happy? Why did this happen? Is it okay to get another pet? Using her personal experiences as well as the stories of the families she’s worked with, Sonya sheds some light on the questions that every grieving pet owner has, and assures the reader that there are, in fact, no sad dogs (or cats or birds or turtles or horses or cows) in heaven.

The Pet Psychic? Canine Spirit Guide Oracle Cards

Have you ever wished you could talk to the animals? The Pet Psychic™ Canine Oracle Cards Companion Guide can facilitate the communication between you and your canines on earth as well as those who have crossed over. Communicate with your canine spirit guides as well as your canines, past and present with the help of The Pet Psychic™ Canine Spirit Guide Oracle Cards Companion Guide by simply flipping through it or by using any standard deck of playing cards. Canines are often referred to as man’s best friends, but they are really so much more than that. They offer us guidance, comfort and protection both here and in the afterlife.

Canine Spirit Guides are powerful spirits that stay with us for lifetimes. As we connect with them we benefit from their loving wisdom and super-sensory abilities. Ron Ash’s collection of 52 canine oracles will help facilitate your connection with canine spirit guides who are able to give advice in all areas of your life. Whether you are a novice or expert you’ll love the ease and accuracy of these amazing diving tools.

Animal Psychic Communication Plus Reiki Pet Healing

Animal Psychic Communication plus Reiki Pet Healing has easy to learn, step-by-step directions that include photos and illustrations regarding how to: Psychically communicate with animals (vertebrates and invertebrates) in any environment or circumstance in just a few minutes. The communication is full circle in that it includes sending psychic information to an animal and receiving psychic information back from it. Plus learn how to use Reiki healing for any physical health challenge that your own pet, or the pets of family members, friends, and clients may have.

The book also describes and explains animal Chakras and their Auras. Defines Bio-Intelligence and how it is used in Animal Psychic Communication. Explains Psychic abilities – Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentience, and Telepathy and how these abilities come into play in Animal Psychic Communication. Provides a Chakra reference guide for your use in addressing specific health challenges a pet may have. Plus much more!

Steve Murray is an Usui Reiki Master and the author of the global best selling Reiki The Ultimate Guide books. Steve also has a series of 45 self -help healing programs on DVD. The DVD subjects include Reiki Attunements; Cancer Guided Imagery; weight loss, pain, fear, and stress relief, just to name a few.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to
Pet Psychic Communication (The Complete Idiot’s Guide)

Talk to the animals! A professional animal communicator and pet psychic explores the wisdom, healing power, and sacred bond between humans and their four-legged companions. With client stories of psychic experiences and at-home exercises, Debbie McGillivray shows readers how to have a psychic conversation with their pet, help an animal with its emotional scars and fears, connect psychically with a lost pet, learn to scan a pet for pain, and communicate with a pet that has passed on.

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Hot Cold Therapy Pack Options for Dogs, Cats

April 17th, 2014 by jerry in Products · 1 Comment

It’s such a bummer that Bella’s Pain Packs are no longer available! What’s a Tripawd to do?

When and How to Use Heat and Ice Therapy

On our most recent Tripawd Talk Radio podcast, Veterinary Rehab Benefits for Three Legged Dogs, with Lisa Saez, PT, CCRT from Dalias Doggie Rehab tells us the best way to use hot and cold therapy on animals:

People are always very confused about this. Some people get stuck in the idea that you should ice the first 48 hours and then heat the area afterwards and that can be appropriate but it’s not the only answer.

I generally tell people that heat is best if something is tight, it’s sore, and ice is best if something is inflamed or swollen. But one things most people don’t think of is ice is fabulous for muscle spasms. It will shut off or decrease the blood flow to that muscle and it actually helps to break up the spasm better. Whereas if you use heat on that sometimes it feels better intially but then the pain comes right back because you’re sending blood to a spasming muscle.

How long to leave it on?

Generally for around 12-15 minutes is enough. Some dogs that tolerate either well, some dogs that tolerate one or the other. …Many times there still is a gray area. I usually tell people that if one doesn’t work, try the other. Unless something is severely inflamed and you don’t want to use heat on it, in most instances there’s not a problem of trying one or the other. I give a guideline of which to try first but it one doesn’t work, try the other. There is a lot of individuality between dogs or even humans on which works better for each person or dogs.

Well, here are a few hot and cold therapy packs for dogs and cats, whether they’re recovering from amputation surgery or nursing an injury. If you try any of these let us know how they work. Meanwhile we’ll keep pestering Bella’s Pain Pack people to start making their ingenious produce again, we hope you will contact them too!

Hot and Cold Dog Therapy Wrap Pants

Hot and cold therapy wrap for dogs
Provide soothing relief and comfort for your canine
Includes two removable buckwheat packs
Polyester/buckwheat

Hot and cold therapy wrap for dogs Provide soothing relief and comfort for your canine companion with this therapy wrap that fits like a pair of pants. Ideal for older pets with hip and joint problems or those suffering from arthritis, the wrap includes two removable buckwheat packs that can be placed directly in the microwave for hot therapy or in the freezer for cool comfort. Adjustable hook and loop straps secure the fit, while pockets on either side keep the therapy packs in place.

Flannel Paws Microwaveable Heating Pad (Handybag) with Machine Washable Sleeve

Handybags are the wireless, reusable, environmentally friendly, hot pad / cold pack CRAZE! Every Handybag is guaranteed to provide you with long lasting comfort whether you need to warm up or chill out! Your Handybag comes with an interchangeable, chemical free, fabric sleeve that isn’t just trendy, but also is easily removable and machine washable. Handybags are engineered to provide the optimum temperature to weight ratio and are constructed of comfortable, durable materials ensuring decades of use If heat isn’t your cup of tea, pop one in the freezer and you have a cold pack that will stay cold longer than those unappealing gel filled packs. Handybags are EASY to use! Simply microwave for about a minute and a half or freeze for about an hour! • Excellent for therapeutic uses- Hot or Cold!

Kumfy Tailz Warming/Cooling Dog Harness

The Kumfy Tailz Thermal Harness is a revolutionary new way to keep your dog comfortable and safe in hot or cold weather. It incorporates patented gel-pack technology, similar to hot/cold therapy packs for humans, and every harness includes a removable, reusable Kumfy Pax gel pack, which can be frozen or microwaved over and over. Simply grab a Kumfy Pax out of the freezer – or pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and insert it into the harness pouch before walk or playtime. The Kumfy Tailz harness is specifically designed for canine physiology. Unlike people, dogs exchange most of their heat in the cardio-thoracic region (the chest and belly area). Our harness was created especially to put the thermal element directly over this region, for maximum warming/cooling benefit. Kumfy Tailz products are designed in the USA, in consultation with a licensed veterinarian, and are thoroughly tested. The patented Kumfy Pax UltraGel is non-toxic and reusable for years, as long as it’s not torn or punctured. Additional Kumfy Pax are available for purchase separately.

Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad

Safe and soothing warmth
Non-electrical; simply heat up in your microwave
Plate-size pad easily fits under your pet’s bed
Provides up to 10 hours of safe and soothing warmth
Non-toxic thermapol compound

Allow your pet to snuggle up with up to 10 hours of safe, soothing warmth with the Pet Supply Imports SnuggleSafe Heating Pad. The plate-size pad contains no electric wires to worry about. Just place the SnuggleSafe inside your microwave, select Full Power, and set the timer according to how many watts your microwave pumps out. See the included chart for watts and times. When the microwave has finished, leave the SnuggleSafe inside for another minute. The non-toxic thermapol compound inside the pad retains heat for up to 10 hours. Do not exceed the recommended heating times. Overheating can damage the SnuggleSafe and may cause injury. Do not allow pets to bite or chew it. Ideal for newborn, convalescing and elderly pets.

Slumber Pet Thermal Cat Mat


This cozy mat features a lightweight core that actually reflects pet’s own body heat back to the animal. Provides soothing comfort to cats, kittens, aging pets, nursing females, or animals recovering from illness or injury. Machine-washable pad features a leopard-print motif that reverses to solid black berber fleece. Machine wash in cold water on gentle cycle. Line dry. It includes a hangtag. Available in beige color. Measures 22-inch length by 18 1/2-inch width.

Recommended Reading

Whole Dog Journal: Home Treatments for Injured Dogs

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Dry Skin Solutions for Dogs and Cats

April 3rd, 2014 by jerry in Uncategorized · 2 Comments

Many Tripawds undergoing chemotherapy report that they experience dry, flaky skin shortly after starting treatments. This condition can be a side-effect of chemotherapy, but as many of us have experienced, dry skin happens for a million other reasons too. The good news is you can do something about it, both inside and out.

Start on the Inside

Andi Brown, author of “The Whole Pet Diet” says that dry foods’ lack of essential fatty acids (good fats) are the culprit.


Symptoms of EFA deficiency or imbalance include itchy, scaly skin, excessively dry hair or hair that falls out in patches, cracked paws, split claws, fatigue, weakness, frequent infections, allergies, hyperactivity, poor digestion and obesity.

Even if you do nothing but add essential fatty acids to your pet’s diet, (regardless of the food you choose), you’ll see miraculous changes in its skin and coat, often in the first five days.

Try her “Recipe for a Beautiful Coat” for fast results:

3 ounces of wild salmon oil
1 ounce of extra virgin olive oil
1 ounce of cod liver oil
1 ounce of wheat germ oil
1 ounce of coconut oil
1 ounce of flaxseed oil
1 inch sprig of rosemary, or ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Pour into a dark or opaque glass bottle or jar and seal tightly. Store in the refrigerator for freshness where it will keep for about 2 months. Serving sizes are based on body weight; use the dosage recommended below and thoroughly mix it into your pet’s food at every meal.

Pet’s Weight- Amount of EFA Blend

2 to 11 pounds      - ½ teaspoon
12 to 25 pounds    - 1 teaspoon
26 to 50 pounds    - 2 teaspoons
51 to  100 pounds - 1 tablespoon

Finish on the Outside

Whether your three-legged hero is a dog or cat, here are two topical solutions that can help alleviate dry itch skin in cats and dogs..

Virbac Humilac Spray
This lanolin-free dry skin conditioner contains an oil-free humectant. It is specially formulated to help soothe dry skin and restore luster to the hair coat without leaving a greasy or oily film.

Virbac Keratolux Shampoo
A unique shampoo that helps improve skin health and manage signs associated with keratoseborrheic disorders, such as scales, crusts, and excessive oils.

Do you have other dry skin tips for cats and dogs? If so, what products and foods helped overcome this pesky stuation? Share your answers below or in the Tripawds Eating Healthy Forum, we’d love to hear them!

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Learn to Release Your Pet’s Hidden Health Potential with Holistic Care

March 20th, 2014 by jerry in Books · 2 Comments

Thinking of exploring holistic medicine as an alternative way to manage your dog or cat’s health needs? If so, the book “Releasing Your Pet’s Hidden Health Potential is a great place to begin.

Written by the highly respected holistic veterinarian Dr. Richard Palmquist, this book is a comprehensive guide to utilizing the power of nutrition and holistic modalities such as acupuncture, muscle response testing, and stem cell therapy to help your pet live a long, healthy life.

Releasing Your Pet’s Hidden Health Potential presents a layperson’s introduction to a dog or cat’s body systems and how proactive nutrition management can help them get the most out of life at any age. You’ll learn about the keys to a healthy diet, and how to naturally recover from disease if it occurs. It is a comprehensive guide for any pet parent who wants to do all they can to avoid disease in their pets.

In the introduction, Dr. Palmquist tells us why he’s created this guide:

“For years I fought with cats and struggled with dogs as I tried to force the latest, greatest drug or surgery upon their constitutions. Don’t misunderstand me; I still do these things when they are needed. . . .Using the tools of conventional medicine, I have helped animals live longer, but so often I have found myself frustated and at a loss in helping many of my patients, especially those with chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, skin problems and cancer.  . . . I knew there had to be more to healing than what I learned in school. . . “

We haven’t had an opportunity to check out this book ourselves but hope to read it cover to cover soon. If you read it, please let us know your thoughts!

About Dr. Palmquist

Dr. Palmquist is Chief of integrative health services at Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, California. He is the founder of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, the only organization supporting education, research and scholarships in holistic veterinary medicine.

His passion for holistic veterinary medicine occurred early in his career when he studied the work of Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM, an early advocate for holistic veterinary care who converted Palmquist from a skeptic to a fan of alternative medicine. After his encounter with Dr. Goldstein, he began to experience the positive effects of natural treatments on clients for treating everything from allergies to cancer. Today his younger counterparts use his textbook, “Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice” as a foundation for their own treatment approaches.

Read more about Dr. Palmquist:

Veterinary Practice News: Two Side of One Coin: Integrative veterinarian Richard Palmquist uses an East-meets-West approach in his practice.

 

 

 

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