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Pill Cutter for Pet Medication Makes Pilling Easy

September 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Products

Anyone who has a Tripawd going through amputation recovery or chemotherapy* knows that giving pet medication is a challenge. And that’s especially true when your dog or cat needs a half pill. Forget the old way of using a knife to cut your pet meds, why not try a pill cutter?

See how easy it is to use a pill cutter for pet medication:

Just ask Princess Reign’s Mom about pill cutters:

We finally purchased a pill cutter ( under $2) since getting those tiny pill into forths was impossible. Best purchase ever! I wish I would’ve had 1 when dealing with the pain meds!! So I’m recommending anyone with a smaller dog to get 1 and make life easier lol — “Monday Blahs, May 9 2016”

Although we couldn’t find any that cheap, we did find some handy dandy pill cutters for pet medication (people too!) on Amazon. Check ’em out:

Apex Ultra Pill Splitter

This is the one you see in our video. We really like ours!

  • Contoured design for comfort and security while splitting
  • New self-retracting blade guard for added safety

Multiple Pill Cutter

This is the Cadillac of pill cutters! If you have a small breed dog, you’ll especially love it:

  • Splits pill halves into quarters
  • Splits multiple pills in one operation
  • For use with round or oblong pills
  • Medical grade stainless steel cutting blade
  • Blade guard protects fingers
  • Made in America!

Now all that’s left is figuring out how to give pills to a dog or cat! Never fear, however: check out these previous Tripawds posts:

Hide Your Pet’s Pills with Food, Pastes, Pockets, Masks and Treats

How to Give a Dog Pills (Video tutorial)

How to Pill a Dog or Cat

Pill Taking Treats, Strategies and Secret Recipes

Make Your Own Pill Pocket Dog Treats

Do you have a favorite way to give pills that your dog or cat doesn’t mind so much? Share your pill giving strategies below, we’d love to hear your secret!

*Never cut chemotherapy pills without consulting with your veterinarian.





Wifi Pet Cam Basics for Recovering Tripawds (and more!)

August 15th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Products

Are you worried about leaving your cat or dog at home alone after amputation surgery? Do you have a dog with separation anxiety? If so, then maybe it’s time to learn about wifi pet cam basics.

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Wifi pet cameras didn’t exist when Tripawds Founder and Chief Fun Officer Jerry was recovering from amputation surgery. If we had one, it might have made us a little less anxious when we left him alone to go to work. When we investigated wifi pet cams to help Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray overcome his separation anxiety, things didn’t turn out as we had hoped. Read on to find out why.

Wifi Pet Cameras Option 1: Repurpose Smart Phones and Tablets

It’s nice to see how technology has adapted to the needs of pet parents like us! You’ll find two kinds of ways to watch your dog or cat while you’re away. The first way is by downloading a pet cam app onto your smart phone and an extra tablet, laptop or smart phone. Once the app is installed, one device acts as the camera’s remote control and viewing device, the other as the monitor.

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Two popular pet cam apps for both Android and Apple phones include:


wifi pet cam basics

Dog Monitor

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We tried one pet cam app that wasn’t made specifically for cats and dogs but it was free and gets great reviews. It’s called “Presence.” Overall it worked as it should and we were satisfied with its performance.

The downside of this kind of wifi pet cam? You must have a robust internet connection to use these apps.

Wifi Pet Cameras, Option 2: Wireless Camera Devices

Meet the modern nanny for pets (and kids too!), the wireless camera monitor. Today’s wifi cameras are much cheaper way to go than installing a home security device. Plus, they can do so much more than call the cops if a burglary happens. Today’s wifi pet cameras can do everything from track your pet’s daily exercise to monitor their health and even dispense treats!

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Wifi connectivity doesn’t seem to be as big of an issue for these as it does for the apps we investigated. Amazon has some of the most honest and accurate wifi pet camera reviews on the web. According to Amazon reviewers, here are the top three wifi pet cameras:

Petcube Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera

Petcube is an interactive pet camera that lets you watch, talk to and play with your pets from your smartphone when you’re away from home. Beautifully designed with an interactive laser toy, your pets will enjoy regular playtime and exercise. No more sad goodbyes! Now your furry friends are just one tap away.

  • View live video in HD with a wide angle lens
  • Chat and listen using 2-way audio
  • Exercise and play with a built-in laser toy
  • Customize access for friends and family
  • Capture and share photos and videos
  • Engage with pet lovers worldwide
  • Requires free Petcube Mobile App.
  • iOS and Android compatible. Android (4.0 or greater)

Petzi Treat Cam: Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser

  • A fun and easy way to connect with and treat your pet from anywhere
  • Watch the excitement on your pet’s face when you pop in
  • Dispense your pet’s favorite treat with the Petzi treat launcher for a big smile
  • Say hello to your pet through the high quality audio
  • Capture candid photos of your pet to save or share on your favorite social site

Pawbo Wi-Fi Pet Camera, 720P Interactive Wireless Pet Treat Cam & Treat Dispenser

  • Two-way communication and 720p stunning live streaming, easy to connect with your pets and family anytime, anywhere
  • Video recording capability: directly downloaded into drop box cloud storage
  • Built-in interactive laser dot chasing game, multiple sound effect, treat dispensing system through one touch function, play & interact with your pets
  • Instant social sharing: snap photos and share your pet and family’s adorable images on Facebook, twitter and Instagram
  • Easy to set up Pawbo app: support iOS 6 or above (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and android 4 or above (smartphones & tablets)

Wifi Pet Cam Downsides

After investigating all of our options, we came to a couple of sad conclusions. If your pet has separation anxiety you may want to consider:

Conclusion #1: No amount of monitoring can prevent Wyatt from doing what he’s going to do. He is still a lonely dog who is very unhappy when the pack is apart. See for yourself:

Conclusion #2: Watching him be lonely while we’re away is worse than not watching at all.

The best scenario for a wifi pet cam in any household is when you have someone who can run home to aid your pet, should they get into trouble. Without that luxury, a pet cam may cause you more stress in the long-run. Just something to keep in mind.

If you use a wifi pet cam we’d love to hear about your own experience below.









The Teachings of Shirelle

June 30th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Books

For all animal lovers, there is usually one special pet who touches the heart, who becomes—and always will be—your heart and soul dog. For us, that would be Jerry—our first dog, and the inspiration for the Tripawds Community.

For author, director, and psychotherapist Douglas Green, that was Shirelle.

The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead

Shirelle was not a three legged dog, but like the beloved dogs and cats of so many Tripawds members, she shared a very special connection with her guardian.

Teachings of ShirelleHer story struck a chord with us, as the life lessons she taught Green felt so familiar to those we learned from Jerry throughout his cancer journey.

For starters:

  • Live life to the fullest, and love thoughtlessly.
  • The meaning of life is passion.
  • Every second is new, everything is rebirth.
  • When mired in misery, joy is all that can save us.
  • Miracles happen.

“The greatest warriors win, not by fighting, but by ending the fight.”

The Teachings of Shirelle is more than just another favorite pet memoir. It delves deep into the amazing impact Shirelle’s presence had not only on the author, but on everyone she met. She deeply touched his family, friends, and the clients of his child and family therapy practice, many of whom would request she be included in their sessions.

This book is filled with endless stories, professional insights and personal reflections on the life lessons we can all take away from the special bonds we share with the pets in our lives.

Green uses his expertise as an actor and director to paint vivid pictures of his life together with Shirelle. As a psychotherapist, he is able to analyze the meaning of her oftentimes destructive behavior. His writing style includes breaking up the narrative with short anecdotes and interjecting poetry for an easy, enjoyable read.


Shirelle was known as “Knucklehead” in the shelter from which Green rescued her. Mischievous antics earned her the name, but it is not derogatory in the least. Green actually defines it as a bizarre form of genius…

” A knucklehead is someone who might be perfectly smart, but their sweet explosive emotions take over, above and beyond their intelligence.”

Sweet explosive emotions—yeah, that’s our Jerry.

Read more reviews for The Teachings of Shirelle on Amazon.



Natural Flea and Tick Protection for Cats and Dogs

June 20th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Products

Natural flea and tick protection for your pets can do a good job at repelling and eliminating parasites. And they’re a safer option for dogs and cats with immune systems weakened by cancer.

But unlike those convenient single-dose “spot-on” flea products, natural flea and tick protection requires diligence on your part. Using these products means remembering to spray your pets a few times a week (more if they frequently swim), keeping a close eye on their fur for signs of parasites and thoroughly fighting fleas around your home too.

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What me worry? I use natural flea and tick protection.

But the results are worth it. Because if any dog is proof that these holistic-minded products work, it’s Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray. He’s seven years old and has never been exposed to conventional flea and tick products. And he’s never had fleas. Since we spend summers in the mountains, ticks have occasionally latched on, but they’ve never been a real problem and Wyatt’s never contracted any tick-born diseases. Maybe we’re lucky: some dogs are more susceptible to tick-borne illnesses like lyme disease. Wyatt is apparently not one of them.

Why Spot-On Flea and Tick Products are Risky

Obviously we took a chance to find out that these products work, but to us the risk was worth it. Why? Because conventional flea and tick products can keep our pets healthy — or they can make them incredibly sick.

In her blog post “Advanced, Non-Toxic Pet Pest Repellent System That Works,” holistic vet Dr. Karen Becker shares:

Every day, I see dogs and cats suffering from the side effects of drugs or other toxic chemicals they’ve been given.

In April of 2009, the EPA issued an advisory about “spot-on” chemical pesticide products. These are products applied to the neck or back of dogs and cats as a flea and tick preventive.

The advisory was issued due to a significant increase in reported adverse reactions – everything from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. In 2008, over 44,000 reactions presumed to be tied to spot-on products were reported by pet owners, veterinarians, and other animal caretakers.

And the 44,000 reported incidents in 2008 was a significant jump from the 28,000 the prior year, and included 600 deaths. In my opinion, the risks of these products are simply too great to warrant their routine (monthly) use. I encourage dog and cat owners to avoid these pesticides in favor of safer alternatives.

Fight Fleas Naturally with Flea and Tick Defense

Dr. Becker recently introduced a Mercola product called “Natural Flea and Tick Defense.” We think it’s worth a try. Here are the natural Brazilian oils and ingredients found in Flea & Tick Defense spray:

  • Lemongrass oil – When formulated into a spray for pets, promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and helps repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Cinnamon oil – A versatile essential oil widely used in the household. It is an effective environmentally-friendly ingredient that helps deter mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other pests from attacking your dog or cat.
  • Sesame oil – A rich, almost odorless oil derived from tiny sesame seeds. When combined with other essential oils it helps protect against pests and promotes the health of your pet’s skin and coat.
  • Castor oil – Castor oil has been used for years by veterinarians. When combined with other oils, helps to repel a variety of pests.
  • Purified water – Only the purest water is used to help blend and properly balance the unique formula of essential oils.

Dr. Becker goes on to say that if you’re thinking of making this formula yourself (trust me, we thought about it too!), here’s why that’s a bad idea:

“There’s one very important point I want to make about these ingredients… it’s not the individual elements that make Flea & Tick Defense so effective, it’s the expert blending and balancing of the Brazilian oils with the pure water.

You need to be very careful when selecting a pest preventive for your pet. If too much of any one ingredient is not blended properly, your pet’s skin could become irritated.”

Natural Flea and Tick Defense looks like a great natural flea and tick protection product. We haven’t tried it yet because we’re currently using Wondercide cedar oil spray on Wyatt, but if you give it a try, let us know.

More About Natural Flea and Tick Protection

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New “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” Book Informs, Empowers

May 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Books, ebooks

Dealing with dog cancer is hard enough without the information overload that happens when you go online. That’s why it’s smart to start your research with one of the most reputable dog cancer books around, Help Your Dog Fight Cancer by Laurie Kaplan.

Get Empowered with One of the Most Trusted Dog Cancer Books

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Laurie Kaplan

Laurie Kaplan is one of our heroes. Not only because she’s one of the first authors of fact-based dog cancer support books for non-veterinarians like us, but because she started one of the first canine cancer assistance funds, The Magic Bullet Fund.

Her non-profit organization helps pet parents who do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment for their dog. Laurie is one of the earliest supporters of pet parents who need emotional, informational and financial help when coping with canine cancer.

New Edition: Help Your Dog Fight Cancer

Her book, Help Your Dog Fight Cancer, was one of the first written just for pet parents like us. And now it’s just been re-released in a 3rd edition that includes all of the latest canine cancer developments, such as:

  • The most common types of cancer in dogs, diagnostic tests and treatment options
  • The trend toward over-diagnostics and over-treatment
  • Communicating clearly with your veterinarian and making informed decisions
  • Decisions about testing and treatment are up to the owner, not the veterinarian…Your dog, your money, your decisions
  • Create a home-care regimen for your dog with diet and supplements
  • Follow a step-by-step guide for a proven home made cancer diet for your dog

The book puts veterinary oncology into layperson’s terms. It includes information on diagnostic tests, treatment methods, side effects, and end-of-life care.

“As in humans, genetics and diet play a major role in canine cancer, but environmental carcinogens may be more influential,” Kaplan says, “as dogs are in closer contact with fertilizers and household cleaning products.” She writes that treatment options for dogs are also similar to those for people: surgery, followed by radiation or chemotherapy.

Luckily, the author says, “Dogs tolerate chemotherapy better than people do,” with minimal hair loss and quick recovery. The book includes lists of symptoms and discussions of types of cancer along with italicized, often illustrated case studies from pet owners, which lend this informative text a personal touch.

Kaplan also contributes heartfelt reminiscences of Bullet’s medical history as a four-year lymphoma survivor. She recommends comparing clinics’ fees and getting second opinions. The book has helpful sets of questions to ask one’s veterinarian and other useful insights, such as how to get chemo drugs direct from  suppliers to cut costs. She also share information about how complementary medicines and  human-grade food can contribute to continued health. And finally, Kaplan discusses “pawspice” care with down-to-earth advice for coping with end of life care.

We give this book a big “3-Paws Up!” and encourage anyone coping with dog cancer to get a copy at Amazon today.

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