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Tripawd Penny’s New Book Shows Different is Beautiful

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Books

Did you know the Tripawds Nation has a talented author in our midst? Yep, that’s right. The One and Only Priceless Penny has just released with her own book about life on three legs! Called “Priceless Penny,” it’s a beautiful book that shows the world “Different is Beautiful!

Tripawd dog kid's book

Penny is a one-of-a-kind Tripawd who was born with a front limb deformity. Not quite a leg and not quite a stump, the little wing was enough to deter the typical pet parent from adopting her when she was put up for adoption in a California animal shelter.

Thankfully, Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf found Penny when an Illinois rescue group put Penny on a rescue train and took her into foster care. Little did Lauren know that Penny would change her life in so many ways! She recently shared in Penny’s Tripawd blog:

“I will never forget the day that my husband and I saw Penny, our tripawd Chiweenie, scale our three foot pet gate.  Bravely, she hooked her “stump” onto the top of the gate and used her back legs to propel herself into the center of the living room.  We were amazed!”

Tripawd dog kid's book

Today, Lauren’s book is destined to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Beautifully illustrated by James Sell, it shares an adorable tale of one dog’s fate that was changed forever by loving humans. Be sure to pick up a copy for the kids in your life . . . and the adults too!

Get a copy of Priceless Penny on Amazon.

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More Great Tripawd-Centric Books for Kids

New Kid’s Book About Tripawd Therapy Dog Helps Dog Cancer Research


Sweet Book Helps Kids, Adults Heal from Pet Loss

Karen Nicksich Pet Loss Author

Harley’s Story Teaches Kids About Caring for Special Needs Pets

Harleys Story kids book special needs pets

Champ’s Story: Teaching Kids About Canine Cancer

Mimi and Maty Teach Kids the Value of Helping People, Animals




What is Acupuressure and How Can It Help a Tripawd?

March 17th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Books

All Tripawds need pain relief at some point. The loss of that “spare” limb causes a Tripawd dog or cat’s body to compensate for the imbalance with an altered gait. The “hop” means that your Tripawd’s muscles are used in ways they weren’t meant to be used. Soreness, aches and pains are the result. The good news is that if you have fingers, acupressure is another tool that you can use to provide pain relief.

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Acu-Dog Author Amy Snow

With firm and gentle finger pressure you can help your Tripawd enjoy a more comfortable life. The experts at Animal Connection say that acupressure can:

  • Relieve pain
  • Increase circulation and energy
  • Give a boost to the immune system
  • Calm nervousness
canine acupresure points


According to, the official website for acupressure, here’s how this ancient Chinese treatment works:

Acupuncture & Acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians, but Acupuncture employs needles, while Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure. When these acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing.

Learn How to Give Your Tripawd Acupressure

These acupuressure for cats and dogs books by experts Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis will help you get started.

Acu-Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure

Acu-Dog is a 188 page, 4-Color book that’s the Ultimate “How To” Canine Acupressure instruction book. It’s filled with helpful charts and clear photos featuring detailed discussion of:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts
  • Assessment
  • Session protocol
  • Hands-on techniques
  • 32 Canine Health & Behavioral Acupressure Sessions

Acu-Dog makes ancient Chinese healing accessible for people who love and care for dogs. This canine acupressure book offers a highly substantive resource for learning thousands of years of evidence-based knowledge and tough theray techniques. Because dogs give us so much, it is an honor to take time to give back to them through acupressure. This book provides an opportunity for you to study and learn how to communicate your love and caring. Your dog will undersatnd your intentions, I promise.
–Linda Tellington-Jones – founder of Tellington TTouch

Acu-Dog is written by Amy Snow,  the co-founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and co-author of three animal acupressure texts, DVDs, and meridian charts. Her co-author is Nancy Zidonis. She has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, equine homeopathy, and essential oils. She is the Director of Programs for Tallgrass and teaches worldwide.

Tripawd dpg acupuressure book

Acu-Dog author Nancy Zidonis

Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure

Acu-Cat is your step-by-step book to learning the secrets of the ancient Chinese medicine wisdom. This is the most detailed book ever written for feline acupressure. There is no other book like that is specifically to keeping your young and senior cats healthy. The book is filled with photos and charts for you to learn how to offer your cats the best of health.

Acu-Cat is perrrfect for cat owners who love their cats, healthcare providers, and all animal enthusiasts. It is a unique how-to text includes:

  • History of Domesticated Cats
  • Chinese Medicine Concepts Underlying Feline Acupressure
  • Step-by Step Application of Chinese Medicine
  • Two Comprehensive Acupressure Session Protocols
  • Hands-On Techniques
  • 30+ Specific Feline Health & Behavioral Acupressure Sessions!

This work is a contribution to the necessary turnaround in our thinking about our reactions toward animals. It is indeed a welcome and much needed addition to the growing library of useful tests and manuals on companion animal care and health maintenance. Additionally, there is a benefit for those who discover the power of healing touch. It is something we can all give, refine, and facilitate our own healing –Dr Michael W. Fox, Veterinarian

For more information about acupressure for dogs and cats visit the Tallgrass Insitute website. You’ll find everything you need to know about how to get started. The Tallgrass Institute even has smart phone apps to help you find acupuressure points on dogs!

acupressure dog app

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You’ll Love Dinner PAWsible’s Home Cooking for Pets Recipes

February 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Books

Home cooking for pets doesn’t have to be complicated or hard as the book “Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of Nutritious, Homemade Meals for Cats and Dogs” shows.

home cooking for pets recipes

Brought to you by Susan Thixton, founder of and Dr. Cathy Alinovi, a holistic veterinarian and owner of Hoofstock Veterinary Clinic in New York, Dinner PAWsible is a collection of more than fifty cat and dog food recipes that will teach you how to whip up a fresh, balanced meal for your hungry critters.

We love the trustworthiness of this book because it’s written by a veterinarian certified in food therapy (Alinovi) and an advocate for pet food safety (Thixton), so you know you’re getting reputable nutrition information for pets. In addition, their recipes are also based on the National Research Council requirements for dogs and cats.

home cooking for pets recipes

What You’ll Learn

  1. Pet nutrition basics, including the nutritional value of all ingredients in the recipes.
  2. How to cook in bulk.
  3. Price comparisons of each recipe versus commercial pet food.
  4. And great recipes you’ll want to eat yourself like:

Chicken, Vegetables & Rice Casserole

home cooking for pets recipes


Recipes for pets with special health needs are also included, like a Liver Detox Diet and this Cancer Diet:

Dinner Pawsible Cancer Diet

  • 2 cups (500 mL) beef, pork or turkey, freshly ground or chopped
  • 1 cup (250 mL) leavy vegetables (kale, spinach, collards), fresh, diced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) raw goat’s milk or plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) mushrooms, diced
  • 1 egg, raw
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients, it will be like making meatloaf. Store in fridge. Make fresh daily as this mixture can spoil quickly.

Learn tips on preparing recipes in bulk.

home cooking for pets recipes

The recipes are so tasty that you’ll want to eat them yourself. And isn’t that the goal? To give our pets the real, whole, fresh foods that we put on our own tables? We give Dinner PAWsible 3-paws up, and we know you will too!

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

February 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Products

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.

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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:

  • Cream cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Brawnschwager
  • Liverwurst
  • Bacon
  • Banana

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.

Flavor-Doh Chicken Flavor for Dogs

Vetoquinol Pill Wrap

Earth’s Balance Pill Paste for Pets

Pill Pockets for Kittens

Spring Pet Pill Yums

Greenies Pill Pockets

Complete Natural Nutrition Pill Buddy Naturals*

*No controversial ingredients!

Zoe Pill Pops for Pets*

*No controversial ingredients!

EZ-Med Holes Pilling Agent for Small Capsules & Tablets


How Pheromone Anti-Anxiety Therapy Helps New Tripawd Cats, Dogs

January 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Products

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!

feliway pheromone therapy cats

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:

and calming collars too:

The science behind pheromones is impressive. Time Magazine discusses it in a great article called “Kitty Prozac: Can Synthetic Pheromones Calm Your Pet?”

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.

More Anti-Anxiety Help for Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Calming Cap and Muzzle Help Feet Phobias

Music Therapy for Dogs, Cats and their Humans

Helpful Holistic Separation Anxiety Remedies

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