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Hot Cold Therapy Pack Options for Dogs, Cats

April 17th, 2014 by jerry in Products · No Comments

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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

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

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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

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 · 1 Comment

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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Whole Pet Diet Home Cooking Recipes and Tips for Healthy Pets

March 6th, 2014 by jerry in Books · 1 Comment

Confused about how to feed your dog or cat a homemade diet? Well of course you are, there’s an incredible amount of information  about how to make dog and cat food at home! That’s why we try to cut through the noise for you with helpful recipes and tips for home cooking for your pets. Here’s one of our favorite resources.

The Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats by Andi Brown

From Andi’s website:

One in four pets is obese, and every year owners spend thousands of dollars treating allergies, joint problems, digestive disorders and serious diseases that could improve dramatically with a homemade nutritious diet.

Consider this all too common situation: A pet is gravely ill, and the veterinarian prescribes cooking chicken and rice, or beef and rice. The anxious and hopeful pet owner races home to make these prescribed meals and endeavors the process for a week or two. On their next trip to the vet, the pet is pronounced well and the vet instructs the owner to go back to the original food, which again triggers the problem. But this only perpetuates a downward health cycle. Why not feed the same high-quality, real, wholesome, and healing food as the pet’s steady diet, every day of their life? Why should they eat great food only during times of sickness or disease? Why shouldn’t our pets be eating healthfully every day to promote optimum vitality, and wellness?

With over 25 quick and easy recipes for home cooked meals and treats, and a guided weekly journal to track your pet’s progress, this book is a must for anyone who’s ever wondered how they can have a healthier pet, and help avoid the use of costly drugs or surgery

It’s Never Too Late to Eat Well!

“If you believe like Andi Brown does that pets are integral to the family as they are to the ebb and flow of life, then this book will dramatically improve the health and vitality of all your four-legged family members”.

DR. MARTY BECKER, veterinary contributor to Good Morning America and author of The Healing Power of Pets

Awaken your own inner, sensible pet. You’ll learn the secret of making better choices to enhance your pet’s life and tap into their own natural healing powers. Find out how thousands of happy pet owners have made simple changes in their pet’s lifestyle and achieved new vitality to create the pet of their dreams. There’s not a dog or cat in the world that won’t benefit from this eye opening book. Treat your pet to the best life possible, and become the healing artist you were meant to be!

Order your copy today!

The Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats by Andi Brown

Then, visit The Whole Pet Diet website for great blog posts, helpful newsletters and free recipes like Doc’s Stew!

The Whole Pet Diet Chicken Stew
aka Doc’s Stew(r) – My Newest and healthiest updated recipe from my book

Special note: use organic ingredients whenever possible

5 pounds Whole Chicken or Turkey (bones, organs, skin and all) Beef is fine too!
6 – 8 cups spring water
1/2 pound of additional beef liver, or chicken liver or turkey liver (your choice)
1/2 pound of wild salmon
2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
1/2 pound green peas
1 pound coarsely chopped carrots
1/2 pound coarsely chopped sweet potato (yam) (This may be omitted, if your pet is sensitive to grains or starches)
1 pound coarsely chopped zucchini
1 pound coarsely chopped yellow squash
1/2 pound of coarsely chopped green beans
1 pound coarsely chopped celery
1/4 teaspoon kelp powder Dash of dried rosemary
See Chef’s Tip on Freshly Grated Toppings

For Dogs: Add 12 oz. of Rolled Oats and adjust the water content to a total of 12 cups or enough to just “cover” the ingredients.

(I don’t recommend the grains portions for cats)

Combine all ingredients in a 10-quart stock pot (stainless steel, please). Bring to boil, reduce to low, and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Once finished (your carrots are soft), let cool and de-bone the chicken by hand. With an electric hand mixer (I use one available from Sears for about $19) or a food processor, blend all the ingredients into a nice puree. Using plastic yogurt containers, or Tupperware, make up “meal-sized” portions or what you will need for three days, and freeze what you don’t need immediately. Be sure and seek your pet’s advice for ideal meal sizes. Also, never serve cooked chicken bones to a pet; they splinter easily.

Yields: 20 cups for cats and 26 cups for dogs
Cat Feeding Directions: Average adult cat will eat roughly 1 cup a day; more or less depending on age, activity, level, current health, and season.

 Hop over to The Whole Pet Diet blog to read about feeding instructions for this recipe, and much more!

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Without Regret Book Helps with the Amputation Decision

February 20th, 2014 by jerry in Books · 1 Comment

Read any helpful books about Tripawds lately? Well, Angel Leo’s Mom Sherry did, and she was kind enough to share her thoughts about the book “Without Regret: A Handbook for Owners of Canine Amputees.”

Without Regret: A Review by Sherry Mauritzen

Without Regret” was very helpful to us when our 10 year old yellow lab (Leo, pictured above) was first diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his front right leg.

This book was easy to read providing information to guide us through our experience and also providing comfort in knowing we weren’t the only ones. It is written to provide information to those that are going through with a canine who has been diagnosed with cancer and needing to have a leg amputated.

The first part deals with history and reasons why dogs have an amputation done. Then it talks about all the different kinds of cancers and what to expect and how to handle certain situations. It also discusses:

  • What questions to ask your vet not only on your behalf but in the well being of your canine.
  • Going through the steps of being diagnosed, what to do next and what to expect pre and post surgery.
  • I also found it very helpful in describing different scenarios and how to deal with them.

The book also explains how to make your home safer for your Tripawd and making him/her comfortable and safe as can be. It also covers continued healthcare, nutrition, exercise and environmental needs, all which are important in caring for your canine.

Starting from the beginning to when we have to say goodbye, this book does a great job of explaining the journey you will go through in caring for your canine amputee and providing many resources of support.

I highly recommend “Without Regret” to everyone who has a canine that was diagnosed with cancer.

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Interactive Games for Recovering Tripawd Dogs

February 3rd, 2014 by jerry in Products · 1 Comment

Looking for ideas to keep your Tripawd entertained after amputation surgery? Tripawds member Karma has great ideas for you!

As Karma posted in the Tripawds Discussion Forums to Keiko33,

“I have a husky tripawd that is not yet 2 and understand how pent up they get when they can’t run off all that energy.  One idea that may help you is to stimulate your boy’s mind while he’s on “bed rest”.

I use puzzle toys for my girl, like the Tug-a-Jug Dog,

the Bob-A-Lot,

the Nina Ottosson Nina Ottoson Dog Tornado,

and the ToysRUs Pets Treat Puzzle Game.

The treat ball by Starmark isn’t a mind stimulating toy, but it does occupy their time pretty good.  Mind stimulating toys will run off energy, like going for a walk, so they should help.

My recommendation is to get a few, because I’m guessing your husky is like mine, and gets bored and moves on more frequently than other breeds.  I think all of the toys I mentioned can be found on amazon.  I got some from PetSmart and other places, but Amazon has most listed.  Feel free to message me if you have any further questions.

Karma, Adelaide and the crew and our forever angel Brendol

Recommended Reading

More Interactive Doggy Brain Games
Fun Tricks and Tips for Bonding with Cats and Dogs

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Win a Free Copy of Trouper

January 9th, 2014 by jerry in Books · 4 Comments

Do you know a child in early elementary school who would love a story about a Tripawd dog? If so, enter to win a copy of a new children book’s book about a three-legged hero, Trouper.

Kids Learn the Importance of Adoption

Trouper is a kid-friendly story about a three-legged stray dog who roamed the streets with a mob of other homeless dogs until one fateful day this roving gang was rounded up and sent to an animal shelter.


Written by Meg Kearney and beautifully illustrated by E.B. Lewis, children learn how Trouper finally meets the right boy who instantly knows this three-legged mutt is going to be his best friend. This book will touch the heart of everyone who reads it but especially those of us who know the special joys of having a three-legged animal in the family. Read our complete review here in the Tripawds Amazon Blog.

Win a Copy of Trouper

You can WIN this adorable book just by telling us a little something about the dog, cat or other animal who left a pawsitive impression on you when you were a young child.

This contest runs from today until next Friday, January 17 at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Previous winners of Tripawds contests within the past 60 days are not eligible for entry.

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Trouper’s Story Touches the Heart

December 30th, 2013 by jerry in Books · 1 Comment

Looking for a great way to gently show young kids the value of adopting a shelter animal? The new book Trouper is a great way to do it.

Trouper Finds His Forever Home

Trouper is a moving story of a three-legged stray dog, based on a true rescue story of the author’s adopted dog. Written from the heart by award-winning children’s book author Meg Kearney and beautifully illustrated by the gifted artist E.B. Lewis, Trouper tells the story of a mob of street dogs who tripped over trash cans and pawed the cold streets for bones.


The dogs howled and cried and wished for a home, until one day they’re captured from the streets and put in cages in a shelter to await their forever homes. One by one Trouper watches each one find a family. Broken-hearted and alone, Trouper patiently waits until one day the right boy visits and find that this three-legged mutt is the perfect friend for him.

This book will touch the heart of everyone who reads it but especially those of us who know the special joys of having a three-legged animal in the family. It’s clear that Kearney’s story comes straight from the heart, as she herself was adopted as a child and is now a loving pawrent to Trouper.

We give this adorable book THREE PAWS UP! Kudos to Kearney and Lewis for spreading the word about animal adoption and life on three legs!

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So Why Do Dogs Hump?

December 15th, 2013 by jerry in Books · No Comments

Pick up a copy of Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed and you’ll learn why. In this entertaining new book of short essays written by Dr. Marc Bekoff, a world-acclaimed animal behavior scientist and expert on animal emotions and the human-animal bond, you’ll gain a whole new perspective on how we treat “nonhuman animals” and the consequences of our actions.

The Importance of Kindness and Empathy Toward All Species

dogshumpAs Tripawd pawrents we share an exceptional bond with our three-legged heroes. All of us have witnessed the incredible resiliency and courage of our Tripawds, which usually far exceeds our own capacity to overcome such challenges.  This is why we feel that you as a Tripawd guardian will find this book a fascinating, entertaining and hopefully life-changing read.

Recently we received an advance copy of this book by the publisher, New World Library, and were pleasantly surprised by the accessible way in which Dr. Bekoff shares fascinating new research about animal-centric issues such as:

  • Animals and Us: Reflections on Our Challenging, Frustrating, Confusing and Deep Interrelationships with Other Animals
  • Media and the (Mis)representation of Animals
  • Who We Eat is a Moral Question
  • Against Speciesism: Why All Individuals are Unique and Special

Dr. Bekoff is a scientist by trade but also a brilliant writer who helps laypeople like us understand the intimate lives of “nonhuman animals,” a phrase he advocates using in order to distinguish the fact that we too are animals and “that all animal species share a continuum of being, which includes the way we feel and what we think.”

In Why Dogs Hump, he helps us reach a deeper level of understanding for all creatures. Essays such as “Grieving Animals: Saying Goodbye to Friends and Family,” validate what animal communicators have long been telling us but until recently were discredited by the scientific community: that animals of every size and species possess a level of intelligence and emotions deserving of the same amount of respect and protection that we give to humans, if not more. Our earth’s very existence depends on it.

“. . . In my essays I try to highlight just how much we can do to make the lives of all animals, including humans, much better than they currently are. I hope these essays inspire all of us to do what we all can to foster local and global compassion and peaceful co-existence. It is not that difficult to do so. We simply need to change our mindless ways of interacting with other animals and with one another to reflect how much we really care about our collective well-being.”

There is so much we can learn from this book. From watching the behavior of ordinary crows to questioning the existence of zoos, Why Dogs Hump will open your eyes to a whole new way of relating to other species. This book deserves a place on your bookshelf and every animal lover you know.

Read Reviews and Preview Pages on Amazon

For more fascinating research by Dr. Bekoff, be sure to catch the PBS documentary NATURE: Why We Love Cats and Dogs, featuring Tripawds Founder Spirit Jerry. In this hour-long episode, Dr. Bekoff explores our relationships with dogs and the multitude of ways in which we benefit one another’s lives.


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Save Big on Presents for the Fur Kids, Support the Tripawds Nation

December 12th, 2013 by jerry in Products · No Comments

Hey folks it’s not too late to save on last minute holiday presents for the dogs, cats and human animals in your life! Amazon’s Pet Gifts and Supplies Selection makes it easy to shop right up until the days leading up to the 25th

The best part is, a portion of any purchases you make will go toward helping to defray the costs of keeping the Tripawds Nation online in 2014!

From Pawz dog boots for traction

to Mind-bending cat games

You can avoid a frantic trip to the mall and instead spend that time cuddling with your favorite furry kids. It’s a win-win for everypawdy!

Well, except for the dog who gets one of these:

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