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Purrfect Ear-Scratcher for Tri-kitties

November 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Products

A Tripawds Fan shared this unsolicited product testimonial on the Tripawds Facebook Page with hope that it may help other pet parents concerned about their tripawd kitties being unable to scratch themselves after amputation…

So ever since Rocky lost his back leg I’ve seen him so many times tilt his head and see his stump start twitching because he is trying to scratch his ear, of course I always scratch it for him but I felt bad knowing if no one was around to scratch he’d be stuck with a itchy ear. I saw this Purrfect Arch…so I figured what the heck let’s try it out.

purrfect arch

Got it set up and Rocky was a little hesitant at first but pretty soon he was in love with it. I think he rolled around, rubbed his face, bit at it and played with it for almost 30 minutes. So the reason I am sharing this is just in case any other tripawd kitty parents have the same issue with the itchy ears going unscratched. This is purrfect for your little tripawd kitty!

I know theses can be easily made out of board and bottle cleaners as well but…you’ll be spending about the same, maybe a little more and all you have to do is pop the end of the scratchers into the board and its ready to go!

So I hope this helps at least one tripawd kitty parent.

—Kim W.

Do you have any pawsome products to share with Tripawds fans? Let us know!



Try Tripawd Dog Trick Training for Mental Exercise and Health

November 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Books, Uncategorized

Tripawd dogs need more mental exercise than physical exercise in order to preserve those joints. Mental exercise is anything from a game of hide and seek to canine nosework to interactive pet puzzles. Earlier this year Tripawds member Tails a Waggin’ gang (aka Tina Hopper) introduced us to Trick Dog Training and we’ve been having a blast ever since.

Here’s why you need to add it to your Tripawd dog’s exercise routine.

The Benefits of Tripawd Dog Trick Training

Teena raves about dog trick training for her Tripawd Roxy and quadpawd Miss Charlee:

…to be honest I don’t even remember how I came across it, but I am so thrilled that I did!!!  Over the past several months I have developed some health issues that is restricting my activity, which in turn restricts what I am able to do with my dogs, so I started do more brain games with them and it has been my saving grace…and theirs!!!

As she suggested, we bought a copy of 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog and got inspired to try Tripawd dog trick training with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray.

Written by acclaimed dog trick trainer Kyra Sundance, this dog trick training book explains numerous tricks dogs can learn. Tricks range from simple ones like

  • Sit, Shake Hands
  • Fetch and Roll Over
  • Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox
  • to Get a Beer Soda from the Fridge.

Trick training helps us bond with ours dog and keep their minds busy and active. Studies show that the more mentally engaged a dog is, the less chance of doggie Alzheimer’s happening to the pooch. Tricks keep dogs mentally and physically challenged and help to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.

About the only drawback is that a few tricks are just too difficult for three-legged dogs to do. Well, at least that’s the experience we had with Wyatt, a rear-legged amputee. But the book is still a great tool to have in your bag of Tripawd dog activities.

Check out how our Tripawd dog trick training has been going with Wyatt. We taught him the “Bang!” game:

Stay tuned for more great dog tricks from Wyatt. And if your Tripawd has any to share, we’d love to see them! Comment below and tell us more.






New “Travel with Dogs” Book Helps Plan Your Dream Getaway

October 13th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Books

Are you following Eurydice’s European Escapade? Do you love watching Jasper Lily’s road trips with Alison? If these packs have given you the travel bug, now’s the time to pick up the helpful new book, Travel with Dogs.

Travel With Dogs Book Makes Adventure Easy

Written by the world travel experts at Lonely Planet, you’ll love how this adorable guidebook explains the ins and outs of air, land and sea travel with dogs.

This cute little book caught our eye because we were inspired to hit the road with Jerry when he got bone cancer. There were many things about traveling with him that we had to learn along the way. If only this book was around then!

Travel with Dogs teaches the most essential tips for having a good time seeing the world together. The authors explain how to:

  • Understand your dog’s needs while traveling.
  • Be a great traveling pooch ambassador.
  • Find places to stay, eat and have fun together.
  • What documentation and vaccines are needed for each kind of travel.
  • Which gear items to pack.
  • And so much more!

If you’re in the early stages of dreaming up your perfect travel itinerary with your pup, you need this book. For starters, you’ll learn the pros and cons of each type of transportation. The authors strive to teach you what kind of travel your pet will be happiest doing. For example, not all dogs are happy air travelers, even those who can fit beneath a seat!

The book also provides realistic insight on the various ways you’ll need to modify your travel activities in order to keep your pooch happy. For instance, you’ll have to be realistic about sightseeing with your dog, and when you’ll need to have a good quality boarding kennel as a backup plan.

travel with dogs

Learn what kind of trip will make your pup happiest,.

An extra little feature we really love in the book is this no-nonsense list about the benefits of traveling with our favorite canine. It’s all true!

The 10 best things about traveling with your dog

1. You see more when you explore on foot
2. You make new friends
3. Dogs make the most agreeable travel companions
4. You spend quality time with your pooch
5. Dog make things more fun
6. You can travel with other dog lovers
7. You’ll never be alone
8. You go places you otherwise wouldn’t
9. It’s good for your dog
10. And it’s good for you!

As permanent RV travelers with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, we can vouch for the spot-on advice provided in Travel with Dogs.

Wyatt Ray only knows the travel life. He's been doing it 7 years now!

Wyatt Ray only knows the road dawg life. He’s been doing it 7 years.

If you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, pick up this little pocket guidebook and get started planning your trip of a lifetime!

Win a Copy of Travel with Dogs!

Would you like to receive our press copy of Travel with Dogs? If so, just comment below and tell us more about the dream trip you’d like to take with your pooch. We’ll choose a winner at random on midnight on 10/28. Contest is open to U.S and Canadian residents only.





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.

wifi pet cam basics


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.

wifi pet cam basics

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


wifi pet cam basics

Dog Monitor

wifi pet cam basics

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!

wifi pet cam basics

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.