Tripawds Amputation for Dogs and Cats Hotline

You guys.

This is a bit of a heavy one for you today. I wanted to let you know about a resource that my friends at Tripawds have come up with to help pet parents who are struggling with the possibility of having to amputate one of their pet’s limbs.

It’s a sad fact that, sometimes, pets get cancer. Sometimes they are born with physical defects. Occasionally, they injure themselves beyond repair. In all cases, amputation is one way to relieve your pet’s discomfort. I also personally like to think I look like a badass because of my stump.  When faced with these decisions, pet parents feel stress, fear, worry, and often have very few resources or people to turn to for comfort. That’s where Tripawds steps in, no pun intended.

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There it is in all it’s glory.

 

Already well known for their excellent website where pet parents can gather together for online support, Tripawds has now started a toll-free Tripawds Pals Helpline where those of you who are struggling with the decision to amputate can talk to someone who knows, cares, and understands. And maybe also has an accent. I love talking to people with British accents. Anyway, while these people are not veterinarians and cannot give you specific medical advice, they can talk you through your decision and give you a perspective you may not otherwise have had.

 

If you’d like to give them a call, dial 844-TRIPAWD  (844-874-7293).

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844-TRIPAWD  (844-874-7293)

Tell them Crepes sent you.

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Love,

Crepes.

 

Confession Friday: I Brew Kefir Soda

Don’t worry, it’s totes legal. And it’s delicious!

Me watching the kefir grains rise and fall, like the tides of the universe.

Me watching the kefir grains rise and fall, like the tides of the universe.

Many of you have heard about kefir that’s made with milk, but fewer people know what kefir water is. Kefir water is fairly similar in that one uses small colonies of bacteria and yeast to convert sugars into a probiotic drink with health benefits. It’s an excellent substitute for those that have dairy allergies (MomFOD) or who are began vegan but want to consume probiotics for intestinal health. The water, through a process of secondary fermentation, can be turned into something that resembles soda. It makes an excellent replacement for sugary drinks that have no benefit to your health. MomFOD’s favorite here is the bubbly lemonade. Yum!

Why do I bring it up? Well, probiotics are excellent for your pets! Rocky is taking them per his doctor’s orders for his stomach upset. Many sources on the internet point out that you can feed your pets milk kefir, water kefir, and even the extra kefir grains as a source of probiotics. MomFOD has eaten the extra grains herself, and just recently tried them out on us! I wouldn’t eat them. In fact, none of the cats would, but Doodle was sure pleased to slurp them up!

If you want to use kefir on your pet, consult your veterinarian first. Pets may have issues with cow’s milk, although after it’s been turned into kefir, over 99% of the lactose will have been removed. Goat’s milk kefir might be a better choice that cow’s. Water kefir might still have some sugar left in it, so keep that in mind, as well.  Again, please consult your veterinarian and use your own judgement.

My overly fizzy attempt at Kefir Cider.

My overly fizzy attempt at Kefir Cider.

 

If you’re new to kefir, start drinking it slowly and work your way up to larger amounts to avoid any major digestive upset after the influx of probiotics.

For more information about water kefir, you can read this excellent FAQ from a place that sells kefir grains or this website that answers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about brewing kefir at home.

My brew corner. Those are kombuchas there.

My brew corner. Those are kombuchas there.

What do you guys think? Would you try brewing kefir?  Do you want to know more about it? If there’s interest, we can do another post about how to make delicious sparkling kefir lemonade! Let us know!

Love,

Crepes.

PS. I’m not a doctor, although I sometimes play one on TV, so please do some extra research and make sure you check with your veterinarian or your own doctor before making any decisions that could affect you or your pet’s health.

 

Chiropractic Care for Dogs: Doodle’s Experience

You guys!

Doodle had an adventure. She went for a chiropractic adjustment. Now, many people don’t realize that animals can also suffer from imbalances and misalignment of their joints, but they can, and it can cause pain and discomfort, just like for people. Here’s the scoop on Doodle’s case:

REASON FOR GOING: MomFOD noticed that Doodle was having some discomfort in her upper back near her shoulder blades. Doodle was showing  signs of moping (more than usual) and that area of her back felt hot to the touch. Also, when MomFOD tried to massage it, Doodle’s skin got twitchy and she showed signs of discomfort. Therefore, she decided it was best Doodle see a doctor and our regular vet, Dr. C., suggested chiro! And here’s how it went:

THE EXPERIENCE: At first, Doodle was skeptical.

Doodle is unsure.

Doodle is unsure.

Then Dr. Curtis came in. After taking a moment to relax, Doodle went for a walk up and down the hallway because Dr. Curtis wanted to assess her posture and gait to see if she had any imbalances. Sure enough, Doodle tends to walk a bit crooked. The doctor then sat down with Doodle on the large mat on the floor. It was more like a little yoga/massage session than a usual doctors visit. After spending some time discussing Doodle’s diet and exercise routine, Dr. Curtis tested all of Doodle’s joints for flexibility. It turns out, Doodle has a hypermobile shoulder/elbow.

Doodle getting checked out.

Doodle getting checked out. That’s her relaxation face. Seriously.

Dr. Curtis told MomFOD that Doodle needed a few adjustments and then she made them. Unlike a person’s chiropractic adjustments, there were no loud clicks or pops. Nothing about the experience was forceful or surprising. Dr. Curtis simply applied some pressure to the joints and made them slip back into alignment.

Doodle getting aligned.

Doodle getting aligned.

Before leaving, Dr. Curtis discussed a holistic health plan that included getting Doodle more exercise, possibly losing one pound, joining some sports, and adding vitamins into her diet to make sure that her transition into her senior years is smooth and healthy.

Conclusion: After the visit, Doodle seemed much happier! Her movements look easier and she’s not moping as much. MomFOD continues to massage Doodle at home using techniques demonstrated by both Dr. Curtis and Dr. C.  She also does daily exercises with Doodle, like crawling. MomFOD had to teach Doodle to crawl because it helps build her ab muscles, which will in turn help support her back and posture. Doodle also practices flexibility each day with movement exercises that MomFOD works her through. Overall, Doodle’s first chiropractic session was a success!

Who’s It For? Chiropractic adjustments can be a great benefit to any pet, especially to special needs pets that may have an imbalance of musculature. Dogs that practice agility, which can be hard on the body, also greatly benefit from chiropractic care. If you’re interested in trying out chiropractic medicine for your pet, consult your veterinarian for a referral.

Here’s Doodle demonstrating the crawl that she recently learned as well as trying to demonstrate her head and neck stretches (it took her a second to get this one right – Mrs. P makes her nervous)

 

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