Archive for the ‘Pet Supplements’ Category
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
We all love our dogs. They complete our lives in many ways and give us something to smile about even on the worst days. They need us and, in a way, we might just need them as well. Of course, being in love with man’s best friend might be easy but occasionally it can build up some unhealthy habits.
Sleeping in bed with a young puppy night after night can be a hard habit to break. As dogs get bigger you may feel less cozy with them snuggling into your bed. As those habits have already been formed it will be difficult now to discipline your dog into sleeping elsewhere.
Best to get the right pet gear in the beginning and try and establish good habits right away. Good habits, meaning that your dog sleeps comfortably on a dog bed. The Sportsman Pet Bed is the kind of well thought out slumber design that we assume is only applied to humans. There are systems for support and for comfort designed specially for pets. This means that not only are you developing bad habits with your dog sleeping in your bed, you are doing him or her a disservice. These beds are perfect for pets.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
You love your horse; that much is true. And no doubt you want your horse to be as healthy as possible. While it’s true too that simply feeding and exercising your horse are great ways to stay on top of that, there are in fact other things that you can do as well. Supplements, for example, are a great way to buttress an already great regimen of health for your horse.
Nutramax Laboratories has proprietary veterinary researched specifications that are unique in their ability to bolster health in animals. Cosequin Equine Powder, for example, a product created under such standards, is the number one veterinarian recommended brand for horse supplements. Why is that?
Because it’s created to help and maintain a horse’s joints. It simultaneously supports the structure of cartilage and stops the enzymes that try to diminish cartilage. And that’s great, because you want your horse moving freely, comfortably, and without pain. Helping a horse maintain healthy joints is an important piece in ensuring that remains a possibility.
So, because you love your horse, take a look into some health supplements. Start with the number one recommended brand powered by Nutramax proprietary specifications while you’re at it. Your horse, and its joints, will thank you.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
When it comes to Nutramax supplements, there’s a lot to know. There are quite a few different choices for your dogs and cats that can help with different health issues they may have, or just to keep them healthy as they get older. It is important that they take these supplements regularly, especially if a vet recommends them. But what kind of supplements does Nutramax offer?
For your best buddies, there’s something great to help their skin and fur called Dermaquin. Sometimes as pets get older, their coats lose their luster and softness. This supplement helps bring it back as shiny and new as it was as a puppy or kitten.
Two other major issues tend to be digestive and joint health. This both can really affect our pets in their older age. Animals can have indigestion and arthritis too! Cosequin is the supplement for joint health, which comes in a variety of choices that you may want to consult your veterinarian on. They can best tell you which can help your pet overcome their aches and pains. Bactaquin is the supplement that helps digestive problems so that your pets can have normal bowel movements and be tummy ache free.
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
Sometimes client’s ask about the use of supplements for the health of their pets. There are a few things about supplements that you should know.
First of all, unlike prescription or over the counter (OTC) drugs, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), supplements, or nutraceuticals, are not regulated in the same way. Therefore, you need to take extra care when purchasing these products. Because they are not regulated by the FDA, they are considered food supplements and are not required to contain the amount of product that is listed on the container. Unless they are made by a reputable drug company, they may not actually contain the amount of the product(s) listed on the package label.
Secondly, because they have not undergone the FDA drug approval process, nutraceuticals are not approved to treat, cure or otherwise be used for a specific disease process. FDA sends out citation letters to individuals or companies for false advertising when such claims are made because they cannot yet be substantiated. This is something to be aware of as many nutraceuticals are touted to treat conditions or promote good health. One way to check if the product is a nutraceutical is to look on the packaging. If the product is not an FDA approved drug, it should have a notice stating that it is not approved by the FDA. The notice often reads something like this:
These statements have not been evaluated the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Please be aware that if it is not FDA approved, you do not necessarily know what you are buying. Because there are so many types of nutraceuticals s available, the time after starting to take one and to notice an effect can vary greatly. Therefore, I recommend talking to whoever suggested its use before starting it. You should ask your veterinarian why s/he recommends the supplement and what positive effects you should expect to see within a certain time frame. You can also talk to a pharmacist about some products before giving it to your pet as they are aware of many OTC products and their benefits mainly for use in humans. If there are instructions on the package, I suggest following those unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.
Finally, just because nutraceuticals are not considered medications and they are not regulated the same way as approved therapeutic drugs does not mean that their use cannot have potential side effects. If you notice unusual behavior or any physical symptoms during the first couple of weeks of using a supplement, please call your veterinarian immediately.
S Mason, DVM