Most healthy pets that eat a high quality, nutritionally complete commercially prepared food do not need to receive a daily vitamin and mineral supplement. Reputable pet food manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure that their diets provide the correct amount of vitamins and minerals. Adding more can actually be harmful if excesses build up to toxic levels or interfere with the absorption of other vitamins and minerals.
This does not mean that vitamin and mineral pet supplements are always a bad idea. Here are some instances when they can be life-savers:
- Some diseases can be treated with vitamins and/or minerals (e.g., vitamin K for dogs to combat poisonings with certain types of rodenticides). Your veterinarian will prescribe the correct supplement or combination of supplements to treat your pet’s condition.
- Animals that eat home-prepared foods should receive broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplements. It is almost impossible to create a balanced diet without them. A veterinary nutritionist should always be involved in designing recipes for home-cooked pet foods.
- Some pets are so finicky that they will only eat extremely small amounts or will only accept diets that are of questionable quality. A multivitamin/mineral supplement can help prevent nutritional deficiencies in these cases.
Talk to your veterinarian to determine whether your pet should receive feline or canine supplements.
Cats are physiologically different than dogs. Because of this, they are more prone to developing potentially life threatening side-effects from the most common class of pain relievers used in dogs –NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories). This makes keeping cats comfortable in the face of both acute (i.e. post-surgical or traumatic injury) and chronic (i.e. osteoarthritis) pain challenging.
When cats are hospitalized, veterinarians have a wide range of options to choose from regarding pain medication. But once a cat is scheduled to go home, the choices become more limited. Below are a few of the more commonly used pain relievers for cats commonly available from retailers like http://www.vetdepot.com. Many are also good options for dogs.
- Buprenorphine – good for acute and chronic pain but can get expensive with long-term use
- Tramadol – good for acute and chronic pain
- gabapentin – good for chronic pain
- amantadine – good for chronic pain
- Joint Supplements – good for chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis and possibly some other conditions
- Metacam (meloxicam) – this is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that has been used in cats, but repeated use increases the risk of side effects. It may still be an option for some individuals.
If you think your pet is in pain, talk to your veterinarian and ask if any of the aforementioned pet medications might be appropriate.
As devoted pet owners, it’s hard to watch our pets slow down with age. Just like people, many dogs and cats experience some joint discomfort due to arthritis as they mature. To help keep our furry friends stay active for as long as possible, it’s a good idea to add a joint support supplement from vetdepot.com like Dasuquin to your pet’s daily routine.
Dasuquin for dogs and cats is a nutritional supplement that supports healthy joint function. Dasuquin joint supplements contain glucosamine and chondroitin, two ingredients commonly thought to aid in joint health. Dasuquin is also formulated with all natural avocado and soybean unsaponifiables for an even more complete joint supplement. Dasuquin MSM takes it a step further by adding Methylsulfonylmethane, a compound that contributes to joint health.
Dasuquin comes in easy to administer chewable tablets for dogs and sprinkle capsules for cats. In combination with a healthy lifestyle, Dasuquin joint supplements can help your loyal companion stay active into his later years.
Your senior dog may not be as quick to chow down on that bowl of food as the old days or as lightning fast when playing a game of fetch as he used to be, but there are still plenty of tail-wagging memories to be made during your pup’s golden years. To help your dog live those years to the fullest, there are many products specifically designed for senior canines to ensure good nutrition and comfort as your dog matures in age.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for an aging dog:
•When selecting treats and food, look for labels on packaging that indicate use for senior dogs. Most senior dog foods are lower in fat and higher in fiber to support the nutritional needs of older dogs. Sometimes, you can even combine the tastiness of a treat with healthy benefits by using products like Greenies Senior Treats, which support good dental and joint health for aging dogs.
•There are several nutritional supplements at vetdepot available to help combat health problems commonly seen in older dogs. There are supplements to support everything from good joint health to bladder control. Consult with your pet’s veterinarian with any questions about which supplements may be beneficial for your aging dog.
•Many canines end up taking some sort of medication during their lifetime, especially during their later years. Trying to get your stubborn pooch to swallow a pill isn’t always easy, but luckily there are a couple of easy solutions. A pill pocket can be used to hide medication and allow for easy pet med administration. A pill shaver can also be used to grind up medication to be mixed in with pet food.
•Just because Fido is getting up there in years doesn’t mean he’s done playing. Your dog probably still gets plenty of joy out of playtime and an appropriate level of exercise is essential to good health at any age. Kong makes a specially designed version of their classic toy for seniors, made with a softer rubber. Look for toys like this one that are gentler on the teeth and jaw. Plush toys might also be a smart choice for aging dogs that may need a little extra comfort.
Dogs offer us years of loyal companionship and in return, we want to keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible. Whatever products you choose to buy for your aging canine companion, just remember to keep your dog’s changing needs in mind.
On April 12, 2010 Response Products, Broken Bow, NE voluntarily recalled the product Cetyl M for Dogs due to a possible Salmonella contamination. The possible contamination is from the hydrolyzed vegetable protein component provided by Basic Foods of Las Vegas, NV. The FDA and Basic Foods of Las Vegas had detected Salmonella in Basic Food’s facility and had issued a recall on the vegetable beef flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which are components of Cetyl M for Dogs. Response Products has recalled all products that came from lot numbers 1210903 and 0128010 which can be found directly above the bar code on the label for Cetyl M for Dogs. The believed to be affected Cetyl M for Dogs was distributed nation-wide in either 120 count bottles (shipped between 1/8/2010 -4/2/2010) or a 360 count bottle (shipped between 2/11/2010-4/2/2010).
Pets and people can be infected with Salmonella. People who come in contact with the dry pet food or treats can get infected especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after handling. If infected, the person would have some of the following symptoms; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, and sometimes more severe symptoms. If pets become infected they can become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets could experience decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Some pets can even be carriers while showing no symptoms and can infect other animals or humans. If a person or pet is experiencing some of the above mentioned symptoms after handling the Cetyl M for Dogs, they should contact their physician or veterinarian. Consumers may contact Response Products at 1-877-266-9757 with questions or concerns.