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From anxiety issues to urinary tract infections, veterinarians are using natural nutritional supplements — sometimes called “nutraceuticals” — to help support healthy body function in pets and, in some cases, reduce reliance on drugs (pharmaceuticals).

 

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, our line-up of nutritional supplements supports dog and cat health in these areas: liver, gastrointestinal tract, joints, urinary tract, skin, and emotional health.

Our favorite nutritional supplements for pets include Cranberry PlusDasuquin, Denamarin (not shown), Free Form Snip Tips, Solliquin, and Vetri Mega Probiotic.

Nutritional supplements often are used alongside traditional medications and other supportive treatment. Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends supplements for his patients: to promote good health, reduce symptoms, and lessen the chance of recurrence of certain medical problems.

Always consult your pet’s veterinarian before starting your pet on a nutritional supplement. Unless directed otherwise, stick to supplements specially formulated for pets (skip the human products).

Nutritional supplements can enhance your pet’s health, but often are not sufficient to treat or cure a particular disease or disorder. Be sure to partner with your pet’s veterinarian to determine if a nutritional supplement can help your dog or cat.

Contact Us to schedule an appointment at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic to discuss your pet’s health today.

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This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or suggest a treatment for any disease or disorder. This article is not a substitute for veterinary care or a client-doctor-patient relationship, nor does it constitute such a relationship. Your pet’s veterinarian is the best source of information regarding your pet’s health.

Always check with your pet’s doctor before adding any supplement to your pet’s diet. Examination, tests and a treatment plan may be necessary before beginning nutritional supplements. Not all supplements are appropriate for all pets. Ask your veterinarian. 

Neither Dr. Miele nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or its staff is responsible for outcomes based on information available on this site.

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Many owners of aging pets want to know whether their pet might be suffering from arthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is treatable in its early stages.

Take note of whether your pet does any of the following*:

  • Tire easily
  • Lag behind during walks
  • Limp or appear stiff after exercise
  • Act reluctant to climb stairs or jump up
  • Exhibit difficulty rising from a resting position
  • Prefer lying to sitting or standing
  • Exhibit difficulty bending to reach its food and water dishes
  • Collapse or exhibit shaky legs
  • Break housetraining
  • Suddenly stop using the litterbox (cats)

Now consider:

  • Have you noticed changes in your pet’s behavior?
  • Has your pet been injured in the past?
  • Has your pet been diagnosed with elbow or hip dysplasia?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions should prompt a visit to your veterinarian to have your pet evaluated for arthritis.

Treatment may consist of targeted pain medication, cartilage-boosting nutritional supplements or joint health diets, and physical therapy.

The sooner treatment is begun, the sooner a pet’s pain can be managed. Arthritis becomes more severe if left untreated — and more difficult to treat in the later stages. For instance, once cartilage has completely eroded from a joint, it will not return.

If you suspect your pet is having pain or difficulty moving due to arthritis, Contact Us to schedule an examination and consultation today.

*Keep in mind that some symptoms of arthritis mimic those of other diseases. This list is not comprehensive and is not meant to diagnose your pet.

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Is this rainy weather getting to your arthritic pet? Perhaps ol’ Sparky needs a little extra help re-building cartilage in his joints. Now is a great time to get your cat or dog started on Dasuquin.* 

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Dasuquin is a joint health supplement that uses avocado and soybean ingredients to unify the action of glucosamine and chondroitin, making them work better together for your pet.

Remember: the best time to start a joint supplement program is while cartilage still exists within the joint. All glucosamine/chondroitin supplements require a foundation of cartilage to build on.

Right now, you can receive a $4 rebate on 84 ct. Dasuquin for dogs or cats, when you purchase Dasuquin at our clinic. And each household can receive up to 12 rebates per year.

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Get your rebate now!

Need a little nudge? Dasuquin comes with a money-back guarantee, so you can try it out on your pickiest eater!

*Check with your pet’s doctor first. Glucosamine is not recommended for all pets.

 

 

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   Dasuquin is our go-to joint supplement for dogs and cats that are suffering from arthritis or are prone to joint health issues.  Unlike other products on the market, Dasuquin combines glucosamine and chondroitin with avocado/soybean unsaponifiables* (ASU).  ASU supports joint function and slows cartilage loss, giving Dasuquin an advantage over glucosamine/chondroitin-only products.

   Now, we could rave about the levels of cartilage-building glucosamine and chondroitin in Dasuquin, or its safety when used with prescription medications, or even the Dasuquin for Cats added benefit of supporting bladder health. 

   But it’s our clients’ feedback that we’re most impressed with.  We’re hearing that pets taking Dasuquin on a regular basis are more active and are walking and jumping better.  Some clients have even been able to reduce or discontinue their pet’s pain medication, in favor of this no-drug supplement.

  Bonus:  Be sure to visit the links above to claim your $2 Dasuquin rebate.

The key to using Dasuquin successfully is to start while cartilage is still present in the joints.  Once the cartilage is gone, no amount of supplement will bring it back.  Don’t wait until your pet is unable to walk, to begin a supplement. 

   Ask about Dasuquin if your pet is exhibiting these signs:

  • stiff walking gait, especially after sleeping;
  • difficulty or reluctance using stairs or jumping into the car;
  • less enthusiasm for walks and exercise;
  • difficulty rising from a reclining or sitting position.

Need a little nudge? Dasuquin comes with a money-back guarantee, so you can try it out on your pickiest eater!

*Unsaponifiable:  a word used to describe fats which cannot be converted into soap.
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What is arthritis?
Arthritis
is a general term for abnormal changes in a joint. These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced. Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones. When it wears away, joints become swollen and painful.

Although arthritis is not curable, the good news is that nutrition can help manage the disease, improve mobility and ease the pain. With the right nutrition and care from your veterinarian, your pet should be able to enjoy an active, healthy life for many years to come.

What causes arthritis?
Age
…As pets get older, cartilage will begin to degenerate. Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree.

Breed…Large breeds are more prone to arthritis. These include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

Excess weight…Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.

Accidents and damage…Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident.

Congenital defects…Some pets are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely in later life.

Infection…Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue and cartilage.

Does my pet have arthritis?
If your pet has arthritis, the first thing you’ll notice is that he or she finds movement difficult and is reluctant to walk, run and jump. Your pet may also yelp or flinch when touched in the affected area.

Arthritis makes it difficult to:

  • Rise from rest
  • Jump
  • Walk and run
  • Play
  • Climb stairs

If you see any of these signs in your pet, it could have arthritis, or it could have a more serious condition. Have your pet examined by the veterinarian before beginning treatment.

So, what about a diet change?
An otherwise-healthy
senior dog can safely switch to a diet containing supplemental ingredients which help reduce pain associated with arthritic changes in joints. Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d is just such a food; in fact, studies have shown its effectiveness in helping dogs improve mobility. Prescription Diet j/d can even reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to counteract joint pain and inflammation.

Hill’s Prescription Diet  j/d contains elevated omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the joints and block the production of enzymes that destroy cartilage. Plus, added glucosamine and chondroitin provide building blocks for cartilage repair. Prescription Diet j/d also contains carnitine, which helps dogs burn fat, while maintaining lean muscle mass, since obesity is a major contributor to arthritis.

Prescription Diet j/d is available to our registered patients when recommended by Dr. Miele.

Visit www.HillsPet.com for additional information. 

The Joint Health brochure is available at our office.

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Information taken from  “Joint Health,” a guide produced by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

This article was originally published on October 20, 2011.

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     This month, we are focusing on topics related to geriatric health. We began with a post on Brain Aging. Today, we’ll look at a product designed to get your pet moving again. Next week: cataracts!
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     Dasuquin is our go-to joint supplement for dogs and cats that are suffering from arthritis or are prone to joint health issues.  Unlike other products on the market, Dasuquin combines glucosamine and chondroitin with avocado/soybean unsaponifiables* (ASU).  ASU supports joint function and slows cartilage loss, giving Dasuquin an advantage over glucosamine/chondroitin-only products.

     Now, we could rave about the levels of cartilage-building glucosamine and chondroitin in Dasuquin, or its safety when used with prescription medications, or even the Dasuquin for Cats added benefit of supporting bladder health. 

     But it’s our clients’ feedback that we’re most impressed with.  We’re hearing that pets taking Dasuquin on a regular basis are more active and are walking and jumping better.  Some clients have even been able to reduce or discontinue their pet’s pain medication, in favor of this no-drug supplement.

     The key to using Dasuquin successfully is to start while cartilage is still present in the joints.  Once the cartilage is gone, no amount of supplement will bring it back.  Don’t wait until your pet is unable to walk, to begin a supplement. 

     Ask about Dasuquin if your pet is exhibiting these signs:

  • stiff walking gait, especially after sleeping;
  • difficulty or reluctance using stairs or jumping into the car;
  • less enthusiasm for walks and exercise;
  • difficulty rising from a reclining or sitting position.

Bonus:  Be sure to visit the links above to claim your $2 Dasuquin rebate.

*Unsaponifiable:  a word used to describe fats which cannot be converted into soap.
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This post originally appeared on this blog on October 18, 2011.

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The following is excerpted from “Joint Health,” a guide produced by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term for abnormal changes in a joint.  These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced.  Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones.  When it wears away, joints become swollen and painful.

Although arthritis is not curable, the good news is that nutrition can help manage the disease, improve mobility and ease the pain.  With the right nutrition and care from your veterinarian, your pet should be able to enjoy an active, healthy life for many years to come.

What causes arthritis?
Age
…As pets get older, cartilage will begin to degenerate.  Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree.

Breed…Large breeds are more prone to arthritis.  These include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

Excess weight…Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.

Accidents and damage…Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident.

Congenital defects…Some pets are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely in later life.

Infection…Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue and cartilage.

Does my pet have arthritis?
If your pet has arthritis, the first thing you’ll notice is that he or she finds movement difficult and is reluctant to walk, run and jump.  Your pet may also yelp or flinch when touched in the affected area.

Arthritis makes it difficult to:

  • Rise from rest
  • Jump
  • Walk and run
  • Play
  • Climb stairs

If you see any of these signs in your pet, it could have arthritis, or it could have a more serious condition.  Have your pet examined by the veterinarian before beginning treatment.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition offers Prescription Diet  j/d, a food which contains elevated omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega 3 acts to reduce inflammation in the joints and block the production of enzymes that destroy cartilage.

Prescription Diet j/d is available to our registered patients when recommended by Dr. Miele.

Visit www.HillsPet.com for additional information. 

The Joint Health brochure is available at our office.  Or, to receive a copy at home, send an e-mail to dr_miele@yahoo.com and include your mailing address.


 

 

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