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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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From anxiety issues to urinary tract infections, we’ve got natural nutritional supplements for pets that can reduce reliance on pharmaceuticals and help your pet feel better.

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 Plus, Dasuquin, Denamarin (not shown), Free Form Snip Tips, Solliquin, Vetri DMG, and Vetri Mega Probiotic.

Nutritional supplements often are used alongside traditional medications and other supportive treatment. At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we use supplements to promote good health and 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 or treat any disease or disorder and is not a substitute for veterinary care or a client-doctor-patient relationship.

Always check with your pet’s doctor before adding any supplement to your pet’s diet.

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In Part 1 of Understanding Anxiety in Pets, we defined anxiety, described causes and associated behaviors, and looked at the top reasons pets are relinquished and euthanized.

In Part 2 of Understanding Anxiety in Pets, we examined the different methods available to treat anxiety in pets. We mentioned nutritional supplements, such as Zylkene and Solliquin.

Today, in Part 3 of Understanding Anxiety in Pets, we will take a look at how nutritional supplements affect anxious pets, to give them relief.

In a pet’s brain, there are several neurotransmitters that affect mood:

  • Glutamate: causes fear, anxiety, excitement. Ideally, glutamate levels are suppressed in an effort to reduce behavioral issues associated with fear and anxiety.
  • GABA: Essentially the opposite of glutamate, it can be increased in order to produce calm via an inhibitory effect.
  • Serotonin: low levels lead to depression; it can be increased indirectly, using supplements that convert to serotonin in the brain.

Zylkene is a product containing hydrolyzed milk protein. The tryptophan content of the milk protein can be converted to serotonin in the pet’s brain, producing a calming effect.

Solliquin contains L-theanine, an amino acid that binds to glutamate receptors without activating them; instead, it blocks glutamate and stimulates alpha brain waves, known to lead to deep relaxation, while the pet remains awake and aware.

Another ingredient, Phellodendron (not to be confused with toxic philodendron), also blocks the release of glutamate. It is used in combination with Magnolia extract, which enhances GABA receptors in the brain, allowing more GABA to enter the synapse and producing a calming effect. Magnolia and Phellodendron appear to work better together, than they do alone.

Solliquin contains milk whey protein, which has tryptophan in it, again converting to serotonin to increase this important neurotransmitter in the pet’s brain, helping to regulate mood.

When is it appropriate to use nutritional supplements for behavior issues?

  • early stage anxiety
  • mild anxiety
  • predictable changes (storm, travel, holidays, moving)
  • before a visit to the vet
  • as adjunct therapy (including behavioral modification and conditioning)

If you suspect that your pet is showing signs of anxiety, Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, so we can schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s behavior today.

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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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