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Pet Nutrition Supplements

How can nutritional supplements help my pet?

While our Cleveland veterinarians recommend that you feed your pet a high quality pet food, sometimes that isn’t enough. Nutritional supplements provide extra help when your pet has a particular problem or dietary deficiency. In addition, dogs and cats that are on a homemade diet should be taking multivitamins.

Your veterinarian may recommend nutritional supplements as part of the treatment and pain management plan for these conditions.

  • Arthritis (Joint Supplements) – Supplements can help maintain and in some cases help rebuild cartilages.
  • Blood – if your pet has swallowed rat poisoning or has a Vitamin K-1 defiency part of the treatment plan may include Vitamin K-1
  • Gastrointestinal – sometimes either sickness or the antibiotics treating sickness will destroy the “good” bacteria in your stomach and intestines. In those cases we will recommend Probiotics (good bacteria) to help your pet.
  • Heart – chronic heart disease
  • Kidney – chronic kidney disease
  • Liver – nutraceuticals help in the treatment of chronic and acute liver disease, cirrhosis
  • Skin – Pets with dry skin or suffering from allergies

Here are some of the specific products we will use for your pet:

  • Vitamin K-1 – used to help reverse the anticoagulant from rat poison and when the pet has a Vitamin K-1 deficiency.
  • Cosequin – Cosequin provides glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate which helps cartilage. Typically, there will be an initial dosing phase (4-6 weeks) and then your pet will go to a maintenance phase
  • Dasuquin – Dasuquin is similar to Cosequin with the addition of ASU (avocado/soybean unsaponifiables. ASU improves the effects of glucosamine
  • Fortiflora – Fortiflora is a source of live active microorganism cultures proven to promote intestinal health and balance. It is often use for dietary management of diarrhea and promotes a healthy immune system.
  • Marin (Silymarin): Marin is a nutraceutical that may be useful for treatment of chronic and acute liver disease, cirrhosis: as a hepato-protective agent when hepatotxins (e.g., Aminita phalloide) ingested. While it appears well tolerated in pets, it potentially could cause GI effects. Marin is sprinkled over your pet’s food. If your pet is also getting Denamarin, make sure they are given 12 hours apart, and not at the same time.

Adverse Effects: Silymarin is apparently well tolerated when administered orally. In humans, GI disturbances have been reported on occasion (nausea to diarrhea). Patients who have allergies to other members of the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family (including ragweed, marigolds, daisies, etc.) may exhibit allergic reactions to Milk Thistle with Blessing Thistle.

  • Denamarin – is a liver support supplement that includes SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine) and silybin. While there have minimal side adverse effects, please see the Marin description for possible adverse effects. Denamarin should be given on an empty stomach at least one hour before feeding your pet. If Denamarin is combined with Marin, make sure they are given 12 hours apart, and not at the same time.
  • Salmon Oil with GLA (SOG) – Omega 3 Fatty Acids are used to help several different parts of the body including skin, joints/cartilages, heart, and kidneys. Salmon oil and GLA (SOG’s) contain the essential fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) [aka Omega 3 fatty acids] and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) from Blackcurrent Seed oil to promote healthy prostaglandin balance in your pet’s body. Since some prostaglandins are precursors to inflammation, this is often helpful in controlling allergy signs. Each capsule has 8 calories from fat and provides 10 IU of Vitamin E, 260 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids (120 mg EPA and 80 mg DHA) and 40 mg GLA.

If you have questions about nutritional supplements or need to make an appointment, call us at (440) 234-5831

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