Posts from December, 2014

Glucosamine for dogs: Treatment for arthritis

Glucosamine for dogs

Glucosamine is the most commonly used nutraceutical in the world taken by pets and humans for treatment of arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.  This is most likely due to the important role it plays in joint health.  Glucosamine for dogs is very safe and causes fewer side effects than other treatments of arthritis. Continue…

Safe, effective pain medication for dogs #CanineActiv

Pain medicaiton for dogsArthritis in dogs is best treated using a combination of different therapies.  Non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID) medications are commonly used as pain medication for dogs.  However, these drugs have some bad side effects.  Now there is a new option that is safe and effective.

Dr. Anna Coffin recommends treating arthritis as soon as mild symptoms are noticed.    There are many supplements that can help slow the progression of arthritis and prolong having to start your dog on NSAIDS.

Side effects of NSAIDS:

  • gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea)
  • stomach ulcers
  • can not be given with steroids
  • liver damage
  • kidney damage
  • clotting disorders

NSAIDS that are specifically made for dogs are effective but expensive.  Because of the potential side effects, blood work should be performed prior to long term administration and should be performed every 6 months.  Unfortunately, this adds to the expense of pain medication for dogs.

CanineActiv is a supplement that helps relieve pain and inflammation.  Its active ingredient is a pain medication for dogsproduct called Alpha-Gee that helps promote healing and repair of damaged tissue in all breeds of dogs.  Alpha-Gee is made of naturally occurring amino acids that are found in natural sources.  In fact, this same product is becoming the #1 alternative for pain medication in humans.

Last week Dr. Anna Coffin wrote about how to evaluate the effectiveness of dog supplements.  Let’s see how CanineActiv fairs on those 5 factors:

  • Price:  CanineActiv is available in 3 different sizes for small, medium and large breed dogs.  Each bottle contains 90 capsules and costs $26-$30.  Compared to other products used as pain medication for dogs, CanineActiv is fairly inexpensive.  Depending on the dose you give your dog it will cost you about $1/day.pain medication for dogs
  • Verification of ingredients:  To ensure consistency and quality of its products, Vireo Systems manufactures CanineActiv in a GMP and HACCP compliant facility.
  • Ingredient list:  Alpha-Gee is the 1st ingredient in CanineActiv!  This product only contains Alpha-Gee and a proprietary blend of homeopathic anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Efficacy:  CanineActiv has lots of personal testimonials about the efficacy of its product which is also backed with scientific research performed by a group of veterinarians.
  • Manufacturer reputation: Vireo Systems Inc., the manufacturer of CanineActiv, was established in 2002. Thy have been producing the human pain reliever, AminoActiv, since 2007, which also uses Alpha-Gee. However CanineActiv was first introduced in 2013.  They have worked with a university veterinary school in the development of this product.  Vireo Systems Inc. also gives back to the pet community by sponsoring The Expert Vet on Radio Pet Lady.  They also partnered with Adopt-A-Dog in Armonk, NY for a special online event in November.

CanineActiv works fast, has no known side effects and 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Next time you’re looking for pain medication for dogs check out CanineActiv.[Tweet “CanineActiv works fast, has no known side effects and 100% satisfaction guarantee. “]

I am being compensated for helping spread the word about CanineActiv, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feel is relevant to our readers. Vireo Systems Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

How to evaluate the effectiveness of dog supplements

Dog supplements

Billions of dollars are spent each year on nutritional supplements for our pets.  Unfortunately, due to lack of regulation, many of these dog supplements are a waste of your money and may be dangerous to your pet.

Pet supplements, also known as nutraceuticals, are nutritional supplements that claim to provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of diseases.  The most common dog supplements used in veterinary medicine include:

  • Glucosamine
  • Fish oils
  • Probiotics
  • Multivitamins
  • Milk thistle
  • S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e)
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Coenzyme Q
  • Azodyl

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate what goes into nutraceuticals.  All of the above products have been proven  to not cause any harm so any manufacturer can make their own product without further FDA regulation, unless a new dietary ingredient is being added to their product. [Tweet “The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate what goes into nutraceuticals. “]

Laboratory analysis of some dog supplements have shown that many of these products are mislabeled and can contain impurities like heavy metals, bacteria and mold that are dangerous to your pet’s health. These products can even be indigestible and therefore, not effective.

How can we evaluate the effectiveness of a nutraceutical?

  • Pricing:  Typically, you get what you pay for.  Cheaper products often contain lower quality ingredients that may not be as effective.
  • Verification of ingredients:  The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program page provides a list of manufacturers who voluntarily submit their products for verification.  Verified products will contain a USP seal of approval.
  • Ingredient list:  The pet supplement you are purchasing should be listed as one of the top ingredient in the product.  The amount of active ingredient also varies from product to product.
  • Efficacy:  Does the dog supplement do what it claims to do?  Ask your veterinarian which dog supplements they recommend. 
  • Manufacturer reputation:  What type of research has the company invested into their product?  What other organizations are they affiliated with?

Dr. Anna Coffin recommends using veterinary labeled dog supplements.  They have been used by many patients and thus proven effective and are often formulated in tasty chews or treats that your dog is sure to enjoy.  Ask your veterinarian what dog supplements they recommend.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

Wordless Wednesday: What’s your diagnosis #32

hemangiosarcoma

This is an abdominal x-ray from a dog that was admitted for emergency.  The dog is 14 years old and suddenly collapsed at home.  Physical exam revealed pale mucous membranes, fluid and a mass were felt on abdominal palpation.  The red arrow is pointing to the mass.

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