Some diseases and problems are helped by special diets or supplements. Really.
I've written honestly* about when and why these diets and/or supplements are helpful for the following problems:
* I assume you're skeptical because the proclamations from the nutrition business are based on solid evidence and fact about 25% of the time ... which means....
Comments about a few other supplements that your pet might benefit from...
Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acid Supplements:
Omega fatty acids play an important role in the health, healing and flexibility of blood vessels, skin, and the mucosal layers or surfaces of the bladder and urethra. Omega fatty acids of the right type and ratio are important to the health and repair of the brain, the eyes, the kidney, and heart.
In addition to the special diets and supplements like Feline Duralactin that already contain therapeutic levels of high quality Omega Fatty Acids, we also offer several choices of Omega Fatty Acid supplements containing different combinations of cold water fish oils, sunflower oil, olive oils, and other oils known to contain healthy ratios of poly-unsaturated Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 fatty acids.
We offer several choices of Omega Fatty Acid Products. Most of them are marketed for shedding, skin allergies, and other skin problems but they are also excellent for arthritic joints and vascular heatlh.
Virbac OmegaDerm for Cats or Dogs: Packaged in premeasured daily doses of oils you squirt on your pet's food every day. Our highest quality, most successful Omega Fatty Acid product for shedding, skin disease, or skin allergies.
Vibrac Omegaderm is a potent nutritional supplement providing the best essential fatty acids (EFA) from the omega 6 and omega 3 families. Omegaderm is formulated in an ideal 5:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Omega derm helps in the control of various dermatological conditions in dogs particularly in allergies. Ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, cold sea fish oils, and evening primrose oil.
Optima 365 for Cats or Dogs: A less expensive competitor to OmegaDerm with a different ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 claiming to be better for inflammation and shedding. I can't really tell which one works better but some pets prefer the taste of one over the other so we offer both.
Optima 365 has 33% less calories than other brands. Provides the essential 10:1 ratio of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids ideal for skin and coat conditioning. Highly palatable. Contains Antioxidants Vitamins A and E and other essential vitamins and minerals. Fortified with serine and proline for healthy skin and shiny coat.
Ingredients include Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Non-Fat Dry Milk Solids, Olive Pomace Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil, and Borage Oil
Duralactin for Cats and Dogs with pain or inflammation:
Duralactin contains MicroLactin®, a patented dried milk protein from the milk of hyperimmunized cows. MicroLactin® contains factors that appear to block cytokines to inhibit neutrophil participation in the inflammatory response. This reduces inflammation and makes dogs and cats feel good. I recommend it for pets with arthritis, chronic illness, cancer, ear infections, bladder infections, and after surgery or trauma. I also use this product mixed with lysine for young cats with colds. This new medication is super safe, flavored, inexpensive, and very effective in a lot of pets. I love it. Safe and appropriate to use in combination with Dasuquin and/or Rimadyl if needed. The Cat version of Duralactin ... which we also recommend for small breed dogs ... has added omega fatty acids.
For both cats and dogs, using Duralactin in combination with either Dasuquin, Synoviflex, or ChondroFlex is both safe and appropriate and the results are often awesome.
S Adenosyl or SAMe: Enteric coated supplement for older pets with liver disease, depression, poor appetite, low energy, and senility. This is "brain food". S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine and L-Cysteine are amino acids crucial of proper brain and liver function. Other ingredients include milk thistle, taurine, vitamin E, Zinc, and B vitamins.
FoxNest Chewable Multi Vitamins: Most diets have more than adequate amounts of vitamins for normal, healthy pets. But for military and working dogs, pets that are nursing, sick pets, and older pets, giving additional vitamins can help a lot and maximize performance and vitality. We have inexpensive, high quality, chewable multi-vitamin tablets for cats and dogs.
Pet Tinic Liquid Vitamins for dogs and cats: Pet Tinic is a very palatable liquid vitamin and mineral tonic supplement. Pet Tinic is an excellent source of IRON and COPPER, also contains Niacinamide, B1, B2, B6, B12 and Liver Fraction 1 and vitamins to aid in the treatment of deficiencies found in young or anemic, debilitated, or convalescent pets.
Diet and nutrition are big factors in health and the right diet can be especially helpful with the following problems:
I am a firm believer that the nutritional products that we sell are the real deal and the best in their class.
I mention this because there are many, many nutritional supplements being sold to pets and people by infomerical, by multi-level sales people, and "back to nature" enthusists without any real basis for the claims that are made.
Everything from blue green algae, wild yam, to colloidal minerals to pyramids, crystals, copper bracelets and magnets are being sold as cures for everything from arthritis to mental illness.
It may turn out that the claims being made will turn out to be true or somewhat true. Glucosamine, for example, was originally thought by the serious medical people to be yet another bogus neutriceutical. It turned out to be fairly helpful.
But neutriceuticals are unregulated. And quality from one product to another and quality control from one company to another is wildly variable.
Be careful out there.