Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Scripts FloraZil+ Multi-Probiotic Food Spray



Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that populate the GI tract in an active state and benefit the body.  These are the good microorganisms that support a properly functioning digestive system essential for optimal digestion and health.  Probiotics play an important role in the function of the GI system by helping the body absorb nutrients from the food and thereby supports the immune system as well as the overall health of an individual.

Scripts FloraZil+ Multi-ProbioticFood Spray For Dogs is an all natural probiotic for dogs and cats.  FloraZil+ contains multiple sources of viable microorganisms providing a wide spectrum of probiotics in an easy to use spray that requires no refrigeration.  FloraZil+ Food Spray enhances the nutritive value of any type of food.
  • 13 Species of bacteria
  • Amazing palatability
  • 3.2 pH for optimal absorption
  • Safe for daily use and digestive maintenance
  • Approximately 250 sprays per bottle
  • Less the 6 cents a spray
WHEN SHOULD PROBIOTICS BE GIVEN EVERYDAY?
  • Transitioning from one food to another - especially prescription diets
  • Lactating females to support immunity
  • Puppies to support immunity
  • Preventative
  • Post-op surgical stress
  • Boarding
  • Helps prevent loose stool
  • Flatulence
  • Helps support digestive maintenance (70% of a dog's immune system is located in the GI tract).
  • Diarrhea
  • Use after being on antibiotics
  • Reduces litter box odor
WHAT ARE THE BENFICIAL MICROORGANISMS IN FLORAZIL+?

Enterococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Latobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Strptococcus lactis, Strptococcus fecalis, Pediococcus halophilus, Rhodopseudomanas capsulata, Rhodopseudomanas plaustris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Friday, October 16, 2015

Command Deep Cleansing Animal Shampoo



Command Shampoo is an effective and restorative therapeutic shampoo.  This medicated shampoo is deep cleansing, non-drying and antimicrobial (antibacterial and antifungal).   Command Shampoo is effective in the treatment of skin infections, relieving symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis, including inflammation, itching, flaking, odor, and infection.  Command Shampoo is gentle enough to be used a frequent maintenance schedule and has a proven record of reducing the recurrence rate of skin infection (pyoderma) in dogs with allergic skin disease (atopic dermatitis).  

Command Shampoo is formulated with sodium hypochlorite and salicylic acid for optimum efficacy.  Sodium hypochlorite is actions are disinfecting, deodorizing, whiting and staining removing.   Salicylic acid is keratolytic - softening and shedding the outer horny skin layer while increasing the amount of moisture in the skin.

Therapeutic uses of Command Shampoo:
·         Bacterial skin infections, including MRSP
·         Yeast
·         Recurring pyoderma
·         Itching relief
·         Skin odor

Additional benefits of Command Therapeutic Shampoo:
·         Great  lathering and dispersion
·         Skin odor reduction
·         Brightens white and light hair coats
·         Reduction of tear and saliva stains
·         Overall skin condition improvement

Directions
Recommended for use in animals 6 weeks of age and older. Use as directed by your veterinarian. Wet skin and coat thoroughly with warm water. Apply Command Shampoo and lather entire pet, avoiding contact with eyes and mouth. Massage lather into the animal's skin allowing for 5-10 minutes of contact time. Rinse completely. Dry the skin and coat with a clean towel. May apply other products as recommended by your veterinarian.
Apply Command Shampoo three times weekly when treating bacteria (including MRSP), yeast, recurrent pyoderma, pruritis (itching) and odor.

Ingredients
Water, sodium laureth sulfate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, polyacrylate-1,crosspolymer, cocamide MEA, glycerin, ethoxydiglycol, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium, chloride, salicylic acid, sodium hypochlorite, citric acid, disodium EDTA

This quality product is offered by respected animal health product manufactuer VetriMAX Veterinary Products.  Command Shampoo comes in 4 oz and 12 oz sizes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Compulsive Behaviors in Dogs

Much like humans can have OCD, dogs can have compulsive behaviors too.  Compulsive behavior, for both human and animals, is defined as an act of persistently and frequently preforming an action without the act necessarily leading to any reward or pleasure.  Dogs can display many different kinds of compulsions.  Some of the most common are spinning, pacing, tail chasing, fly snapping, barking, and excessive licking.  Keep in mind that dogs who do not have compulsive behaviors also might engage is some of these behaviors.
Another thing to remember is that some breeds are more likely to develop certain compulsive disorders. Breeds like Dobermans, Golden Retrievers, and Labradors tend to partake in excessive licking; Bull Terriers are known for repetitively spinning; and German Shepherds have strong tail chasing compulsions.  Dogs that have the tail chasing compulsion, like German Shepherds, will even bite and chew their tails when they catch them.
Why do compulsive behaviors happen?  Good question!  Compulsive behaviors develop for many reasons; sometimes dogs start these behaviors for no obvious reason and other times dogs develop compulsion behaviors due to their lifestyle, which can cause anxiety, or following physical conditions that cause them to lick or chew themselves (like a paw injury or hurt leg.)
Stereotypical Compulsive Behaviors:
  •         Spinning  
  •         Pacing along a specific path in a fixed pattern
  •         Tail chasing  
  •         Fly snapping (Some dogs bite at the air, like they are catching imaginary flies.)
  •         Excessive barking  
  •         Toy fixation  
  •          Shadow or light chasing  
  •          Abusive chewing, licking or scratching  
  •          Leg or thigh sucking  
  •          Licking surfaces or objects  
  •          Excessive water drinking  
  •     Coprophagia (stool eating)


Some of these behaviors could be signs of serious injury or illness.  Remember to take your pup to a vet to have this ruled out before labeling them as compulsive behaviors.  If these are compulsive behaviors check with your vet about products that can help to prevent or reduce some of these behaviors.  Yuk 2E can help with chewing, licking, and sucking of body parts and limbs.  For-Bid helps prevent stool eating.  Stop That! can help with barking and comes highly recommend from several of my customers, as well as customer reviews online.  Another product to keep in mind for animal anxiety in general is pheromone products, but that’s another blog all together.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Atopica 25mg Product Spotlight

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a common skin allergy among dogs, second only to flea-allergy dermatitis. Eczema affects approximately 10% of dogs and is an inherited hypersensitivity to common allergens like pollen and dust. It typically shows up in dogs aged 1-3 years and often first appears in late summer or early fall when weed pollen is prevalent but, once established, can come at any time of the year as an allergic reaction to many things, both indoors and out.

Sometimes shortened to the name "atopy," atopic dermatitis is painfully irritating and must feel for a dog the way a severe case of poison ivy feels to humans. Soon, if not therapeutically relieved, an affected dog's entire existence revolves around "scratching the itch."

Atopica cyclosporine capsules are indicated for canine patients, four pounds in weight or more, suffering from canine eczema. While there is no cure for this disease, Atopica taken on a regular basis can alleviate the symptoms and relieve the painful itching, although it must be a continuing treatment to bring long term relief.

Dosing

Initial treatment consists of a single daily dose, administered orally, given at the rate of 5 mg per kilogram of body weight. After a one-month period of daily doses, treatment times may be tapered to every other day, then two times per week, until a minimum frequency is found that still provides desired results. The product package featured on this page contains 15 capsules, 25 mg each. Atopica is also available in 10 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg capsules.

Cautions

This product is contraindicated for patients suffering from malignant neoplasia. Its safety has not been established in dogs weighing less than four pounds or six months of age or less. It is not for use in pregnant, lactating or breeding dogs. Typically, few, if any, side effects are experienced when using Atopica, although occasional gastrointestinal problems can show up during the initial dosing. This may present as vomiting or diarrhea but often goes away as treatment continues. Sometimes, small changes in the dosing regimen will solve an adverse reaction. Gingival hyperplasia may also occur during this time.

Brought to market by highly respected animal health industry leader Novartis, Atopica is only sold to licensed veterinarians and licensed pharmacies. It is for animal use only, and not for use on humans.

Vetmedin 2.5mg Chewable Tablets Reviewed

Vetmedin, for veterinary use only, is for treatment of dogs showing clinical evidence of congestive heart failure (CHF) as a result of atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or DCM, dilated cardiomyopathy. Its sale is regulated and is only available to licensed veterinarians and pharmacies.

These beef-flavored, chewable tablets contain 2.5 mg of pimobendan each and are given in twice daily doses as an adjunct to conventional CHF therapy such as the administration of furosemide. Dosages are determined by the individual dog's weight, at a rate of 0.5 mg per kilogram of body weight, utilizing as many of the 2.5 mg tablets as needed. Total daily dosage is divided into two and administered at approximately 12 hours intervals. The two daily dosage portions need not be exactly equal. Tablets are scored for easy halving and total daily dosages should come close to the amount recommended, within a half tablet (1.25 mg) range.

Vetmedin stimulates the heart to pump more effectively and efficiently by dilating the blood vessels coming into and leaving it, thus reducing pressure, increasing blood flow and decreasing the amount of work required for the heart to pump. This medication has been clinically proven to improve both the quality of life and the expected longevity of dogs receiving treatment. Vetmedin is administered orally and has been shown effective when used on animals displaying signs of mild, moderate or severe CHF.

Since there is no cure for CHF and, as a slowly progressive disease that increases with age, therapeutic intervention such as the administration of Vetmedin is designed to improve symptoms and prolong life.

Cautions

Vetmedin should not be used in cases where augmenting the patient's heart output is not appropriate. This includes dogs suffering from aortic stenosis or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This medication is for animal use only and not for use on humans.

The medication's safety has not been established for dogs displaying signs of asymptomatic heart problems or for those suffering heart failure due to causes other than AVVI or DCM. Safety has also not been evaluated in dogs six months of age or younger, in dogs born with congenital heart problems, those suffering from diabetes mellitus, breeding dogs or females that are lactating or pregnant.

This quality product is offered by respected industry leader Boehringer Ingelheim.

Drontal Plus 22.7mg for Dogs 2 - 25 lbs

Veterinarians treating dogs for any number of intestinal parasites including tapeworms, hookworms, caninum, ascarids, whipworms and more will find great efficacy in this Bayer Healthcare Animal Health product called Drontal Plus. This broad-spectrum anthelmintic is capable of expelling a range of canine intestinal parasites as a result of its special combination of three active ingredients, including:

· Praziquantel
· Pyrantel Pamoate
· Febantel

These three ingredients have been shown in laboratory trials to each act independently of the others and with no cross-interference. By using this drug combination formulation, a wide spectrum of intestinal parasites in dogs can be treated. Drontal Plus comes in three strengths, and tablets are scored to make half-tablet dosages easy. Dosage strength is determined by the animal's size, following these guidelines:

· Small dogs – 2-25 pounds
· Medium dogs – 26-60 pounds
· Large dogs – 45 pounds or more

Detailed instructions explain exact dosages for specific weights. In many cases, one treatment may be all that's needed. In some instances, however, re-treatment may be required if the source of the problem, such as flea infestation, is not removed. Drontal Plus is designed to be administered orally, either alone or with some small bit of food. Fasting before or after treatment is not recommended.

A full list of the specific parasites that Drontal Plus has been proven effective in removing or controlling include:

· Dipylidium caninum
· Taenia pisiformis
· Echinococcus granulosus
· Echinococcus multilocularis
· Ancylostoma caninum
· Uncinaria stenocephala
· Toxocara canis
· Toxascaris leonina
· Trichuris vulpis

Each of the three active ingredients contained in this medication works in a different way to effect treatment.

Praziquantel becomes absorbed into the liver and metabolized and then excreted into the bile being sent to the animal's digestive tract. This causes the parasite to now be digestible by the host, thereby eradicating the tapeworms to the degree that only small pieces may be visible in the dog's feces.

Pyrantel Pamoate works by causing spasms and paralysis to ascarids and hookworms, allowing for elimination via the intestinal tract.

Febantel is absorbed and metabolized and causes the metabolism of the parasite to become blocked, resulting in breakdown of the organism.

There are no stated contraindications other than not using this product on pregnant dogs or on puppies younger than three weeks or weighing less than two pounds. This medication is only sold to licensed veterinarians and pharmacies. It's only available to consumers through the use of a doctor's prescription. Bottles come with 50 tablets per container.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Understanding Heartworm Disease & How to Treat It

Heartworm disease affects many animals all over the US and around the world. In fact, every state has documented cases of heartworm disease. While it is more typical for dogs to be diagnosed with the disease, it still affects other animals like cats, horses, ferrets and other mammals. So what is it? Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal illness caused by an infestation of parasitic worms (Dirofilaria immitis) in the heart, lungs or blood vessels. These worms, typically spread by mosquito bites, can actually cause heart failure, lung disease and organ damage in adult and baby animals.

In honor of National Heartworm Awareness Month, we would like to highlight how to recognize this disease, treatment options and effective medicines in hopes of saving more animal lives. But how do you know when an animal has heartworms? In cats and dogs, the symptoms are usually very subtle and sparsely show in the early stages of the disease. However, as the disease progresses, you may notice serious clinical signs.

Symptoms of Heartworm Disease:
•    Persistent coughing, labored breathing
•    Fatigue after physical activity
•    Aversion to physical activity
•    Occasional vomiting
•    Decrease appetite
•    Weight loss
•    Swollen stomach
•    Bloody urine

While these are the most common signs of heartworm disease, there are more serious symptoms such as sudden collapse, difficulty walking and seizures. Unfortunately, some animals may not show signs until the disease has progressed to the fatal stage. Death and severe illness can be prevented with persistent, regimented treatment and early detection. The best way to detect if an animal has heartworm is to perform an antigen test. This test, administered by trained veterinarians, is designed to detect the antigens produced by the heartworms and released into the bloodstream. For cats, detection is a bit tricky. Cats will typically have to undergo various tests, such as X-rays, ultrasounds and blood tests. Young puppies should start heartworm treatment as soon as possible, as they are most susceptible to the disease. For adolescent and adult dogs or cats, it’s best to get tested by a veterinarian.

Heartworm treatment varies from animal to animal. For instance, there is no approved drug treatment for heartworms in cats. However, the disease can usually be treated in all animals with the help of a veterinarian. Most treatments involve several steps. For dogs, one of the most effective treatments is adulticide injections. Once an animal is cured and the worms have been eliminated, it is important to implement a plan to prevent heartworms from developing again. This can be as simple as periodically administering heartworm prevention medication like Heartgard and getting annual check-ups.

Heartworm disease is a serious illness that can cause severe discomfort, dysfunction and even death in animals. It is important to know the signs and keep your animals healthy! Make sure to consult your veterinarian if your animal is exhibiting any of the symptoms above and always remember to use preventative measures to thwart this horrible disease.