Your Complete Guide to Worming, Flea, Lice, & Mite Treatments for Small Animals

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We fall in love with our animals for their cute faces and calming presence, but there’s certainly more to pet ownership than cuddles! Besides the daily care, you also need to keep them up-to-date on their worming, flea, lice, and mite treatments. But how often should you be treating your small pets? Read on to find out!

How often should I worm my pet?

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Your pet can get worms from other pets, eating things they shouldn’t (such as slugs, snails, and old food), or coming into contact with another animal’s faeces containing worms. The symptoms of worms can be extreme, so it’s best to get into a routine of regularly worming your pet before symptoms occur.

Adult dogs should be wormed about once every 3 months, as should adult cats. One of the best wormers available for dogs and cats is Panacur, which is available in paste, liquid or granules for easy digestion. Other small animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas do not usually need regular worming, but you should do so if you are concerned. For rabbits, we recommend Panacur’s Rabbit Worming Paste.

 

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What parasites do I need to treat my pet for?

Besides worms, you should also look out for external parasites such as lice, mites, and fleas.

Fleas will also prey on you, so if you notice fleas, take action quickly. Some animals will react strongly to just a few fleas, while others may show few signs unless you look in their coat. You can find out more about the importance of tick and flea treatment in our previous blog post:

 

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The best way to treat fleas is to use regular preventative treatments. Advantage’s Spot On range is one of the best flea treatments; you can get Spot On Rabbit flea treatment, which also works for Cats, & Small Dogs Under 4kg, as well as treatment for Large Rabbits and Cats Over 4kg, below. It’s often a good idea to treat pet bedding and carpets, as fleas can live in carpets for months without a host to feed on.

 

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Mites and lice are another common issue, especially in small animals and birds. They often live in the ears and fur and on the legs of birds. Fortunately, Ivermectin Drops are an affordable and simple mite and lice treatment for all small animals. You can find Ivermectin drops for small mammals, small birds and large birds below:

 

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Do I need to treat my indoor pet?

If your pet lives indoors and never goes outside or comes into contact with outside animals, then how often you treat your pet is up to your discretion. If your pet ever gets fleas, you should always treat for fleas and worms, as some fleas can cause worms if ingested.

You should also treat for worms regularly for the first few years you have your indoor-only pet, in case they picked up anything from their parent, and if you find they have eaten anything that came in from outside that may be carrying parasites, such as mice.

Parasites are unpleasant for both your pet and you, and can cause significant health problems if left unchecked. Fortunately, regular treatments with products like those mentioned above can keep your pet and home parasite-free, healthy, and happy. We offer convenient delivery across the UK, from Manchester, to London, to Liverpool and beyond!

 

This blog post was written on behalf of Vet Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.

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3 Best Products for Killing Sweet Itch & Other Top Tips

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Are you one of those horse owners who dread the summer coming because it will turn your beautiful horse into an itchy mess? You’re looking forward to the show season but your horse or pony just wants to rub away its mane and tail right when you want them to look their best. If your pride and joy suffers from Sweet Itch you’re going to need all the help you can get to win this battle.

What causes sweet itch?

Horses with Sweet Itch have an allergic reaction to the saliva of midges and mosquitos when they are bitten. They can become very uncomfortable and will use anything they can find to rub on, causing hair loss, sores and thickening of the skin. There are three main ways you can try and control Sweet Itch throughout the summer and keep your horse comfortable:

  • Make sure your horse or pony is turned out in an area where there are fewer biting insects or consider only turning them out overnight
  • Use a quality fly rug to protect them all over from bites
  • Use fly repellents and creams to repel flies and protect vulnerable areas

The 3 Best Products for Treating Sweet Itch

1.Killitch Treatment for Horses 

Killitch is a light, soothing lotion that you can apply from early Spring to build up protection before midge problems begin. The key ingredient is Benzyl Benzoate which is very effective in preventing itching before any soreness develops. It also contains soothing botanicals and a strong repellent to deter Cullicoides Midges.

Apply the cream to areas that are often unprotected, such as areas around genitalia, middle of the tummy (especially where your girth sits), tops of the legs, in the mane and tail, and on the ears if they are not covered by a fly mask with ears (which is preferred if your horse will wear one). Don’t wait until your horse starts to have bald patches to start applying Killitch, get into the habit of applying it once or twice daily in these areas. You can get Killitch here.

2.Benzyl Benzoate

A bottle of Benzyl Benzoate is a more budget-friendly option than Killitch, and just as effective. The only real difference is you should wear gloves when you apply it. Like Killitch, apply it twice a day to the areas outlined above. Get your bottle of Benzyl Benzoate here.

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3.Deosect Spray

Deosect is another great product to have in your anti-fly toolkit. Deosect is a concentrated liquid containing 5% cypermethrin, a very effective insecticide which stops insects biting and starting the chain of irritation that leads to Sweet Itch. Deosect must be diluted with water and is best used within 24 hours – misting all over the horse. If your horse doesn’t like sprays, you can dab it on with a sponge. You can buy Deosect here.

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More Useful Tips for Sweet Itch Treatment

These products will really get your horse prepared for the Sweet Itch season but there are other things you can add on a daily basis to keep in control:

  • Invest in the best fly rug you can. Fly rugs with zebra stripes really make a difference to the number of flies your horse will attract. You could also go for a specialised Sweet Itch rug which will offer protection for all vulnerable parts of your horse or pony. If you can find one that combines both aspects, you’ll enjoy a relatively fly-free summer.
  • If your horse lives out, try to have 2 fly rugs and masks so you can take one home to wash or repair and put another on.
    Stay on top of your daily/twice daily application, even if it seems like flies aren’t as bad this year.
  • Make sure you shampoo your horse regularly with a gentle wash (tea tree, washes designed for sensitive areas, or baby bath work well) to clear away build up. This is also an opportunity to check for any sore places and apply medicated protection such as Sudocrem. Make sure you reapply your repellents and lotions.
  • Apply repellent to your fly rugs and the rear of masks for additional protection, especially if your horse isn’t keen on sprays.

Where to buy sweet itch treatments in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham & beyond?

You can find a range of fly repellent sprays at your local equine shop but more specialised treatments will only be available through an accredited veterinary pharmacy, like Vet Pharmacy. Vet Pharmacy delivers all over the UK, so you don’t need to leave the house and hope your local equestrian shop has what you need.

 

This post was written on behalf of Vet Pharmacy by  Pharmacy Mentor.

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Why you Need Flea & Tick Treatment This Season

 

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As we continue to move through the warmer months, you will no doubt have become aware that tick and flea season is in full swing. However, there is no need to panic – we have compiled this ultimate guide to tick and flea prevention in the UK, including flea and tick treatments for cats and dogs.

What are ticks?

According to the pdsa, ticks can be quite hard to spot on your pet until they grow considerably. Therefore, you should regularly check your pets.

How will I know if my pet has ticks?

At first glance, they may look like a lump on the skin, however on a closer inspection you will be able to see their legs. They may be the size of a small pinhead at first, but they can grow to the size of a match head. Ticks can not only suck your pet’s blood, they can also carry disease.

What are fleas?

Fleas are tiny insects that live on your pets, as well as in your home. As well as making your pet uncomfortable and itchy, they can also regularly cause skin problems as a result of allergies in sensitive pets.

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How will I know if my pet has fleas?

If your pet has fleas, they are likely to be itching, licking or chewing more than normal, as well as having inflamed, red skin.

How can I prevent ticks and fleas?

We would recommend the following methods for dog and cat flea prevention:

  • Make sure to treat all your pets regularly with cat flea prevention or dog flea treatment (usually every month, but always make sure to check the instructions)
  • Regularly wash any pet bedding on a hot wash, as this will get rid of any flea eggs
  • Avoid areas with lots of ticks, such as moorland areas and long grass, sticking to paths
  • Regularly check your pet for ticks

If one of your pets does get fleas, you should:

  • Treat all of your pets so that they don’t pass from one to the other
  • Hoover your home to get rid of fleas in your furniture or carpets
  • Treat your home with a household flea spray

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If you find a tick on your pet, you should:

  • Get it removed, or remove it yourself with the right tools, as soon as possible
  • Use tick control products

You can find more information surrounding tick and flea prevention on the pdsa website.

If you are looking for treatments, we offer a range of flea and tick treatment for dogs and cats, with delivery all across the country, from London to Glasgow. These include:

Frontline plus, which uses IGR technology to stop flea eggs from hatching and developing larvae in your home.

We also offer Fipnil Plus for cats and dogs, which kills fleas within 24 hours, and ticks within 48 hours, offering you peace of mind.

 

For stronger protection, we also offer Advantage Spot on treatment for dogs, cats and rabbits, to immobilise fleas within minutes, killing them within the hour.

 

Flea season is in full swing until mid-september, so don’t get caught out –

Shop online to protect your pets today!

 

This post was written on behalf of Vet Pharmacy by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor.

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7 Ways to Calm your Anxious Dog

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We humans have a special bond with our canine friends. We walk together, play together, and certain dogs are even trained to help those with everyday tasks, keeping their owners safe. But what happens when your dog becomes stressed or anxious in a new environment?
Like any animal, dogs are prone to stress during times of change. Dogs are particularly sensitive beings, so they may feel that trepidation more severely than other animals. Let’s look at some ways to keep your dog calm in times of stress.

The best dog stress relief: how to reduce canine anxiety

Whether you’re moving house, welcoming a new family member, travelling, or simply taking your pup to the vet, your dog may feel unsettled and anxious. Here are six ways you can calm your dog:

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1.Crouch down and speak softly to your dog. While they don’t understand what we’re saying, they’ll always pick up on our tone. Dogs are sensitive creatures, and the way we speak to our pets often determines how they feel. So if your dog is displaying signs of stress or anxiety, sit down on the floor with them, making yourself seem unthreatening and friendly. Crouch down and speak softly to your dog. While they don’t understand what we’re saying, they’ll always pick up on our tone. Dogs are sensitive creatures, and the way we speak to our pets often determines how they feel. So if your dog is displaying signs of stress or anxiety, sit down on the floor with them, making yourself seem unthreatening and friendly.

2.Be conscious of your body language. If you act very differently or seem tense, they’ll pick up on it, so be conscious of how you’re holding yourself.

3.Try using Adaptil. Adaptil is a diffuser that releases appeasing pheromones into the air to help calm your dog, so this is a good choice for a new furry family member or other change going on at home. You can get Adaptil here.

4.Try Johnson’s Calm-Eze tablets. Johnson’s Calm-Eze Tablets help to calm your nervous or hyperactive pup. These are ideal in particularly stressful situations and can be used if your dog reacts badly to fireworks, thunderstorms, or any other loud noises that are not ongoing. Any strange or unsettling environment needn’t be a big issue with these tablets, and they can even help territorial or aggressive dogs. You can get Calm-Eze tablets here.

5.Use soothing music. Put on the radio or soothing music for background noise to help them be less reactive. Try to do this regularly in relaxing situations before you use it in a stressful one.

6.Work on desensitisation, which involves slowly introducing your dog to the cause of their anxiety in small doses. Repeated exposure and positive reinforcement can be effective ways of managing anxiety. Importantly, don’t overdo it – remember that less than a minute of exposure is enough for one day.

7..Try Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian tablets. Valerian root is a traditional herbal remedy used to relieve anxiety, apprehension, and nervousness in humans, but it can also be used to remedy excitability and travel sickness in dogs. This sugar-coated tablet calms your pet without sedating them or making them drowsy; it won’t impair their normal behaviour, making this medication ideal if you’re training a service dog. You can use them for specific situations or every day. Scullcap & Valerian tablets are designed to relax dogs from excitability, phobias, and hyperactivity.

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If you’re looking for ways to keep your dog happy and healthy, Vet Pharmacy has everything you need! We deliver anywhere in the UK, so whether you’re in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, or elsewhere, we’re here to help.

This post was written on behalf of Vet Pharmacy by  Pharmacy Mentor.

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How to Look After your Dog’s Teeth this International Dog Day

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The 26th of August is International Dog Day; we know it can be tempting to pamper your dog, to give back for all the joy they bring to your everyday life! From treats,  extra walks and giving their dental hygiene a much-needed boost to rehoming a dog in need – keep reading to find out how you can celebrate this holiday!

What is International Dog Day all about?

No matter where you’re based, from Birmingham, to London, to Manchester and beyond – International Dog Day is about celebrating all kinds of dogs; its main focus is ensuring their positive treatment across the globe. Firstly, the day looks to shed light on dogs in need of rescue, encouraging adoption from local shelters over those from outlets such as puppy mills.

 

There are a few ways in which you can celebrate International Dog Day, including:

Adopting a new dog

If you have been considering a new addition to the household for a while, adopting is the best way to help a dog in need. You can find dogs that are in need of a home in your local area on the rspca website. However, it is important to note that a dog is for life, not just international dog day. Therefore, you should only adopt if you are fully aware of, and willing to keep up with, the commitment that dog ownership involves, providing the best possible living conditions for them.

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If you are unable to adopt for whatever reason, you can still make a difference by educating others on the benefits of adoption vs buying. You can also donate to, or volunteer your time at, your local animal shelter.

Spoiling your dog

Whether it’s through extra walks, spending more quality time with them or giving them more treats than usual, we would recommend showing your dog how much they mean to you. With all of those extra treats, we would also recommend staying on top of your dog’s dental hygiene to prevent a build-up of plaque. That’s why to keep your dogs happy this International Dog Day, we are here to recommend the best dental products from our range to keep their teeth nice and healthy.

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The first range we offer is Dentagen, providing a range of chews and toothpaste to control plaque and prevent bad breath.

 

We also offer a range of Logic Products, such as hygiene gel, designed to destroy existing plaque and prevent new plaque from forming in dogs and cats.

 

Finally, we offer PlaqueOff dental bites to curb oral hygiene problems in the form of a chew that your dog will easily enjoy.

 

If you are looking to treat your dog this International Dog Day, why wait?

Find out more about our dental essentials so that you can pamper your dog whilst keeping their teeth healthy!

 

This blog post was written on behalf of Vet Pharmacy by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor.

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Christmas Delivery Information

It’s that time of year again! If you need your order before Christmas, please ensure that you place it in good time.  Order by Thursday 19th December to guarantee delivery before Christmas. Please note that any orders placed after this date may not be delivered until 3rd to 6th of January.

Vet Pharmacy would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Pamper your pooch with the Animology range of dog grooming products

Animology Dirty DawgHere at Vetpharmacy, we stock the award winning range of Animology shampoos and sprays for dogs. The Animology range was voted Best Pet Product 2010, as well as being voted the Best Grooming Product 2012. The range consists of shampoos, no rinse shampoos and sprays and has been formulated to help achieve grooming perfection.

The pedigree of these grooming products has been highlighted by the addition of Animology as the official shampoo and spray range for Groom Team England. Groom Team England are one of the most successful international groom teams, competing biennially at the International Grooming Championships. Both Animology and Groom Team England also work closely to educate and support groomers by providing educational seminars throughout England.

The Animology dog shampoos that Vetpharmacy are now stocking are: Back to Black; White Wash; Dogs Body; Puppy Love; Flea & Tick; and Fox Poo. Fox Poo is a unique formula of dog shampoo that removes foul smelling and stubborn fox poo from your dog’s coat. It can also be used to remove cow, duck, sheep, badger and other animal faeces. Furthermore, it contains Pro-Vitamin B5 and conditioners to transform your dog’s coat.

In addition to regular dog shampoo, the Animology range also includes two no rinse shampoos: Dirty Dawg and Mucky Pup. Dirty Dawg helps to keep dogs of all breeds clean and fresh, containing conditioners and Pro-Vitamin B5 to improve their coat’s strength, health and condition. Mucky Pup has been especially designed for puppies from 6 weeks of age. However, it can also be used to keep both puppies and dogs clean and fresh.

The following sprays also comprise part of the Animology Range: Gloss Finish; Puppy Fresh; Stink Bomb; and Knot Sure. Knot Sure is an anti-tangle spray that also helps to prevent matted hair when used regularly. While Stink Bomb is infused with Animology’s signature scent to help keep dogs smelling fresh and clean between washes.

This professional quality range of dog grooming products will make sure that your pooch stays fresh, clean and looking their best and is available at a competitive price from Vetpharmacy.

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Keep pets safe and stress free over the firework season

Keep pets safe and stress free with Adaptil and FeliwayWith bonfire night fast approaching and lots of fireworks going off, it is time for pet owners to start keeping an eye on their pets, as it can be a stressful time for many cats and dogs. Bright lights and the huge booms and bangs from fireworks can all cause your pets to become restless and extremely uncomfortable and it is important to do everything that you can to keep pets safe and stress free at this possibly terrifying time of year.

A survey by the PDSA has revealed that 73% of owners have a pet that is scared of fireworks. Of these, a quarter described their pet’s fear as ‘seriously damaging’, with their pets suffering from symptoms including cowering and hiding (77%), trembling and shaking (75%), loss of appetite (28%) and excessive barking (22%). According to the PDSA, an important tip for owners – which many find surprising – is that they should not reassure or comfort their pets if they are scared, as this can make the problem worse. Owners, understandably, want to comfort and reassure pets when they are anxious, but this actually rewards their pets’ fearful behaviour and teaches them that it is the correct response. Instead owners of cats and dogs should behave normally and upbeat so that their pet sees there is nothing to be afraid of.

Other ways to reduce a pets anxiety at his time of year are to make sure that pets are kept inside, make sure dogs are walked earlier in the day before fireworks are set off, draw the curtains, switch on the television/radio to help block out the sound of the fireworks, prepare a den for your pet where they can feel safe, try not to leave your pet alone and try using a pheromone (natural calming scents which only pets can smell) plug-in or spray to help keep your pet calm while fireworks are being set off.

Here at Vetpharmacy, we offer a range of pheromone plug-in’s and sprays to help keep your cat or dog calm. Products such as an Adaptil diffusers (plug-in), Adaptil Spray and Adaptil collars for dogs, can all help to ease your dog’s anxiety. Adaptil, formerly known as DAP, is a range of products which calm anxious dogs by delivering a scent into the air. It cannot be detected by humans, but it seems to have a unique effect on dogs. Pheromones are found widely in the natural world and can have a profound effect on animal behaviour. Dogs with their sensitive noses are known to respond to them, and Adaptil uses this effect in a useful way. Adaptil products contain a compound manufactured to mimic a natural pheromone produced by bitches while feeding their puppies. In puppies it works to reassure them as they explore the world around them. It has been found that Adaptil works on both young and adult dogs, helping to comfort and reassure them in stressful or fearful situations.

Products available to help ease stress for your cat include the Feliway Diffuser and Feliway Spray. Feliway is a feline facial pheromone, which mimics the cat’s natural pheromones, creating a state of well-being and calmness relieving pet stress. Feliway creates a reassuring environment calming your cat and stopping such problems as scratching, excessive grooming, urine spraying, restoring your cats health and happiness.

It is important to keep cats and dogs safe from the stresses that can be caused during the Guy Fawkes season. Pheromone based anxiety relief product, such as Adaptil and Feliway are perfect to help calm your pets.

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Why is Salmon Oil Good for Dogs?

If you have a dog that suffers from aching joints; irritated skin, is a fussy eater, or could simply do with a new lease of life: then Salmon Oil could be the ideal product. Salmon Oil is rich in Omega-3 and is especially suited to elderly dogs and those dogs that require extra care and attention. Salmon Oil could even help to improve your dogs’ brain development.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in most meat, however higher levels can be found in cold-water fish, such as salmon. The bulk of meat that can be found in regular dog food is grain-fed meat and therefore contains much lower levels of fatty acids than can be found in naturally raised, grass-fed animals. This means that, unfortunately, the level of Omega-3 in the majority of dogs’ diets is much lower than would ideally be found in a nutritionally sound diet.

Omega-3 is great for dogs as it helps to lubricate their skin, maintaining a glossy coat. In addition to this, it helps to maintain strong teeth and nails. It also helps to build better bones and sharper brains in young dogs, as well as aiding brain function in older dogs. Furthermore, it can help dogs that have irritated skin, as Omega-3 acts as an inflammatory agent, helping to soothe the irritated area.

Omega-3 is also extremely useful to help maintain a dogs’ joint health. It can help to ward off arthritis, which is one of the most common occurrences that cause dogs to need extra nutritional care. Years of running around can lead to joint pain and stiffness for many dogs and Omega-3 can help to ease this pain, as it has anti inflammatory properties. Omega-3 can also help to keep dogs healthy.

Salmon Oil is sustainably sourced so is not harmful to wild salmon stocks. It can be mixed into a dogs’ regular food or simply drizzled over the top, to add extra nutrients to their diet.

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Cat and Dog Joint Care

Dog WalkingAs we get older, our joints start to deteriorate. This is the same with cats and dogs too – it is estimated that 20% of cats and one in seven dogs suffer from arthritis. Just as we take joint supplements, you should consider giving these to your pet too. Unfortunately they can’t tell you when they are in pain, so the onus is on us to know what to look out for:

Arthritis in dogs

This usually targets around the paws, shoulders and lower back. While it is usually seen in older dogs, it can develop from an early age following problems with bone and joint development. Certain large breed dogs are more prone to arthritis, including Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Great Danes. In addition, dogs that are part of the chondrodystrophoid group such as Dachshunds, Bulldogs and Basset Hounds are genetically predisposed to joint and cartilage disorders. Here’s what to look out for:

  • Difficulty jumping up and down from surfaces or furniture, going up and down stairs and getting in and out of the car.
  • Preferring to lie down rather than sit or stand.Stiffness, especially after resting.
  • Licking their joints.
  • Difficulty reaching down to their food and water bowl.
  • Lagging behind or tiring easily during walks.
  • No longer running to greet you.
  • Being quieter than usual and/or interacting less with the family.
  • Acting defensively and getting irritable or growling or whimpering if touched.

Arthritis in cats

Cats are experts at hiding discomfort and pain, so often do not demonstrate obvious signs you would expect and very rarely show signs of limping or pain associated with arthritis so it is very important for cat owners to know what to look out for:

  • Sleeping more and/or being less active.
  • Being less willing to jump up or down.
  • Only jumping up or down from lower heights.
  • Showing signs of stiffness.
  • Being more reluctant to greet you or interact with you.
  • Play with other animals or toys less.
  • Having a poor coat/spending less time grooming.
  • Showing signs of lameness or limping.
  • Having more accidents outside the litter tray.
  • Having difficulty getting in or out of the cat flap.
  • Having difficulty going up or down stairs.

Adding a joint care supplement to your pet’s diet

So you’ve decided to add a joint care supplement to your pet’s diet, but which one do you give? Navigating this area can be a minefield so here we summarise the main ingredients used in cat and dog joint care supplements and compare some of the most popular ones. When considering the cost, don’t forget to factor in dosage as some of the cheaper ones may require more than one tablet/capsule per day.

Glucosamine

A substance naturally found in the body, glucosamine contributes to the formation of the joint building blocks (glycosaminoglycans) needed to make cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joint fluid. It also acts as a biological signal to switch on the repair of these tissues and to suppress inflammation and the breakdown of cartilage. Its production declines with age, so supplementing a healthy diet with glucosamine could help to ease achy joints and stiffness.

Chondroitin

Chondroitin is a substance that occurs naturally in the connective tissues of animals and is a vital part of cartilage. Studies have found that taking chondroitin can prevent cartilage breaking down and can also stimulate its repair mechanisms. Chondroitin is most commonly found in joint supplements alongside glucosamine.

MSM

MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is a natural sulfur compound that is claimed to be an antioxidant, cell rejuvenator and joint healer. It has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties and is reported to enhance the structural integrity of connective tissue.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and help to block  the production of enzymes responsible for joint degradation. They have also been shown to decrease symptoms of morning stiffness, tender or swollen joints and joint pain in humans and are thought to have a similar effect in animals. As well as helping to support joints, omega-3 fatty acids also support your pet’s skin and coat condition and help promote a healthy heart and brain.

Green-Lipped Mussel

Native to New Zealand, Green-Lipped Mussels are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and have a unique combination of other fatty acids not found in any other marine or plant life that make them a great natural anti-inflammatory. Studies have also shown that they are used in order to reduce pain, and they can act as a feeding stimulant.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a major part of the cushioning ‘synovial’ fluid in the joint, therefore supplementation can help to lubricate, cushion and make your pet feel more comfortable.

Rosehip

Rosehip is a herbal medication with anti-inflammatory properties. It works in a similar way to aspirin, hindering a group of enzymes involved in the pain and inflammation process. It has been shown to inhibit the activity of inflammatory white blood cells, while also lowering levels of inflammatory markers in the blood.

Collagen

Collagen is the dominant protein in the connective tissue, found in the muscles, tendons, bones, cartilage and skin. Research has found that taking collagen can improve the symptoms of arthritis by stimulating the body’s production of joint collagen.

 

 

Name What it looks like Key Ingredients Suitable for Price Other Formats
Johnson’s 4joints Extra Strength Tablets 30s Johnson's_4_Joints_Extra_Strength_Tablets Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Omega 3 and Green Lipped Mussel Cats and Dogs £4.39 Johnson’s 4joints Extra Strength Liquid
Synoquin EFA Large Breed Chewable Tablets 120s Synoquin_EFA_Large_Breed_Capsules Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Dexahan (a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids) Dogs (Cat version available) £58.99 Synoquin EFA Large Breed Capsules, Synoquin EFA Medium Breed Chewable Tablets, Synoquin EFA Medium Breed Capsules, Synoquin EFA Small Breed Chewable Tablets, Synoquin EFA Small Breed Capsules, Synoquin EFA for Cats Capsules
Yumove Dog 60s  Yumove_Dog_Tablets_60s Glucosamine HCl 250mg, Green Lipped Mussel 150mg, Hyaluronic Acid 1.5mg Dogs £11.25 Yumove Dog 120s, Yumove Dog 300s, Yumove Active Dog
Arthri-Aid Omega Liquid 250ml Arthri-Aid_250ml Glucosamine HCL 600mg, Chondroitin Sulphate 240mg, Omega 3 Fatty Acids 250mg and MSM 250mg Cats and Dogs £15.89 Arthri-Aid Omega Liquid 500ml, Arthri Aid Tablets 120s
Magnacare SC Palatable Pellets 500g Magnacare Joint Supplement Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Collagen and MSM Dogs £28.19 N/A
Vitapet R-A Joint Formula 400ml  Vitapet_RA_Joint_Formula_Normal_Strength_400ml Omega-3 12.5% Cats and Dogs £8.29 Vitapet R-A Joint Formula (Double Strength)

What else can I do to support my pet’s joints?

  • Ensure your pet maintains a healthy weight: As with humans, excess weight puts extra pressure on the joints, so aim to keep your pet’s weight within the recommended range for its breed. Talk to your vet as they may recommend a specific weight management food and/or enroll your pet on a weight loss programme.
  • Encourage regular, gentle exercise: This is important to avoid stiffness and muscle wastage. Encourage cats to play each day and take dogs for several short walks each day instead of a long one.
  • Feed a good quality, healthy diet: Avoid too much rich or fatty food and give as much fresh food as possible. Try feeding two or three small meals a day rather than one large one. Speak to your vet who may recommend a specialised mobility formula food.
  • Raise water and food bowls: If your pet has difficulty bending down, raise its bowls. You can buy stands specifically for this purpose, or simply put them on top of a box or a piece of wood.
  • Keep your pet warm and cosy: Cold, damp and windy conditions can aggravate joint pain so avoid your pet going out in horrible whether where possible. Provide a warm, soft place to sleep with enough room to find a comfortable position to sleep in. For cats, try an ‘igloo’ bed as this can minimise drafts and make your cat feel warm and secure.
  • Reduce the amount of jumping your pet has to do: Try to arrange your pet’s eating and sleeping areas to minimise use of stairs and jumping on and off furniture. Provide steps or ramps or rearrange furniture to help cats access their favourite higher spots such as windowsills and sofas and ensure their litter tray has at least one low side for easy access.
  • Support their grooming: Arthritic pets may find it difficult to groom as normal so spend time grooming them and don’t forget overgrown claws need regular cutting.

Remember, if you see any changes in your cat or dog, always consult your veterinary surgeon.

 

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