A recent survey by Statista revealed that 66% of pet owners consider their pet to be their best friend. Approximately 60% also regard a pet as their “snuggle buddy.” About 30% care for their pet as they would a child.1/
With all the fun, affection, and amusement our pets provide, it’s easy to see the basis for these facts. The pet supply industry goes to great lengths to support our devotion. In 2014, all manner of pet products and medicines arrived on the market. Here we present some of the most novel and new.
PRODUCTS FOR PET COMFORT
Cloud 9 Treats For Cats
This is a protein-based product made with whey protein, milk, eggs, and yeast. It’s a tender treat that’s easy on cat tummies. Cloud 9 is free of fillers, by-products, and preservatives. Cats love the flavors. “Chick’n Kick” tastes like chicken and is designed to complement it. “EGG-splosive” is an eggs and yeast treat. “What the Fish” is salmon-flavored. Each package contains 50-55 treats. For further information and to order, click here: http://store-us.cloud9forcats.com/products.
ActivPhy Joint Support For Dogs
This is a new soft chew, formulated to relieve canine joint discomfort. Its active ingredients are glucosamine, MSM, turmeric spice, flaxseed oil, and blue-green algae extract. These nutrients are reported to promote joint, muscle, cartilage, and bone health. Both elderly and young dogs over 1 year of age benefit from this supplement. The ingredients are derived from pharmaceutical and human food grade sources. The product is veterinarian-recommended. Pet owners report their dogs show facilitated movement, including stair climbing.
ActivPhy makes two products, according to doggy body weight. Small Bites are for dogs weighing less than 30 lbs. Original Chews are suited to dogs over 30 lbs. ActivPhy has a 30-day, 100% guarantee if you don’t perceive any improvement or if your dog doesn’t like the taste. A refund is provided if a product is returned in its original container, along with the store receipt. For further information and to order, click here: https://www.activphy.com.
Petite Cuisine For Cats
These are all-natural cat food “appetizers.” These treats come in small cans in 3 flavors: Light Tuna and Swordfish, Salmon and Whitefish, and Light Tuna, Salmon and Egg Whites. They’re intended to be served as a between-meal appetizer or supplement to dry cat food. The goal of these treats is to spur a cat’s appetite. Petite Cuisine is ideal for cats with sensitive stomachs. The company’s slogan is “People Food For Cats,” as it is safe for human consumption. The appetizers have an appealing aroma and flavor. In addition, they contain all the necessary nutrients for cats that aren’t found in typical human food. Petite Cuisine is vet-recommended. For further information and to order, click here: http://www.petitecuisine.com/Appetizer-Three-Pack-Petite-Cuisine.html.
OraStrip QuickCheck Canine For Gum Disease
Your veterinarian may now be using this diagnostic tool for canine gum disease. It detects disease below the gum line and provides results within 10 seconds. It is also available for purchase by pet owners. Periodontal gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss and worsen diabetes and cardiac disease. It can also lead to kidney and liver disorders. However, if detected early, the effects of gum disease can be reversed. Research shows that 53% of dogs between age 1-2 and 17% of puppies less than 1 year have bone loss from gum disease. Early-stage gum disease is not visible. However, use of the OraStrip can identify the infection that causes gum disease. A pet owner can then take appropriate steps to prevent its progression. Your veterinarian will devise a treatment plan for the gum infection, which may include professional cleaning.
Using the OraStrip is easy. Your vet will pull up your dog’s lip, and gently swab the upper gum line with the strip. After 10 seconds, the color of the strip is compared to the five shades of color on the comparator card. The darker the color, the greater the degree of gum infection.
The manufacturer of OraStrip makes this product available to veterinarians rather than pet owners. For further information, click here: http://orastrip.com.
Note: The best way to prevent gum disease is to regularly brush and clean your dog’s mouth and gums. It’s also recommended that you obtain a professional vet cleaning once a year.
Orapup Dog Tongue Brush
The Orapup Tongue Brush is designed to render fresh doggy breath. All-natural liquid enzymes, called “Lickies,” are applied to a soft-bristled brush. Your dog licks the flavored brush, and the enzymes and friction kill oral bacteria. The result is reduction of bad breath, plaque, and tartar. Flavors available are Beef and Bacon, Chicken, Cinnamon Chicken, and Cherry Chicken. Lickies are fortified, and some formulations have the added benefit of improving a dog’s skin, coat, and joints. Dogs love the taste of Lickies. Vets validate the effectiveness of Orapup. Pet owners give Orapup a thumbs-up!
The Orapup brush is easily cleaned by rinsing in warm water after use. The product can be used daily. A 2 oz. bottle of Orapup Lickies equals 20 doses. The 5.3 oz. bottle contains 60 doses. The brush lasts for 3 months. For further information and to order, click here: https://www.orapup.com.
Burt’s Bees For Dogs
Burt’s Bees is a retailer of high-quality, natural beauty items. In addition to marketing people products, they manufacture pet supplies. Their line of canine products includes:
Itch Soothing Shampoo, Soothing Hot Spot Shampoo, Soothing Skin Shampoo, Waterless Shampoo, Hypoallergenic Shampoo, Tearless Puppy Shampoo, Tear Stain Remover, Calming Shampoo, Deodorizing Shampoo, Oatmeal Conditioner, Soothing Skin Cream, Paw and Nose Lotion, Multicare Dental Spray, Multicare Dental Gel, Multicare Dental Foam, Itch Soothing Spray, Calming Spray, Soothing Hot Spot Spray, Deodorizing Spray, Dog Breath Drops, Eye Wash Solution, and Ear Cleaning Solution.
All the above products are available through amazon.com.
Milk-Bone Brushing Chews
Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are a new dog treat clinically proven to reduce bad breath, plaque, and tartar. Nubs and ridges on the surface effectively clean your dog’s teeth. The chews are fortified with 12 essential vitamins and minerals. Dogs love their taste. Milk-Bone Brushing Chews come in two sizes, mini and small/medium. You can obtain these chews from amazon.com. To order, click here: http://www.amazon.com/Milk-Bone-Brushing-Chews-Dental-Treats/dp/B00INTTDQW.
NEW VETERINARY MEDICINES
Allerpaws For Allergies
Allerpaws is a once daily oral medicine for atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin disorder. It effectively treats dry, itchy, scaly rashes. It’s a metered spray that you apply at the side of your pet’s mouth or under their tongue. It increases immunity with continued use. It can take from 6 months to 1 year for your pet to develop a full arsenal of antibodies. A consistent regimen of one year is recommended. Allerpaws has been approved for use in the US and Canada. It is only available through veterinarians. Kratom can also help with pet allergies. For more information, click here: best place to buy Kratom online.
Cheristin For Cats
Cheristin is a topical solution applied once monthly for the prevention and treatment of flea infestations in cats and kittens over 8 weeks of age. It begins killing fleas in 30 minutes and fully eradicates them within 12 hours. It’s easy to use and effective for one month. To apply the insecticide, you part the hair of your pet at the base of the head until the skin is visible. You place the tip of the tube directly above the skin, and squeeze it 2-4 times to dispense the medicine. This product is vet-recommended. It’s less toxic and more effective than most brand-name anti-flea preparations. You can purchase Cheristin through 1-800-PetMeds. To order, call 1-800-738-6337, or click here: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Cheristin+for+Cats-prod11574.html
Ketocort Otic For Ear Infections
Ketocort Otic is a sustained-release gel for ear infection in dogs and cats. It is a combination anti-yeast and anti-itch medicine. It is applied by your veterinarian. It’s crucial to treat an ear infection at the first sign of symptoms. Left untreated, the infection can travel from the outer ear to the ear drum, causing the ear drum to rupture. Allergies predispose animals to ear infections. Dog breeds most susceptible are: Basset Hounds, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Lhasa Apsos, Maltese, Pekingese, Poodles, Schnauzers, Setters, Shar Peis, Shih Tzus, Springer Spaniels, West Highland Terriers, and Wheaten Terriers. Rabbits and horses are also vulnerable.
Symptoms of an ear infection include head-shaking, rubbing, scratching, and tilting the head to the affected side. There may be a discharge and odor emanating from the ear. The fur surrounding the ear may be wet or matted. In severe cases, a pet may lean or fall to the affected side. Bring your pet to the vet at the onset of symptoms.
Sentinel Spectrum For Worms and Fleas
This is a prescription medicine for protection against canine parasites, including worms and fleas. It’s a beef-flavored chewable tab, given once a month.
Zylkene For Anxiety
This is an anti-stress medicine for dogs and cats. It’s a natural product, derived from milk protein. Zylkene can keep your pet calm in anxiety-producing situations, such as kennel stays, house moves, arrival of a new pet or baby, fireworks, travel, vet visits, and grooming appointments. It is also useful for a multi-cat household, where cats can otherwise be at odds with each other. Zylkene should be given daily to be effective. It can be mixed with food or offered as a treat. It is effective for both chronic and situational stress. Zylkene is supplied by veterinarians.
HEALTHY AND HAPPY PETS
The above products will promote the health of your beloved pet and make them more cuddle-friendly. Happy shopping, and enjoy your snuggles and cuddles!