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Dr Shawn’s Favorite Supplements for Pets & People
Here are my favorite supplements that I prescribe for my patients and give to my own pets. If your pet or you suffer from an illness, always check with your doctors before using.
- My basic starting supplements for all of my patients is a product called Vim & Vigor made by Pet Togethers. In addition to the vitamins and minerals your pet requires, it contains colostrum (to support the immune system,) coenzyme Q-10 (a potent antioxidant that also supports the immune system and supports healthy teeth and gums, the heart, and is one of many supplements useful in treating cancer,) enzymes such as amylase/protease/cellulase that improve your pet’s digestion and absorption of nutrients from the diet, glucosamine (necessary to support normal joint and connective tissue function,) Siberian ginseng (which helps your pet adapt to various stressors,) and L-tryptophan (an amino acid included in the PM formula which helps ensure restful sleep.) The Vim & Vigor formula is my basic supplement for most pets; other therapies are added on top of this depending upon your pet’s needs.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids-Fish oil is another important anti-inflammatory agent. It’s great for a variety of problems and to ensure proper fatty acid balance in the body (most pets and people have an improper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.) My favorite product is Ultra EFA from RX Vitamins for Pets.
- Cholodin-In my practice, using the supplement Cholodin from MVP Laboratories is the best way to treat pets with cognitive disorder. However, pets 5 years of age and older who take Cholodin often never develop cognitive disorder, or develop later in life. Therefore, I recommend it as a way to delay the onset of this terrible disease for dogs and cats. For pets with arthritis, Cholodin Flex is my favorite product (other favorite products for delaying the onset of arthritis include Vim & Vigor (see #1 above,) Glycoflex (From Vetri-Science,) or Megaflex or Nutriflex (from RX Vitamins for Pets.)
- Last but certainly not least, DENTAL DISEASE is very important. It’s the most common disease in people and pets, and there are several easy steps you can take to minimize dental disease in your pets. In addition to Vim & Vigor as part of my preventive dental care protocol, my favorite dental care products are made by Oxyfresh. Their special Triple Head Toothbrush makes it very easy to brush your pet’s teeth. Use the Oral Hygiene Solution in the drinking water daily (What could be easier??? You have to give your pet water each day, so you may as well make that water work to maintain your pet’s health!) Rub the Pet Gel along the pet’s gumline each day.
Using the Oxyfresh products discourages plaque and tartar accumulation which is very important in maintaining fresh breath. For pets with more severe dental disease, in addition to the Vim & Vigor and Oxyfresh products I prescribe Perio Support and Antiox made by VetriScience.
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