At American Diabetes Wholesale, we know that diabetic pets often have issues other than diabetes. We are on the lookout for products that our clients need, whether it be shampoos, probiotics, treats, nutriceuticals, etc. As a veterinarian, there are products that I trust and use in my own practice. ADW is now carrying some of these products.
Tick prevention has long been a frustration for vets and pet owners alike. For many years we only had the permethrin / pyrethrin type products. Then in the 90s came the Frontline and Advantix products. These products are great for fleas, but not completely effective against ticks. Unfortunately, the tick effects of Frontline and Advantix only last about a month. I live in South Florida – Tick Country. Even with the Frontline and Advantix products, many clients still find ticks on their pets. There are now several tick collars on the market that work better than the old time tick collars. Preventic is the collar I suggest most often when Frontline or Advantix isn’t doing the job. Preventic is a 9% amitraz collar that is effective against ticks for up to 3 months.
Pets love Greenies. It is just plain remarkable how many dogs and cats love the taste of Greenies. Greenies were developed initially to improve the oral health of pets, but the company has expanded their trusted product line to include joint health for dogs. Greenies JointCare is made for dogs with arthritis and dogs predisposed to joint issues based on their conformation or prior injury. The Green-Lipped Mussel is an excellent source of glucosamine, chondroitin and omega 3 fatty acids. For pets that need joint supplements, why not give their supplements as a treat that they love.
Probiotics are bacteria that promote well-being by improving the general environment of the intestines and decreasing the adherence of pathogenic bacteria in the GI tract. These “good germs” provide an environment that is unfavorable for the colonization and survival of pathogens or “bad germs” in the intestines. Veterinarians use probiotics for numerous situations. The most common indication for a probiotic is diarrhea, whether acute or chronic. We also commonly use them when pets are on antibiotics (which can alter the normal healthy bacterial flora of a pet’s GI tract). Probiotics can also be indicated for pets with kidney disease. Various brands of probiotics for pets come in pastes, powders, capsules and tablet form. I think Purina Fortiflora is the easiest to administer of the probiotics for dogs and cats because it is sprinkled onto the pet’s food. Furthermore, the flavor has been shown to be highly palatable to most pets. While some companies make probiotics that are meant for either dogs or cats, Purina has made the extra effort of formulating a product for dogs and a product for cats.
HyLyt Shampoo & Conditioner
HyLyt Shampoo is the bomb. For those of us who enjoy a gentle coconut aroma, bath time for our pets is now enjoyable. HyLyt shampoo, conditioner and bath oil spray are made for pets with normal to dry skin and for pets who are bathed frequently. These products contain essential fatty acids, emollients and humectants that leave the pet’s coat feeling softer and healthier. HyLyt has long been a shampoo used in many grooming salons. It is the choice of many veterinary clinics for boarding pets and healthy pets. HyLyt shampoo gets my thumbs up.
NOTE: Consult your Veterinarian first to make sure my recommendations fit your special health needs.
Dr. Joi Sutton is a 1993 graduate from Oregon State University. She has practiced both in emergency medicine and general practice. Dr. Sutton has done extensive international volunteer work though Veterinary Ventures, a nonprofit organization that takes teams of veterinarians to undeveloped countries for humane medical care. She also runs a small animal practice in South Florida.