FAQ

We’ve put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about Nutri-Vet products, your pet and related issues

What is the "natural smoke flavor" in your soft chews for dogs?

Natural smoke flavor is made by spraying smoke from a wood fire with water and condensing it into a liquid. The undesirable components separate from the water-soluble smoke and are then filtered and removed, and the healthful and flavorful parts, being water-soluble, are retained in the condensate. The process is natural and yields only the natural, healthy, flavor-rich smoke elements in liquid form.

Can I give my senior dog aspirin?

Using a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like aspirin for dogs is fine for temporary relief on an as-needed basis. For chronic therapy, a natural joint supplement is the safest treatment for arthritis in people and pets to minimize the risk of adverse NSAID reactions.

Can I calm my anxious pet without drugs?

Veterinarian-prescribed sedatives and calming anti-anxiety meds for dogs like Prozac™ help relieve anxiety, but can leave pets sleepy and lethargic. Anxiety supplements for dogs and cats containing blends of natural herbs and amino acids help reduce anxieties without sluggishness and disorientation.

My senior dog’s food already contains glucosamine and chondroitin. It is okay to give him Nutri-Vet Hip & Joint Biscuits, too?

Veterinarians believe that senior dogs predisposed to joint conditions may benefit from 500 mg of glucosamine once or twice daily. Most pet foods contain only 200 to 800 mg of glucosamine per 2.2 pounds of food–not body weight–thus making it difficult for dogs to ingest sufficient levels without overeating.

How does Grass Guard work?

Nutri-Vet Grass Guard is formulated to neutralize nitrogenous waste and maintain slightly acidic urine pH. The key components are an extract of the Yucca Schidigera plant and dl-Methionine, a sulfur-containing essential amino acid. Yucca contains natural saponins and glycoproteins that bind ammonia in urine (and feces) to prevent lawn burn.

Does Grass Guard always work?

Nutri-Vet experience shows it to be 80–85% effective. Several key factors contribute to the likeliness of lawn burn, such as:

  • High nitrogen content from concentrated urine.
  • Higher volumes of urine from larger dogs.
  • Heavily fertilized grass already containing high amounts of nitrogen.
  • Lawns exposed to heat, sun, drought or disease are more sensitive to burn.
  • Certain types of grass, such as Kentucky bluegrass and Bermuda grass, are more susceptible to lawn burn than other types such as fescue or perennial ryegrass.
  • Lawn heath is compromised by basic (high pH) urine from your dog.

Are omega-3 fatty acids as important for dogs as they are for people?

Like people, dogs can produce some, but not all, of the fatty acids they need. The rest must be obtained from food or supplements. Although most pet foods contain omega-6 fatty acids in the form of linoleic acid, the levels of omega-3 needed to optimize skin and coat condition, as well as promote overall vitality, may not be sufficient.

My 8-year-old dog (a spayed female) is beginning to leak urine while she sleeps. Is she in trouble?

Probably not. Dog incontinence means that your pet cannot totally control her ability to urinate. Although a “leaky bladder” is sometimes observed in puppies, it’s most common in middle-aged to older female dogs. The exact cause is unknown, but it’s likely due to the effect of spaying on hormones that may be involved in maintaining bladder and urethral tone.

I noticed that your dog bladder control supplement contains pumpkin seed and soy. Why is that?

Pumpkin seed helps strengthen bladder muscles while supporting normal urination. Soy protein contains isoflavones that help maintain bladder muscle tone that can be compromised after spaying with low estrogen levels in senior dogs.

What causes bad breath in dogs and cats?

The most common cause of bad breath in dogs and cats is the buildup of tartar and bacteria-rich plaque. Left to age on teeth, the bacteria in plaque becomes more dangerous, progressing from gingivitis to periodontitis that destroys bone and produces odor-causing molecules. Nutri-Vet Breath Fresh Dental Rinse helps reduce tartar and plaque for fresher breath.

I noticed that you have tablets, soft chews, biscuits and liquid forms of hip and joint supplements for dogs. Why so many?

Dogs like variety! Nutri-Vet makes our supplements in many forms to make pets happy and ensure that they’re eating the supplements you’re providing.

What are probiotics?

These living organisms sometimes referred to as “friendly bacteria” help maintain optimal intestinal health by:

  • Speeding the breakdown of organic waste fragments
  • Dislodging decayed matter and toxins
  • Increasing the production and availability of enzymes
  • Helping to regulate digestion
  • Supporting the immune system

 

What is so good about Nutri-Vet Probiotics for Dogs?

These products are veterinarian formulated to provide the best probiotics for dogs, with living organisms sometimes referred to as "friendly bacteria" that help maintain optimal intestinal health by speeding the breakdown of organic waste and more. Nutri-Vet’s probiotics are designed to maximize performance by minimizing the risk of degradation due to oxygen and temperature exposure during shipping and regular handling by the pet owner.

What can I give my dog for allergies?

There are lots of theories on how to treat dog allergies, and the process requires some trial and error. One option to try is Nutri-Vet Allerg-Eze Chewable Tablets, which are veterinarian formulated for dogs with allergies to help maintain normal respiratory function and health. These supplements also support the immune system and help your dog’s body combat environmental pollutants.