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Longer life for puppies and kittens

Sat, Sep 25 2010 12:00 PM Posted By: Special To The Star-news

A balanced diet and exercise are recommended to keep people healthy and can do the same for pets. Additionally, vitamins and supplements can keep pets healthier longer and improve their quality of life.

"Research is showing that many pet supplements have a positive impact on pets' health," explained veterinarian Dr. Amy Long. "Many of these products are now available in an easy-to-give treat form or can be mixed with food, eliminating the frustrations often associated with giving pills."

Pets of all ages and sizes may benefit from many of these supplements, but it's best to check with your vet to see which fit in best with your pet's diet and current health concerns.

Dietary Health-Diet is still a key component in any wellness program. Dietary needs differ greatly depending on whether you have a kitten or puppy, a senior pet, a pet with a weight problem or other health issues such as kidney disease or diabetes. Read labels on pet foods carefully and check with your vet to see what type of food and portions are recommended for your pet.

Digestive Health-Even with a healthy diet, some pets may have some digestive issues. They may need extra help to get their digestion back on track. A supplement such as Bactaquin may help both cats and dogs restore their digestive health.

Liver Health-A healthy liver is also important to your pet's overall health. If your vet detects liver problems, you may want to consider Denosyl chew tabs. These have been shown to markedly increase levels of glutathione in the liver, which can encourage liver cell repair and regeneration.

Skin and Coat Health-Proper grooming is very important to your pet's health. Regular brushing and, for dogs, a regular shampoo go a long way toward keeping their coats healthy, plus can help you spot changes in their bodies. For a healthy coat, dogs and cats may also benefit from Omega-3 fatty acids derived from salmon and other cold-water fish. Dermaquin soft-gel twist caps for cats and dogs provide Omega-3 in a treat form.

Joint Health-Arthritis is a common problem for aging pets. Keep an eye on your pets' activity level and talk to your vet if they start to slow down. Just as with humans, joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin may ease some of the pain by healing cartilage damage. These nutrients can be found in Cosequin Soft Chews, which can be given to your pet like a treat.

To learn more about pet health supplements, go to www.entirely or call (800) 889-8967.

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