Panzquin and Digestive Enzymes For Dogs and Cats

The pancreas produces enzymes that digest food and allow nutrients to be absorbed. It produces three major enzymes: amylase, lipase, and protease. Amylase breaks down carbohydrates, protease breaks down protein, and lipase breaks down fats. This breakdown is necessary for all of these dietary nutrients to be absorbed and put to use in the body. Sometimes the pancreas can not produce the enzymes needed to help your dog or cat properly digest and gain nourishment from their food. This condition is known as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). It occurs more often in dogs than cats and can be caused by pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders. 

Dogs and cats that are diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency frequently experience weight loss, diarrhea, lethargy, and increased appetite. Animals suffering from EPI also become deficient in multiple vitamins and nutrients because they cannot absorb them from the food they eat. Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common due to the fact that vitamin B12 is not produced by the body. 

If you suspect your pet has pancreatic insufficiency, it is best to talk with your veterinarian. Pancreatic enzyme supplements are commonly prescribed for treatment. These are natural enzymes designed to work like the ones that your dog or cat would normally make themselves. Pancreatic supplements may also include additional sources of vitamins and nutrients such as Panzquin.

Panzquin at VetRxDirectPanzquin

Panzquin is a pancreatic enzyme supplement for dogs and cats. This powder formula contains a concentrated source of pancreatic digestive enzymes lipase, protease, and amylase to help digest and absorb nutrients. Panzquin also includes a source of Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, to help prevent deficiency.



Epizyme at VetRxDirectEpizyme

This easy to use, prescription powder easily mixes with food and replaces the pancreatic enzymes that your dog or cat doesn’t produce. Epizyme is a digestive aid and may be used in the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.




PancrePlus at VetRxDirectPancrePlus

Prescription PancrePlus is a digestive enzyme supplement that assists with digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It is also fortified with Vitamins, A, D and E for replacement nutrition that your dog or cat is unable to absorb from their diet. Choose from powder or chewable tablets.


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Memorial Day Holiday and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, May 28th, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day.

Our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedule. While is available 24 hours a day for online order placement, please pay particular attention to our hours and shipping schedule, especially if you rely on our pharmacy for insulin or other temperature sensitive products.

  • Thursday, May 24: Last day to ship temperature sensitive orders this week.*
  • Friday, May 25: No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
  • Saturday, May 26: No orders will ship.
  • Sunday, May 27: CLOSED.
  • Monday, May 28: CLOSED.
  • Tuesday, May 29: Resume normal shipping policies.

*Prescription orders, including temperature-sensitive drugs, can only ship after approval from your veterinarian. Prescription authorization must be obtained before 3 PM CST in order to be shipped out on the same day. Visit our website for more information.

Please feel free to leave a message or send us an email at anytime. We’ll return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

The Hazards and Nuisance of Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are the most common external parasites on dogs and cats and the most common nuisance for pet owners. They flourish during the warm weather months but easily hitch rides inside and can be a year-round problem.

Fleas Are Biting Machines

Can you believe that just one flea can bite up to 400 times daily? So you can imagine how uncomfortable a flea infestation can be for a dog or cat. Even a few fleas can cause skin problems for your pet and may not be readily observable. Fleas can cause allergic skin reactions in cats and dogs, which may be difficult to tell apart from seasonal allergies. They also carry tapeworm larvae, which can lead to intestinal tapeworm infections. Control of fleas has always been a challenge because only adult fleas live on the pet. Flea eggs, larvae, and pupa live off the pet, outside and in the household.

Ticks: Hardy Disease Carriers

Tick prevention is important because, as we know, they carry various diseases that pose serious health risks. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and ehrlichiosis are the most common. These diseases can be difficult, expensive, and sometimes impossible to cure. The goal is to prevent ticks from getting onto your dog or cat. If you live in a climate that experiences yearly freezing temperatures, you may notice ticks become less active or disappear but don’t be fooled, they can hibernate over the winter.

Flea & Tick Prevention

Fortunately, there are lots of effective preventative medications to help control fleas and ticks. It is best to talk with your veterinarian about which one is right for your dog or cat and your area of the country. We stock a full range of flea and tick treatments to keep your dog and cat safe and healthy.

NexGard at VetRxDirect

NexGard for Dogs

NexGard is a prescription, chewable flea and tick preventative. It kills adult fleas and ticks NexGard is formulated to give protection for 30 days and is easy to give with a soft, beef-flavored chew that dogs enjoy.



Provecta Advanced at VetRxDirectProvecta Advanced For Dogs

Provecta Advanced is a 5-way parasite treatment for dogs. It kills and repels ticks, all life stages of fleas, and mosquitoes on contact before they bite. It also repels biting flies and kills chewing lice.



Bravecto for Cats at VetRxDirectBravecto For Cats

Bravecto is a prescription-strength topical just for cats. Bravecto gives your cat protection against fleas and black-legged ticks (deer ticks) for 12 weeks, and dog ticks for 8 weeks. Bravecto is also designed to help eliminate fleas in as little as 8 hours.





This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is purely educational. Please seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian with any questions regarding your pet’s health.