Collagile Feeds Joint Health and Mobility for Pets

Collagile at VetRxDirect

Now Available at VetRxDirect!

Collagile is an advanced bioactive peptide supplement for dogs and cats. Collagen is one of the main components of connective tissues, including skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Over time, collagen structures in the body naturally weakened and slowly degrade due to age and activity. Collagile Pet is designed to “feed mobility” by providing valuable nutrients to the musculoskeletal system as well as:

  • Supply bioactive amino acids as valuable building blocks
  • Encourage improvement of collagen metabolism
  • Counteract cartilage degeneration

What makes Collagile so unique is its bioactive peptides, which are different than the average collagen peptides.

Bioactive Peptides

Bioactive Peptides are small components of amino acids derived from natural, animal-derived collagen. These peptides are called biologically active because they are easily absorbed by the body and carried to the target organs of the musculoskeletal system. The peptides also interact with cells involved in cartilage metabolism.

How is Collagile Made?

Natural collagen is treated with hot water and then extracted and broken down into larger molecular weight components. These larger fragments are then enzymatically degraded into low-molecular-weight peptides the so-called Bioactive Peptides. The final product has a high bioavailability, meaning the Bioactive Peptides directly reach the bloodstream and are almost completely absorbed by the body. Learn more about the quality and safety of Bioactive Collagen Peptides.

Benefits of Collagile

Collagile supplement is ideal for both elderly and active dogs and cats over the age of 1 year. Collagile helps keep pets physically active and mobile. Specifically, it helps support cartilage, muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments.

  • Supports daily activities like climbing stairs or standing up
  • May support unrestricted movement
  • Helps improve endurance and flexibility
  • Supports athletic mobility

Collagile and Food Allergies

The Bioactive Peptides in Collagile are derived from pig skin that is approved for human consumption. Bioactive Peptides do not consist of meat or fat, only small molecular weight amino acid sequences and pure protein which, in general, do not cause allergic reactions. The manufacturer is currently unaware of any allergic reactions connected with et in pets suffering from a pig meat allergy.

  • It does not contain fat, gluten, lactose, purines, cholesterol, food additives, preservatives, GMOs, artificial colors, or flavors.

Learn More How Collagile Works

Like any nutritional supplement, it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian first. For more information and to purchase Collagile, please visit our website.

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Coolers to Cat Condos: New Life for our Shipping Materials

As a part of one of our many efforts to recycle and reuse, we donate our excess styrofoam shipping coolers to a local animal shelter organization. With the help of volunteers, the insulated coolers are repurposed into outdoor shelters to help stray cats and other animals stay warm during the harsh midwest winters. The kitty shelters or cat condos are provided free of charge by the local animal shelter.

Without this partnership, these styrofoam coolers would, unfortunately, end up in a landfill.

On a regular basis, we receive many of these insulated, styrofoam coolers to our pharmacy. They arrive cold-packed to ensure sensitive medications like insulin are kept cool. After the medications are unpacked, the coolers have served their intended purpose, but being in good condition, we knew these could go to good use somewhere.

Paired with straw or other bedding materials, stray cats keep warm and out of the wind inside their insulated condos. They also provide a safe shelter during the warmer months. If not occupied by a cat, small wildlife may take advantage of the luxury accommodation.

A local news station picked up on the story, watch the volunteers in action!

Interested in making your own outdoor cat shelter? Learn more.

ProZinc Insulin Approved to Treat Dogs with Diabetes

ProZinc Insulin for Dogs

ProZinc for Dogs at VetRxDirect

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced ProZinc Insulin approval for managing diabetes mellitus in dogs. ProZinc is a type of human insulin called protamine zinc recombinant human insulin. Insulin is a natural hormone that helps glucose, a sugar that is the body’s primary energy source, enter the body’s cells. ProZinc is already approved for use in cats. With this approval, the FDA has determined that ProZinc is safe and effective in reducing high blood sugar and associated clinical signs in dogs with diabetes mellitus.

How is ProZinc Insulin Given?

Insulin is injected subcutaneously, just under the top layer of the skin. ProZinc is administered with or right after your dog’s meal. ProZinc requires the use of a U-40 insulin syringe and an attached needle. Dogs prescribed insulin need regular veterinary care to reach and maintain the appropriate level of insulin replacement. Learn more about ProZinc Insulin.

What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes mellitus occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, stops making insulin, or cannot properly use it. Insulin is a hormone naturally produced by the pancreas that converts dietary sugar (glucose) to energy for cells in the body. When glucose cannot convert into energy, extra sugar can build in the blood and is excreted in the urine. High concentrations of sugar in the bloodstream may lead to health problems. When left untreated, diabetes mellitus can damage the liver, kidneys, and eyes. It may also increase the risk of infections and slow the healing of wounds.

  • There are common warning signs associated with diabetes. If detected, visit your veterinarian soon get an exam for your dog examined.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent complications and other severe health conditions.
  • Learn about warning signs, testing options, and more on our other blog, Understanding Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

How are Dogs Treated for Diabetes Mellitus?

The good news is that diabetes and its symptoms are manageable with proper treatment. Regular vet check-ups help spot important changes in your dog’s condition. Common treatments include:

  • Regular check-ups
  • Insulin Injections
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Dietary changes to manage weight and energy needs; This may include therapeutic foods.
  • Plans for regular exercise or physical activity

While the thought of giving injections and managing diabetes may seem overwhelming, most dogs continue to live a long, happy, and good quality of life when their health is maintained. At VetRxDirect, we provide a full selection of medications and products for diabetic dogs and cats. We will work closely with you and your veterinarian to help you manage your pet’s health.

Does your dog have diabetes? Is there a particular medicine or product that worked well? Please share your experience with us and leave a comment below!

2020 Winter Holiday Hours and Shipping Schedule

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays coming up, our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com is available 24 hours a day for online order placement, please pay particular attention to pharmacy hours and shipping schedule, especially if you rely on our pharmacy for insulin or other temperature-sensitive products. While we always ship every package as soon as possible at VetRxDirect, please allow extra time for delivery on orders placed in the upcoming weeks. This season our pharmacy will be closed with no shipping or receiving on Friday, December 25th, and Friday, January 1st.

“Carriers are experiencing regional delays due to the online holiday shopping surge paired with the public health challenge. We recommend ordering any medications your pet might need over the next month now.”

 Please See our Important Shipping Update

VetRxDirect’s 2020 holiday customer service hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 24: 9:00 am -1:00 pm.
  • Friday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 26: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 28: Resume normal business hours.
  • Thursday, December 31: 9:00am-1:00pm.
  • Friday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Saturday, January 2: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 4: Resume normal business hours.

VetRxDirect’s 2020 holiday shipping schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, December 21: Last day to ship 2nd Day refrigerated orders.
  • Tuesday, December 22: Last day to ship Next Day refrigerated orders.
  • Wednesday, December 23: No temperature sensitive orders shipped.
  • Thursday, December 24: No temperature sensitive orders shipped.
  • Friday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 28: Last day to ship 2nd Day refrigerated orders.
  • Tuesday, December 29: Last day to ship Next Day refrigerated orders.
  • Wednesday, December 30: No temperature sensitive order shipped.
  • Thursday, December 31: No temperature sensitive orders shipped.
  • Friday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 4: Resume normal shipping policies.

*Prescription orders, including temperature-sensitive drugs, can only ship after approval from your veterinarian. Visit our website for more information.

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

We wish you and your pets a safe and happy holiday season!

The VetRxDirect Pharmacy Team

Important Shipping Update December 2020

“Carriers are experiencing delays due to the online holiday shopping surge paired with the public health challenge. We recommend ordering any medications your pet might need over the next month now.”

VetRxDirect is committed to providing high-quality pet medications. As a pharmacy, we understand the importance of your pet’s medications and we want to make sure that you get your order when your pet needs it. In that duty, we find it imperative to inform you that due to the recent holiday demand, delivery times are running longer than expected.

Our efforts have continued to help prevent service interruptions on our end. We are shipping orders very quickly. However, delivery services are experiencing delays that we cannot control. Regional delivery issues are occurring nationwide due to the current public health challenge and the increased online holiday shopping season. 

  • To receive items closer to your originally scheduled date, we recommend you place your order now on our website. If your pet needs a refill soon, please consider planning ahead and ordering earlier than normal to avoid any potential shipping delays over the next month. 

We’re Here for You and Your Pets

Please understand we are working steadfastly to respond to this situation. We will continue to closely monitor new developments and will respond swiftly when necessary, keeping you informed along the way. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this challenging time. 

What Can You Do?

Plan Ahead

We don’t want your pet to go without important medications or supplements. Perform an inventory of your pet’s medications and check their prescription labels for available refills. 

  • Order now if you are running low on their supply. If your pet is out of refills, allow extra time for your veterinarian to approve a new prescription.
  • Please take note of our regularly scheduled holiday hours and shipping schedule, especially if your pet relies on temperature-sensitive items. 

Order Early

Please make your orders earlier than normal, especially if you live in a region that is heavily impacted.

  • Check with your respective carrier for current updates. USPS, UPS, and FedEx provide service impact alerts to help keep you informed. Regional delivery delays are expected over the next month. 

What You Can Expect

  • You’ll automatically receive a tracking link when your order ships from our pharmacy. Use this link to watch your order, all updates available from the carrier will be made here. Tracking updates vary widely, so check often. Because major carriers are also experiencing customer service delays, please understand that we often cannot investigate delivery information beyond the provided tracking history.
  • You can expect our pharmacy team to provide you honest information about your order and work with you to find the best solution. You can expect that we will inform you about any delays during the time your order is processing and being filled. 

We Appreciate Your Patience and Loyalty

This holiday may be challenging for everyone, but our commitment to you is the same. Please allow some extra time for these carrier issues that are outside of our control. While delays may happen during these times, we’re doing everything we can to ensure your order arrives on time. 

Stay well. We hope the best for you, your pets, and our communities.

2020 Thanksgiving Hours and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving Day.

Our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com 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.

 2020 Thanksgiving Pharmacy hours:

  • Thursday, November 26: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 27: Open regular business hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

2020 Thanksgiving Shipping Schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 24: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week*
  • Wednesday, November 25: No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
  • Thursday, November 26: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 27: No temperature sensitive orders shipped.
  • Monday, November 30: 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 to be shipped the same day. Please visit our website for more information. 

Please feel free to leave us a chat message or send us an email at info@vetrxdirect.com anytime. We’ll return your message during our next business hours.

On behalf of the VetRxDirect pharmacy team,

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Alternatives to Greenies Pill Pockets Allergy Formula

Greenies, the makers of Pill Pockets, recently announced the discontinuation of Pill Pockets Allergy Formula aka Grain-Free Duck and Pea Formula. At this time, they have not made a formal announcement with plans to replace this product. This leaves many owners of pets with food allergies, intolerances, and special dietary requirements, are searching for the best replacement. We compared other pill pockets treats to find an appropriate substitution.

How Do You Compare to Pill Pockets Allergy?

Because Greenies Pill Pockets Allergy Formula was widely used for dogs and cats with food allergies, intolerances, and special diets, we first took a look first at the ingredient lists of multiple products that we carry at our pharmacy. We identified protein sources, carbohydrate sources, flavors, starch or thickeners, and animal by-product ingredients. Next, we took a look at the guaranteed analysis or nutrient profile, which lists the amount of protein, fat, fiber, and calorie content.

Tricky Treats™ by Pala-Tech™

Label to label, one of the most comparable product to Greenies Pill Pockets Allergy Formula is Tricky Treats Grilled Duck. And Tricky Treats Roasted Chicken is a very close tie. What makes them similar? To start, Tricky Treats contain duck as a novel protein, much like Pill Pockets. In both the Tricky Treats duck and chicken formulas, the animal proteins have been hydrolyzed, or broken down, into very small particle sizes, 3,500 Daltons to be exact. Hydrolysis is a process that uses water to chemically break proteins into pieces that are so small that the immune system no longer reacts to them. This process is also used in common therapeutic pet foods such as Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary HF Hydrolyzed Food for dogs and cats, Hills Prescription Diets z/d, Royal Canin Veterinary Diets PS or HA, and Purina ProPlan HP Veterinary Diets.

Also, Tricky Treats do not contain corn, wheat, or soy in either formula; and like Pill Pockets Allergy, they contain a natural smoke flavor.

What Makes Tricky Treats Unique?

Tricky Treats not only have allergy conscious ingredients but also function well as a pill hiding agent. Pala-Tech states the “proprietary blend of natural ingredients provides an excellent mouth-feel, texture and aroma providing a healthy, tasty, and easy to swallow treat. This prevents the pet from biting into the bitter-tasting medication and spitting it out.” Also, Tricky Treats are wrapped in pairs to keep them fresh and prevent them from drying out.

Tricky Treats at VetRxDirect
  • Grilled duck formula contains a novel protein
  • Hydrolyzed duck and chicken proteins
  • Natural smoke flavor
  • Low calorie level
  • Low sodium level
  • Highly palatable

 

 

Ingredients

Guaranteed Analysis

Barley Flour, Hydrolyzed Duck, Vegetable Glycerin, Cane Molasses, Whey Protein, Vegetable Oil, Natural Flavors, Rosemary Extract, Xanthan Gum, Yeast Extract & Primary Dried Yeast (MOS MAX®), Citric Acid and Mixed Tocopherols.
  • Crude Protein (min.): 10.0%
  • Crude Fat (min.): 8.0%
  • Crude Fiber (max.): 1.0%
  • Moisture (max.): 23.0%
  • Calorie content: 17 kcal/treat
   
Barley Flour, Hydrolyzed Chicken, Vegetable Glycerin, Cane Molasses, Whey Protein, Vegetable Oil, Natural Flavors, Rosemary Extract, Xanthan Gum, Yeast Extract & Primary Dried Yeast (MOS MAX®), Citric Acid and Mixed Tocopherols.
  • Crude Protein (min.): 10.0%
  • Crude Fat (min.): 8.0%
  • Crude Fiber (max.): 1.0%
  • Moisture (max.): 23.0%
  • Calorie content: 17 kcal/treat

 

Wonderbars by Animal Pharmaceuticals

Another equal comparison to Pill Pockets Allergy Formula is Wonderbars by Animal Pharmaceuticals. What makes them wonderful?  First off, Wonderbars do not contain animal proteins or any animal-based ingredients. They also contain synthetic cheese and bacon flavors and contain rice and tapioca starch as the carbohydrate sources. Also, Wonderbars do not contain corn, wheat, gluten, or soy. These allergy conscious treats are also suitable for pets with dietary restrictions, because of their zero-sodium and low calorie content.

What Makes Wonderbars Wonderfully Unique?

Animal Pharmaceutical Wonderbars are cleverly designed, shapeable soft treats that can be molded around any pill, making it easy to give pets their prescribed medications or supplements.

Wonderbars at VetRxDirect
  • Synthetic Flavors
  • No animal ingredients
  • Tapioca starch
  • No sodium
  • Low calories
  • Easily molds around pills

 

 

Ingredients

Guaranteed Analysis

Rice, Synthetic Cheese Flavor, Lecithin, Glycerin, Dextrose, Starch, Water, Sorbic Acid, Carrageenan Gum, CaPlcium Propionate, Synthetic Bacon Flavor, Dl-alpha Tocopherol Acetate, Ascorbic Acid Safflower Oil.
  • Crude Protein (Minimum) 12%
  • Crude Fat (Minimum) 2%
  • Crude Fiber (Maximum) 3%
  • Moisture (Maximum) 10%
  • Calorie Content: 44Kcal per chew
   

 

Greenies Pill Pockets Allergy Duck and Pea Formula (Discontinued)

Greenies Pill Pockets Allergy Formula

  • Rehydrated duck as a novel protein
  • Contains pea as a plant protein
  • Natural smoke flavor
  • Discontinued

 

 

 

Ingredients

Guaranteed Analysis

Rehydrated Duck, Glycerin, Ground Peas, Natural Flavors, Pea Protein, Vegetable Oil, Sodium Bisulfate, Water, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Xanthan Gum, Smoke Flavor, Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols.
  • Crude Protein (min.): 12.0%
  • Crude Fat (min.): 8.5%
  • Crude Fiber (max.): 1.0%
  • Moisture (max.): 32.0%
  • Calorie content: 20 kcal/treat

 

Yummy Combs Dental Flossing Treats for Dogs

What Are Yummy Combs?

Yummy Combs are unique, honeycomb-shaped dental chews specifically designed to floss your dogs’ teeth and gum line. Yummy Combs have deep, honeycomb pockets that completely surround the teeth and reach down to the gum line. The unique honeycomb design allows for a 6-way flossing action, essentially flossing from any angle. Because the Yummy Comb treat completely surrounds your dog’s teeth, it gives a deeper, more complete clean.

  • The width of the Yummy Comb prevents dogs from gulping it down in one bite and encourages them to chew longer.
  • The hard texture helps scrape and clean your dog’s teeth.
  • The thin-walled shape makes them very soluble and speeds digestion.

What are the Ingredients in a Yummy Comb?

They contain 12 wellness ingredients including essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, honey, salmon oil, lecithin, chondroitin, glucosamine, and turmeric. While both delicious and nutritious, the manufacturer also claims they are a complete and balanced treat. They do not contain artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, lactose, grains, GMOs or gluten. For the full ingredient list visit our website. Also, Yummy Comb are manufactured in Missouri, USA.

What Makes Yummy Combs Different from Others?

Yummy Combs are so far, the first of their kind,—and patented for their honeycomb design. They are individually wrapped for freshness, safety, and convenience.

Reviews for Yummy Comb

Check out what other pet parents are saying about it. Don’t take it from us, we’ve included a few of the most recent customer reviews straight from our website!

⭐⭐⭐⭐The Highlight of our Pup’s Day
Submitted By Michael ✅ Verified Buyer
Our pup, Flo, LOVES her Yummy Combs. She can be in the back of our home and immediately runs to the kitchen when she hears me open the foil of the treat. Flo takes it into her mouth, stares at me, and then runs to her bed to enjoy her Yummy Combs.

⭐⭐⭐⭐Yummy Yummy Combs
Submitted By Janet ✅ Verified Buyer
Saw the ad for this product on Instagram soon after the Vet told me that 5 yr old Paisley (Biewer Terrier) would need attention to her teeth soon. Paisley and 3 yr old Oakley LOVE their Yummy Combs so much that they even know the time of day they should be getting them and will remind me if I forget. I put this product on AUTO – SHIP!

⭐⭐⭐⭐I will buy Yummy Combs on Auto-ship they work so well
Submitted By Kerry ✅ Verified Buyer
OK, so I have tried so many brands of teeth-cleaning chews for my dogs and this is the *only* one that actually cleans their teeth and make their breath so much better. It’s like a miracle at our house right now!

Does your dog enjoy the Yummy Comb treats? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below or on our website!

Visbiome Vet Probiotic Receives Pawsitive Reviews

About Visbiome Vet Probiotic for Dogs Visbiome at VetRxDirect

Visbiome Vet is a high potency probiotic formula for dogs and cats. Made with 8 concentrated strains of live probiotic bacteria each Visbiome contains 112.5 billion live bacteria. It helps replenish and maintain the balance of natural flora in the gastrointestinal tract and support normal inflammatory responses. Visbiome also promotes overall gut health and aids in digestion and absorption. Additionally, Visbiome Vet also helps to support the protective layers of the bowel and may help maintain normal kidney function. Learn more about Visbiome on our blog. This probiotic formula is a top favorite among dog and cat owners and their veterinarians. Many pet parents are sharing stories of improved gut issues, better quality stools, some even describing it as a “game changer” and “live saver”.

What Makes Visbiome Vet Different from others?

  • Visbiome boasts to have the highest concentration available, with 112.5 billion live bacteria (CFUs) per dose!
  • Visbiome ships and stores cold to ensure maximum potency. It has a specially designed bottle that absorbs ambient moisture, which can negatively impact the live bacteria. Learn more about the importance of the cold storage of probiotics.

Reviews for Visbiome Vet

Check out what other pet parents are saying about it. Don’t take it from us, we’ve included a few of the most recent customer reviews straight from our website.

2 adorable cats love Visbiome Vet

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Yes!! What a great product!
Submitted By Michelle ✅ Verified Buyer
This has been a lifesaver for our boys!

 

Senior Lab loves Visbiome Vet⭐⭐⭐⭐ Will buy this probiotic again!
Submitted By Harold ✅ Verified Buyer
Our Senior furbaby had GI issues before we used this probiotic. It helped him a lot. Great product!

Ren loves Visbiome Vet⭐⭐⭐⭐ It’s definitely improved my dogs GI issues!
Submitted By Tiffany ✅ Verified Buyer
We give this to Ren for GI issues that were so bad and caused her liver values to be really high, which caused doctors to think she was in liver failure. An Internal Specialist determined it wasn’t liver failure and recommended we put her on this along with some other meds to help her. So far she is throwing up less and doing great!

Sally Anne loves Visbiome Vet⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sally-Anne’s Health Has Improved
Submitted By Carol ✅ Verified Buyer
Sally-Anne receives this probiotic capsule sprinkled and then mixed into her cat food daily. Sally-Anne was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease just this past May. She will be 17 years old in September. Visbiome was prescribed by her internal veterinarian for gut health. This daily med helps Sally-Anne’s digestive system so much; I am so thankful that this med exists for my sweet little girl.

Bam Bam loves Visbiome Vet⭐⭐⭐⭐ I would buy this product again and again
Submitted By Fabienne ✅ Verified Buyer
 I highly recommend this product. Over the years I have used really high-quality probiotic, however, my holistic vet recommended Visbiome for my babies and I am glad I am doing so. Visbiome needs to be refrigerated, which means that the properties of the product are not destroyed over time. Refrigeration helps enhance the overall shelf life of the product, which is in contrast to probiotics that do not need refrigeration.

 

Does your dog or cat take Visbiome? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below or on our website

Labor Day Holiday and Shipping Schedule 2020

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, September 7th, 2020 in observance of Labor Day.

Our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com 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, September 3rd: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week.*
Friday, September 4th: No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
Saturday, September 5th: No orders will ship.
Sunday, September 6th: CLOSED.
Monday, September 7th: CLOSED.
Tuesday, September 3rd: 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 dayVisit our website for more information.

Please feel free to leave a message or send us an email at info@vetrxdirect.com anytime. We’ll return your message during our next business hours.