Porus One is a nutritional supplement used to support kidney health in your cat. It contains Renaltec, a selective carbon that adsorbs protein byproducts. Digestion and metabolism of proteins leads to waste products, which are typically excreted by the kidneys. Porus One binds protein digestion by-products in the intestines so they can be excreted in the feces. This binding process helps to prevent the byproducts from being converted into uremic toxins, which supports kidney health.
How Does Porus One Help with Uremic Toxins?
Cats eat proteins in their diet on a daily basis. When proteins are metabolized in the body, waste products called uremic toxins naturally form. These toxins are then filtered out by the kidneys and excreted in the urine.
When a cat’s kidneys no longer function as well as before, they filter out fewer uremic toxins. As a result, the toxins may accumulate in the body and cause damage to the kidneys and other organs.
Porus One adorbs toxins while they are still in the intestine and passes them out of the body in the feces. As a result, the toxins do not enter the kidneys and cannot accumulate in the body. This also helps reduce the workload on the kidneys.
What is it made of?
Porus One contains Renaltec®, a pure carbon that is shaped into tiny spheres in a patented production process. Renaltec absorbs protein byproducts (uremic toxins) in the gut so they can be excreted in feces instead of the kidneys.
How To Use Porus One
Porus® One is easily mixed in with your cat’s wet or dry food. It is tasteless and odorless and generally well tolerated by cats.
This supplement may be used for cats with reduced kidney function or types of kidney disease or disorders. Like any supplement, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian to determine if the product best suit’s your cat’s needs. Your veterinarian is the best source of medical information for your cat.
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 the health of your pet.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Elura (capromorelin oral solution) as the first drug for the management of weight loss in cats with chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease, also known as CKD, is the persistent loss of kidney function over time. Cats with chronic kidney disease may begin to lose weight before getting diagnosed by a veterinarian and typically continue to lose weight as the disease progresses.
Capromorelin, the active ingredient in Elura, provides a novel mechanism of action to address weight loss in cats with CKD. It stimulates appetite and the secretion of growth hormone. Weight gain in cats taking Elura is thought to be due to a combination of increased food intake and metabolic changes.
Capromorelin is also approved as Entyce for appetite stimulation in dogs. Elura is the second product that the FDA has approved for the management of unintended weight loss in cats. The first product, Mirataz, is an appetite stimulant applied topically to the skin. Learn more about the approval of Elura.
Signs of Weight Loss in Cats
It is important to keep an eye on your cat’s eating habits and observe any changes in their body condition while holding or petting them. Report these changes to your veterinarian.
Reduced interest in food
Changes in the amount eaten
An increased amount of time taken to eat
Bony protrusions or ribs
Lumps or bumps
If you are concerned about your cat’s weight loss, speak with your veterinarian about treatment options.
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 the health of your pet.
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 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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yes!! What a great product! Submitted By Michelle Verified BuyerThis has been a lifesaver for our boys!
Will buy this probiotic again! Submitted By Harold Verified BuyerOur Senior furbaby had GI issues before we used this probiotic. It helped him a lot. Great product! It’s definitely improved my dogs GI issues! Submitted By Tiffany Verified BuyerWe 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’s Health Has Improved Submitted By Carol Verified BuyerSally-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. 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!
Intesto–Guard™ is a nutritional supplement with a unique combination of natural ingredients that helps naturally support your pet’s digestive and immune systems. Intesto–Guard may help in reducing occasional loose stools and stomach upsets due to traveling, stress, boarding, drug therapy, dietary changes, or changes in routine. It may help reduce the potential for digestive disturbances, flatulence, and may help soothe the gastrointestinal tract. Intesto-Guard can also be used as a daily probiotic supplement to optimize your dog or cat’s digestive health. The human-grade ingredients in Intesto-Guard work together to help encourage nutrient absorption‚ and may help support more energy and overall health.
Intesto-Guard is available in an oral paste or powder which can be conveniently sprinkled on food. Both formulas are highly palatable with a great taste.
What are the Ingredients?
Intesto–Guard provides pets with powerful triple protection using 3 main natural ingredients:
Prebiotics derived from hydrolyzed yeast. These include Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS), D-mannose, and Beta glucans.
Specialized, live probiotic bacteria. These include Lactobacillus acidophilus‚ Lactobacillus casei‚ Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis.
IGY antibodies‚ Natural Egg Immunoglobulins
How Does Intesto-Guard Work?
Intesto-Guard uses live probiotics to help restore and maintain the natural balance of beneficial bacteria, flora, in the gut. The paste contains 1 billion cfu (colony forming unit) per mL and 1.5 billion cfu per scoop in the powder. The prebiotics in Intesto Guard are extracted from yeast with a special enzymatic hydrolyzation process. Prebiotics feed the beneficial bacteria in the intestine and help support immune response. Intesto-Guard also utilizes a natural antibody IgY, which is produced from egg immunoglobulins using a unique patented process. IgY antibodies may boost the immune system to help fight off pathogens and foreign organisms in the body. Learn more about how Intesto-Guard works.
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Every day at VetRxDirect we hear from customers about their favorite products for their pets. We’ve been hearing a lot about the Cobalequin Vitamin B12 supplement.
Cobalequin is a chewable vitamin B12 supplement for dogs and cats. It is commonly used to help increase and maintain levels of vitamin B12 in animals with deficiency, anemia, pancreatic insufficiency, and other medical conditions. Cobalequin also helps replace nutrients missing from your dog or cat’s regular diet. Learn more about Vitamin B12 on our other blog.
The Cobalequin vitamin B12 formula is a recent favorite among cat and dog owners. Check out what other pet parents are saying about it. We’ve included some reviews for Cobalequin straight from our website.
Reviews for Cobalequin Vitamin B12
Good to help with IBD in cats Submitted By Anthony Verified Buyer
Our cat loves it and it helps with his inflammatory bowel disease. Helps him to absorb nutrients from food, apparently, and he loves the taste.
Healthy & Yummy too! By Catherine Verified Buyer
Our dog Cricket has PLE as well as Stage 3 Lymphoma. She takes Cobalequin each and every day. Cobalequin is great! First of all, now that she has been taking it, Cricket hasn’t had to have vitamin injections at the veterinarian any more, but also – she just loves taking her tasty and chewable Cobalequin pill. It’s a treat for her that she gets with her breakfast each morning!
I will buy this product again! Submitted By Susie Verified Buyer
My vet recommended this product for my 15 year old shih tzu with anemia and chronic kidney disease. She seems to be doing well taking it. I crush the pills and sprinkle on her food. I would recommend this product!
The best B12 supplement Submitted By Debbie Verified BuyerThis pill is easy to crush and sprinkle over my cat’s food. I highly recommend if your pet needs a B12 supplement. I had the choice between B12 pills or B12 injections. Given my cat is FIV+ I didn’t want to subject him to needle pokes and I didn’t want to “pill him”. The vet said it could be crushed and it works perfectly! I sprinkle it over his dry food and he eats it right up. It also has a beefy smell to it my cat seems to love!
Visbiome Vet is a high potency probiotic formula for dogs. It is made with 8 concentrated strains of live probiotic bacteria, and each capsule contains 112.5 billion live bacteria. It helps replenish and maintain the balance of natural flora in the gastrointestinal tract. Visbiome also promotes overall gut health and aids in digestion and absorption. Learn more about Visbiome on our blog. This new probiotic formula is favorite among dog owners and their veterinarians. Check out what other pet parents are saying about it. We’ve included some reviews for Visbiome straight from our website.
Reviews for Visbiome Vet
Helped cure stomach upset caused by steroids. Submitted By Caitlyn Verified Buyer
This probiotic has drastically improved our dogs health. He has to take steroids for a disease called ITP. It’s a life threatening disease and the steroids are our only choice. The steroids cause stomach upset and Visbiome has completely helped eradicate the problem. Otter, our blue heeler, is on a strict fresh diet from Farmers Dog (which I also highly recommend) and combined with Visbiome we have a healthy dog!
I highly recommend this Probiotic Submitted By Kathleen Verified Buyer
My dog has ulcerative colitis and Visbiome Vet Probiotic for Dogs has helped significantly! Within days of starting his regimen, he felt better, his appetite was back and was ready for play again! We tried other probiotics first and no others helped him like Visbiome. It is expensive if you have a large breed dog due to dosing, but it truly works!
Awesome product. Submitted By Julia Verified Buyer
It has done wonders for my girl….she’s a very smart dog and hard to fool when given meds. The capsules can be opened and mixed in her favorite foods without her knowing it. The service and delivery was efficient and fast.
Well packed Submitted By Verified Buyer
Was worried about the shipping given that it needed to stay cold but product was packed well and my dog seems to like it. So far so good.
A good find! Submitted By Dolores Verified Buyer
Good customer service when I had an issue ordering the product. Visbiome has been recommended by my veterinarian and VetRxDirect has a very competitive price.
The only probiotic that has worked! Submitted By Trudy Verified Buyer
Our dog had stomach issues for over a year….stomach gurgling, fluctuating, lack of appetite (change in food didn’t help nor did the typical probiotics) also had reoccurring soft stools. We finally took him to a holistic vet who prescribed a new probiotic that had never been mentioned to us – Visbiome Vet Probiotic. Within three weeks he was a completely normal dog! It has been three months now and he remains on Visbiome very healthy and at a perfect weight.
I highly recommend this product! Submitted By Michelle Verified Buyer
Our poor Norfolk Terrier has had IBD since he was a puppy. He is on a special diet and had been using another probiotic until our new Veterinarian suggested this product. What a difference this had made in his life! The terrible belly pain and gas he suffered is gone. This has just changed his whole life and we could not be happier.
yes will be reordering as its extremely convenient Submitted By John Verified Buyer
I needed to start my female dog on probiotic after her being diagnosed with bone cancer, which resulted in amputation of her back right leg and immediately started on chemo treatments (18 wks). Other than the vet (45 miles away) I could not find this medication, so I look and found you guys. Ordered the product and got it within a few days so she didn’t have to miss any treatment days. Finding the exact match and getting it so quickly was GREAT.
Do you find it difficult to give your dog or cat medicine? If you find your pet’s medication on the floor instead of in their mouths, it may be time for other options. Your pet may need medications at one time or another during their lifetime. Whether it be medicines to treat an illness or injury, relieve pain, prevent infection, or manage a disease, knowing how to administer medication to your dog or cat is important. We have put together a few tips for giving your pets a pill that will make the process more pleasant for everyone involved.
Cutting, Splitting, and Crushing
Depending on the type of medication, splitting, cutting, or crushing can make pills easier to give or hide in food. Some tablets or caplets are scored with a visual marking which makes them easier to split. Using a Pill Cutter or Pill Splitter to slice medications is not only easier but also keeps the task clean and contained. It’s important to ask your pharmacist or veterinarian if your pet’s medication can be crushed, split, or mixed with food. Some medications may become less effective if they are altered or not given whole. Also, some medications require an empty stomach or are given before meals.
Hide The Pills
One of the most popular methods for giving pills is to hide them in human food or treats. This especially works well for pets who readily accept treats or have favorite foods. This hands-off approach creates less stressful for everyone involved. A variety of pill treats designed to hold medications.
Advita Critter Cups
Advita CritterCups are a tasty probiotic supplement and pill masking treat all in one! Give CritterCups as a daily treat or to hide medications. They contain live probiotic cultures and prebiotics to support proper digestion and overall health in dogs and puppies.
Frenzies Pill Treats
Turn your dog’s medication into a tasty snack with Frenzies Pill Treats. Frenzies Pill Treats hide most tablets and capsules in a chicken-flavored soft chew, making oral medications easier to give to your dog. These pill treats are wheat-free, BHA free, and made in the USA.
Wonderbars are tasty, shapeable treats that can be molded around any pill medication. The Wonderbars have a low allergen formula and are made without corn gluten, wheat or soy. They contain no sodium and have low-calorie content to help meet dietary and weight concerns.
EZ-Med Pill Holes
EZ-Med Pill Holes are soft chew, pill pods that hide the odor and taste of capsules, tablets, or other pills. Dogs enjoy the hickory smoked flavor, and forget about the medication!
Camo Pill is a soft, easily-shaped paste that wraps around any size pill or capsule. The bacon-flavored paste masks the smell and taste of medications and contains no wheat flour or corn syrup. Use Camo Pill for dogs or cats.
Some dogs and cats refuse to be tricked by medicated food or have finicky tastes. It is common for pets to spit out pills after eating medicated food or treats or just reject it completely. Dietary restrictions may also limit the use of treats or foods. If your pet falls in this category, there are still a few more options.
Pet Piller, Pill Gun, or Pill Popper
These pill devices are designed to deliver capsules and tablets directly into your pet’s throat. The top holds the medication, and the other end has a plunger to push the pill into your pet’s mouth. Pet Pillers also help keep your hands farther away from the mouth to prevent possible bite injury.
Compounded Transdermal and Liquid Medications
Compounded medications offer an easier alternative for pets that hate taking pills, and for owners who hate giving them. To completely avoid the mouth, a compounded transdermal gel is applied to the skin and the medication absorbs into the bloodstream. A compounded oral suspension can be made in a variety of flavors including unflavored to help make them more appealing to your pet. Talk with your veterinarian and pharmacist to determine if your pet’s medication can be compounded. Learn more about compounded medications on our blog.
Change Your Technique
Dogs and cats constantly observe our actions and behavior and are quick to associate them with certain situations, especially negative ones. Additionally, our pets adapt quickly to daily routines. Stay positive and reward your pet after pill time with a favorite treat, toy, petting, or playtime. Ask your veterinarian or your clinic’s veterinary technician to show you methods to administer medications and how to handle your pet if they are difficult to handle. Proper restraint can make medications easier to give and reduce the risk of injury for both animal and owner.
Does your pet reject medication? Share your tips, tricks, and comments below!