An All-Natural Alternative to Dog Arthritis Medication!
Provide faster pain relief for dogs with arthritis! Give your dog the clinical-strength VetSmart System and benefit from the “Power of Two” that combines a clean, safe, Green-Lipped Mussel and MSM formula with Probiotic Enhanced Absorption.
VetSmart offers two unique products that can be combined for maximum results! The Advanced Hip + Joint Complex and the Probiotic Nutrient Enhancer (the VetSmart System) work together as a treatment for dog arthritis to help relieve inflammation, pain, and lack of mobility associated with joint problems in dogs. By combining two veterinary-strength products in a synergistic approach, we can help relieve joint pain and restore that “puppy playfulness” that might be a distant memory. For younger dogs, our products will maintain solid, healthy and lubricated joints to prevent future joint problems.
Veterinarians typically sell products that are stronger and more effective than what you might find in a retail pet store. The products are better formulated and they contain more of the powerful “active ingredients” that are so helpful in delivering the benefits for dogs with arthritis. VetSmart Formulas are specifically developed for veterinarians and we are proud to call them “Veterinary Strength.” Our products meet the most demanding standards required by veterinarians and we conveniently deliver these products directly to you. Our products are not available in retail stores. They are made in the U.S.A., they contain no artificial colors or fillers, and are wheat and gluten-free.
Dr. Tiffany Margolin
Our products were carefully developed in consultation with Dr. Tiffany Margolin. Dr. Margolin is a licensed veterinarian, practicing for more than 24 years. She is a graduate of UC Davis, the number one veterinary school in the U.S. and her philosophy combines both Eastern and Western medicine. Dr. Margolin also specializes in Pet Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Pet Functional Nutrition, and she is Board Certified in Avian Medicine. For more on Dr. Margolin, click here.
“This comprehensive treatment provides animals with natural, healing ingredients rather than steroids, antibiotics, or other dog arthritis medication. All dogs should be on these supplements.”
— Dr. Tiffany Margolin, holistic veterinarian – From the Heart Veterinary Service
Advanced Hip & Joint Complex with MSM
Our Advanced Hip + Joint Complex is designed to support healthy joints and mobility. It contains a unique all-natural ingredient — Green-Lipped Mussel — found in the pure and clean waters of New Zealand. Most people know that Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential nutrients that deliver many benefits to both humans and pets, including anti-inflammatory and joint-protecting properties. Research has proven that Green-Lipped Mussels contain more than 30 different fatty acids working synergistically to reduce inflammation 100 times better than traditional omegas and fish oils. This powerful nutrient reduces degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease. To enhance these benefits and protect joint cells, our Advanced Joint + Hip Complex also includes MSM, Glucosamine, Vitamins C and E, and Sea Cucumber.
Green-Lipped Mussel from the Clean Waters of New Zealand
The Green-Lipped Mussel, also known by its scientific name perna canaliculus, is native to New Zealand and is generally found below the low tide line on the shores of New Zealand. In the 1990’s, clinical studies verified that the oil from Green-Lipped Mussels is a highly effective anti-inflammatory for relieving symptoms of arthritis. The mussels are harvested from licensed marine farms, and processed by “cold opening” instead of heat processing so the important nutrients in the mussels are preserved.
What Makes Green-Lipped Mussel Such a Powerful Ingredient?
Green-lipped Mussels eat one-celled organisms called plankton. They filter the plankton from the water and absorb it into their bodies. It is interesting to note that because of the hole in the ozone layer in the stratosphere, the animal life found in New Zealand have very elevated levels of natural anti-oxidants. The Green-Lipped Mussels collect these elevated levels of anti-oxidants from the sea plankton and provide one of the most potent sources of anti-oxidant rich omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are some of the best natural and effective anti-inflammatory agents available.
In fact, studies compared lipid oil extract of Green-Lipped Mussels to other oils and it was:
- 350 times more potent than evening primrose oil
- 350 times more potent than salmon oil
- 400 times more potent than flaxseed oil
What does this mean? It means that the lipid oil extract of Green-Lipped Mussels is one of the most effective agents for reducing arthritis symptoms and inflammation.
Other Benefits Include:
- Healthier Skin
- Improved Circulatory System
- Stronger Bones and Teeth
- Supports an overall healthy immune system
We Include MSM in Our Formula.
Methylsulfonylmethane is also known as MSM. This naturally occurring element contains a sulfur compound in a form your dog’s body can readily use to help build joints and cartilage. MSM is essential for many bodily functions, and yet MSM is found in such small amounts in foods, so adding MSM to your dog’s diet via supplements is critical. MSM helps maintain cell membrane permeability and regeneration to promote flexibility and elasticity of body tissue. It also is beneficial in building nerve tissue, hair, skin and nails. Research shows that MSM is safe and effective in promoting joint comfort as well as supporting a normal range of motion and responses in animals.
What Does Glucosamine Sulfate Do?
Glucosamine Sulfate is a popular derivative of glucosamine, which has been proven very effective in fighting arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, disc degeneration and hip dysplasia in dogs. Glucosamine is a 2-amino derivative of glucose, which is obtained through the hydrolysis of chitin, a polysaccharide found in the shell of crustaceans. Crustaceans have a very high concentration of chitin and they are efficient sources of Glucosamine. Clinical trials have shown that Glucosamine Sulfate delivers the best results in treating arthritis in dogs, when compared to other Glucosamine forms. Glucosamine Sulfate can also be used as preventative treatment for many joint conditions.
What is Sea Cucumber?
Sea Cucumbers are marine animals (echinoderm) related to the starfish and sea urchins. They are an excellent source of chondroitin sulfate and have long been used to support joint mobility and joint tissue maintenance. We include Sea Cucumber as a purified powder in each tablet. Sea Cucumbers also have a potent anti-inflammatory effect, which may help alleviate pain in dogs with arthritis. According to a study published in 2008 in the American College of Rheumatology, patients with rheumatoid arthritis usually have high concentrations of certain lipids know as prostaglandins, and Sea Cucumber helps regulate the balance of prostaglandins.
Vitamins C and E
Vitamin C is routinely prescribed by veterinarians. It plays an important role in maintaining the health of collagen, and it appears to be especially helpful for slowing and possibly reversing degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, and spinal disorders. Dogs of all ages can benefit from Vitamin C, and as dogs get older, they become less proficient in producing their own supply of Vitamin C, so supplementation is recommended.
According to veterinarians, there are several advantages to giving Vitamin E to dogs. These include improving the texture of the dog’s coat and skin, promoting a healthy heart, and supporting the dog’s immune system. Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory benefits, so giving a dog Vitamin E can be a good way to reduce the painful symptoms of arthritis.
Advanced Hip & Joint Complex Product Facts:
Probiotic Nutrient Enhancer
This product is an important “booster” to the Advanced Hip + Joint Complex, and is the second component in the VetSmart System.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive tract and have been used for centuries to maintain a healthy intestinal tract. The term probiotics originates from the Greek word that means “for life.” When ingested, these living microorganisms replenish the microflora in your pet’s intestinal tract. This results in the promotion of a number of health-enhancing functions, including enhanced digestive function.
All dogs can benefit from probiotics, which aid digestion, modulate the immune system, inhibit the growth and activity of harmful bacteria, treat diarrhea, irritable bowel and intestinal inflammation, prevent urinary tract infections, reduce allergic reactions and more.
The reality is that there are plenty of foods that contain natural probiotics. Foods such as yogurt, leeks, onions, bananas, sauerkraut, honey and garlic all contain certain amounts of probiotics. However, most of these foods are not ideal for dogs. Quite the contrary! Onions and large quantities of garlic are dangerous and should be avoided. Most dogs will simply not eat sauerkraut, yogurt or honey in enough quantity to get the probiotic benefits.
So, probiotics are good for your dog, but difficult to receive unless you add a probiotic supplement to your dog’s diet.
Vetsmart Probiotic Nutrient Enhancer
Why do we call it that? Simple. Our probiotic provides all the benefits of a high-quality veterinarian prescribed probiotic, but our product is also designed to enhance the absorption of nutrients, and specifically the nutrients found in the Vetsmart Hip + Joint Complex.
How? The heart of nutrient absorption lies within your dog’s gastrointestinal system and proper digestion. If you optimize digestion and remove the things that may be inhibiting absorption within the gastrointestinal system, your dog will reap more of the benefits from the supplements and nutrients they consume. That’s why the VetSmart System includes a high-quality probiotic we call the “Nutrient Enhancer!”
Warning: All Probiotics Are NOT The Same!
All probiotics are not the same, and one of the key aspects is the amount of live bacteria cultures in the product that provide the benefits. Most probiotic products contain 1 to 5 million active cultures. Unfortunately, this number is significantly reduced by environmental issues and by the live cultures passing through the acids in your dog’s stomach. Tests indicate that the active cultures that survive these two issue are a little as 10-50% of the claims made on the label. Here’s the challenge:
- Most probiotic products are cheap and unstable, and they lose their potency quickly when the active cultures expire and they never make it to your dog’s stomach. If you think you are giving your dog 5 million active cultures, think again since many of these cultures are not stable and will die off.
- Read the labels. Many probiotics require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. Not only is this not practical, it makes shipping the product from the manufacturer to your home very difficult.
- Your dog’s stomach acid and bile are very strong and require certain strains of bacteria in order to survive the journey to the intestines. Probiotics are host-specific, and probiotics made for humans will generally not work well, will be a waste of money, will deliver no benefit, and will possibly be harmful to your dog.
Why is the VetSmart Product Better?
Our Probiotic Nutrient Enhancer is specifically designed by veterinarians to deliver maximum potency and maximum benefits to your dog! Here are several reasons why.
- The VetSmart Nutrient Enhancer contains more than 15 Billion active cultures, as compared to most probiotics that contain 1 to 5 million. This ensures your dog will gain all the benefits necessary from the VetSmart System.
- Our formulation experts selected the best strains of active bacteria cultures for your dog, taking into account canine body chemistry. The result is a proprietary blend of active bacteria strains sold exclusive by VetSmart Formulas.
- Our cultures are microencapsulated to ensure that the beneficial active cultures are alive when your dog consumes them, and the cultures are designed to survive the journey through your dog’s intestines to its stomach.
- Our product is shelf-stable and does not require refrigeration. It’s mildly flavored with natural beef liver, and you simply open the capsule and easily sprinkle the probiotic on your dog’s food.
In addition to all the benefits of probiotics, the real secret to our product is this: it’s designed to work within the cell structure to assist your dog in absorbing the Advanced Hip + Joint Complex, and deliver more effective and powerful benefits and results. That’s why we call our system the VetSmart System!
Probiotic Nutrient Enhancer Product Facts:
Is the VetSmart System safe for my dog?
Yes, it is safe for your dog. It is all natural and it contains no artificial colors or ingredients, and it is designed to be well tolerated by your dog’s gastrointestinal system. It also works well with most other dog arthritis medications that your dog might be taking. As with all ingestible products, if you have any concerns we recommend consulting your pet health professional first.[/ut_two_thirds_last]
What if my dog is taking pain medications or steroidal anti-inflammatory medications? Can I use the VetSmart System?
Many dogs take non-steroidal pain medications, steroid medications and dog arthritis medicine. The good news is VetSmart Formulas Advanced Hip + Joint Complex and the Probiotic Nutrient Enhancer are designed to be safe and work with all of these product categories. In fact, our products are all natural and they can be safely and effectively used to wean your dog off potentially harmful medications such as NSAIDs and steroids. View our FAQ’s to learn more.