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Rimadyl Relieves the Pain of Arthritis in Dogs

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Did you know that dogs suffer from arthritis too, just like so many people do? It affects 70 million people (1 in 3 adults) and 11 million dogs (1 in 5 adult dogs).

Arthritis causes stiff joints, soreness, and inflammation. The unfortunate result is often pain, loss of mobility, and decreased quality of life.

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that mainly affects older dogs. Symptoms of canine arthritis vary, but there are some telltale signs that many dogs exhibit. These symptoms include stiffness in the morning, hesitation to exercise, reluctance to go up or down stairs, decreased appetite and defiant behavior. Dogs that are obese are more prone to suffer from arthritis. If your dog is exhibiting any of these signs, or if you believe your dog may have arthritis, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian immediately. After all, our dogs never stop loving us…don’t we owe it to them to do everything we can to alleviate their pain.

It’s easy for owners to dismiss signs of arthritis as symptoms of “old age.” But your pets can continue to lead active, vibrant lives, even in their senior years. Your veterinarian may recommend a treatment program for your dog that includes changes in diet, an exercise regiment and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

One of the leading arthritis treatments for dogs is Rimadyl. Developed by Pfizer, Rimadyl has been proven clinically effective for pain relief associated with arthritis. More than 10 million pets have been prescribed Rimadyl. With Rimadyl, your pet is able to move about freely, running up stairs and happily jumping into the car for a ride. Learn more about Rimadyl.

Slim Down with Slentrol

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Obesity is becoming as serious a problem in pets as it is in people. Over 40% of dogs in our country are overweight. Over-eating and lack of exercise are the two most common (and preventable) causes.

Why does it matter if your pet is overweight? Dogs that are overweight or obese have shorter life spans than normal. They face an increased risk of diabetes, arthritis and other orthopedic problems, and diseases of the heart and lungs. Preventing or treating obesity with a weight–loss plan will drastically improve their quality of life and help them to enjoy a long life.

A diet focused on weight reduction and plenty of exercise is the key to shedding pounds from your pooch. Your veterinarian can help you develop a responsible weight-reduction plan. A high-fiber, low-fat dog food is recommended, and treats should be healthy, small and given sparingly. Exercise is another important factor in weight loss. Frequent exercise, such as running, dog agility games or even simply playing fetch in the backyard will burn calories and reduce appetite. It takes about 10 to 12 months to see results from a typical canine weight-loss program.

There’s another tool pet owners can use to shrink the size of their canine companions. In 2007, Pfizer introduced Slentrol, the first prescription weight-loss medication designed specifically for dogs. Slentrol reduces appetite and fat absorption to encourage weight loss. Slentrol should be used as part of an overall weight-management program. Your veterinarian can determine whether Slentrol is right for your dog and a treatment program can be initiated. Slentrol should not be used in cats, and humans should not use Slentrol under any circumstances. Find out more about Slentrol and how it can help your dog lose weight.

Cerenia: The first FDA-approved Medicine to Prevent Motion Sickness in Dogs

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As many as 17% of dogs get sick from traveling (that’s 1 in 6 dogs)!It might be a long trip or a vacation or just a short drive to visit friends or your veterinarian.

Motion sickness is a real problem. Until now, there were two solutions: don’t travel with your dog or administer a drug which although effective, causes sedation and needs to be given 2-3 times per day.

Cerenia is a prescription medication developed just for dogs. It is highly effective in preventing vomiting due to motion sickness, only needs to be given once a day, and does not cause sleepiness or sedation. Learn more about Cerenia.

Join the “Revolution” and Win the Battle Against Parasites: Your Pets Will Thank You

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For dogs and cats, parasites are a real, inside and out. Fleas, ear mites, hookworms, roundworms, and heartworms can cause your pet great discomfort and, in some cases, long-term health problems. Though parasites are hard to spot, the symptoms they cause are not. When your cat starts scratching or your dog begins showing signs of a parasite infection, it’s time to take action.

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Some parasites are easy to detect and treat while others are not. Fleas are commonly detected with the naked eye, while the symptoms of heartworm infection are usually not spotted until it’s too late. Whether its ear mites, hookworms, fleas, roundworms or heartworms troubling your dog or cat, parasites must be dealt with quickly and effectively to ensure your pet remains healthy and happy.

Regular grooming sessions with your pet, as well as frequent check-ups by your veterinarian, can go a long way toward spotting and preventing parasites. If parasites do manage to make it through your defenses and attack your pet, there are treatments available. One such treatment is Revolution, developed by Pfizer.

Revolution is a topically-applied medication that provides all-around protection from parasites for your dog or cat. Revolution kills adult fleas, prevents flea eggs from hatching, prevents heartworm disease, and treats and controls both ear mites and roundworms. After applying Revolution, it enters your pet’s bloodstream and redistributes itself from the blood to the skin and other tissues, where it provides protection against parasites.

Find out more about Revolution for dogs.

Find out more about Revolution for cats.

Convenia: FDA Approves New Advancement in Antibiotic Therapy for Dogs and Cats

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Has anyone ever said that administering antibiotics to pets is convenient? How about easy? Dogs and cats often refuse to take them, spit them out, or run the other way when they see you coming. Even with the most cooperative pet, remembering to give them their medication regularly is often a challenge…life happens and doses of important antibiotics are easily forgotten. Convenia is a new generation of antibiotic developed by Pfizer that helps to solve this dilemma. It is administered by your veterinarian as a long-acting injection, and its therapeutic effect lasts in the system for at least 7 days. This eliminates the need for you to give pills or capsules or drops at home. It costs a little more, but for many pet owners it is well worth the convenience of not having to worry about giving medications at home.

Ask your veterinarian whether Convenia is the right choice of antibiotic for your pet. Learn more about Convenia.