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Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural source of organic sulfur, an element vital to the maintenance of healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons. This essential mineral may also help increase energy and assist in the healthy maintenance of skin, hair and nails.

Agility for Dogs and Cats also contains Vitamins C and E, which are robust sources of antioxidants that can promote immunity, cardiovascular health, skin health, improved vision, dental health and may help to improve allergies. In fact, there is evidence to support that Vitamin C may play an important role in the development and maintenance of connective tissue.

These ingredients work synergistically with the many herbal ingredients well-known for their beneficial health properties. Alfalfa and Yucca are antioxidant-rich herbs that offer a strong defense against free-radical damage, helping to maintain joint comfort and flexibility. The alfalfa not only works to help destroy the free radicals at the joints, but it also enhances kidney and liver function, to facilitate waste excretion from the bone. And Boswellia tree extract contains acids shown to promote proper joint functioning.

Agility for Dogs and Cats also includes high levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids derived from fish oil to help improve healthy joint function. These essential fatty acids produce hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins. They are believed to have a positive effect upon joint stiffness and fatigue, and may improve overall bone health.

The sea mussels included in this supplement help to support healthy joint structure and function, as well as help enhance the utilization and soothing properties of Glucosamine. These natural nutrients have demonstrated effectiveness in improving lubrication, shock absorption, flexibility, elasticity and strength of connective tissues. Sea mussels also contain Chondroitin Sulfate, which works in tandem with Glucosamine.

And last but not least, this holistic formula has a delicious roast beef flavor that your furry friends will love!

Help improve the joint health of your companion animals and choose Agility for Dogs and Cats. They’ll thank you for taking this important step for their overall health, with every extra tail-wag and happy meow.
 



While cancer is the second most likely cause of death in humans, it is the number one “natural” cause of death in older dogs. Unsurprisingly, pharmaceutical companies are attempting to devise new cancer treatments for canines. In many cases, the investigations center on the same drugs used in the treatment of human cancers. Researchers are combining the tests for these drugs, testing their effects on dogs whose pet parents have made the decision to try all available means to arrest the development of cancerous tumors. In these trials, many canines will benefit from ground-breaking research before these drugs are approved for use in humans.

Another advance in this realm of “tandem medical research” (with benefits for both dogs and humans) include studies in repairing damage to spinal cords. With pet parents spending more than ever before on their companion animals for medical treatments, it is likely that pharmaceutical companies will continue to invest additional resources to develop new medicines.

 

 



When the 2004 hurricane season pummeled Florida, the devastation in certain areas was mind-numbing. In Tampa, the damage to some homes was not catastrophic, but it had a strong negative impact just the same.

Fierce winds ripped away a section of fence from the Baines’ family property. And then, the unthinkable happened -- their beloved three-year-old Golden Retriever, Sam-I-Am, left the yard through the exposed gap. Days of searching turned into weeks. There was no sign of their beloved pup. Even though he had an identification microchip implanted as a puppy, repeated calls to the vet returned no results. Sam-I-Am was presumed lost, another casualty of the storms.

And then, three weeks ago, over two years since his disappearance, the Baines family received a call from their vet. They had just received a message from the McHenry County Animal Shelter. For those of you who are having trouble placing McHenry County in a southern state, that’s because it is not located in the south. It’s in Illinois.

Sam-I-Am had been located in Johnsburg, a lake town community less than 60 miles from Chicago. According to the animal control folks, Sam-I-Am was in incredible shape. And everyone is mystified how he could have survived the amazing journey of over 1,200 miles.

This remarkable canine was re-united with his very happy and thankful family, one week before Christmas.


Obesity in cats is all too common and this condition can predispose your cat to diabetes and arthritis. Indoor cats – especially those who are the only feline in the house – tend not to get adequate exercise. Here are some helpful tips to encourage your kitty to shed that extra weight:

  • Use a laser pointer and shine the light all around the room (but never directly in their eyes).

  • A wind-up fur mouse will keep your cat busy for hours.

  • Purchase a kitty fishing-pole, attach something fun and tantalize your cat with an exciting chase throughout the house.

  • Walk or run up and down stairs dragging a thick rope for your kitty to try and catch (this will get both of your hearts pumping).

  • Make your cat work for his food. Instead of putting a meal on one plate, put small amounts of food on several plates throughout the house. This will require your cat to exercise in order to eat.


Just remember – any object you can wiggle, dangle or toss across the room has the potential for being a tool for feline exercise. If you are just beginning an exercise program, start with only five minutes of activity, then subsequently adding additional minutes. If your cat begins panting, it’s best that you discontinue the activity right away, and try something else that’s not quite so physically taxing.

 

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we’d love to hear it! Feel free to include a photo of your companion animal.


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