We all want to do what is best for our pets! But it can often be overwhelming about what is the best product or brand of items such as food, treats or ear cleaner! Look no further… while have a coffee or water, stroll on over and have a look at our in store products. These are products we have hand picked that will benefit your pet in some way, shape or form. These are the products we personally use and most often recommend. We have had experience with them and have been found to work best in our opinions. If you have any further questions (such as vanilla mint or poultry toothpaste work best for my cat?) or if you would like to know if something is appropriate for your pet, please call the office!
Flea and Tick Medications
Nexgard: Nexgard protects against fleas and ticks for a full 30 days. Your puppy or dog takes this medication orally, it is a beef chewable. Will start working against fleas within 24 hours. Protects against the Deer Tick or Black Legged Tick (this is the tick that causes Lyme Disease in our area!), Brown Dog Tick, American Dog Tick and Lone Star Tick. It is safe for puppies to start this medication at 8 weeks of age. It is also safe for all dog breeds.
Bravecto: Bravecto protects against fleas and ticks for a full 12 weeks. Your dog takes this medication orally, it is a beef chewable. Will start working against fleas within 2 hours. Protects against the Deer Tick or Black Legged Tick (this is the tick that causes Lyme Disease in our area!), Brown Dog Tick and American Dog Tick for a full 12 week (*The Lone Star Tick is protected against for 8 weeks. This tick is not common in our area). It is safe for dogs 6 months and older. It is also safe for all dog breeds.
Frontline Plus and Frontline Gold: Frontline protects against fleas and ticks. This is a topical monthly medication available for both dogs and cats. Frontline will kill fleas, ticks, flea eggs and larvae. It will start working against fleas within 12 hours of application. Frontline Plus will kill fleas and ticks through contact with the product.
- How does Frontline Gold differ from Frontline Plus? In addition to having fipronil and (S)-methoprene (which are the main ingredients that kill the fleas and ticks), they have added a powerful new third ingredient, pyriproxyfen which helps to kill the next generation of flea eggs and larvae before they can develop into adult fleas. Regular use of FRONTLINE Gold helps prevent new flea infestations. Combined, these three ingredients take out adult fleas and ticks, and two to kill the next generation of flea eggs and larvae before they can develop into adult fleas.
Advantage II: Advantage protects against fleas. This is a topical monthly medication available for both dogs and cats. Advantage will kill all flea life stages. It will start working within 12 hours of application, will kill reinvesting fleas within 2 hours. Advantage will kill fleas though contact with the product.
Advantix II: Advantix protects against fleas and ticks. This is a topical monthly medication available for dogs ONLY (*this product is toxic to cats). Advantix will repel and kill fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. It will start working within 12 hours of application, will kill reinfesting fleas within 2 hours. Advantix will kill fleas and ticks through contact with the product.
Dasuquin Advanced (by Nutramax): Glucosamine and chondroitin products are not created equal. In the nutraceutical world, products are in a free for all. A nutraceutical is a term used for products that range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and herbal products, specific diets and processed foods. There are no rules or regulation to their product labels. The FDA does not regulate nutraceutical products, which means what is put into the products are not monitored.
Since there is this lack of regulation with these products, many companies that create these products (for human and pet) are not completely honest with consumers. There have been recent studies done that up to 80% OF PRODUCTS DO NOT CONTAIN WHAT THE LABEL STATES! I don’t know about you, but that is quite astonishing. These glucosamine products only have trace amounts of glucosamine, chondroitin, or other labeled ingredients. There have been a few exceptions when it comes to companies and labeling of products, these companies (although not required to) have tried to remain truthful and incorporate what is on the label to what is actually in the product.
The Village Veterinary Clinic of Hamburg tries to remain up to date on the current advancements and studies. The products we supply are recommend because they are well researched (and trusted with the labels), we are familiar with them and we find that they work. The product we recommend is called Dasaquin Advanced.
Glucosamine is a part of a glycosaminoglycan, one of the small molecules that makes up healthy cartilage. Adding glucosamine to your pet’s diet may help improve joint function by decreasing overall inflammation in the joint and increasing the health and longevity of the joint cartilage. The most effective form of glucosamine is glucosamine hydrochloride (glucosamine HCL), because it tends to be more concentrated than other formulations. Chondroitin is also found in healthy joints and supplementation with it also seems to help decrease joint inflammation and improve joint health. The most effective form is a low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate.
Dasaquin Advanced is a newer more technologically advanced product that we have begun to prescribed to pets. What separates this product from the rest is what is put into the product. Although not FDA regulated, Nutramax as a company tries to hold themselves to a higher standard by doing voluntary and independent testing to ensure what they put into their products is what is on the label. It contains glucosamine and chondroitin which will help stimulate cartilage production and inhibit its breakdown. They use a low molecular weight chondroitin which allows for the most effective and pure form of this substance, allowing the body to utilize it much more effectively than other products. Dasaquin Advanced also has ASU (which stands for avocado/soybean/unsaponifiables), which they have a patent for. This protects cartilage and supports joint comfort. It also allows the glucosamine/chondroitin to work better with in its presence. Allows for better uptake and utilization of the glucosamine/chondroitin by the body. There is a green tea extract, ALA, curcumin for antioxidants; MSM for cartilage strengthening, and boswellia serrata to inhibit the inflammatory response. These are just a few key ingredients that help create this product.
Pets can start glucosamine at any age. It is recommended to be used on dogs and cats as a prophylactic measure or you can start to use it as they get older. It is much easier on their bodies to help slow down the progression of cartilage before the process begins. It is also important to note that many over the counter (not prescription) pet food companies have introduced foods for joint health. These foods typically will not contain a high enough glucosamine and chondroitin level necessary for your pet’s body weight, thus you would need to give additional supplements daily.
Omega 3, 6, 9 supplements (Vetri Science): Omega 3, 6, 9’s can be beneficial to many body systems. They play a role in joint health, immune system function, skin and eye health, cardiovascular and brain health. There are 3 types of important essential fatty acids that your pet can benefit from: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
EPA is key in pet’s with osteoarthritis. It has been shown that EPA can reduce the amount of cartilage degradation. EPA can also help reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
The product we recommend and have had success with is made by Vetri Science. They have the correct formulations and ratios of the fish oils for dogs and cats.
Express Ease (Vetri Science): This tasty treat can help those pets with anal gland issues. The goal of the treat is to aid your pet in the ability to express their anal glands normally and on their own, decreasing the amount of times they need it done manually. It supports fecal volume and healthy anal gland function. Also provides immune, digestive and colonic support.
Vedalax hairball control (Vedco): A gentle preparation which can aid in the elimination and prevention of hairballs. Hairballs accumulate in the digestive tract and can interfere with regular digestion and elimination. We offer the tuna flavor, cats really dig it!
Forbid: used to help stop your pet from stool eating. When ingested, For-Bid travels through the gastrointestinal tract and imparts an unappetizing taste to stool. Upon tasting the stool, they will notice the unpleasantness and should discard it. As this association is reinforced, the stool eating should cease.
Pill Pockets (for dogs and cats) (Greenies): This is our best kept non-secrets to help give pets their medicine! They have built in pouches to hide the pills. They are tasty so they work well for training treats too! These all-natural treats so they are much healthier than using human foods, because they have fewer calories and less fat and sodium. You might also see us giving these out as treats quite often, they are that delicious!
Feliway: Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territoy as safe and secure. By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat’s local environment. This allows cats to be comforted, feel content and reduce stress. You can buy the diffuser and the recharge and then just buy the refill rechargers after. They can be plugged in many areas of the house, wherever your cat likes to hang out most often. You can have them in at all times or if you just want them in during more stressful times. Refill vials typically last for 30 days and one diffuser covers an area up to 700 sq. feet. If you have a multi-story home, you may need more than one diffuser.
Yesterday’s News litter (Purina): Litter made from recycled paper. They are in the shape of a logs instead of pebbles. Recommended for post surgical patients (especially those with open wounds or foot wounds).
Knockout Spray (Virbac): House spray containing pyrethrins and permethrin to kill active flea and tick infestations. Able to kill the adults. Also, contains pyriproxyfen (NYLAR® Insect Growth Regulator) to prevent flea infestations from developing for up to 4 months. One 16 oz can covers 2,100 square feet. Leaves no unpleasant odor or sticky mess and, when used as directed, does not stain furnishings.
- Please follow exact directions on the bottle when using, cannot be in direct contact of pets!
- Don’t forget to treat your pets with the proper flea and tick medications as well.
Pill Gun (Dr. Hansen’s): Used to help aid in administering your pets medications. You can place a capsule or pill in the pill gun and give to those who are not as cooperative as others.
Nail Trimmers (Large Dog Clip, Miller’s Forge… Small Dog/Cat Clippers, JorVet): We prefer to use these type of trimmers. You have better visualization and control when trimming nails. Get your dogs learning early… Start playing with puppies and kittens paws when they are young so nail trims are a breeze as they get older.
Kwik Stop Styptic Powder (ARC Laboratories): This helps to aid in stopping bleeding when you are cutting nails. You place this on the end of the nail that is bleeding and it will cauterize it.
Halti: Helps for dogs that like to pull on walks. Teaches your dog to walk properly and allows you to have more control. Happy walking!
Car Harness (Guardian Gear): keeps your pet secure while the car is in motion. Similar to a car seatbelt for pets.
Allerpet/d: Allerpet For Dogs is formulated specifically to remove dog dander for those persons who are allergic to dogs.
Allerpet/c: Allerpet For Cats is specifically formulated to remove cat dander (Fel d1) for people who are allergic to cats.
Universal Medicated Shampoo (Vetoquinol Care): Helps clean your pets by removing scales and crusts. Includes antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Aloe and Oatmeal Shampoo (Vetoquinol Care): Specially formulated to soothe dry skin for dogs and cats. Its formulation adds essential moisture while providing a deep rich lather that gently cleans the skin without removing natural skin oils.
Groom Aid Spray: Fragranced grooming spray for easy brushing of pet’s coat. Adds luster and sheen to the pet’s coat making it easier to brush while deodorizing at the same time. Can also be used to cover odors if needed.
Waterless Shampoo (Fort Dodge): Waterless Shampoo cleans pet hair without wetting or rinsing. Convenient for those quick cleans or travel.
Ear Cleaning Solution (Vetoquinol): Comprehensive formulation for dogs and cats that cleans, dries, acidifies and deodorizes ears.
Food and Treats
Greenies Cat Dental Treats- Ocean Fish: These dental Treats offer complete nutrition and help your cat maintain good dental care. They have a unique shape and crunchy texture that’s proven to reduce tartar. They have the VOHC seal.
Hill’s Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution Treats: Helps keep your pet full in between meals. Designed with decrease in calories so they support dogs that are trying to lose weight or those who are trying to maintain a healthy weight.
Hill’s Science Diet Treats: These are healthy treats, low in calories, protein, sodium and phosphorus and high in fiber. Can help maintain kidney and heart health and can support those trying to maintain a healthy weight.
Virbac C.E.T. Veggie Dents: Vegetable-based chews that work with a dog’s chewing action to freshen breath, reduce plaque, and decrease tartar formation. Awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance for its ability to protect against tartar build up. These are also low in calories so ideal treat for those trying to maintain a healthy weight.
Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d (regular or small bit dog, cat): This diet has been clinically proven nutrition to reduce plaque, stain, and tartar buildup. This diet is unique in the dental properties contained in the kibble. It also has a unique shape and size to help fight against dental disease. The kibble has a fiber matrix which allows the food to be more abrasive and stick to the tartar better, allowing it to be more effective. This can be fed lifelong as a maintenance diet, can be mixed in with their regular diet or given as treats!
Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Advantage: This is a non-prescription food with all the science of a prescription diet. You can only find it through your veterinarian. They have it for both dogs and cats. There are puppy, large breed puppy, dog adult, dog large breed adult, kitten and adult cat.
Immunity: supports immune system with antioxidants
Weight Management: balanced nutrition and quality proteins to give your pet their ideal weight. Allows for optimal growth and development.
Skin and Coat Health: Omega fatty acids provide skin cells and hair follicles nutrients to rejuvenate skin.
Bladder Health: Appropriate mineral balance.
Mobility Health: enhanced with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to provide healthy joints and cartilage.
Healthy Digestion: High quality and digestible ingredients to help maximize absorption of nutrients.
Oral Health: Technology to help clean teeth and reduce plaque and tartar buildup.
Hill’s Science Diet Hypo-Treats: Treats for dogs with food sensitivities and skin conditions. They are made with hydrolyzed proteins to reduce the likelihood of a reaction. There is an increased omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, including EPA, to help to nourish the skin and coat. It also has added antioxidants to help support skin barrier function.
Dental toothbrushes (Pro Dental): Features a long handle with reverse angles to allow easy application. Tapered end conforms to pet’s mouth and teeth. Dual-ended for large and small tooth surfaces. Soft bristles ensure a gentle use and tolerance.
Dental finger toothbrushes (Pro Dental): Toothbrush fits over your finger to allow you remove plaque from the tooth’s surface.
Dental toothpaste (poultry and vanilla mint) (Virbac): Enzymatic toothpaste formulated for dogs and cats to provide natural antibacterial action and to inhibit the formation of plaque. Also helps eliminate mouth odors. These are specially made for pets, so if swallowed will not harm them. Since the toothpaste is enzymatic, it will begin to work as soon as it comes into contact with the tooth. It will continue to work until it has been completely licked away.
A prescription diet is specifically formulated for a pet with a medical condition. These foods have been thoroughly researched and tested to clinically help your pet. Prescription diets have been prescribed to your pet by a veterinary because of a specific medical condition, and their purpose to help aid in that condition. Over the counter food often have the building blocks of what is contained in a prescription diet, so in most cases they may help for some time or take the edge off, but for better control of a condition a prescription diet will help. To get more information about a food and to see if a prescription diet would be appropriate for your pet please call the clinic to speak with one our veterinarians.
Prescription Diets Include:
Adverse Reactions to Food and Inflammatory Skin Conditions:
Hill’s z/d, Hill’s d/d, Purina HA, Royal Canin hydrolyzed protein, Royal Canin selected protein, Royal Canin anallergenic
Hill’s j/d, Royal Canin JS
Hill’s h/d, Hill’s k/d, Hill’s g/d, Royal Canin early cardiac
Hill’s w/d, Hill’s r/d, Royal Canin Diabetes, Purina DM (cats)
Hill’s i/d, Hill’s i/d low fat, Hill’s z/d, Hill’s d/d, Hill’s w/d, Purina EN, Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Fiber Response, Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein, Royal Canin Selected Protein, Royal Canin Gastrointestinal high energy, Royal Canin gastrointestinal moderate calorie
Hepatic (Liver) Disorders:
Hill’s L/d, Royal Canin hepatic
Hill’s k/d, Hill’s g/d, Hill’s u/d, Purina NF, Royal Canin LP
Hill’s Metabolic, Hill’s r/d, Hil’s w/d, Purina OM, Royal Canin Satiety
Recovery and Cancer Problems:
Hill’s a/d, Hill’s n/d, Hill’s i/d, Hill’s i/d low fat
Hill’s c/d, Hill’s s/d, Hill’s u/d, Hill’s w/d, Royal Canin SO
* Please call ahead to ensure prescription diets are in stock