The Best Veterinary Breakthroughs of 2007

Profender, from Bayer, is the first and only topical feline de-wormer that treats and controls ascarids (roundworms), hookworms and tapeworms. Profender combines powerful, broad-spectrum coverage of intestinal worms with the ease and convenience of a single dose treatment. No more struggling cats, no more stressed-out or injured owners, and above all, no more worms.

New Drug for Weight Loss

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Slentrol from Pfizer for the safe and effective management of canine obesity, making it the first and only veterinary-approved obesity drug for dogs in the United States.

About 50 percent of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese, and obesity is an important medical condition that puts pets at increased risk for heart disease, joint problems, skin disease, even cancer. Slentrol offers another option in weight management in dogs by giving veterinarians a tool when diet modification and increased exercise are difficult to implement successfully.

Slentrol decreases a dog's appetite, thereby reducing food intake. Slentrol is given once a day as an oral solution either directly in the mouth or with a small amount of food; the duration of treatment depends on how much weight needs to be lost.

New Breed Specific Food

Royal Canin and Iams are now making food for specific breeds of dogs and cats. At Royal Canin the details of each dog breed's unique physiology impact the formula for every one of their breed-specific diets. Not just protein, fat and nutrient levels, but kibble shape, kibble texture and more.

There are now breed-specific foods for boxers, bulldogs, Chihuahuas, dachshund, German shepherds, Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, poodles, Shih Tzus and Yorkshire terriers.

For example, Golden Retriever 25, launched in October 2007, supports and protects the health and longevity of adult and mature Golden retriever dogs. Sensitive skin, a tendency to gain weight and cardiac disease are three common problems cited by owners and veterinarians.

Golden Retriever 25 addresses each of these factors through a combination of nutrients such as borage and anchovy oils, vitamin B and sulfur amino acids for healthy skin and coat and L-carnitine for optimal function of the cardiac muscle. A larger, less dense kibble encourages slower food intake and results in greater satiety. Click here to visit Royal Canin's Web site.

Whole Meals

Meal time is the most enjoyable part of a pet's day, yet, most consumer canine food products are based on human behavior of putting food in a bowl for a dog to consume. Appeal to your dogs "inner wolf," and let biology trump the bowl.

Rather than feeding your dog dry kibble or canned dog food, you feed a biometrically designed, single-piece meal from WholeMeals Brand Food for Dogs (a bone shaped in four different sizes, that has a chewy exterior and a dense, meaty interior) that not only meets a dog's nutritional needs; it also addresses a dog's physiology, instincts and enjoyment.

Dogs fed an exclusive diet of WholeMeals over the course of four weeks had a 43 percent reduction in plaque accumulation and an 83 percent reduction on tartar buildup. When you go back to periodontal stats under #2, think of this as "edible toothbrushes."

New Pain Medications for Cats

Most people don't know cats can get arthritis or that there are powerful medications that can help treat pain in cats.

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