The Best Veterinary Breakthroughs of 2007

Buprenorphine is underused and works incredibly well in cats. In addition, you can use meloxicam in cats with proper monitoring of kidney function. For arthritis, Adequan can be used with other products and environmental management.

Click here for more information of pain management guidelines for your pet from the American Animal Hospital Association.

Genetics Test

Mars Veterinary's Wisdom Panel MX Mixed Breed Test for dogs is a breakthrough product that helps answer one of the most frequently asked questions by pet owners and veterinarians: "What's my dog?"

The DNA-based test, the most comprehensive on the market, identifies more than 130 breeds that may be present in a mixed breed dog, representing 99 percent of dogs registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC). But in addition to satisfying curiosity, it helps veterinarians work with pet owners to create health care plans (behavioral training, preventive health care, disease surveillance) specifically tailored to the unique needs of individual pets to help them live longer, happier, fuller lives.

Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Health

Most pet owners face diarrhea issues with their dogs and cats. Rather than just stopping the diarrhea, veterinarians are increasingly using probiotics to stop diarrhea and maintain good intestinal balance that leads to better health.

Purina's Fortiflora brand Canine and Feline Supplements are dry products, sprinkled on a pet's food once a day. Fortiflora contains probiotic microorganisms that are microencapsulated to protect them and make sure they travel through the stomach and into the small intestine where they do the most good.

Studies have shown that probiotics can help promote a normal balance of good and bad bacteria that live in the intestines. Microflora balance can be altered by health issues, stress associated with boarding and traveling, diet changes, and the use of medications, such as antibiotics. When microflora levels are not in balance, diarrhea or loose stools can occur. FortiFlora contains probiotic microorganisms -- proven to promote normal intestinal health and microflora balance in dogs and cats of all ages.

Neutraceuticals to Help Prevent and Treat Arthritis

Rejuvenate from Hannah Pharmaceuticals is an easy-to-give liver-flavored chewable tablet providing glucosamine, chondroitin, green-lipped mussel and hyaluronic acid balanced with omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants to help maintain healthy canine joint function and connective tissue.

Healthy joints are not only important in the ability and willingness of dogs to perform well, but also for comfort in walking, climbing and just getting up and down. Joints consist of a joint cavity filled with synovial fluid that serves both as a lubricant and source of nutrition, a joint membrane and articular cartilage that acts as a shock absorber.

These components are continually being "rebuilt" to maintain strength and resilience. If any of the building blocks of these components are not available in adequate amounts, stiffness and soreness results — conditions commonly seen in large breeds and active or elderly dogs.

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