Do I need to supplement my cat’s diet?
Ideally, cats would get all the nutrition they need from the food they eat. If your cat is perfectly healthy and eating a sufficient diet, it most likely does. However, there are times when cats can benefit from a boost to their diet.
If your cat’s coat has lost its shine, it may be due to a lack of what are known as essential fatty acids. As the name suggests, these are vital to a healthy diet. Often called “good fats” in a human diet, essential fatty acids are nutrients found in fish and plants that your cat cannot produce itself. Essential fatty acids can help your cat maintain a healthy skin and coat.
If your cat is recovering from illness or surgery, a special diet that replenishes vital nutrients may be needed to help your cat return to good health. Also, a cat that is constipated may benefit from a fiber supplement.
Below are some nutritional products that Virbac has developed for instances when it’s necessary to supplement your cat’s diet. If you have questions about any of these products, be sure to talk with your veterinarian. As with any product you use on your pet, always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.
ALLERDERM EFA-CAPS® Essential Fatty Acid Gel Caps
These flavored gel caps combine omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids with vitamins A, D, and E. Great tasting vanilla flavor.
What is the flavor of ALLERDERM EFA-CAPS® Fatty Acid Gel Caps?
They are flavored with an artificial vanilla flavoring.
How much EPA and DHA are in one capsule of ALLERDERM EFA-CAPS Fatty Acid Gel Caps?
There is 80 mg of EPA and 50 mg of DHA per capsule.
How much EPA and DHA are in one capsule of ALLERDERM EFA-CAPS® HP Fatty Acid Gel Caps?
There is 120 mg of EPA per capsule and 80 mg of DHA per capsule.
My pet is 9 lbs. How do I give ALLERDERM EFA-CAPS® Fatty Acid Gel Caps when the label states “1 capsule per 25 lbs”?
For a 9 lb. dog or cat, 1 capsule should be administered or as directed by your veterinarian. For pets 26-50 lbs., 2 capsules should be administered and so on. Virbac also manufactures two additional liquid fatty acid supplements which can be dosed for dogs and cats less than 25 lbs.: EFA-Z PLUS® Fatty Acid Liquid and OMEGADERM® Fatty Acid Packets.
ALLERDERM® EFA-Z PLUS® Essential Fatty Acid Liquid
Specially formulated liquid that contains fatty acids; vitamins A, D, and E; and zinc, in a natural flavor.
What is the source of the fish oil in EFA-Z PLUS® Fatty Acid Liquid?
The fish oil is made from sardines and anchovies.
How many mL are in one pump of EFA-Z PLUS® Fatty Acid Liquid?
There is 1.75 mL per pump.
OMEGADERM® EZ-Dose Packets
Unique veterinary formulation that delivers high levels of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Can enhance natural organic defenses, restore skin integrity, and improve hair coat quality.
How many calories are in one OMEGADERM® Fatty Acid Packets?
The Small size contains 30 Kcalories per 4 mL packet. The Large size contains 60 Kcalories per 8 mL packet.
How much EPA and DHA are in one OMEGADERM Packet?
The Small size contains 179.2 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA per packet, and the Large size contains 358.4 mg EPA and 240 mg DHA per packet.
REBOUND® Liquid Diet
Helps cats in recovery return to better health by providing complete, fortified, and balanced nutrition. Poultry flavored and lactose-free.
How many calories are in REBOUND® Liquid Diet?
There are 200 Kcalories per 8 fluid ounces (237 mL) or 0.84 Kcalories per mL.
How long can I use REBOUND Liquid Diet once opened?
After opening, REBOUND Liquid Diet must be refrigerated. Please discard 14 days after opening.
What are the indications for use of REBOUND Liquid Diet?
REBOUND Liquid Diet is a ready-to-use, highly palatable liquid diet that provides compromised patients with the critical ingredients they need when nutrition is a vital component in patient recovery. It's complete, fortified and balanced nutrition ideal for critical care, debilitated, and recovering canine and feline patients.
REBOUND® OES Oral Electrolyte Solution
Fights dehydration caused by intestinal problems, surgery, or physical activity. Provides the right balance of fluids, electrolytes, and minerals.
How many calories are in REBOUND® OES Oral Electrolyte Solution?
There are 60 Kcalories per 8 fluid ounces (237 mL) or 0.25 Kcalories per mL.
How long can I use REBOUND OES Solution once opened?
After opening, REBOUND OES Solution must be refrigerated. Please discard 14 days after opening.
What are the indications for use of REBOUND OES Solution?
REBOUND OES Solution is a highly palatable, ready-to-use oral electrolyte and fluid replacement that is designed to be given free-choice and rapidly absorbed. REBOUND OES Solution aids to help fight dehydration associated with gastrointestinal distress, physical exertion, and other situations that would lead to general dehydration.
VETASYL™ Fiber Capsules
A natural fiber supplement that helps relieve constipation. Contains no salts or sugars.
What is the fiber source for VETASYL™ Fiber Capsules?
Psyllium husks are the source of fiber.
Is the fiber in VETASYL Capsules soluble or insoluble?
The fiber is soluble.
How many calories are in one capsule of VETASYL Capsules?
Each capsule contains 1.8 Kcalories.
If you have questions about any of these products or specific concerns about your pet’s health, print out our Checkup Checklist and contact your veterinarian.