Why doesn’t my dog seem like himself?
Just like people, dogs have glands and hormones that control a number of bodily functions. One very important gland is the thyroid gland, which is located under the skin at the center of the neck. Among the many jobs of the thyroid gland is metabolic regulation. Dogs with hypothyroidism don’t produce enough thyroid hormone. As a result, they may lose their hair and become lethargic and overweight.
Another important gland is the pancreas. As part of the digestive system, the pancreas produces enzymes that help break down food. Disease affecting a dog’s pancreas can prevent the gland from producing these necessary enzymes. As a result, the dog’s body is unable to digest food and absorb the nutrients it needs.
Below are some products that Virbac has developed to support thyroid and pancreatic conditions in dogs. If you have questions about any of these conditions, be sure to talk with your veterinarian. Always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.
PANCREZYME® Powder and Tablets
Used as a digestive aid in dogs that do not adequately break down protein, carbohydrates, and fat because of an insufficiency of enzymes produced by the pancreas. Available in powder and tablet form.
Is it difficult to give an enzyme supplement to pets?
As indicated on the package, PANCREZYME Tablets are administered before each meal. PANCREZME Powder is added to moistened food (canned or kibble), and mixed thoroughly before feeding - never sprinkle directly onto dry kibble. Let stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before feeding.
How long will my pet need to stay on enzyme replacement therapy?
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is an irreversible condition with no currently known cure, so lifelong intake is usually necessary. The outlook is positive for pets that receive enzyme replacement therapy to manage weight loss and regain their well-being.
Are there other ways to help a pet with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)?
The primary way to help with EPI is to supplement meals with enzyme preparations. If your pet has EPI, he or she also has very special dietary needs. Even with appropriate enzyme therapy, the ability to absorb fat may not return to normal, and your pet may initially need to be fed about 20 percent more than the average daily requirements. Ask your veterinarian to recommend the most appropriate diet and vitamins, along with specific amounts to feed daily for ideal body weight.
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.