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This page lists answers to often asked questions about our products. We invite you look through these questions for quick answers. We have organized the questions into categories for easy access.

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General Questions

Can MOVOFLEX™ Soft Chews be given to dogs of any size?

MOVOFLEX™ Soft Chews are available in 3 sizes:

Small-sized dogs up to 40 lb (< 18 kg)
Medium-sized dogs >40–80 lb (> 18–36 kg)
Large-sized dogs over 80 lb (> 36 kg)

MOVOFLEX™ Soft Chews are packaged in jars containing 60 soft chews.

How often do I give my dog MOVOFLEX™ Soft Chews?

MOVOFLEX™ Soft Chews should be administered once daily and can be given during or after a meal.

My dog is prone to developing urinary bladder stones. Can I give him C.E.T.® HEXTRA® Premium Chews for Dogs? 

Many underlying factors can contribute to the formation of urinary crystals and stones. Diet plays a significant role, and feeding diets high in protein can promote the development of crystals and stones in the urinary bladder.1 

Since rawhide chews are high in protein, doctors from the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Urolith Center do not recommend feeding them to dogs with urinary bladder crystals or stones.2  Additionally, Virbac has no safety studies for use of C.E.T. HEXTRA Premium Chews in dogs with urinary bladder stones or crystals. 

Daily brushing is the best way to protect your dog’s dental health and may be another option for your dog. Virbac manufactures several flavors of toothpastes along with toothbrushes of various kinds for dogs and cats. Although Virbac has no safety studies for use of these toothpastes in dogs with urinary stones or crystals, dogs ingest very little toothpaste to pose a problem when used according to label directions.2

As always, your veterinarian is the best source of information regarding the health and well-being of your dog.   

  1. Osborne CA, Lulich JP, Kruger JM, Ulrich LK, Koehler LA Analysis of 451,891 canine uroliths, feline uroliths and feline urethral plugs from 1981 to 2007: perspectives from the Minnesota Urolith Center. Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice. 2009; 39:183.
  2. Koehler LA, Osborne CA, Lullich JP, Behnke R Canine Uroliths: Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers. Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice. 2008; 39: 161-181.

My dog is prone to developing urinary bladder stones.  Can I give him C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs?

Many underlying factors can contribute to the formation of urinary crystals and stones.  Diet plays a significant role, and feeding diets high in protein can promote the development of crystals and stones in the urinary bladder.1 

Since rawhide chews are high in protein, doctors from the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Urolith Center do not recommend feeding them to dogs with urinary bladder crystals or stones.2  Additionally, Virbac has no safety studies for use of C.E.T.  Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews in dogs with urinary bladder stones or crystals. 

Daily brushing is the best way to protect your dog’s dental health and may be another option for your dog.  Virbac manufactures several flavors of toothpastes along with toothbrushes of various kinds for dogs and cats.  Although Virbac has no safety studies for use of these toothpastes in dogs with urinary stones or crystals, dogs ingest very little toothpaste to pose a problem when used according to label directions.2

As always, your veterinarian is the best source of information regarding the health and well-being of your dog.   

  1. Osborne CA, Lulich JP, Kruger JM, Ulrich LK, Koehler LA Analysis of 451,891 canine uroliths, feline uroliths and feline urethral plugs from 1981 to 2007: perspectives from the Minnesota Urolith Center. Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice. 2009; 39:183.
  2. Koehler LA, Osborne CA, Lullich JP, Behnke R Canine Uroliths: Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers. Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice. 2008; 39: 161-181.

Where can I purchase C.E.T.® brand of products?

Virbac's C.E.T. Brand of products are sold only through your local veterinarian office.

Are Virbac products offered in a retail store?

Virbac products are only available through your local veterinarian. 

Behavior

What is the flavoring/protein source for ANXITANE® (L-Theanine) Chewable Tablets?

ANXITANE Tablets are flavored with chicken liver.

Can ANXITANE Tablets be given with other medications?

ANXITANE Tablets can be given for the life of your pet, as well as with other medications.

Can ANXITANE Tablets be used for separation anxiety?

ANXITANE Tablets promote relaxation in pets exhibiting nervousness, anxiety, or responding to environmentally-induced stress.  It is not intended for use in animals with severe phobias, separation anxiety, or in animals with a known history of aggression.  

Can I break or crush NOVIFIT® (NoviSAMe®) Tablets?

The tablets are not to be split or crushed.  The enteric coating on the tablets provides protection from the effects of stomach acid when digested thus enhancing absorption as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract.

How soon should I see results in my pet after starting NOVIFIT Tablets?

Allow 60 days to see optimal results. If patient improves, NOVIFIT Tablets are intended for the lifetime of the patient.

Can I use NOVIFIT Tablets to support liver function?

NOVIFIT Tablets are recommended for aging dogs and cats to help improve their level of activity and awareness. NOVIFIT Tablets are a highly pure and stable form of SAMe presented in an enteric-coated tablet. In addition, NOVIFIT Tablets may also support liver function as SAMe has been shown to increase hepatic glutathione levels in cats and dogs1.

  1. Center SA, Warner K, Hoffman WE, et al. “Evaluation of the influence of S-adenosylmethionine on systemic and hepatic effects of prednisolone in dogs.” AJVR 66.2 (2005): 330-341.

Can NOVIFIT Tablets be used with drugs?

Use caution when using any SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine) based products with any SSRI (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor) drugs

Ear

Is there an age restriction for EASOTIC® (hydrocortisone aceponate, miconazole nitrate, gentamycin sulfate) Otic Suspension?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for EASOTIC Suspension.

My vet prescribed EASOTIC Suspension for my dog. How do I properly administer it?  Please provide instructions.

1. Shake the canister vigorously for at least 30 seconds.  The ball bearings inside the canister help ensure the contents are thoroughly mixed. 

2. Remove the clear cap and prime the canister by firmly pressing down on the pump 2-3 times until the suspension fills the clear nozzle.  Prime the canister only before the first use.  Now you are ready to administer treatment.

3. Insert the nozzle into your dog’s ear canal and firmly press down on the pump 1 time to deliver the full 1-mL dose.*  It may help to massage the medication into your dog’s ear.  Wipe the nozzle clear of debris, replace the cap, and store upright.

* Follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding dosing. 

Also see Dog Owner Administration Sheet (PDF)

Can I use EASOTIC Suspension for more than 5 days?

EASOTIC Suspension is labeled for 1 pump in the infected ear(s) once per day for 5 days.

What precautions should I consider with use of EASOTIC Suspension?

EASOTIC Suspension is contraindicated in dogs with known or suspected hypersensitivity to corticosteroids, imidazole antifungals, or aminoglycoside antibiotics. Do not use in dogs with known tympanic membrane (ear drum) perforation. The safe use of EASOTIC Suspension in dogs used for breeding purposes, during pregnancy, or in lactating bitches has not been evaluated.  For otic (ear) use in dogs only. Do not administer orally.  Not for use in humans.  Humans with known or suspected hypersensitivity to hydrocortisone, aminoglycoside antibiotics, or azole antifungals should not handle this product.  For complete product information refer to the product insert.

How should EASOTIC Suspension be stored properly?

Store canister upright at room temperature between 68° F - 77° F.

Can I use EASOTIC Suspension on a cat?

EASOTIC Suspension is labeled for use on dogs only.

Why should I use EPI-OTIC® Advanced Ear Cleanser?

EPI-OTIC Advanced Ear Cleanser is a non-irritating cleanser, has a neutral pH, as well as an exclusive anti-odor technology that neutralizes the unpleasant odors commonly found in otitis externa cases.  It features innovative glycotechnology that inhibits yeast from adhering to the skin inside of the ears, and helps reduce the inflammatory response.

Fleas, Ticks and Worms

Heartworm Prevention

What are the labeled indications for IVERHART MAX Tablets?

IVERHART MAX Tablets prevent canine heartworm disease by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae (Dirofilaria immitis) for a month (30 days) after infection and for the treatment and control of roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, Uncinaria stenocephala, Ancylostoma braziliense), and tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum, Taenia pisiformis).

For use in dogs only.  All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Use with caution in sick, debilitated, or underweight animals and dogs weighing less than 10 lbs. The safe use of this drug has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating bitches. Adverse reactions following the use of ivermectin include: Depression/lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, mydriasis, ataxia, staggering, convulsions and hypersalivation.  For complete product information refer to the product insert.

My dog is allergic to certain proteins.  Can my dog take IVERHART MAX Tablets?

IVERHART MAX Tablets contain an artificial beef flavoring made from pork liver powder.  If your dog has an allergy to pork, consult with your veterinarian before use.

Does an IVERHART MAX Tablet need to be chewed by a dog for it to be effective?

IVERHART MAX Tablets can be offered to the dog by hand or be added intact to a small amount of dog food.  Care should be taken that the dog consumes the complete dose, and the dog should be observed for a few minutes after administration to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or rejected. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost, redosing is recommended.

At what age can my dog start IVERHART MAX Tablets?

It is labeled for dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older.

Can a pregnant or lactating dog consume IVERHART MAX Tablets?

The safe use of this drug has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating dogs.

What is the flavoring in IVERHART PLUS® (ivermectin/pyrantel) Flavored Chewables?

It is flavored with pork liver powder.

What are the labeled indications for IVERHART PLUS Chewables?

IVERHART PLUS Chewables prevent canine heartworm disease by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae (Dirofilaria immitis) for a month (30 days) after infection and for the treatment and control of roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina) and hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, Uncinaria stenocephala, Ancylostoma braziliense).

For oral use in dogs only. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. In clinical trials with ivermectin/pyrantel, vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours of dosing was rarely observed. Adverse reactions following the use of ivermectin include: Depression/lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, mydriasis, ataxia, staggering, convulsions and hypersalivation. For complete product information refer to the product insert.

At what age can my dog start IVERHART PLUS Chewables?

IVERHART PLUS Flavored Chewables are recommended for dogs 6 weeks of age and older. 

Can a pregnant or lactating dog consume IVERHART PLUS Chewables?

Ivermectin/pyrantel has shown a wide margin of safety at the recommended dose level in dogs, including pregnant or breeding bitches. 

Does an IVERHART PLUS Chewable need to be chewed by a dog for it to be effective?

IVERHART PLUS Chewables can be offered to the dog by hand or be added intact to a small amount of dog food. Care should be taken that the dog consumes the complete dose, and the dog should be observed for a few minutes after administration to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or rejected. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost, redosing is recommended.

What adverse reactions may be observed with use of IVERHART PLUS Chewables?

In clinical trials with ivermectin/pyrantel, vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours of dosing was rarely observed. Adverse reactions following the use of ivermectin include: Depression/lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, mydriasis, ataxia, staggering, convulsions and hypersalivation.

Worm Infections

Can VIRBANTEL® (pyrantel pamoate/praziquantel) Flavored Chewables be given to cats?

VIRBANTEL Chewables are labeled for use in dogs only. Virbac does not have any safety or efficacy studies for use in cats.

Does one dose of VIRBANTEL Chewables eliminate all stages of intestinal parasites it is labeled for?

VIRBANTEL Chewables treat and control the adult stages of roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, Uncinaria stenocephala, Ancylostoma braziliense), and tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum, Taenia pisiformis).

For use in puppies and dogs 12 weeks of age or older. Do not use in sick animals. Vomiting, loose stools (with or without blood), and decreased activity have been reported with use. Safety in breeding dogs and pregnant bitches has not been evaluated. For complete product information refer to the product label.

What age is VIRBANTEL Chewables labeled for?

The product is labeled for use in dogs 12 weeks or older.

For use in puppies and dogs 12 weeks of age or older. Do not use in sick animals.  Vomiting, loose stools (with or without blood), and decreased activity have been reported with use. Safety in breeding dogs and pregnant bitches has not been evaluated. For complete product information refer to the product label.

Hormones and Digestion

What is the fiber source for VETASYL™ Fiber Capsules?

Psyllium husks are the source of fiber.

How many calories are in one capsule of VETASYL Capsules?

Each capsule contains 1.8 Kcalories.

Is the fiber in VETASYL Capsules soluble or insoluble?

The fiber is soluble.

Infections

Can BIOMOX® (amoxicillin) Tablets be used for cats?

BIOMOX Tablets are labeled for use in dogs only.  Virbac has not conducted any safety or efficacy studies for this product on cats. 

What is the flavor of BIOMOX Suspension?

It is an artificial cherry flavor.

Can BIOMOX® (amoxicillin) Suspension be used for cats?

BIOMOX Suspension is labeled for use in dogs only.  Virbac has not conducted any safety or efficacy studies for this product on cats. 

Nutrition

What is the recommended daily amount of ALLERDERM EFA-CAPS® HP Fatty Acid Gel Caps?

The recommended daily amount is 1 capsule per 50-100 lbs. of body weight or as directed by your veterinarian.

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.

What is the flavor of ALLERDERM EFA-CAPS HP Gel Caps?

They are flavored with an artificial vanilla flavoring.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Skin

Why can’t I use my own shampoo to bathe my dog?

Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Jocelyn Wellington, answers this question best: “When a shampoo formulated for human hair is used repeatedly on a dog, it can alter the dog’s skin pH.  This change in pH can favor overgrowth of bacteria and yeast, then can increase the risk of skin infections.  Also, made-for-human shampoos can remove important natural oils from dog skin resulting in dry scales and, in some cases, scratching.”  ALLERGROOM® Shampoo is pH balanced appropriately for your dog’s or cat’s skin.

How many mL are in one pump of EFA-Z PLUS® Fatty Acid Liquid?

There is 1.75 mL per pump.

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 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.

Skin Allergies

Can I use EPI-SOOTHE® Shampoo on a pregnant or lactating animal?

Virbac does not have any safety studies on the use of this shampoo on pregnant or lactating pets. 

How long do I leave EPI-SOOTHE Cream Rinse on my pet before washing it off?

Leave the product on for 5-10 minutes, then lightly rinse.

Can I use CORTISOOTHE® Shampoo past its expiration date?

We do not suggest using any product past its expiration date.

What is the fragrance of CORTISOOTHE Shampoo?

CORTISOOTHE Shampoo has a pleasant green apple scent.

Does CORTISOOTHE® Shampoo have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for use of CORTISOOTHE Shampoo.

What are the indications for GENESIS® Topical Spray?

GENESIS Topical Spray is indicated for the control of pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis in dogs.  It does not contain antibiotics and is dye and fragrance free.

For use on dogs only. The use of this product in dogs less than eight pounds, less than one year of age, breeding, pregnant, or lactating has not been evaluated. In a field study with GENESIS Topical Spray, the following was reported in dogs receiving treatment: polyuria (5.3%), polyphagia (1.8%), aversion/discomfort, sneezing and watery eyes (<3.6%). For complete product information refer to the product insert.

Why do I need to wear gloves while applying GENESIS Topical Spray?

Please wear gloves when applying GENESIS Topical Spray.  As with any topical steroid, there can be some absorption if the product comes in direct contact with the skin.

What other precautions should I be aware of when using GENESIS Topical Spray?

GENESIS Topical Spray is for use on dogs only.  The use of this product in dogs less than eight pounds, less than one year of age, breeding, pregnant, or lactating has not been evaluated.  In a field study with GENESIS Topical Spray, the following was reported in dogs receiving treatment: polyuria (5.3%), polyphagia (1.8%), aversion/discomfort, sneezing and watery eyes (<3.6%).  For complete product information refer to the product insert.

After the 28-day cycle is completed, can I still use GENESIS Topical Spray once in a while?

After the 28-day cycle is complete, please consult with your veterinarian to determine the next course of action for your dog.

I am pregnant. Is it safe for me to spray my dog with GENESIS Topical Spray

Pregnant women should not handle GENESIS Topical Spray.

Can KETOCHLOR® Shampoo be used on a pregnant or lactating animal?

Virbac does not have any safety studies for use of KETOCHLOR Shampoo on pregnant or lactating animals.

Does KETOCHLOR Shampoo have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for use of KETOCHLOR Shampoo.

Skin Infections

What is the flavoring of RILEXINE® (cephalexin) Chewable Tablets?

The RILEXINE Tablets are flavored with a natural poultry-liver base.

Can RILEXINE Tablets be used with cats?

RILEXINE Tablets are labeled for use in dogs only. 

Does DERMACOOL® HC Spray contain Witch Hazel?

The product contains Hamamelis extract which is commonly known as Witch Hazel.

Does DERMACOOL HC Spray contain alcohol?

Yes, DERMACOOL HC Spray contains alcohol.

Can KERATOLUX® Shampoo be used on a pregnant or lactating animal?

Virbac does not have any safety studies for use of KERATOLUX Shampoo on pregnant or lactating animals.

Does KERATOLUX Shampoo have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for use of KERATOLUX Shampoo.

Does RESI KETOCHLOR® Leave-on Lotion have any age restrictions?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for RESI KETOCHLOR Leave-on Lotion.

Teeth and Mouth

Can CLINTABS® (clindamycin hydrochloride) Tablets be given to cats?

All studies conducted as a part of the FDA approval process for CLINTABS Tablets were performed on dogs only.

Contraindicated in animals with a history of hypersensitivity to clindamycin or lincomycin. Do not use in rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, chinchillas or ruminating animals. Keep out of reach of children. Not for human use. Use with caution in patients with very severe kidney or liver disease and in animals receiving neuromuscular blocking agents such as succinylcholine. Safety in pregnant females or breeding males has not been established. Treatment of acute infections should not be continued for more than three or four days if no response to therapy is seen. Monitor bloodwork in animals on either high dose or prolonged therapy. Side effects occasionally observed include vomiting and diarrhea. For complete product information refer to the product insert.

Does CLINSOL® (clindamycin hydrochloride) Liquid need to be refrigerated?

CLINSOL Liquid needs to be stored at controlled room temperature (68° to 77° F).

Is there flavoring in CLINSOL Liquid?

There is no flavoring in CLINSOL Liquid.

Where is the expiration date located on CLINSOL Liquid?

The expiration date can be found on the bottom of the box and on the label affixed to the bottle.

Chews

What is the protein source for C.E.T.® HEXTRA® Chews for Dogs?

The chews contain both beef and poultry proteins.

What is the difference between C.E.T. HEXTRA Chews and C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs?

C.E.T. HEXTRA Premium Chews are made using the unique and proprietary binding-releasing system to ensure maximal release of chlorhexidine, which helps reduce plaque and calculus. The chlorhexidine is released into the oral cavity during chewing and may be released for up to 24 hours, providing sustained antimicrobial action.1,2  C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews feature an exclusive Dual-Enzyme System that produces a natural antiseptic plus a coarse texture that works with the dog’s chewing action to reduce plaque and calculus. 

  1. Pader, Morton. Oral Hygiene Products and Practice. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1988.
  2. Bonesvoll, P “Oral Pharmacology of Chlorhexidine.” Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 4.5(1977): 49-65.

How many calories are in C.E.T. HEXTRA Chews?

The calorie content varies depending on the size of each chew. 

Petite: 29 KCalories, Medium: 30 KCalories, Large: 63 KCalories and Extra Large: 86 KCalories

Where do the hides come from to make C.E.T. HEXTRA Chews?

The hides used to make our rawhide chews come from North American cattle.

Where do the hides come from to make C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews?

The hides used to make our rawhide chews come from North American cattle.

How many calories are in C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews?

The calorie content varies depending on the size of each chew. 

Petite: 27 KCalories, Medium: 31 KCalories, Large: 65KCalories and Extra Large: 89 KCalories

What is the protein source for C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews?

The chews contain both beef and poultry proteins.

What is the difference between C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews and C.E.T.® HEXTRA® Premium Chews for Dogs?

C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews feature an exclusive Dual-Enzyme System that produces a natural antiseptic plus a coarse texture that works with the dog’s chewing   action to reduce plaque and calculus. C.E.T. HEXTRA Premium Chews are made using    the unique and proprietary binding-releasing system to ensure maximal release of chlorhexidine, which helps reduce plaque and calculus. The chlorhexidine is released into the oral cavity during chewing and may be released for up to 24 hours, providing sustained antimicrobial action.1,2

  1. Pader, Morton. Oral Hygiene Products and Practice. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1988.
  2. Bonesvoll, P “Oral Pharmacology of Chlorhexidine.” Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 4.5(1977): 49-65.

Are C.E.T.® VEGGIEDENT® Tartar Control Chews for Dogs hypoallergenic?

C.E.T. VEGGIEDENT Chews are vegetable based chews and do not contain any animal proteins.  C.E.T. VEGGIEDENT Chews do contain grain proteins.

How many calories are in C.E.T. VEGGIEDENT Chews?

The calorie content varies on the size of the chew: Small: 85 KCalories; Regular: 119 KCalories.

Rinses and Water Additives

Can C.E.T.® AQUADENT® Water Additive be used with other dental products?

Yes, C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive is formulated by veterinary dental specialists to help freshen your pet’s breath and maintain oral health.  It can be used in conjunction with a regular home dental care program.

Can C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive be used for cats and dogs with a history of crystals or bladder stones?

We do not know how C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive will affect urine pH. We do not have studies with the use of C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive in crystal/stone disease.

Is the xylitol contained in C.E.T. AQUADENT® Drinking Water Additive safe for dogs or cats?

Xylitol is included in C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive because of its significant benefits in oral health. Research shows that xylitol, a five-carbon sugar alcohol, has an antibacterial effect on oral bacteria, anti-adhesive properties against dental plaque, as well as anti-calculus forming properties in both dogs and cats.1

Virbac has received questions like yours involving a mistaken association of C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive and the toxicity of xylitol in dogs. Frequently, these reports have misinterpreted the ASPCA’s information on the subject. It should be noted that as an animal health company committed to the health and well-being of animals, Virbac supports the ASPCA’s campaign to educate pet owners about the dangers of xylitol contained in common human products such as gum, candy, and sugar replacement products. For example, only one piece of chewing gum can contain as much as 1,000 mg of xylitol. This amount of xylitol may be toxic to a 22 lb. (10 kg) dog. 

It should also be noted that C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive has been specifically formulated for use in dogs and cats with a safe level of xylitol when used according to label directions. In fact, Dr. Eric Dunayer, formerly of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), board certified by the American Board of Toxicology, Inc. (DABT) and having a special interest in xylitol toxicosis, specifically states in a risk assessment paper written about C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive:

“Based on published studies of xylitol toxicity in dogs and the APCC’s experience, proper use of this product (according to label directions) should not present a risk of hypoglycemia in dogs. In addition, no significant hepatic toxicity would be expected either.”2

Because xylitol is rapidly metabolized, accumulation in the body does not occur from one consumption episode to the next. To illustrate further, that same 22 lb. dog mentioned in the example above, would need to consume 5 gallons (~40 lbs.) of water treated with C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive in a single drinking session to receive a toxic amount of xylitol. Therefore, pets drinking water treated with C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive, when used according to label directions, receive levels of xylitol well below that which has been determined to be toxic to dogs.

References:

  1. Clarke, David E., BVSc, DAVDC, FAVD, MACVSc; 2006, J Vet Dent, 23(2).
  2. Dunayer, EK and Khan, SA, (February 2006), Risk Assessment of Xylitol in Dogs and Cats.

Is the sediment in C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive normal?

Light sedimentation is to be expected.  These particles are a normal occurrence as a part of the formulation.

Can C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive be used in circulating water fountains?

It is not recommended. Most fountains have filters for organic compounds. Since xylitol is an organic compound, the filter may remove the xylitol.

Can I premix and refrigerate water containing C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive?

Fresh water with C.E.T. AQUADENT Water Additive should be made every 24 hours per the label instructions.  We do not recommend premixing and refrigerating treated water prior to use.

Can I use C.E.T.® Oral Hygiene Rinse for patients with diabetes mellitus?

Although no studies were conducted with this product in diabetic animals, C.E.T. Rinse contains no sugar or dextrose.

What is the flavor of C.E.T. Rinse?

C.E.T. Rinse has a citrus/mandarin orange flavor.

Toothbrushes and Toothpastes

Do any of the toothpastes contain peanuts or peanut products?

None of the flavors of the C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpastes and C.E.T. Tartar Control Toothpastes contain peanuts or peanut products.  Additionally, they are manufactured in plants that do not produce peanuts or peanut products. 

Are the C.E.T.® Pet Toothbrushes BPA-free?

Yes, all of our toothbrushes are BPA-free.

I have a dog that is allergic to dairy, beef, chicken, and grains.  Which toothpaste do you recommend?

C.E.T. Toothpaste with Vanilla Mint flavor does not contain any animal or grain proteins

Do any of the toothpastes contain peanuts or peanut products?

None of the flavors of the C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpastes and C.E.T. Tartar Control Toothpastes contain peanuts or peanut products.  Additionally, they are manufactured in plants that do not produce peanuts or peanut products. 

Urinary, Bowel and Kidney

Are the SOLOXINE® (levothyroxine sodium) Tablets scored?

All sizes of SOLOXINE Tablets are scored.

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 any dose sizes of SOLOXINE Tablets that do not contain dye?

Yes, the 0.5 mg tablet does NOT contain dye. All other sizes of SOLOXINE Tablets contain dye.

What is the flavoring of the TUMIL-K® Potassium Supplement Gel?

The flavoring is malt.

Are TUMIL-K Potassium Tablets flavored?

TUMIL-K Potassium Tablets are not flavored.

What is the flavoring of the TUMIL-K Potassium Powder?

It is flavored with beef liver flavoring.

What are UROEZE® (ammonium chloride) Powder and Tablets?

UROEZE Powder and UROEZE Tablets are urinary acidifiers.

My pet is sensitive to certain proteins. What protein source is in UROEZE Powder and UROEZE Tablets?

The protein sources for both products are beef liver and brewer’s yeast.

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.

What do urinary acidifiers do and why are they used?

Urinary acidifiers help keep dogs’ and cats’ urine pH low thus helping to maintain an environment where struvite crystals and stones cannot survive.

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.