A future where Fluffy doesn't pee on the rug

December 14, 2016
Portia Stewart, Editor, Team Channel Director
Portia Stewart, Editor, Team Channel Director

Portia Stewart is a pun-loving editor who spends her days arguing the differences between cats and commas (commas are a pause at the end of a clause, while cats have the claws at the end of the paws). She is a minion to two cats and a dog.

We peer into our crystal ball to find veterinary products that will help your clients prevent medical problems related to inappropriate elimination.

Cranberries-not just for turkey

Those puckery flavor blasts of fruit are good for more than a tasty breakfast beverage-cranberries can also promote urinary tract health in dogs. Crananidin, a supplement from Nutramax Laboratories, helps inhibit the adhesion of P-fimbriated E. coli bacteria to the bladder wall, so the E. coli bacteria are voided in the urine. Bonus: It's chewable!

This one's liver flavored!

If cranberries aren't your pooch's thing, try this one. CitraVet from PRN Pharmacal manages urolithiasis in dogs-and kitties too! It's liver flavored and contains 675 mg of potassium citrate to support overall urinary health.

But back to cranberries for a sec …

CranMate Nutritional Supplement, from PRN Pharmacal, also helps maintain healthy urinary systems in dogs and cats. And if you're working with a pet with diabetes mellitus, have no fear. CranMate is rich in proanthocyanidins (PACs) from cranberry extract (Vaccinium macrocarpon). The extraction process eliminates unwanted sugar and oxalic acid.

And if kibble's more your style …

You might consider this dietary option for managing struvite or calcium oxalate bladder stones in dogs. UR Urinary Ox/St Canine Formula from Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets contains controlled mineral levels to promote a urinary environment that is unfavorable to the development of both sterile struvite and calcium oxalate crystals.