The Benefits of NatrixOne over Traditional Medication

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The Benefits of NatrixOne over Traditional Medication

Welcome to our first newsletter, Ask Dr. Rich. We understand there are a lot of questions when it comes to owning a dog. Dr. Rich will answer your questions and we will choose one question to highlight each month in this newsletter below. Click here to email your canine questions to Dr. Rich, Chief Veterinary Officer for NatrixOne and owner of Four Paws Animal Hospital in Lebanon, OH. 

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What are some of the benefits we would get with NatrixOne™ over a glucosamine-only based product?

We hope you enjoyed our first newsletter, Ask Dr. Rich. Like we promised, Dr. Rich will be answering your questions once per month via this email. This month’s topic is: Glucosamine. 

Click here to email your canine questions to Dr. Rich, Chief Veterinary Officer for NatrixOne and owner of Four Paws Animal Hospital in Lebanon, OH. 

A: Glucosamine is the precursor to glycosaminoglycans – the main component of joint tissue. However, most of the glucosamine taken by pets (and humans) is not bioavailable (it isn’t absorbed or able to be utilized by the animal) and so very large quantities are required to see an effect, and even then many dogs see no effect at all. Many treats and other foods have small amounts of glucosamine added, which brings up the cost, but does very little to benefit your pet.  Glucosamine is also often harvested from shellfish, which can be an inflammatory trigger in dogs with allergies.  While glucosamine based veterinary products can have some benefits with regards to osteoarthritis in dogs, that is really the only condition they will help in your pet.  
NatrixOne™ has a perfect blend of Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, polyphenols, phytonutrients and Maslinic acid; powerful anti-inflammatory components that work by systemically reducing inflammation within your pet. These will help with your dog’s pain from osteoarthritis, but will also provide muscle recovery and joint protection for dogs at any age.  Additionally, you will see improvements in the skin and coat with NatrixOne™ and, in turn, support with allergic conditions of the skin.  NatrixOne™’s OFAs can also provide your dog with neuroprotective care which has been shown to help with degenerative conditions of the brain, muscle and nerves. And you only need to add a small amount of NatrixOne™ to your pet’s food once daily to achieve these results, which means NatrixOne™ is easy on your pocketbook…
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What are the side effects of NatrixOne as compared to the side effects of prescribed medications for skin and joint conditions?

A: This is a common question I get from my patients. Because NatrixOne is a fatty acid, soft stool at the beginning, of course, can occur and is the reason I recommend starting at a half dose for a few days to a week and then increasing to the full dose.  Some food aversion can happen when you first introduce NatrixOne directly onto the food. We recommend trying the NatrixOne initially in a separate bowl or on your finger to allow your pet to sample it when not related to the food. That’s about it!

Now, side effects are short term and long term with the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The list goes on but here are a few:

Prednisone. Short Term: Increased thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite, slower wound healing or infection due to suppressed immune system, vomiting, diarrhea, aggression or behavioral changes and lethargy. Long Term: Cushing’s Disease, digestive tract ulcers, hair loss or dry hair, diabetes mellitus and heart problems.

Apoquel: Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, inappetence and cost.

Antibiotics: Vomiting, diarrhea and anaphylactic reaction.

Cyclosporine: Immunosuppression, vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, stomach ulcers, skin rashes and cost.

JOINT (Arthritis) DRUGS
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Vomiting, decreased to no appetite, decreased activity level, diarrhea, kidney disease, stomach and intestinal ulceration, liver failure, diarrhea, vomiting and cost.

Prednisone: See Above

Tramadol: Sedation, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors/incoordination and constipation.

Gabapentin: Sedation, neurological changes/loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and oversleeping.

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About the Author

Rich Coleman
Dr. Rich Coleman grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and began his journey into veterinary medicine as a kennel attendant at the age of 15. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati before graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Rich took over Plum Veterinary Clinic in December 2006, changed the name to Four Paws Animal Hospital in 2007, built a new facility in 2012 and began a remodel in March 2019 to allow for more growth and opportunities for our community. Dr. Rich Coleman is the Chief Veterinary Officer for NatrixOne™ and completed our 100 dog study in 2018. After seeing results firsthand, he joined the NatrixOne team!