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Senior cognitive supplements
Animals can start to show cognitive changes as they get older. Behavioral signs that may occur with aging include an increase in the frequency of house soiling accidents, fewer social interactions, less recognition of familiar people, places and verbal clues as well as confusion and a change in sleeping and eating habits. As our pets age, their medical and nutritional needs can change. Senior cognitive supplements are given by mouth and are commonly available in the form of a powder, capsules, and tablets.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- Senior cognitive supplements may contain any of the following ingredients:
- Vitamins which work to ensure normal body functions
- Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, substances that can protect cells in the body
- Ginkgo Biloba has antioxidant activities and may improve circulation in the brain
- Phospholipids aid in supporting and maintaining normal nerve function
- Apoaequorin is a protein that helps to protect brain cells during aging
- Herbs may help to support and protect the function of the nervous system.
- A blend of herbs may include but are not limited to:
- Bacopa extract
- Codonopsis root
- Bitter orange
- Platycodon root
- Lemon balm
- Passion flower
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Should not be used in animals with a pre-existing bleeding or clotting disorder
- Should not be used in animals prior to a major surgery
- Safety in pregnant and breeding animals has not been established
- Pets with a known hypersensitivity to these products
- Pets that have had an earlier allergic reaction to a similar product
Senior cognitive supplements should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully.
It is recommended that this supplement be given for as long as your veterinarian directs.
It is ideal to give this supplement at the same time daily.
Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. As such, they have not been required to go through the same rigorous testing for efficacy that drugs undergo and many products are not created equally. Many products on the market are high quality and are made by reputable companies. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Senior cognitive supplements should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- These products are usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- There can be a concern with overdosing and toxicities when giving multiple supplements. Talk to your veterinarian about all of the supplements your are currently giving your pet.
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Do not give new food, supplements, or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- Any behavior changes in your senior pet that you have noticed
- Feeding a high quality and balanced diet for your pet’s appropriate life stage (example: senior)
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this supplement
- When your pet may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this supplement
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the pet for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about senior cognitive supplements. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.