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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

My dog has been taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. Should I continue using these when taking DPA?
Yes. There is not a great need to continue taking either glucosamine and chondroitin once you begin using DPA, but supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin has little downside. DPA is a unique combination of naturally occurring herbs and extracts and will provide greater benefit than glucosamine and/or chondroitin.

Can I give a supplement labeled for human use to my dog?
Recent reports indicate that many of the human glucosamine/chondroitin supplements use substandard ingredients, often not even meeting their own label claim for the ingredients listed on the bottle. When your dog or cat is taking DPA, you can be assured it is manufactured to the highest standards and is produced using Pharmaceutical Grade ingredients in a Certified Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility. Each ingredient is rigorously tested and validated to ensure your dog receives a product made with the highest standards of quality, purity and safety.

When is the best time to begin using DPA?
Many pet owners begin using DPA on a proactive basis. Doing so may prevent more serious problems later. Different breeds, especially larger dogs, age at different rates. With regular visits to your veterinarian, you can access your dog's aging process and overall health. Your veterinarian may discuss weight control, exercise and the use of DPA.

Should you begin to observe your dog limping, experiencing stiffness, or a change in gait, it is important to address these issues early. Your veterinarian can advise you if DPA can help. Joints generally get worse with time. When you begin using DPA, you will notice a meaningful positive response from your dog very soon, often in as little as a few weeks. The sooner you get started, the greater the opportunity to help your dog.

Many consumers use DPA as a protective or "proactive" measure. This can be important for maintaining an active life for many dogs, especially large breeds and working dogs of all sizes. DPA can also be a valuable aid in supporting cartilage and ligaments following joint surgery.

Where can I buy DPA?
Veterinarian professionals may prescribe DPA. You can also find it at leading pet health retailers or by contacting Pet Health Resources Toll Free at (800)357.3097 or by ordering on our secure website.

How long should I expect before DPA begins to work?
DPA is a potent supplement and provides nutrients to maintain your dog's joint and connective tissue health, it works more gradually than drugs. Seeing improvement form using DPA can range from gradual to dramatic. We suggest you follow the dosing schedule on the label for your dog's weight, we recommend an initial administration period of four to six weeks. Some dogs may show a response in as little as 2-3 weeks.

Are there any side effects?
DPA was carefully formulated and developed. The ingredients found in this unique formula have been widely researched and studied and have demonstrated no adverse effects in dogs or cats.

I have been using DPA for one of my dogs, should I give DPA to all of my dogs?
Our research and studies indicate that administering DPA on a proactive basis - prior to an injury or trauma - allows animals to return to normal function much more rapidly. This suggests that protecting ligaments and cartilage in dogs that are obese, working breeds or older dogs, as well as many especially active animals can benefit from the protective benefits of DPA in normal animals

Should I exercise my dog while she is on DPA?
We believe that exercise is important for optimal joint and muscle function as well as weight control and the overall health of your pet. Joint movement increases the circulation and flow of natural fluids around the cartilage. Increased circulation also brings nutrients to tissue and aids in the removal of waste products. Studies have shown that when joints are sedentary or immobilized, cartilage and the surrounding structure can rapidly deteriorate. You should discuss this with your veterinarian, but in most cases, moderate exercise has very positive impacts.

We have just started using DPA, what can we expect?
We suggest you monitor your dog closely, and notice whether he or she seems more comfortable performing everyday activities such as climbing up stairs, going for walks, or moving around. Most people do experience meaningful improvement in their dog's comfort level and activity.



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Frequently Asked Questions