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Cosequin, Welactin and Denosyl now available in USA to IAADP Members

Nutramax: In Appreciation of a Multi Strand Partnership

By Toni and Ed Eames

When we first met the folks from Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. several years ago at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando,little did we realize how much a part of our lives and the life of IAADP they would become. Initially, they agreed to sponsor the Veterinary Care Partnership program (VCP). Then, extended their support by offering their outstanding glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate joint health product Cosequin to all assistance dog partner members at no cost. Their IAADP outreach has since expanded to include sponsorship of several issues of Partners' Forum.

In addition to Cosequin and Dasuquin, U.S. partner members are eligible to receive Welactin, an Omega 3 salmon oil product, and Denosyl, a product supporting and protecting liver function in dogs.

In 2003, during a business trip to Washington, DC, my late husband Ed and I were able to visit Nutramax headquarters in Edgewood, Maryland. Hosted by Dr. Barbara Eves, we were pleased to share the IAADP mission with Nutramax' enthusiastic and caring staff. In 2005 we spent several hours at the Nutramax booth in the exhibit hall at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. Nutramax purchased autographed copies of our book, Partners In Independence: A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled, to be given to the first 100 conference attendees visiting the booth.

Coming to the rescue in July 2005 when Bayer Animal Health was no longer able to administer VCP claims, Nutramax assumed this pivotal role in the IAADP support system. A Nutramax staff member handles calls from veterinarians ordering products for IAADP members unable to meet high cost veterinary interventions.

IAADP salutes this caring company for its continuing support and recognition of the role they play in maintaining the highest quality of health of our guide, hearing and service dogs!

To receive products or to apply for a VCP grant, your veterinarian must call Nutramax at 800-925-5187 and ask for customer service.

Limbering Up Limbs! ( How to Obtain Cosequin through your Veterinarian )

By Toni and Ed Eames

My guide dog has been delighting in her daily dose of chewable Dasuquin, a glucosamine/chondroitin preparation. Cosequin and its human counterpart CosaminDS, and Dasuquin are used to protect and support joint cartilage in animals and people. These universally acclaimed supplements produced by Veterinary Care Partnership sponsor Nutramax Laboratories will now be available to all IAADP assistance dog partner members whose veterinarians prescribe these advantageous preparations for their canine assistants.

Dr. Barbara Eves has developed a procedure to make the process simple and smooth. Your veterinarian will contact customer service at Nutramax Laboratories, 800-925-5187. A copy of your membership card will need to be faxed, and the Nutramax staff will verify eligibility. Upon confirmation of your current status, a six month supply of Cosequin or Dasuquin (ask for the chewable formula) will be mailed directly to your home.

IAADP salutes Dr. Barbara Eves who steered this program through the various company channels. Without her enthusiastic support, this partnership would never have been consummated.

Update on Welactin and Denosyl !

Nutramax Laboratories has added their new product, Welactin, to their already established benefits of Cosequin, Dasuquin, Dasuquin with MSM and Denosyl.

Welactin is a palatable salmon oil supplement designed to help support dogs' overall wellness during the aging process. It contains Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which have beneficial effects in helping to support brain, kidney, skin and heart health. If your veterinarian requests these health-enhancing supplements, Nutramax will mail them directly to your home.

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