Virbac has introduced Veterinary HPM Kidney&Joint, a new range of wet and dry clinical diets specifically formulated to help manage both chronic kidney disease (CKD) and osteoarthritis in cats at the same time.
Cats are living longer; one in three cats are over 10 years old and 60 percent of senior cats have both CKD and osteoarthritis (internal data).
Adapted nutrition is key in addressing these pathologies in ageing cats.
The nutritional requirements of CKD vary depending on the stage.
Veterinary HPM Kidney&Joint allows a gradual support of the kidney function, with an adaptation of formula depending on the IRIS stage to reduce phosphorus levels while avoiding early protein reduction and the associated lean mass loss correlated to a reduction in life expectancy.
Veterinary HPM Kidney&Joint contains high quality protein, of which over 85percent is of animal origin, to support body condition and limit renal workload and the inclusion of an innovative new palatability plus complex actively promotes food intake.
All of the Kidney&Joint diets contain mobility plus complex, an exclusive mix of chondroprotective agents for joint support which are proven to increase joint flexibility and mobility with high levels of Omega 3 and DHA.
Egg shell membrane (ESM) contains a number of naturally occurring active biomolecules that can help to maintain joint health including collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and more than 200 different proteins.
“CKD is the first cause of mortality at, or after, five years of age and osteoarthritis is highly prevalent but underdiagnosed in senior cats, with most cats being diagnosed at an advanced stage,” said Dan Johnson
Product Managerat Virbac.
“So with Veterinary HPM Kidney&Joint Virbac hopes to provide clinicians with a significant advancement in the nutritional management of these feline pathologies’.
Presented in three dry and two wet formats, Veterinary HPM Kidney&Joint provides support and management for IRIS Stages one to four:
- Early Kidney&Joint – For cats at IRIS Stage 1. Available in dry and wet chunks in gravy.
- Kidney&Joint – A dry diet for cats at IRIS Stage 2
- Kidney&Joint Wet Mousse – a highly palatable, energy dense mousse for cats at IRIS Stages 2, 3 and 4 which can be fed alone or in combination with Kidney&Joint or Advanced Kidney&Joint dry
- Advanced Kidney&Joint – A dry diet for cats at IRIS Stages 3 and 4
For more information on Veterinary HPM Kidney&Joint, or any of the other diets in the Veterinary HPM range, please speak to your Virbac Territory Manager.