All cats are prone to urinary stones, though some breeds are more susceptible than others, including Persian, Balinese, Burmese, Siamese, and short- and long-haired domestic cats. Though the cause of urinary stones is unknown, it is known that they are often formed by naturally occurring minerals, the most common being calcium oxalate and struvite. These minerals form crystals that accumulate and grow into painful stones.
What’s a cat lover to do?
A recent study has found a herbal supplement may be beneficial in lowering the risk of struvite crystals, a phosphate mineral found in urinary stones, in healthy young cats.
The supplement, called Tripsy, was developed by NHV Natural Pet Products, makers of veterinarian-approved plant-based natural supplements derived from organically grown and wild crafted herbs. The study was conducted under the supervision of Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Veterinary Medical Center at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
According to Dr. Joe Bartges, “When given to young cats and adult dogs, in a relatively short period of time of two weeks, the collected urine samples indicated that Tripsy significantly decreased the risk of developing urinary stones in both groups. Although further evaluation is ongoing, the initial study results indicate that Tripsy may be beneficial in managing struvite crystals and stones in young cats and in managing calcium oxalate crystals and stones in adult dogs.”
Containing a blend of natural herbs (stone root, parsley piert, wild hydrangea, gravel root, echinacea purpurea, marshmallow, and Oregon grape), Tripsy helps to dissolve the stones and may also aid in alleviating painful symptoms and inhibiting infection. This proprietary formulation was developed by a holistic vet and a master herbalist to help pets suffering from stones, kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and more. Talk to your vet and find it at nhvnaturalpetproducts.com.