I often get asked questions about whether products available for cats and dogs on the internet really work. Here is a sample of what my clients have asked me:
- Will Tripsy help my cat’s kidney disease?
- Are NZymes a good product or is this a money making scam?
- Is there a natural cure for cancer? Nuvet wafers claim to be able to cure my dog of cancer.
- Can I treat my dog’s arthritis with Sasha’s Blend?
Rather than tell you which products are good and which are scams I’d like to teach you a few things to look for to determine this for yourself:
One of the best ways to determine if a product is really effective is to look for clinical trials. If studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of the product then it likely has some merit. A great way to research whether studies have been done is to look the product up on www.scholar.google.com
This is a search engine which gives research information. I went to this site and tried the following searches:
- “Tripsy for cats kidneys” – I got lots of results containing those words but none that specifically mention the product I was looking for. This is not a good sign.
- “Sasha’s blend” – The first result was a clinical trial for this product which showed that it had merit in treating canine arthritis. This is good!
Unfortunately there are a lot of products advertised on the internet that take advantage of people’s desperation. We all want our pets to live long, healthy lives and are devastated when we get a diagnosis of cancer, kidney disease, liver disease or something else that is serious.
Another good resource is your veterinarian. Many vets will be willing to research a product that you are interested in. If they are a member of Veterinary Information Network they have access to all of the latest research on almost any product advertised online. If your vet does not want to research this for you, you can always ask an online vet to do the research and they will give you an unbiased opinion.
The best piece of advice I can give though is, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!!!”