SOURCE: Naturally Vitamins

April 19, 2005 13:08 ET

Pet Painkillers Present Same Type of Risk as Human Version of Drugs

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) recently advised manufacturers of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to revise their warning labels, a measure aimed to protect millions of people using these prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The risks associated with taking NSAIDs are not limited to humans. Pets taking NSAIDs share a similar risk for experiencing potentially life-threatening side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, cardiovascular events and serious skin reactions.

Veterinary NSAIDs have been on the market for several years. Rimadyl, generically referred to as carprofen, is the top-selling prescription NSAID for dogs, used by nearly 15 million dogs since it entered the market in 1997. Deramax is another leading painkiller belonging to the class of NSAIDs known as COX-2 inhibitors, like Celebrex and Vioxx. The F.D.A. has received nearly 13,000 reports of adverse reactions to Rimadyl as of November 2004 and nearly 3,000 reports for Deramaxx.

Increasing numbers of people are trying natural remedies and may consider doing the same for their pets. Millions of people worldwide take systemic enzymes to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and other inflammation-related problems. Veterinarian Dr. Mary Foster says, "I like to take what works on humans and use it on animals," a sentiment reflected in the practice of traditional medicine when drugs originally developed for humans are used on animals.

Dr. Foster says that she often uses systemic enzymes in her practice and that when "most veterinarians put them on Rimadyl or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, I give them Fido-Wobenzym -- a tablet for every ten pounds usually does the trick." Systemic enzymes naturally occur in nature and in the body, yet amounts are depleted with age and limited in the body when infection or illness is present. The type of enzyme in Wobenzym and the pet version Fido-Wobenzym functions to help rid the body of harmful proteins that can become overabundant and stunt the healing process.

Fido-Wobenzym was formulated using the same key ingredients found in Wobenzym, one of the world's most researched and top-selling enzyme supplements. Fido-Wobenzym is made with the same care as Wobenzym, which has a 50-year record of safe use by over 100 million people worldwide. Humans and pets share in the risks associated with NSAIDs. Luckily, humans and their furry companions can also share in the benefits of natural remedies like Wobenzym and Fido-Wobenzym.

For more information about Fido-Wobenzym or Wobenzym, please visit www.wobenzym.com, www.naturallyvitamins.com or call 480-991-0200.

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