A recent health study found that Tripsy, a veterinarian-formulated, 100 percent herbal supplement, might be beneficial in lowering the risk of urinary stones in cats and dogs. Tripsy is manufactured by NHV Natural Pet Products, which makes veterinarian-approved, plant-based natural supplements 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.
"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," said Dr. Bartges. "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."
"At NHV we believe in improving the lives and wellbeing of animals through integrative medicine, which means using holistic care like nutrition and herbal supplements in conjunction with conventional medication," said Patra de Silva, president of NHV Natural Pet Products. "We are grateful to Dr. Bartges and The University of Georgia for studying the effects of our herbal supplement Tripsy and its effectiveness in managing urinary ailments commonly found in cats and dogs."
The cause of urinary stones is unknown. However, 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 stones. All cats are prone to urinary stones, though some breeds are more susceptible than others, including Persian, Balinese, Burmese and Siamese cats. Dogs, like people, can also develop a variety of bladder and kidney stones. Bladder stones (uroliths or cystic calculi) are rock-like formations of minerals that form in the urinary bladder, and are more common than kidney stones in dogs.
NHV Tripsy contains a powerful blend of natural herbs (stone root, parsley piert, wild hydrangea, gravel root, echinacea purpurea, marshmallow and Oregon grape), which helps 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 in order to help pets suffering from stones, kidney disease, urinary tract infections and more.