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Cystaid for cats

Cystaid for cats

Cystaid - An aid for the management of lower urinary tract disorders in cats

Lower urinary tract disorders affect approximately one percent of the British cat population.


The most important element of diagnosis is taking a good history, followed by a detailed physical examination of the cat. Then urinalysis and culture, radiography and contrast studies can be performed to look for infectious agents and uroliths.

Some cats can be treated with dietary changes and a small percentage will require antibiotic. Unfortunately a percentage of cats with crystaluria, especially oxalate uroliths, will require surgical removal. But by far the majority of cats will prove not to have any obvious clinical cause of FLUTD, these cats are assumed to have FIC by a process of exclusion. In fact 63% of FLUTD cats are found to have FIC.

FIC pathogenesis
FIC cats tend to have:
* Increased stress and catecholamine levels.
* Reduced dietary fluid intake - most are on dry diet preparations only.
* Increased sensitisation of bladder pain receptors.
* High concentrations of irritant urinary toxins.

Histology of the FIC cats' bladder walls show:
* Reduction of urinary protective glycosaminoglycan (GAG) mucin layer.
* Loss of protective internal bladder mucosal (umbrella) cells.
* Increased permeability to urinary toxins
* Submucosal inflammation and haemorrhaging
* Increase in bladder wall pain receptors and fibres.

Dietary management of FIC through supplementation
CYSTAID contains molecules that supplement the bladder's muco-polysaccharide GAG chains. These chains form a protective mucin layer for the umbrella mucosal cells, preventing epithelial contact with the irritant urinary toxins and pathogens.

Supplementation with CYSTAID helps:
* Replace and maintain a healthy GAG bladder mucosal mucin layer.
* Stimulate increased GAG production by the mucosal cells.
* Decrease bladder wall permeability thus reducing bladder wall inflammation.

In addition to using CYSTAID, benefits may be seen with increasing the water consumption by changing to a moist diet, improving the number and site of litter trays and reducing the stress levels.

When should CYSTAID be administered?
As a feed supplement to help maintain the protective glycosaminoglycan layer in the bladder of cats suffering from FIC.

Each capsule contains:
125mg N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine (99% purity)

CYSTAID can be given whole or sprinkled and mixed with food.
First cases - give two capsules per day for at least 2 weeks.
Re-curing cases - one capsule per day for long term.

*based on a 5kg cat

CYSTAID supplementation will aid the management of FIC in cats
There are no known side effects associated with the long term use of CYSTAID.

Dogs rarely suffer from idiopathic cystitis; the exception being chemotherapeutic agent induced interstitial cystitis. Cystitis in dogs usually originates from urolithiasis or urinary tract infections. Regardless of the cause of cystitis, damage to the mucosal lining results in loss of the protective GAG mucin layer.

Research of GAG supplementation for the management of damaged bladder mucosal in the dog is limited. However, CANINE CYSTAID has been successfully recommended by first opinion vets and specialists for managing chronic heamaturia and preventing cyclophosphamide induced cystitis.

CANINE CYSTAID capsules contain 500mg of N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine in easy sprinkle capsules.

First cases - 1 capsule per 10kg bodyweight for 3-4 weeks until complete resolution of symptoms has occurred

Re-curing cases - 1 capsule per 10kg bodyweight every other day as a preventative for the long term.

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Cystaid for cats

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