guard his joints

Reduce joint pain and arthritis in your patients by recommending natural modalities, ensuring that small animals are in the best health.

Arthritis should not be accepted as a natural course of aging. Joint pain reduces a dog or cat’s ability to physically perform at his best, and affects his mental well-being. The following can help:

Boswellia serrata: Potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and sedative properties; increases effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin.

Bromelain: Occurs naturally in pineapple and inhibits prostaglandin and kinin synthesis.

Chondroitin sulfate: Slows down joint cartilage destruction and stimulates production of new cartilage.

Glucosamine: Helps increase synthesis of proteoglycans, GAGS, and collagen. May also act as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Opti-msm™ (methylsulfonylmethane): Helps form the collagen that maintains skin elasticity.

Tumeric: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin contains salicin that converts to salicylic acid.

Joint Guard Vet™ offers natural, safe therapy for joint disease. This blend of 11 vitamins and natural plant extracts, including those above, addresses the inflammation and pain of arthritic conditions, and provides nutrients that help restore depleted collagen levels. It can help maintain your patients’ activity and comfort levels.

Dr. Carmen Colitz is a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist with a PhD in Comparative and Experimental Medicine. Dr. Terri McCalla is a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist and a member of Animal HealthQuest LLC. Dr. Johanna Mejia-Fava is a graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Debby Smith is a compounding pharmacist with over 30 years professional experience as owner of Ballard Plaza Pharmacy in Seattle.


Dr. Carmen Colitz earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Comparative and Experimental Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1993 and 1996, respectively. She became a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist in 1999. Dr. Colitz worked on the faculties of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and The Ohio State University’s veterinary teaching hospital. She has written or co-written over 60 peer-reviewed publications and 19 book chapters, and is past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. In 2006, in collaboration with others, Dr. Colitz developed a vision supplement for canines called Ocu-GLO Rx™ (