Tools of the trade: 4CYTE

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by Dr Kayla Jackson, Warwick Veterinary Clinic, QLD

4CYTE is a daily joint treatment scientifically proven to repair damaged joints and maintain joint health in dogs and horses. 

What is good about it

4CYTE is a very effective supplement in treating osteoarthritis (OA) and degenerative joint disease in dogs and horses. In studies conducted at Melbourne University, this dietary nutraceutical has been shown to have inhibitory effects on the active agents of inflammation, namely interleukin-1-induced prostaglandin E2, glycos-aminoglycan and nitric oxide. For this reason, it is a great aid in recovery after orthopaedic surgery and for management of OA. 4CYTE actively decreases inflammation in the diseased joint and stimulates healthy cartilage production.

4CYTE is a cost-effective long-term management of OA. It can be used in combination with Synovan injections as well as acupuncture, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and remedial therapy. Commonly, we recommend its use for the post-surgical treatment phase of orthopaedic procedures such as cranial cruciate ligament repair and luxating patellar surgery. 

4CYTE can also be used in horses as a non-swabbable therapy in the treatment of joint disease—and is our preferred option to complement traditional forms of joint therapy.

4CYTE contains abalone, green-lipped mussel extract and marine cartilage, all of which are ethically sourced. The main ingredient is a plant extract called Epiitalis that research shows repairs cartilage and has pain relieving properties. 4CYTE for dogs comes in a chicken-flavoured granulated form that is simply sprinkled on food. For horses, it comes in berry-flavoured granules or as Epiitalis Forte, an apple-flavoured gel. 

What’s not so good

Occasionally, a dog may turn its nose up but the formulation is easy to hide in wet food. The manufacturer guarantees they will refund 100 per cent of the cost if the dog won’t eat it. 

Where did you get it

Provet QLD is our preferred supplier.

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