Aktivait Cat / Aktivait Dog
Brand Name: Aktivait Cat / Aktivait Dog
Manufactured by: VetPlus
Doses form: Capsule
Presentation: 60 Capsules Blister
Phosphatidylserine – It is a phospholipid which helps to maintain normal cell membrane function
Omega 3 fatty acids –eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid (EPA and DHA)
L-Carnitine – It is essential for cellular metabolism and healthy mitochondrial function
Co-enzyme Q10 – has potential antioxidant effects and used to aid energy production.
Selenium – a mineral which helps in maintaining natural cognitive function and acts as an antioxidant
Vitamin E – a potent antioxidant and lipid-soluble vitamin with cell-protecting effects
Vitamin C – a water soluble vitamin with antioxidant and healing properties
Alpha Lipoic Acid – a coenzyme used in mitochondrial metabolism, also has antioxidant effects (Not in cat preparation or Aktivait cat)
Keeps central nervous system healthy and support brain function by avoiding free radical formation.
|Ingredients||Cat||Small Breed Dog(10kg or less)||Medium/Large Breed(one capsule per 20kg)|
|DHA / EPA||35mg||35mg||70mg|
*Toxicity has been reported in cats.
Description: Aktivait is a synergistic combination of nutrients, antioxidants and mitochondrial co-factors which has been demonstrated to be of benefit in cognitive dysfunction. It is a nutritional supplement to aid a healthy central nervous system and support brain function in older dogs and cats. Aktivait helps to avoid free radical damage and promotes brain signal transmission. Aktivait is the first supplement to combine all the nutrients necessary that may help to sustain optimum function. It contains a complex mix of antioxidants (Vitamins C, E, CoQ10, alpha-lipoic acid, and N-acetyl cysteine) and compounds necessary for optimum metabolism and function of the nerve cells (Carnitine, DHA/EPA, and Phosphatidylserine).
Indication / Uses:
For the management of cognitive decline in elderly dogs and cats. Signs are as followed:
- Pacing up and down
- Increased wandering around
- Decreased recognition of familiar pets or places or people
- Getting lost in familiar locations
- Less interested in play
- Restless sleep or waking at night
- Toileting indoors
- Clingy behaviour
|Under 10kg||1 capsule (Small Breed)|
|10-20kg||1 capsule (Medium and Large Breed)|
|21-40kg||2 capsules (Medium and Large breed)|
|Over 40kg||3 capsules (Medium and Large breed)|
Administration: Capsules can be opened and mixed with food or given whole, once daily. Aktivait comes in a capsule which can be opened and mixed with food, or given whole to your dog or cat. Different sizes are available depending on the size of the dog.
Overdoses / Side effects / Contraindications /Warnings:
Not mentioned. Don’t feed dog preparations to cats.
Not known / Reported.
Pharmaceutical precautions / Instructions:
Normal precautions can be followed.
Onset of Action: 3- 4 weeks after starting supplementation noticeable improvements can be noticed. This may vary by age, breed and severity of the changes present. Six weeks is the average reported time by owners.
Aktivait preparation for dogs should not be given to cats. No withdrawal side effects.
Habit forming: No
Substitute: Updating soon
Que: Can Small dog’s preparation can be fed to cats?
Ans. No, Dog Aktivait preparation may cause toxicity in cats.
Que: When should Aktivait be used?
Ans: For all dogs or cats at risk from, or diagnosed with Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.
Que: What is cognitive dysfunction syndrome?
Ans: Cognitive dysfunction is a condition that occurs in older cats and dogs and shares many similarities with Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It is caused by progressive degenerative changes to the brain and is characterized by behavioural alterations resulting from a loss of cognitive ability and learned behaviour. The condition occurs frequently in older animals but its signs are often misinterpreted as normal age-related behavioural changes.
It can be diagnosed with the help of the following clinical signs which can be grouped into five areas.
|Activity||Increased wandering, pacing, restlessness.
Depression or apathy
|Disorientation||Decreased recognition of familiar people, pets or places.
Getting lost in familiar locations.
|Interactions changes||Decreased interest in interaction or play or increased clingy or needy behaviour.
Inappropriate vocalization, eg. barking or meowing for no apparent reason.
|Sleep pattern alterations||Restless sleep or waking at night.
Increased daytime and total sleep.
|House training||Indoor elimination at random sites.
Decreased or no signaling of intent to eliminate.
Going outdoors but eliminating indoors upon returning.
Que: What is the age in which pets become susceptible to cognitive dysfunction?
Ans. 8 years or middle age onwards
Que: What cognitive dysfunction do to the pet’s body?
Ans. Cognitive alterations can also reduce a pet’s ability to cope with stress and induce anxiety, resulting in the development of other behavioural disorders such as separation anxiety and phobias.