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Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Anemia generally occurs secondary to chronic diseases, rather than from a specific deficiency in nutrients. Causes can be congenital, as well as infectious, traumatic, degenerative (especially renal failure), toxic, and possibly nutritional deficiencies (especially in toy breeds, which are often fed unbalanced diets).
Symptoms: Lack of energy may be a presenting sign. However, it is often detected while working up a case for another problem without specific symptoms.
Diagnostics: If anemia is found, a complete diagnostic workup should be done to determine the cause. Most anemia has an underlying chronic disease as the cause.
Special Notes: None.
Principles for Supplementation: General nutritional supplementation is helpful while treating any other chronic disease that is present. Chinese herbal treatments can help strengthen the blood and correct anemia in many cases. The underlying cause should be identified and further treated with the proper nutrients.


Formulas: Dosage: Mechanism/Purpose:

Blood and Energy22

Dogs: 1-2 capsules sid or bid

Rich in DNA, RNA, iron and B12, to help build blood.


Cats: 1/8 capsule bid
Dogs: 1/8 capsule/25 lb bid

Active B12 (methylcobalamin) and folate with papain for enhanced absorption.

Canine Sports Basics12 or Canine Geriatric Basics12

Dogs: 1 capsule/ 25 lb sid

Provide nutrients to build blood.

Copper Citrate12

Cats: ½ capsule sid
Dogs: ½ capsule/ 25 lb sid

Copper is essential for blood building.

Folic Acid Liquid12

Cats: 1 drop bid
Dogs: 1 drop/25 lb bid

Essential cofactor in blood building.

Marrow Plus23

Cats: ¼-½ tablet bid or tid
Dogs: 1 tablet/25 lb bid or tid

Tonifies blood, spleen qi and kidney yang.

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