Frequently Asked Questions

1What happens if I stop giving Dr. Maggie Joint Formula to my pet?
For animals with chronic joint disease, pain and stiffness will recur if the product is discontinued, so they should not stop taking it. If treatment is stopped for more than a few days, when it is resumed, it should be at the initial dose (double the maintenance dose) for a few weeks. Unlike NSAIDs and some herbal remedies the Dr. Maggie Joint Formula is safe and recommended for prolonged use
2Are there any side effects to Joint Formula?
Glucosamine and chondroitin have been used for decades without any reported complications or listing of serious side effects. Unlike NSAIDs (Metacam, Rimadyl, ibuprofen) which can cause stomach upset and even ulcers, Dr. Maggie Joint Formula is safe and well suited to long term use.
3Does Skin Care Ointment sting?
No. It is soothing even to very irritated skin.
4Is it okay to use Skin Care Ointment on stitches?
Yes. It will help alleviate the itching that often accompanies surgical stitches. The taste will also discourage licking and chewing.
5Will Skin Care Ointment stain clothing or furniture?
The Dr. Maggie Skin Care Ointment is virtually colourless, however, it can leave a grease mark if rubbed on clothing or upholstery. This is not usually a problem when is applied on the skin, under the fur. Try to avoid getting the product on top of the fur. Also, the product should be applied sparingly. Very little is needed to achieve excellent results
6Will Paw Protector make a mess in my house?
Dr. Maggie Paw Protector is designed for outdoor use. Apply at the door. The waxes will wear off gradually in cold weather over a 15-20 minute walk. By that time the moisturizing agents are absorbed into the skin for continued protection. There is no messy clean up when you get home.
7Which size should I buy?
Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat comes in 3 sizes: 240ml, 480ml and 1L. To ensure freshness and potency, the product is sealed against air and contaminants at the factory. Once the seal is broken, the product remains in tact at room temperature for approximately 4 months. Refrigerated, it is fully effective up to 6 months
8I am feeding my pet a quality food. Should I still give Dr. Maggie?
Yes. Omega Fatty Acids and antioxidant Vitamins A & E. These are fragile nutrients that break down with the heat and oxidization that occur in commercial food processing and storage. Even premium canned food or kibble is unlikely to provide the optimum amount and potency of these nutrients.
9Does Dr. Maggie prevent hairballs in cats?
Yes. Once your cat has been taking it for a few weeks she will be ingesting less hair because of reduced shedding. In addition, the oils act as a lubricant to ease the elimination of hair. You do not need to give your cat any other hairball medication.
10Can I use Paw Protector on other animals?
This product is non-toxic for all animals. It is commonly used on horses hooves to prevent snow pack. It is safe if licked or ingested by cats or other small mammals.
11I have heard that grapes and raisins are bad for dogs and cats. Is there a problem with the grape seed oil in the Dr. Maggie Skin Care Ointment?
No. Grape seed oil is not only non-toxic but rich in healthy nutrients. Grapes are known to be toxic to dogs however the toxins are in the skin and flesh, not in the oil.
12I have heard of neem oil being used as an insect repellent. Will the Dr. Maggie Skin Care Ointment repel insects?
It is commonly used as an insect repellent in much stronger concentrations than in the Dr. Maggie Skin Care Ointment. In our application, we use a safe, therapeutic level which is beneficial to healing and soothing skin. Some users have reported that when it was used to treat insect bites, no additional bites occurred. It may have some repellent effect.
13My pet food contains glucosamine and chondroitin. Do I still need Dr. Maggie Joint Formula for joints?
Food packages will identify that the glucosamine and chondroitin they contain are “not for therapeutic use” meaning that they are not sufficient for the treatment or prevention of joint disease. They can provide some benefit in delaying the onset of arthritis. However, the quality and efficacy does not compare to the Dr. Maggie formula. If your companion animal has a joint injury, surgery, or is exhibiting pain and stiffness, the Dr. Maggie Joint Formula will be much more effective in rehabilitating damaged joints and providing life long pain free mobility.
14What is MSM in Dr. Maggie Joint Formula?
MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane is a chemical naturally found in the body. It improves joint mobility, reduces pain and swelling, improves circulation and is an anti-inflammatory. Glucosamine and MSM work together to reduce inflammation and intense pain in joints and muscles.
15Why did Dr. Maggie switch from the Joint Formula tablets to a liquid?
We decided to change our formula to make it easier for pets to ingest. By simply adding the recommended dose for your pet onto their food or directly into the mouth, the liquid is absorbed quicker than the original tablets.
16What's new about Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat?
The Skin & Coat no longer contains Soy oil. We replaced it with 3 amazing oils: Fish oil (anchovy), Flax Seed oil and Olive oil. All of which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. The fish oil now gives Skin & Coat a smoked salmon flavouring. By changing the oils we have made it more concentrated and powerful, making the bottle last longer than the original formula.
17A lot of your competitors have tea tree oil in their products, why doesn’t yours?
Tea Tree oil (and other essential oils containing plant phenols) has been proven to be toxic to cats, though safe for humans and dogs. All of Dr. Maggie's products are safe for cats and dogs. Even the ointments if accidentally ingested.
18Is Sr. Maggie Skin & Coat safe to use on pregnant or nursing pets?
Yes. Not only is it safe, but it's recommended. This is a particularly good time to supplement them because puppies/kittens and nursing mothers all have greater requirement for these nutrients. It can be given to puppies and kittens as soon as they are weaned.
19Can pets overdose on Dr. Maggie products?
No. The ingredients are natural to your pet and are not toxic even if the recommended dose is greatly exceeded by accident. Overdosing may result in diarrhea, which is only temporary.
20How long will it take to see results of Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat?
Depending on the condition, results can take 1 to 6 weeks. Most itching and skin problems improve dramatically within 1 – 2 weeks. If itching persists or worsens stop using the product, and consult your vet. Excessive shedding can take 3 – 6 weeks.