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Sasha’s Blend

Sasha’s Blend 250g powder.

The product that started it all, Sasha’s Blend has been a favourite with dog owners since its launch in 2000. Sasha’s Blend is a scientifically proven joint health product containing all natural marine concentrates. Safe to use long-term, with no side effects, Sasha’s Blend is used to:

  • Help keep dogs active and healthy.
  • Maintain joint function.
  • Promote mobility.
  • Work at the site of joint problems by treating the illness, not just the symptoms.

The Science:

The unique, all natural Sasha’s Blend formula possesses anti-inflammatory actives which reduces inflammation in a non-invasive method with no side-effects. It promotes the growth of healthy cartilage and conditions the joints by helping maintain the fluid (known as Synovial Fluid) that cushions joints.

The Synovial fluid is important for healthy joint function as it provides lubrication to the joint, supplies nutrients to the cartilage, provides impact protection for the joint and removes waste from the cartilage.

Sasha’s Blend also suppresses the production of nitric oxide, which is a major chemical responsible for pain and the breakdown of a healthy joint.

Sasha’s Blend™ also contains the full range of GAGS (glycosaminoglycans) including keratin, dermatin, heparin sulphates and the commonly known glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates which provide the necessary nutrients required to stimulate healthy joint function.

Daily Dosage:

Dog's weight Dose
0-10kg 1/2 teaspoon
10-20kg 3/4 level teaspoon
20-30kg 1 level teaspoon
30-40kg 1 1/4 level teaspoon
40-50kg 1 1/2 level teaspoon

Maintenance Dose: Give half the dose for ongoing general joint health.

Administration:

Sasha’s Blend is in powder form and is easy to give your pet. Pet’s generally love the taste; mix with food or drink, or roll into a treat (i.e. bread/ham/cheese). If your pet is fussy, you may wish to spoon a week’s worth into a cup, and mix into a dry paste with a little olive oil or natural yoghurt. Roll into balls and store in an airtight jar in the fridge. These then can be given directly into the mouth or more easily hidden in food or a treat. 

Ingredients:

New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel

Abalone

Marine Cartilage

FAQs:

How do I give it to my pet?

Sashas BlendÔ is easy to give your pet. It is in powder form and pets generally love the taste. Depending on the weight of your pet for instance a 30kg dog would need one teaspoon of powder mixed with food or drink once a day. For the first week we recommend start on half the dose and then build up to the full dose.

What if my pet does not eat his food with Sashas Blend™ in it?

If giving a dry food diet, or your pet is a fussy eater, mix the powder with moist food or liquid or roll into a treat eg: bread/ham/cheese.

If this fails mix into a paste as follows:
Spoon a weeks worth into a cup and mix into a dry paste with a little olive oil or natural yoghurt. Roll into balls and store in an airtight jar in the fridge. These then can be given directly into the mouth or more easily hidden in food or a treat.

Can I bake treats that include Sashas Blend™?

NO YOU CANNOT!!  Sorry, but the actives are very, very delicate and are damaged by any heating in food and or water above 30ºC.

If your pet won’t eat it mixed in with their food then make it into balls and hide it in a treat . You can add it to warm food (below 30ºC) just before serving but please don’t cook it in anything.

For recipes for Sashas Blend™ treats, visit the Recipe section of the site

What animals can use Sashas Blend™?

Sashas Blend™  is primarily registered for use in dogs – it may help to:

– Maintain Joint Function
– Promote Mobility
– Enhance Health and Wellbeing

In some countries Sashas Blend™ has been registered for use in cats and certainly off label has been used successfully by veterinarians to treat a circus lion(he was going to be “retired” and is now back in the ring and thrilling the crowds again), chimpanzees, camels, goannas, goats, chooks, horses, koalas and even rats!!

How long does it take to work?

There should be improved joint function and restoration of mobility within two to four weeks of taking Sashas Blend.

In some animals a positive effect can be seen in as little as three days. In chronic cases it may take up to two months to see a significant improvement.

Is Sashas Blend™ safe to use long-term i.e. long-term affects?

Sashas Blend™ is safe and can be used long term. If using for working or racing/agility dogs, the dose can be reduced when not in full training and can be increased a few days prior to working or competition. Sashas Blend™ is safe to give with prescription arthritis treatments. It is also safe to give in pets with pre-existing conditions, however it is recommended you check with your vet. Sashas Blend™ has been developed especially for dogs. In many countries Sashas Blend™ is also registered for use in cats.

Pets and Heart conditions

Each case needs to be assessed by your vet. In general however there would be no complications that would arise from taking Sashas Blend™ for patients with heart conditions.

Some patients may be on a restricted sodium diet in which case the levels contained in Sashas Blend™ would need to be considered as part of the whole dietary intake.

Haliotis iris, which is one of the constituents, is known to actually be beneficial to the heart.

Vets are most certainly recommending Sashas Blend™ for their patients with heart conditions.

Basically Sashas Blend™ is all natural food – but of course in concentrated form.

Is it safe to use in all breeds or just large dogs?

It’s suitable to give to all dog breeds of any age with hip dysplasia, joint injuries, or to dogs slowing down with age or arthritis.

Can it be used in young or active dogs?

Sashas Blend™ is fantastic as a preventative in young and active animals which may be prone to joint issues later on in life and at a half dose is a very economical option to ensure your pets quality of life.

Working and agility dogs,and racing greyhounds are ideal candidates for Sashas Blend™!

Sashas Blend™ works as a preventative as it promotes the growth of healthy cartilage and conditions the joints by helping maintain the fluid (known as Synovial Fluid) that cushions joints. The Synovial fluid is important for healthy joint function as it provides lubrication to the joint, supplies nutrients to the cartilage, provides impact protection for the joint and removes waste from the cartilage. Sashas Blend™ also suppresses the production of Nitric Oxide which is a major chemical produced responsible for pain and the breakdown of a healthy joint.

Can Sashas Blend™ be used with NSAID’s?

Sashas Blend™ is an all natural joint treatment and can safely be used in conjunction with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs)medications such as Metacam and Rimadyl due to the unique gastroprotective properties in Sashas Blend™ , which can help to reduce the possible side effects of using NSAIDs long term. Generally Sashas Blend™ may also allow the frequency or dosage of the NSAID’s to be reduced and in many cases Sashas Blend™ will be able to be used as a standalone maintenance program.

We recommend you consult with your vet before beginning any new treatment to ensure your animal is being adequately treated with the appropriate medications.

Can Sashas Blend™ be used in pregnant animals?

Sashas Blend™ is not recommended for use in pregnant animals.

Allergy precuations

Do not give to your animals that have an allergy to shellfish or marine products.

Pets and heart conditions

Each case needs to be assessed by your vet. In general however there would be no complications that would arise from taking Sashas Blend™ for patients with heart conditions.

Some patients may be on a restricted sodium diet in which case the levels contained in Sashas Blend™ would need to be considered as part of the whole dietary intake.

Haliotis iris, which is one of the constituents, is known to actually be beneficial to the heart.

Vets are most certainly recommending Sashas Blend™ for their patients with heart conditions.

Basically Sashas Blend™ is all natural food – but of course in concentrated form.

Is it Expensive?

Compared with most other joint health products Sashas Blend™ is very cost effective.

For you the consumer, it can be confusing – not only is it paramount that the product has to ‘work’ but you also need to ascertain value for money.

Dosage rates vary significantly for each product so you cannot just determine cost effectiveness based on the retail price or pack size.

Divide the retail price by the doses for your weight pet.

For example for an 11 – 20 kg dog Sashas Blend™ will last 145 days – see Use & Dosage

Therefore for a 20 kg dog calculate: retail price $ divided by 145 days.
Also consider that Sashas Blend™ contains no fillers or binders such as the case of some chews or tablets so each dose of Sashas Blend™ contains 100% active ingredients.

Can Sashas Blend™ be used with NSAID’s?

Sashas Blend™ is an all natural joint treatment and can safely be used in conjunction with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs)medications such as Metacam and Rimadyl due to the unique gastroprotective properties in Sashas Blend™ , which can help to reduce the possible side effects of using NSAIDs long term. Generally Sashas Blend™ may also allow the frequency or dosage of the NSAID’s to be reduced and in many cases Sashas Blend™ will be able to be used as a standalone maintenance program.

We recommend you consult with your vet before beginning any new treatment to ensure your animal is being adequately treated with the appropriate medications.

Other FAQs:

My dog has diarrhoea / my dog has vomited what shall I do?

Firstly there is no need the panic!

Sashas Blend™ is highly concentrated and in rare instances, for some animals, this type of reaction may occur. Cease administration and make water available. Wait for a day or so and recommence giving a very small daily dose only. If reaction reoccurs, cease administration your dog may have an allergy to molluscs/seafood.

Consult your vet if you have any concerns. For some animals the powder travelling down the digestive tract may cause irritation and subsequent vomiting. This can be solved by making the powder into balls with for example, olive oil or yoghurt and administering directly into the mouth, or by feeding the unopened capsules hidden in a treat or piece of food so that they are swallowed whole.

My dog has eaten the whole tub what shall I do?

We have completed extensive safety data trials which include the toxicology of Sashas Blend™ and can assure you that Sashas Blend™ meets and exceeds the requirement of the regulatory authority for veterinary medicines.

Your dog may experience some nausea, diarrhoea and possibly some vomiting, similar to what you would if you over indulged on seafood. Just make sure that you keep plenty of water up to your dog. You may even find your dog is a little over active for a few days.

Sashas Blend™ if the largest selling veterinary product in Australia. We do get about 1-2 reports per month and to date there have never been any adverse side effects other than mentioned. However if have concernes see your local vet.

In the meantime, I would not recommence administering Sashas Blend™ for at least another 4-5 days and I would then start back on a 1/2 dose for the first week.

Please report this event to Interpath so that we can record the details. Should you have any questions please contact us immediatley on 03 5336 4308 or e-mail health@interpath.net.au

My dog has a skin irritation since commencing Sashas Blend™

Sashas Blend™ does not contain any grains preservatives or fillers it is a100% natural marine based product. In fact, Sashas Blend™ has been known to be beneficial to animals skin and coat.

Skin Irritaion is not a common reaction to Sashas Blend™, while it may be a form of allergic reaction, is it highly possible that something else may be causing the skin irritation such as spring grasses, or commencement of other medications etc.?

If you are concerned about the effect of the product on your pet, please discontinue use, if you are certain that Sashas Blend™ is the cause of the rash you should return the bottle to the Clinic where it was purchased and ask for a refund – In most countries there is a 100% money back guarantee.

My dog has Hip Dysplasia will Sashas Blend™ Help?

We have had great success with dogs with Hip Dysplasia. Animals with hip dysplasia have a larger than normal joint cavity and therefore a larger volume of the lubricating fluid (synovial Fluid) in the cavity which takes longer to replenish. It is critical for sustained well being and among other things the synovial Fluid is maintained and healthy. Sashas Blend™ does this by being an all natural product with anti inflammatory properties, conditioning the joint to keep the articular cartilage and joint capsule healthy and by providing chondro-protectivity, Sashas Blend™ also contains the full range of glycosaminoglycans which are readily absorbed where they are needed most.

Sashas Blend™ is completely natural and safe to take long term we generally recommend you build up to one and a half to double the dosage when treating hip dysplasia to ensure the joint cavity and synovial fluid is replenished and healthy. Once you see a consistent improvement in your dog you can reduce the dose to the standard amount, this will continue to keep your dog active.

My dog suffers from a luxating patella (kneecap) will Sashas Blend™ help?

Sashas Blend™ may certainly be beneficial to animals with luxating patellas, particularly during the post surgery period as it will help maintain the joint fluid that cushions thepatella. Sashas Blend™ will also assist by providing anti-inflammatory properties, conditioning the joint to keep the articular cartilage and joint capsule healthy and by providing Chondro-protectivity; Sashas Blend™ also contains the full range of glycosaminoglycans which are readily absorbed where they are needed most.

Sashas Blend™ is completely natural and safe to take long term we generally recommend you build up to one and a half to double the dosage post surgery to ensure the joint cavity and synovial fluid is replenished and healthy. Once you see a consistent improvement in your dog you can reduce the dose to the standard amount, this will continue to keep your dog active.

What is the difference between Sashas Blend™ & other products containing chondroitin & glucosamine?

It is difficult to compare other Chondroitin & Glucosamine products as there are many factors which need to be considered i.e. where they are sourced from, how they are treated, how effective they are etc.

The body needs the full range of naturally occurring GAG’s (Glycosaminoglycans) which include Keratin, Dermatin, Heparin and the more commonly known Glucosamine & Chondroitin and another equally important compound known as Hyaluronic Acid, these are found in the correct ratios in the GAG’s used in Sashas Blend™.

The GAG’s in Sashas Blend™ are marine based which are more effective than GAGs from other sources, such as bovine trachea, as they remain in the digestive system longer allowing the actives tobe absorbed into the blood stream to reach the affected sites.