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Service Dogs - Serving Others

While the pets in our lives provide us love and companionship, there are select animals that are specifically trained to protect and serve. Service dogs play a vital role in helping to improve the quality of life for those in need. From serving as guides to those who are visually impaired, to helping military veterans regain their independence, these dogs are trained to provide support and care. Service dogs are instrumental in enhancing the lives of thousands of people.
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Nutramax Laboratories – Supporting Dogs that Serve

For Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc., it's about more than just products. We are passionate about partnering with organizations that share our love for animals. That’s why we proudly support numerous service dog organizations around the country and the four-legged heroes they train!
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Valor Service Dogs

Valor Service Dogs (VSD) helps wounded post-9/11 veterans and first responders regain independence, return to civilian life, and maintain successful partnerships through the training and placing of mobility assistance and PTSD service dogs. Our hero recipients have a range of injuries including traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and post traumatic stress disorder. Many use prosthetics or are wheelchair bound and have dizziness/balance issues. With no geographic restrictions, we can place dogs in all 50 states at no cost to the recipient. In addition to aiding veterans and first responders in community reintegration, both physically and psychologically, Valor Service Dogs bring awareness and education to the general public on service dogs, their training, and the laws that allow service dogs to be active members of society.

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides purpose-bred and professionally trained guide dogs to people with vision loss for greater independence. We've been creating meaningful connections between people with vision loss and exceptional dogs since 1954, graduating over 8,000 handler-guide dog teams. We graduate approximately 160 new teams annually and serve nearly 1,000 graduate teams that are actively working in their communities. Our school is known worldwide as a center of excellence with a spirit of innovation. We are an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation, the organization that sets global standards for the breeding and training of guide dogs. Our headquarters and Training Facility are located in Yorktown Heights, NY. Our Canine Development Center, where we purpose-breed, whelp, and early socialize approximately 500 puppies annually, is in Patterson, NY. We provide all programs, services, and follow-up support at no cost to our recipients.

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The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), cross-disability organization representing people partnered with guide, hearing, and service dogs. Through education and advocacy, IAADP works to provide people partnered with assistance dogs with a voice in the assistance dog field, enable them to work together on mutual issues, and foster the partnership between the assistance dog and person with a disability.

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Service Dogs + Healthy Joints

While there are many reasons someone may need a service dog, one thing remains constant: Healthy joints are essential for service dogs to perform to the best of their ability. Service dogs are highly-trained professionals that are expected to fulfill critical duties, such as helping a wounded veteran gain his/her balance. With this joint health is crucial.

These service organizations recognize the importance of joint health and trust the COSEQUIN® and DASUQUIN® brands to help support their service dog's joints.
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Service Dog Organizations - Their Stories

"My family and I look forward to Bradley living a long healthy life.  As a very active service dog, Bradley’s joint health is extremely important to us which is why we give him Nutramax Cosequin® supplements daily. Bradley has been given Nutramax Cosequin® supplements since he was 8 weeks old.  As he gets ready to turn 5, his joints and overall health couldn’t be any better. His joint health is extremely evident in his ability to help with my mobility needs, jump in and out of my truck and play with our rescue dog for hours.  Bradley is a huge fan of Nutramax Cosequin® supplements.  It’s great to have something I trust to keep him healthy as can be that he loves taking."
-Ryan B (veteran recipient of service dog Bradley Valor, VSD Georgia program manager)

“I strongly feel that Dasuquin® saved our working relationship between my dog Gerry and me. She is almost 9 and is slowing down quite a bit. I would like to thank the Guiding Eyes Community & Nutramax Laboratories for providing this supplement to graduates like me who are still working their guides.”
-Leslie Hamric Cello and Braille Music Teacher Board member of National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division Graduate Council Member of Guiding Eyes for the Blind

“Nutramax and Cosequin® have played a huge role in keeping the joint health of our service dogs in training up to our high standards. With our dogs learning things like pulling wheelchairs, opening and closing doors, retrieving objects and helping people balance and get onto or off the floor, joint health is a top priority. It is great to have a product we trust and a product that we can see its lasting benefits to give our dogs in training.”
-Carol Lansford, Executive Director

“I have been a member of the IAADP program since receiving my first Service Dog from Canine Companions for Independence in 2006.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the benefits through this program!  Each one of my Service Dogs has taken Cosequin® / Dasuquin® and Welactin®.  I truly believe these supplements make it possible for each one of my dogs to be by my side and working as long as possible which means the world to me.  THANK YOU IAADP AND NUTRAMAX! ”
-Rochelle Byrd and CCI Successor Service Dog, Derma

“I’d like to thank Nutramax for their generous contribution of products for service dogs.  I’ve been a member of IAADP for several years, currently working with my eighth guide dog.  During the time that I’ve belonged to IAADP, I’ve been able to give my dogs Welactin® and Dasuquin®, two important supplements that assist with their health.  My brother also has a Seeing Eye Dog and is a member of IAADP and is thankful for their generosity. ”
-Doug Hall

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