Hong Kong gets first branded herbal supplements for pets

A Hong Kong company brings traditional Chinese medicine to pet health with supplements for cats and dogs.

(Photo by Jimmy Chan)
(Photo by Jimmy Chan)

Pet dogs and cats in Hong Kong can now enjoy the promised benefits of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) made specifically to help them stay healthy.

Wai Yuen Tong, a company that has been in the TCM business for more than a century, recently rolled out its first-ever herbal supplements for pets under the brand ProVet, which is also a new branch company. ProVet started off with eight different capsule-based supplements that address a specific or several issues in combination related to respiratory health, liver and kidney health, immune system, bones and joints, critical illnesses, appetite management and anti-aging, among others.

Wai Yuen Tong drew from its 123 years of experience in Chinese medicine and new partnerships with experts from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to develop ProVet.

ProVet and its products

ProVet supplements for dogs and cats are made from traditional Chinese ingredients like shiitake extracts and longan fruits, as well as premium Chinese herbal ingredients like lingzhi mushrooms and cordyceps. These ingredients are believed to promote wellness and boost the immune system in both humans and animals.

The company guarantees that their supplements are safe for pets, having passed residue testing for heavy metals, pesticides and microbial contamination. The capsules can be administered directly or mixed in the pet's kibble.

Generating extra interest is ProVet's anti-aging herbal pills for cats and dogs. Formulated for pets over seven years old, the anti-aging supplements promise to help add extra years to a cat or dog's life by providing anti-oxidation properties and boosting their immune system.

ProVet said using traditional Chinese medicine to treat pets' illnesses dates back over 10,000 years ago and its benefits can go even further when combined with appropriate modern medicine. They cautioned, however, that ProVet supplements are not a one-size-fits-all product. That is why they carefully label and provide proper dosage guides based on the health issue and age of the pet.

ProVet supplements are available online and in select pet stores and traditional Chinese medicine shops in Hong Kong. Initial proceeds from sales will be used to help Hong Kong SPCA projects. The supplements cost between US$42.00 and US$50.00 for a bottle with 30 capsules.

The possible future of ProVet

Wai Yuen Tong expects ProVet to do well in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused pet owners to become more proactive in finding safe and effective care for their animals in case they, too, were susceptible to the novel coronavirus. ProVet is Hong Kong’s first-ever pet wellness product and its success could trigger the development of similar pet care products in the future.

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