Vertex® K9 Nutritional Supplement for Dogs - 10 Pounds

CPN -Canine Performance Nutrition


Vertex Canine Nutritional Supplement is an excellent daily-use supplement that can increase energy, endurance, muscle growth, heat tolerance, and  improve recovery time. It is specifically designed to provide nutritional support for working and performance dogs, but it is also easy to digest and palatable source of calories for aging or convalescing dogs.

Vertex uses premium, predigested meat, whey, and egg proteins to ensure unequalled taste and nearly 100% digestibility and absorption. Combined with pharmaceutical-grade amino acids, you can expect better performance from your dog, improved stamina, and less physical discomfort after hard workouts. Vertex also uses powerful anti-oxidants (Vitamins C and E) to help protect your dog from free radicals that injure the body and can cause sickness or disease. This supplement also provides a food-grade complex carbohydrate source and contains pharmaceutical-grade glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM.

Vertex is great for:

  • Canine athletes (agility, flyball, hunting, schutzhund, racing, weight pulling, etc.)
  • Pregnant or lactating females
  • Finicky eaters (add water to make Vertex into an irresistible gravy)
  • Dogs recovering from illness or surgery
  • Dogs that are hard to keep weight on
  • Dogs with low energy levels
  • Stud dogs and brood females

100% satisfaction guaranteed with all CPN products. Click on the Ingredients tab to the right for ingredients and guaranteed analysis. For better absorption when feeding Vertex with dry food, mix with water.

Using Power Boost vs. Vertex: Vertex has three times the amount of protein and fat that Power Boost contains. Many canine trainers use Vertex on a daily basis and then switch over to Power Boost during competitions and during exercise in hot and/or humid weather. Power Boost has many of the same great nutrients as Vertex—creatine, glutamine, lactic acid buffers, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and ginseng. In addition, Power Boost is intended to be used before, during, and after exercise; whereas Vertex is a daily supplement. When combined, the two products produce an amazing result! 

Vertex® is great for:

  • Canine athletes (Hunting, Schutzhund, Racing, Weight Pulling, etc.)
  • Pregnant or lactating females (Has been known to double milk and increase health of pups at birth.)
  • Finicky eaters (Makes an irresistible gravy when mixed with water)
  • Dogs recovering from illness (Parvo, Anemia, Accidents, etc.)
  • Dogs with poor digestion (Hard to keep weight on)
  • Dogs with low energy levels
  • Stud dogs and brood females (Helping increase sperm count and fertility)

Many aspiring dog breeders and handlers are hoping that this is the year that their dog’s body will transform into the body of their dreams. Unfortunately, dog breeder’s love of hype puts them at the mercy of dog food, canine supplements and snake oil manufacturers and vulnerable to marketing ploys. Professional athletes get it, trainers get it, veterinarians are now beginning to see the light-but unfortunately a lot of dog owners don’t.  Either they don’t care or they don’t keep up on research. Fledgling breeders may not know as much as veteran breeders but they inevitably know that supplementation plays a role in their future dog campaigning success.

Where should these supplements come from? To answer this question, we must first look at the role of protein in foods versus protein supplementation.  To really understand the influence of protein and amino acids on the body would take too long so we’ll give you the short version.  Over 50% of the dry weight of a dog’s body is protein.  The hemoglobin that carries oxygen in the blood is a protein.  The structure of your dog’s genes and brain cells is a protein.  Every single bodily function, from an eye blink to the creation of new muscle is controlled by thousands of different enzymes and enzymes are proteins!  What it boils down to is if you want to breed or compete at a high level, you need to get your dog’s protein nutrition right and get it right ALL OF THE TIME!  You can make big mistakes with the fuel foods (carbs & fats) but the mistakes you make with your dog’s protein will eventually have long lasting effects on your dog. 

What nutrients are responsible for the majority of repairs when there is an injury?  You guessed it, protein.  About every six months, your dog’s entire musculature is replaced.  The body he or she has today was built from what they have eaten over the last six months.  Ever wonder why your dog sheds when starting them on a new food or supplement containing quality protein?  If the proteins they ate were poor quality, then the tissue that was made from that protein is going to be poor quality.  For optimum performance you have to feed optimum protein to build optimum structure. 

Every time a dog exercises, their muscles sustain injury and create free radicals. Those free radicals act as shrapnel, injuring every muscle cell they contact. The free radical damage that occurs during exercise doesn’t stop when you stop working your dog.  The free radicals continue to injure your dog long afterwards.  How can you combat free radicals? Antioxidants, antioxidants, and more antioxidants!!  Vertex® contains some of the most effective antioxidants like vitamins C & E, and even more powerful antioxidants from micro algae called Astaxanthin-the same powerful phytochemical that makes salmon pink and is shown to give improved protection against oxidation and photo-oxidation. Research has shown that astaxanthin is also responsible for:

  • Aid in Reproduction and development
  • Immune response
  • Resistance to disease

If you wait until the point that your dog is showing the signs of injury or deficiency, it’s too late, the damage is already done.  You need to provide these nutrients to your dog before something happens that is either irreversible or costly to repair. Whether it’s a back or neck injury from that extra little enthusiasm, turning the corner around the blind quicker or speeding around that agility course in hopes of shaving a second or 2 off their all time best. Dogs need nutritional help.

If we could recommend 1 product to you for any breed of dog or any activity, it would be Vertex®.  Vertex® delivers a protein and amino acid profile that is high quality and unique-predigested liver, whey and egg. Vertex® is unequalled and unmatched for PER, BCAA’s and absorbable protein content. What’s even better is that because of the nature of these proteins and their nearly 100% digestibility and absorption, only small amounts are required, 1-4 tablespoons per day for most breeds and activities. (Much less than the competitor's products.)

Have you ever heard of glycogen? Most athletes are very familiar with the concept of glycogen stores. Your dog, and maybe even you have felt the effects of depleted glycogen stores.  It’s like going to your bodies’ energy reserve account and the account is overdrawn.  Glycogen is the body’s first choice for quick energy and the only choice for brain fuel.  It is produced by the liver and stored there and also in muscle tissue.  Glycogen production takes time and when those stores are gone, they’re gone.  Dog’s bodies are much more effective at converting food to glycogen stores, that act as money in the bank, fuel wise, but even with the increased efficiency, they tend to use the stores so rapidly in the sports that we do with our dogs that they are often running on empty tanks. In order to replace glycogen stores rapidly and without upset to the system, there is only 1 answer: Glucose polymers.

Glucose polymers in the form of maltodextrin are complex carbohydrates that when fed at the correct time, convert to glycogen relatively quick.  The absolute finest glucose polymers are used in Vertex®.  They are also pre solubulized so that they dissolve instantly in water. Cold or warm.  Do you know anyone taking glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate or even MSM?  If you feed Vertex®, your dog will be taking it.  Quite a lot of it too.  All three nutrients are now recognized by several health organizations for their effectiveness against pain and inflammation, especially and most specifically in the joints and connective tissue.  Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are components of normal cartilage. They are the building blocks for proteoglycans and stimulate chondrocytes to make new collagen and proteoglycans. Because these supplements stimulate the production of new cartilage components, the supplements may be able to help the body repair damaged cartilage. There is evidence from patients that Glucosamine and Chondroitin can reduce pain from osteoarthritis, usually within several weeks to months after initiating therapy. MSM has shown benefits for a range of health problems including arthritis, muscle and joint pain. MSM has shown promise in the inhibition of pain impulses along nerve fibers, (analgesia), lessening of inflammation, increasing blood supply, reducing muscle spasms, and softening of scar tissue.  Vertex® contains pharmaceutical grade Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and MSM in just the right ratio to give your dog enough but not too much.

For best results, mix Vertex® with dry food and add water. Amounts can be doubled during extreme conditions.



Maltodextrin, Whole Dried Egg, Whey Protein Concentrate, Poultry Liver Hydrolysate, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Flax Oil, Flax Seed Meal, Spirulina, Chlorella, Alfafalfa Powder, Kelp Powder, Pumpkin Powder, MSM, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Sodium Ascorbate (Vit C), Calcium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, Salmon Oil, L-glutamine, Mixed Tocopherols (Vit E), Potassium Chloride, Trace Minerals, Lutein, Micro Algae (Asaxanthin), Ginseng Root Powder, L-carnitine, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Lactis, Bifido Bacterium Bifidus, Biotin.

Serving Size
1 scoop, 20 grams

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein......  24% min
Crude Fat......  24% min
Crude Fiber......  4%
Moisture......  5% max

Glucosamine not less than 8000 mg/kg (1000 mg/cup)
Vitamin E not less than 2000 IU/kg (250 IU/cup)
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) not less than 2000 mg/kg (250 mg/cup)
Chondroitin Sulfate not less than 1000 mg/kg (125 mg/cup)
L-carnitine not less than 300 mg/kg (37 mg/cup)

Vertex is formulated for adult dogs. These feeding guidelines are a starting point and you may have to experiment with your dog to find the correct amount to feed, depending on your dog's age, activity, and temperament. In order to reach an optimal body condition, you may need to adjust food intake. For better absorption, when feeding Vertex with dry food, mix with water.

Sedentary (less than 20 minutes of exercise/day): 1 teaspoon/20 lbs. once a day

Moderate (20-40 minutes of exercise/day): 1 teaspoon/20 lbs. twice a day

Active (40-60 minutes of exercise/day): 1 teaspoon/10 lbs. twice a day

Extreme (hunting, service, S&R, etc.): 4 teaspoons/10 lbs. twice a day

For faster recovery and replenishing of lost energy stores in highly active dogs, include 1 feeding of Vertex within 30 minutes of completion of exercise for the day.


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