More and more of us are turning to pet supplements as a way of making up for the lack of minerals and vitamins in our pets diets. As humans, we are supplementing more too. Ask older people if they supplement with anything and you will probably find that the answer is an emphatic yes. The trouble with most of us is we leave it too late, prevention is better than cure. We could explore the reasons we even have to take supplements, the reasons are varied, but most experts agree that we are eating far too much processed food, and the mineral and vitamin is not in our produce as the land is devoid of all nutrients. The reasons run deep, and I am not an expert, but know enough to realise that the same must be true for our pets. The article I feature below is a fine informative read…
But isn’t pet food enough? It says ‘complete’ on the label.
If you examine the list of ingredients of many commercially available pet foods, you may be surprised to find they often do not contain the recommended amount of protein and other things needed for a balanced diet for dogs and cats. A dog’s diet should be 50% meat or meat products, which many dog foods do not have. Cats need more animal-based protein than dogs, and a lot of cat foods do not provide this. They are often bulked out with cheap, filler ingredients which provide little benefit to your pet. You may also discover there are many artificial colours, stabilisers or preservatives in your pet’s food which you would not choose to eat yourself. You can try giving your pets additional foods like vegetables and various grains, but a lot of pets either cannot or will not eat these things due to fussiness or being intolerant to certain types of food.
My dog/cat has arthritis, would supplements help?
A 2007 study published in The Veterinary Journal showed that dogs treated with glucosamine-chondroitin sulphate showed less pain and more mobility after 70 days of treatment. Vitamin C and E can also reduce inflammation and help aging dogs with memory problems. As cats are poorly tolerant of NSAIDS, painkillers often used to treat symptoms of arthritis, glucosamine supplements could be especially beneficial for them. Many people find that anti-inflammatory supplements such as fish oils, which are rich in omega-3 can be beneficial – as well as helping with painful, stiff joints, Omega-3s can also keep your pet’s coat glossy and soft, and their skin supple and flake-free, which could be very helpful if they are prone to itching. Read More…
Interesting reading. As I look deeper into animal nutrition I realise that we are letting our pets down. My Grandparents often remind me of dogs they used to have when they were kids. I am told that they lived to a big age, and that Cancer and degenerative diseases were practically unheard of. What were they doing different? Well, back then pets were fed the leftovers and scraps. They would probably kill their own rabbit when out and about too! Today’s pet food is simply deficient in nutrients that our pets require due to the way the food is processed.
As a company we are achieving some amazing results. We know that these results are because our pets are nutritionally devoid of some important minerals and vitamins.