Natural pet supplements and nutraceuticals have been widely used by a cat, dog, and other pet owners around the United States, producing millions of dollars in income for supplement manufacturers each year. Despite the widespread usage of these animal-based dietary supplements, regulation and oversight remain fairly low compared to that of human supplements…and the lack of consistency in those regulations makes it all the more difficult for consumers to make informed decisions. For this reason, you should always do your homework before deciding on a dietary supplement for your pet. Start by asking your vet what he or she thinks are the best pet supplements for your pet. They will not be concerned with whether the supplement will have a beneficial effect on your pet’s health but will simply want to know if it is safe and will not cause any adverse health effects. If your vet gives you a green light, you can move on to learn more about pet supplements.
Before we get too far into the weeds, I am going to cover some basic information that you should know about pet supplements. Like humans, cats and dogs all produce healthy levels of a small group of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. In most cases, these are supplied by the diet that the animal is fed. There are a few exceptions, including vitamin B12, which is found in certain types of canned tuna and eggs. However, dogs and cats cannot synthesize vitamins D, E, and A, so they must get these from their food.
While most supplements are sold as food products, some are manufactured as pet supplements, also known as dog vitamins. Most of the ingredients in “real” dog vitamins are the same as those in their food, but a few manufacturers try to add some ingredients that will give them an extra boost. One of the most common ingredients is whey protein. According to the National animal supplement council, most dog foods contain only trace amounts of protein, and a diet low in protein is one of the leading causes of death in canines.
To improve the health of your dog, it is important to give him a well-balanced diet, consisting of meat, vegetables, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. The ideal diet, according to the experts, should contain vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as beta carotene, all B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, selenium, niacin, phosphorus, and potassium. Most pet supplements are formulated to provide a proper balance of nutrients to pets, based on age and health. If a product does not include certain ingredients or contains ingredients that you would not find in a natural diet, then it is not considered a quality supplement. You should always read the label carefully, especially if you buy online. Look for a complete list of ingredients, and make sure they are included in the product.
If your dog or cat already has a health problem, it is not a good idea to give him a pet supplement, since many of the ingredients will be the cause of an even worse problem. For example, ingredients such as ethoxyquin and mercury can be dangerous or even deadly to dogs and cats if they are accidentally fed to them. However, natural cat and dog foods will often contain ingredients that are safe for either dog or cat, although the number of ingredients may be a lot fewer. The only exception to this is if a supplement is being made with an ingredient that is toxic to both dogs and cats.
Even though dogs and cats both need food, they do not need to eat the same things. Although dogs and cats both need meat, they do not share it equally. They are different types of carnivores, which means that they eat different kinds of food. This difference has led to a recommendation that you give your pet supplements to make up for the nutrition they are missing. If a dog or cat has a nutritional deficiency, it can develop serious problems such as dental disease, heart disease, or kidney failure. In addition to being a preventative measure, pet supplements are an easy way to improve a pet’s quality of life.
Although quality control of pet supplements has become more sophisticated over time, it is still impossible to always ensure that a supplement is truly coming from a supplier who uses quality control measures. Many suppliers will not offer you a refund, because they believe you are buying something that your pet cannot use. Unfortunately, this means that pet owners have no recourse if the supplements do not work. To avoid this kind of situation, you should only buy dietary supplements from a reputable company.
While most pet supplements are sold at local pet product stores, you can also purchase them online. Some companies sell their products exclusively online, while others sell all of their products through traditional storefronts. The easiest way to choose the best online supplements for your pets is to do your research, check out the company’s reputation, and look at the quality control measures used. With so many quality options available, it should be easy to find the right supplement for your pet.