Nutritional Supplements for your Pet
Even if you feed your pet a “high-quality kibble”, that by itself can be harmful to them over their lifespan. Kibble is too dry, too processed and contains too many chemicals in which contributes to chronic diseases. Good health is created primarily by eating wholesome food; this helps explain why so many of us are in such poor health (animals and humans alike).
Dogs can benefit from many of the same nutritional supplements that you and I take; vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids and digestive enzymes.
Before 1990, vitamins and minerals were viewed with a narrow eye by the medical field as vital elements in food that prevented certain nutritional-deficiency diseases. The mainstream attitude about supplements was that they were unnecessary and a waste of money because a balanced diet could provide you with everything the body needed nutritionally. The major problem with this way of thinking was that people were eating anything but a balanced and nutritious diet. In addition, our food is also grown on degraded soil from years of intense commercial farming and agrochemicals.
More studies now show that individual nutrients at supplemental doses higher than those usually present in the diet can have a profound preventative and therapeutic impact on heart disease, liver disease, cancer, and many other serious illnesses. Research has shown that adding supplements to the diet (Vitamin E for example) blocks arterial plaque from forming and strengthens the immune system function. It was first discovered that Vitamin E helped ailing hearts when research validated the clinical observations of Canadian physicians Wilfrid (breeder of Doberman Pinschers) and Evan Shute. Their persistent reporting of positive and dramatic results with patients even though the medical community rejected the Shute brothers, led to the popularity of Vitamin E today. Many holistic veterinarians are now following in their steps.
Ideally pets should get all the nutrients they require in their food, but standard sources are highly questionable, leaving the end products usually low in freshness and high in chemicals and additives. The pet food industry generally puts forward nutritional levels in their products that are minimum amounts intended to maintain adequate health. Today the additions of contaminated environment combined with chemical additives in many commercial pet foods diminish the likelihood that minimum nutrition will maintain good health.
The more animals are removed from good, homemade natural diets, the more they need supplementation. However, even with home cooking or high-quality commercial food, our pets can thrive with the addition of certain supplements; you can always better their health! Veterinarians report shaggy hair coats become lustrous; the vitality of the pet increases.
It is recommended giving your dog a good pet vitamin/mineral supplement and a digestive enzyme before a meal because it helps ensure that all the nutrients the dog needs are there and well absorbed. You can use supplements to complete and improve the overall health of your pet.
The diet should be improved before adding supplements to your dog’s diet because it is not a replacement.
You should look for a supplement containing a wide variety of minerals, such as seabed or marine-type mineral compounds because these are often missing from the diet.
What supplements should you use? There is so many in today’s market, and trying to find the right one can be confusing. It is recommended to work with a nutritional practitioner as a supplemental program should be based on the individual health status, diet, age, and stress level of your pet; also different medical conditions. Furthermore, certain dog breeds require extra nutritional needs as well.
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Making the fur fly, Danielle & Riggs, Pet Professional, Canine Nutritionist.