Nutritional pet supplements for dogs and cats
Nutritional supplements for pets are products that serve nutritional and pharmaceutical purposes. Basically, it is a dietary supplement...something to be given in addition to their pet food. A modern term for these nutritional-medicinal products is nutraceutical.
The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) is a voluntary association that sets standards for nutraceuticals. Some companies, like Vetri-Science, which makes Vetri-Lean Plus and Glyco-Flex, put the NASC stamp on their products.
Some pets do better with one supplement than the other, but most pets do best when they receive a small amount of several supplements rather than a large amount of just one supplement. This is different than the situation with pharmaceuticals where often medications should not be combined.
While supplementing is a good idea, the single most important factor in pet nutrition is the basic food your pet receives. We recommend foods that do not contain chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and sugar. Ideal pet foods contain human-grade nutrients that are easily absorbed.
Missing Link is a tasty powder that provides Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids. It contains over a dozen ingredients including flax, molasses, liver, oysters, alfalfa, sprouted green barley, kelp, yucca, and lecithin. These ingredients work together—they have a synergy—that helps pets have shiny coats and more resistance to developing allergies. Missing Link benefits senior pets by strengthening the immune system and the brain, and by providing fiber that helps stimulate the digestive system. The latest research shows that Omega 3 fatty acids also benefit mood, so that supplementing with Missing Link may help our pets stay cheerful.
Be Well is a delicious powdered superfood bursting with Omega 3 fatty acids. Be Well contains organic flax, and organic barley sprouts, molasses (sugar removed), sunflower seeds, beef liver, alfalfa, carrot, fish, oyster, kelp, lecithin, garlic, and yucca. Be Well for dogs has 1000 mg of Omega 3 per serving. Be Well for cats has 250 mg Omega 3 per serving, but no green tea. Omega 3 and Omega 6 promote healthy skin and coat and healthy immune function. Omega 3 fatty acids are proven to promote good behavior and trainability. They support kidney, liver and heart function. In addition, the decaffeinated green tea in the canine product provides antioxidants and phytochemicals that help lower blood sugar, decrease arthritic symptoms, decrease the incidence and spread of cancer. Green tea has also been shown to inhibit blood clots, block heavy metals, block viruses, and maintain a normal white blood count.
NaturVet Enzymes & Probiotics are sprinkled on food, have no taste, and provide enzymes to help pets digest protein, fats, and carbohydrates. NaturVet Enzymes & Probiotics also contains probiotics, the good bacteria that pets should have in their intestines. These bacteria produce vitamins and useful nutrients within the pet’s digestive tract that the pet can absorb and use. Nothing beats onboard vitamin production. The NaturVet combination of the enzymes and probiotics creates a benefit that is significantly greater than when either component is used alone.
Fatty acids are found in every cell in the body, with the highest concentration in the brain and nervous system. Supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids soothes allergic tendencies, boosts mood, increases the ability to learn, and eases inflammation that occurs with arthritis. Supplementing with Omega 6 fatty acids benefits the skin and coat.
Visit our Pet Health 101 section on Fatty Acids to learn more about the differences between Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids and how they help pets with specific diseases. Examples of excellent sources of fatty acids are Missing Link, 1-800-PetMeds Brite Coat XS, Derm Caps, 3V Caps, and Nordic Naturals Omega 3 for pets.
If your pet has any type of joint or bone disease—arthritis, hip dysplasia, disc disease, etc.—joint supplements will help ease its pain. Joint supplements, also called chondroprotectives (chondro=cartilage), often repair the joint so that pets don’t need to take as many pain medications. If pets are started on joint supplements when they’re young, they may experience fewer joint injuries, and injuries that occur may be less serious.
Visit our Pet Health 101 section on Chondroprotectives to learn more about joint supplements and how they help pets with specific diseases. Examples of excellent joint supplements are 1-800-PetMeds Joint Enhancer, Glyco-Flex, Cosequin, and Legend (Rx).
|This information is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.
The information about medications is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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