Cat and dog vitamins and supplements can help to maintain good health throughout each stage of life. They can boost the body's ability heal itself and contribute to all around well being of the pet.
Does My dog or Cat NEED vitamins and supplements?
If you are feeding your dog or cat a whole food balanced diet such as; meat, organ, bone and vegetables chances are they do not need added vitamins.
Supplements should be used as the name suggests, to supplement what a pet is not getting from their normal diet. Additionally supplements can be used to give the body support for many different ailments.
Below is a list of commonly used vitamins and supplements and their benefits.
Glucosamine may increase mobility in dogs and cats suffering from arthritis; some even report that it reduces their pet's pain
Chrondroitin is often found with Glucosamine because it helps support healthy cartilage
Yucca supports healthy joints & joint mobility, anti-inflamitory
Milk Thistle Extract is often given to dogs and cats suffering from liver disease, as this plant extract helps the liver to recover from imbalances.
However, the full implications of its use long-term are untested, so do not give it to healthy dogs or cats as a preventative. Instead, use it if your pet
develops liver problems. Milk Thistle Extract is the main ingredient in Denamarin, a supplement meant to promote liver health in cats and dogs.
Probiotics can be given to a cat or dog to help improve gastrointestinal function; this is particularly helpful for pets with digestive issues like
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Digestive Enzymes-Food Transitioning, Sensitive Stomachs, Flatulence
Goats Milk provides nutritional support during recovery and helps support normal immune function at the gut level.
(often used for upset tummy or diahreah)
Pumpkin- high in Vitamin A and fiber, helping to support healthy digestion
Omega-3fatty acids can be found in fish oil supplements and can support healthier skin and coats, much like other oil supplements. An additional
benefit of omega-3 fatty acids is their ability to combat the inflammation that accompanies many diseases. Some veterinarians say they even promote
better eye and brain function in puppies during their formative years.
Vitamin E reduces diabetic cats’ and dogs’ need for insulin; it also supports good immune function, healthier coats, and some report that it boosts their
pet’s energy. Unlike many vitamins and supplements, you can give Vitamin E to your pets throughout their whole lives without long-term side effects
Vitamin C-strengthen joints, support urinary tract, provides naturally occuring antioxidents that assist the body during times of physical stress
Seawead Calcium-(including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium) We choose Seaweed Calcium because Calcium is one of the most challenging minerals for the animal body to utilize. Bone meal can be difficult for dogs, cats, and most other animals to fully digest and is much of it is passed by the body before it is absorbed.
Seameal-Seaweed for essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Flaxseed meal for immune system and coat health supports healthy digestion
Mineral Oil can be given for constipation, but it should only be given mixed with food because direct application into your pet’s mouth can cause
aspiration pneumonia, a serious lung infection
Antioxidants, though an ambiguous classification of over 5,000 different molecules, include some that are said to slow the effects of aging, ward off
cancer, boost immune function, help prevent cataracts, and slow the progression of kidney disease. An alternative veterinary practitioner may be
able to help you choose the appropriate ones for your pet.
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At Maddie Mae's Pet Pantry we are knowlegeable and happy to help but we are not veternarians. We do extensive research and carefully choose our products but neither our advise nor or our lists of tips and helpful hints should be substitued by a visit to your veterenarian.