Like humans, pets also need vitamins. Vitamins help pets lead a healthier life, and a healthier pet means a happier pet. A longer life is also more likely.
According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, one-third of all dogs and one-fifth of all cats, in the United states, use vitamin supplements. Two-thirds of pet owners say they purchased some of their supplements from a veterinarian.
For every supplement taken, a positive effect is the result. For instance, did you know fatty acid supplements can help prevent shedding?
If your pet is already on a high-quality pet food program for its age, and your pet is in good health, vitamin supplements might not be not necessary.
How do you know, if your pet is in the best health and is getting enough supplements to equal a high-quality meal plan?
At NorCal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, we counsel pet owners, all the time, on the best vitamin supplement program for their pet. Through a simple examination, we can tell if your pet needs extra vitamins in order to enjoy optimum health.
Vitamins are not all created equally. When deciding what supplements your pet might need, it is important to use only high-quality products your veterinarian recommends.
Over-the-counter products might not be the best option. And, keep in mind that immediate results are not usually the case, when it comes to supplements. It can take weeks or months for the full effects to kick in.
When it comes to your pet needing supplements, the American College of Veterinary Nutrition provides this statement, “If your pet is eating a complete and balanced commercially available pet food, supplements are not recommended unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian.”
The three best, and most commonly prescribed, supplements are:
Glucosamine – damaged cartilage and creating new cartilage
Omega 3-fatty acids – helpful in strengthening your pet’s coat, skin, heart, joints, kidneys and immune system.
Probiotics – supplementing with this good bacteria, that lives in the digestive tract, can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
Just as good nutrients are best for your pet, not enough nutrients can be harmful to our pet. Supplements such as excessive calcium, vitamin A and D can create a variety of problems, so always be aware of keeping a healthy balance to any supplemental program. Herbal supplements can also interact with medicines. To avoid any medical issues, consult with your veterinarian on this type of program as well.
For more information on pet vitamins and what supplement program is best for you pet, call Nor Cal Vet today at (415) 413-7363.