PetMeds® Does My Dog or Cat Need Supplements?

With continued interest in the fast-growing industry of nutritional supplements for both people and pets, holistic vets are often asked, “Does my pet need additional nutritional supplements?” The answer depends on many factors, including age, medical condition and the drugs the pet may be taking, and/or prior drug reactions. Enzyme supplements help with digestive issues and can also help prevent diseases

However, even when using a minimally processed fresh and varied natural diet such as Halo or Nature’s Variety, there are some supplements I usually recommend. Combined with a good diet, these supplements can form the basis of an excellent nutritional and preventative program for pets. One of the best supplements I recommend for pets of all ages is a good plant based digestive enzyme added to each meal. Not only do enzymes help with digestion of cooked foods in carnivorous species, but they also help absort critical nutrients essential in preventing and treating diseases.

Products such as NaturVet Enzymes and Prozyme are examples of excellent economic supplements. I also recommend quality Omega 3 fatty acids. Some of their amazing health benefits include:

–         Assisting the growth and health of brains

–         Lessening the risk of canine cognitive dysfunction (a common problem seen in geriatric pets)

–         Decrease inflammation in degenerative joint disease and arthritis

–         Lessening allergic reactions to inhalant/contact allergens.

Fatty acids such as Be Well and Super Pure Omega 3 can help manage certain types of heart and kidney disease.   Not all Omega 3 fatty acids are created equal. The two mentioned above are wonderful supplements, as is Nordic Naturals.  Antioxidants are also great for a pet of any age to help prevent free radical damage and inflammation involved with the development of most chronic diseases.  A long term favorite of mine is Proanthozone by Animal Health Options. By incorporating some of my recommended supplements in this blog,  I feel that animal guardians will be increasing their chances of having happy and healthy pets for years to come.

Do you feed your pet any supplements like those mentioned above or maybe others I didn’t mention? Have you found supplements to be something that has benefited your pet? Feel free to share your experience in the comments!

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2 Comments

  1. I feed a raw diet to my dogs so I do use supplements. One is multi-purpose type of vitamin, the other is 1200 mg of fish oil. I just use drug store brand sold at CVS.

    I’ve toyed with giving them some type of garlic supplement. I’ve heard quite a few people say they feed small amounts of garlic (I guess you need a lot to make the dog ill) to help ward of fleas and tick. Not sure that will help will I live (MA) since the ticks are so bad here.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Small amounts of fresh cloves of garlic may help with fleas and ticks. As for other alternative product, try bio tic clip which you can find on line and which I have had holistic clients be successful with.

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