PetMeds® Most Commercial Pet Foods Lack Essential Nutrients

While commercial diets for our pets have improved over the years, in my opinion they still fall short in promoting optimal health in our pets. In fact, many grocery store foods are barely adequate to maintain even minimal health in my experience and opinion.  Not only are most of these foods highly processed, which depletes the foods of many important vitamins and minerals, but they are also often full of nutritional fillers, additives and preservatives that can cause severe chronic disease when consumed over a pet’s life. Giving a multivitamin can help round out your pet's nutrition

It is for this reason that I recommend that any pets consuming commercial pet foods, especially those from pet stores or supermarkets, are given a good quality multivitamin supplement.  VitaChews and Super VitaChews are excellent vitamins that can enhance the quality of any food fed to our animals. Since our dogs and cats evolved to eat minimally cooked meat, I always also recommend adding digestive tract enzymes to meals as well to help with digestion and absorption of nutrients, such as NaturVet Digestive Enzymes.  Omega 3 fatty acids are also important to include in a vitamin/supplement protocol in most pets, such as Super Pure Omega 3, as not only is digestion helped, but Omega 3 fatty acids are also helpful in maintaining proper heart, brain, joint and kidney function as well.

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  1. I live overseas in a developing country so “pet care” is usually a few vets in the affluent parts of the capital city. I live in a semi-rural area far from the capital & so have to rely on websites & blogs like yours for my pets’ care. My question is, is there a baseline nutrient content & levels for pet food that I can use as a guideline? I buy bulk pet food (cat & puppy) that I’ve compared nutritionally to Pedigree (the best available) & the bulk stuff has come up better in some important ingredients. Having said that, I Am on a tight budget & would rather find a way to supplement my dog’s diet naturally rather than buying pills if I can avoid it. So, if I know which nutrients are low or even missing, it would help me in this regard. Many thanks for all your postings!

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    THere is no baseline nutrient content foir every pet, as this will vary for every pet. An excellent supplement that you can buy with ingredients to fill in gaps in processed commercial pet foods is Dr PItcairns healthy powder, which contans lecithin granules, kelp powder, brewers yeast, vitamin C powder and bone meal…..For exact amounts see Dr Pitcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard PItcairn, DVM phd

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