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Nutritional Deficiencies in Dogs and Cats

Why supplement pet foods?

March Newsletter 2011

Any human nutritionists will tell you that a balanced diet for people should include foods from all basic food groups in order to maintain health and well-being. Unfortunately many people may still be deficient in key nutrients and research shows that supplementation is appropriate to meet the needs of most individuals.

Animal nutrition is very similar. Many commercial pet foods contain preservatives, artificial colors, carbohydrates, dyes, salt and animal by-products and may not provide the healthy diet your pet requires. More and more vets are recommending additional vitamins and minerals for dogs and cats of all ages. When used in conjunction with a healthy diet these supplements help maintain optimal health and meet nutritional requirements.

Nutritional deficiencies

Each pet has its own nutritional requirements that may not be met by commercial pet foods due to factors such as stress, obesity, illness, injury and air pollution. These types of factors leave the body deficient of vital nutrients and antioxidants. Pets need vitamins and nutrients in correct ratios for an optimal quality of life and to reduce the risk of many conditions and diseases.

When should I consider a supplement for my pet?

If you are concerned about a specific ailment, the best person for advice is your local vet. Your vet will be able to advise you on the underlying condition and appropriate treatment. However, many of our customers find the range of high quality supplements we stock useful in the management of a range of complaints such as:
 

  • joint pain March 2011 Newsletter
  • skin conditions
  • dull or problem coats
  • bad breath
  • digestive complaints
  • stress
  • diarrhoea &  dehydration
  • obesity
  • problems associated with old age
     

What should I look for in a supplement for my pet?

There is a vast array of vitamins and supplements available for pets and it can be confusing. At CanadaVet we carefully choose the products we sell to ensure they are of the highest quality. When looking to select a vitamin or supplement we always look for:

  • a reputable company with a history in animal health
  • clear product labelling
  • scientific research which supports the claims made

While many fine supplements are made all over the world, where possible we select only products manufactured in pharmaceutical grade facilities in countries with a high level of manufacturing integrity such as the USA, Canada, Australia or Western Europe.

Click here to view our Cat Nutritionals.

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Click here to view our Horses and Ponies Nutritionals.

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