Our dogs and cats are pampered for choices when it comes to picking up new toys and accessories. But when it comes to their dietary needs, picking something just off the shelf is not always recommended.
In order to make their products more effective, pet supplement brands often add synthetic nutrients and chemicals to them. Many pet supplements in the market today, advertise their partial organic components so aggressively that it completely takes the attention away from the chemicals that they are adding too. The exact ingredients are mentioned in very fine font size in a blink and miss spot on the product’s packaging.
We may think that we know our pets, inside out. But we don’t know as much about their anatomy as do our vets. Too much dosage of some dietary supplement or allergic reactions to certain ingredients can prove very dangerous.
It is this dangerous situation that led us to come up with our all natural supplements for dogs and cats. We urge pet parents to always think twice before picking up any supplements for their pets and confirm if the all-natural claim is really true. If they are unable to do so themselves, then they should consult their vets for the precise information.
Before starting any pet supplement, you need to ask your vet these 4 questions.
1. Why does your pet need supplements?
If the vet has recommended dietary supplements for your pet, you should know why. Is it due to the lack of some minerals in the regular diet you give your pet or is it due to a chronic loss of some mineral in your pet by birth or due to some illness?
If it is due to some illness, and your pet needs an unnatural boost then the added minerals from supplements are justified. If the supplement is being offered to help the pet cope with an abnormal situation like aging, stress and anxiety, then too, it is justified to offer supplements, as long as they are natural. However, if it is simply to make up for some deficiency, then you should look for natural ways of filling the gap.
For instance, no pet can every get an overdose of Vitamin D from natural sources like veggies and exposure to the sun. But the Vitamin D being offered to it in a supplement can be extremely harmful if taken in high doses.
2. Can these supplements be harmful?
This is one question you should always ask yourself first and then your vet. If the supplements are made from synthetic substances then they will have side-effects.
For example, when we feel a cold coming up, we can either decide to pop a pill or follow a healthy diet of chicken soup. While the chicken soup will take some time to effect but it will recover your body naturally, whereas, the pill will work immediately but will lead to dizziness and may affect your digestion or sleeping routines. Now imagine having a cold as a disease and popping pills every day for the rest of your life or until the cold goes away permanently. How healthy does that sound? It’s the same for our pets.
If your pet is suffering from an illness or having trouble facing a change or a new situation, offering a chemical based supplement can prove dangerous in the long run and can lead your pet to develop other deficiencies and health problems. In fact, chemical based supplements have been proven to be liver damaging in the past. Many supplements have been pulled off from shelves due to these reasons.
Your dog or your cat need to have a healthy liver to live longer. Chemical based supplements are not the right choices for situations such as stress, anxiety and aging. These problems need your pet to recover from within. To boost its own natural system and become stronger, healthier inside. Chemical substances can hence, prove harmful in such situations.
3. What should you watch out for?
Ask your vet for any allergies or any health conditions that your pet has. Before you pick any new food cans, kibble, treats or dietary supplements, it is important to look at the ingredients that have gone into them. You might need to watch out for any soy, corn, gluten, wheat or sugar content that your pet might be allergic to.
1. Glucosamine and diabetic pets
Glucosamine is a widely popular substance “derived from natural sources”. But it has harmful side effects like nausea, diarrhea, and even vomiting. It can be specifically dangerous for pets that are diabetic due to the high blood sugar level in it. Thus, when picking out your supplements you need to watch out for the amount of Glucosamine in them. Herbal pet supplements like ours contain no glucosamine and are made from the real goodness of herbs and plants.
2. Common pet allergies
Your pet is already taking in a certain amount of carbs and protein in the form of usual food. Your supplement is mixed in the regular food. If the supplement you use also contains sources for carbs and proteins like soy, corn, wheat and gluten then your pet might end up taking too much of it. Your pet may even be allergic to soy, corn and wheat. Checking the supplements for these after confirming you pet’s allergies with your vet.
4. How to choose the right pet supplement?
Before choosing a supplement, you might want to ask your vet for some general directions. They will basically include everything that we have mentioned above and more specifics related to your pet. Here are some things to consider:
1. How are the supplements offered to the pet?
It is better to choose supplements that are mixed in general food and water intake. Oral supplements that require the pet to gulp them directly, can sometimes have unexpected outcomes due to the immediate reactions. Mixing with food, balances out any expected side-effects and makes it easier for the pet to digest them.
2. Are there any clear instructions for dosage?
The dosage will vary according to the weight of your dog and cat. Any supplement that simply suggests a standard dosage for all dogs and cats, needs to be verified with your vet for specific instructions.
3. Is the company reachable and active on social media?
Try to check the company that makes those supplements and ensure that it is active on social media. This way, you can rest assured that you can always contact them with your queries and concerns and trust them to be a credible name which is openly accepting its products.
4. Are the supplements all natural or chemical-based?
Check if the supplements are all natural or made from synthetic chemicals. Read the ingredients carefully before selecting. As far as possible, always choose natural supplements for your dog and your cat.
Choosing the right pet supplements is extremely important. And keeping your vet in the loop is also equally important. We, at petrapeutics®, urge pet parents to ask their vets about us. Our supplements are completely herbal, made from plants and therapeutics herbs carefully picked and scientifically formulated.
They contain no chemicals, no allergic substances like soy, gluten, wheat or corn. They can be mixed in specific doses with regular food and water intake. They will help your pet cope with problems like stress, anxiety, hip and joint pain, arthritis, naturally.
So the next time you are about to pick a supplement for your pets, don’t forget to ask these questions and make sure you #AskYourVetAboutUs.
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