Understanding Pet Supplements
Just like humans, our pets can experience health issues that may benefit from adding supplements to their diets. Cats and dogs can suffer from health issues related to behavior, joints, teeth and gums, digestion, organ function and so much more.
Supplements provide the added vitamins and minerals that your pet needs to keep thriving and make the most of every day!
What is a pet supplement?
Supplements provide key nutrients that your cat or dog may not consume through meals alone. Supplements often include vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids or amino acids to support your pet’s overall health and well-being!
How are supplements different than traditional approaches?
Supplements can address the underlying cause of an issue without the side effects of traditional approaches to veterinary care. Supplements provide the nutritional building blocks your pet needs to stay healthy & happy!
Should I give my pet a supplement?
Supplements can be given to any pet whether it’s for overall wellness or to address specific issues such as joint, behavioral, heart or immune health. You may want to consult with your veterinarian before introducing a supplement into your pet’s diet.
Why should I give my pet a supplement?
Supplements can help your pet maintain their health when combined with a nutritious diet, routine exercise and regular vet visits. Not only will they keep your pet by your side longer, but they will keep your pet healthy so that you can avoid expensive veterinary care visits. While pet food should provide the core nutrition that your pet needs, supplements address nutritional gaps in your pet’s diet that can benefit them throughout their life.
What is the difference between supplements and functional treats and food?
Supplements provide beneficial levels of vitamins, minerals, and other dietary nutrients with specific dosing
instructions. They are not formulated to be used as a treat or food and follow specific labeling and
regulatory guidelines to ensure compliance and health benefits for pets.
Functional treats and food may contain similar ingredients, but not at the beneficial levels of supplements. Supplements address your pet’s nutritional needs by providing significant amounts of vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in their diet. With supplements, every chew, tablet, powder or capsule contains the specific amount of ingredients needed to support their health.
Are supplements just for older pets?
Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from supplements. Condition-specific formulas support joint,
behavioral, heart, immune and overall health in cats and dogs. For example: Large breed dogs are more prone
to hip and joint issues and can benefit from joint health supplements earlier in life.
In many cases, early intervention can help your pet remain healthy and happy throughout their life. Supplements can also be given to support general health and wellness throughout every stage of life.
What kind of supplements are available?
There are many different types of supplements with numerous combinations of ingredients and benefits, including:
1. Behavior – Supports calm and focused behavior during times of stress. 2. Cardiovascular Health – CoQ10, omega fatty acids, and other minerals and vitamins support heart health. 3. Dental Health – Chews, powders and sticks promote dental health, tartar and plaque control and fresh breath. 4. Skin and Coat Health – Omega fatty acids, biotin and vitamins support skin and coat health, and help eliminate hairballs in cats 5. Hairball – These supplements support skin, coat and digestive health to helps eliminate hairballs in cats. 6. Overall health – Multivitamins keep your pet looking and feeling their best. 7. Gastrointestinal Health – Probiotics and prebiotic fiber support digestive health and regularity. 8. Immune Support – Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics support immune system health and function. 9. Joint Health – Key ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, MSM and Perna canaliculus promote joint health, comfort and mobility in cats and dogs. 10. Liver and Kidney Health – Highly specialized ingredients support renal function and detoxification processes. 11. UT and Bladder Health – Cranberry, bromelain and probiotics support bladder health and function especially in spayed and senior dogs. 12. Senior Health – Promotes healthy aging with supplements specifically formulated for senior pets.
What should I look for when choosing a supplement for my pet?
These are industry standards for quality and the core of every VetriScience® product:
1. NASC certified – The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) was formed to help consumers recognize companies that are committed to quality, purity and transparency in the animal supplement industry. 2. cGMP certification – Indicates that the manufacturer is regularly audited and conforms to current Good Manufacturing practices (cGMP) throughout the production process. 3. Veterinarian formulated – Collaboration with veterinarians helps ensure safe and beneficial combination of ingredients for pets. 4. Pet friendly – Supplements won’t help if your pet doesn’t ingest them. Tasty chews are the most appealing to pets, but powders, tablets and capsules can work as well. Supplements in liquid form can be given to picky eaters that won’t take a chew. 5. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee – With a money-back guarantee, you can get a full refund if your pet won’t ingest the supplement or if it’s ineffective.