Pet Vitamins

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The importance of a wholesome diet appropriate for your pet cannot be emphasized too much, but pet vitamins are also worth a mention and discussion. "Food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food," the father of medicine, Hippocrates, observed in Greece more than 2,000 years ago. This, like all truths, has not changed.

Why Do We Need Pet Vitamins?

Sometimes a wholesome diet is not enough. Our environment is not a healthy one, and is even the culprit behind many deficiencies of which we are not even aware. Given that pet nutrition is still an inexact science, it is better to err on the side of caution and give your pet vitamins. Luckily the body is wiser than the mouth, and knows to eliminate what it does not need. Your pet may also be elderly, or recovering from an injury, and need his or her immune system bolstered. Pet vitamins can help.

A rule of thumb for measurement of many pet vitamins and supplements is 1 teaspoon for 10 kg of body weight, whether per day or per week. Vegetable oil--corn, soy, or sunflower--added to dry food or wet on a daily basis helps with digestion and coat condition.

Vitamins, A, D, and E are all definite pluses for optimal health. The richest source of A and D is fish oils, already imperative for their Omega 3 fatty acids. Wheat germ oil is a good source for Vitamin E (50 iu per 10 kg). Brewers yeast is rich in vitamin B. Studies indicate that Vitamin C (100 mg per 10 kg) can help prevent disease in pets, just as it helps us. Bone meal powder is good (1 tsp per 10 kg) and can be found in calcium tablets, calcium powder, or ground eggshells. A rich source of trace minerals, kelp is beneficial for poor fur and coat condition. It is available as both powder and tablet.

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