Vitamin And Mineral Supplements

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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In a society brimming with chemical products, people aren't the only ones who benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements. Every pet food on the market will boast of being part of a complete and balanced diet, but not all are. Because the science of nutritional requirements is even more uncertain for animals than for people, vitamin and mineral supplements for pets are an especially important option.

Vitamin and mineral supplements are thus particularly beneficial to animals, most of whom depend on us. Pet foods, furthermore, typically have far more additives and fillers, many of which can be harmful, whether wheat or yeast or rice or something not even identified. What looks and even smells like good healthy food isn't necessarily so. Just because your pet has a healthy appetite and eats what you provide, and you think it's healthy, doesn't mean your pet is getting what it needs for optimal health and a long life. Fortifying a diet of even carefully selected foods with vitamin and mineral supplements can help protect your pet against the same stresses and contaminants you face.

What to Look for in Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

To name just one, veterinarians open to holistic medicine have learned that Vitamin C is as important to animals as it is to people. It is important for many of the same reasons. Studies demonstrate success in using it to prevent the hip dysplasia so common to many large dogs, for example.

Trace minerals are critical for healthy digestion, claws, skin, and fur. The major minerals we readily recognize include calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium, but they are not enough. Among the important trace minerals are boron, zinc, iodine, chromium, copper, germanium, and vanadium. Both we and our pets need them in large part because the soil in which we grow our crops is so depleted that the crops don't offer the mineral content they once did. The answer is concentrated supplements.


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