Questions about Pet Supplements Answered!

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Why Tango started on Pet Supplements?

I haven’t always supplemented my own or Tango’s diet.  When I started working in an integrative pharmacy, I began to learn about the benefits of using vitamins, minerals and nutrients as an alternative and complementary therapy to conventional medicine.  I started to implement various supplements into my daily diet and routine and eventually analysed Tango’s need for pet supplements.

I have always fed her raw or dehydrated since she was a puppy.  A lot of people don’t believe in supplementing when feeding a raw diet but she’s made it this far (almost 12), and she is very healthy.  I know this from the number of blood tests and vet visits during the past few years (I wish she would stop eating poisonous things, but that’s a post for another day).

I am not an expert in pet nutrition and supplements and therefore encourage you to talk with an integrative veterinarian (like I did) to help you choose and dose the right supplements for your pet.

Do Brands Matter when it comes to Pet Supplements?

YES!!!  If you are not using quality brands, there is no reason to supplement.  Turn to old Google if you are interested in learning more about what makes a good supplement brand.  In the meantime, here is a list of readily available brands I know to be of excellent quality and trust for Tango and me:

What Pet Supplements does Tango Take daily?

I add the following supplements to Tango’s plate every night and stir them in.  Most need to be taken with food.  I am lucky that she is not a picky eater and gulps (not an overstatement) down everything I put in front of her.  You may need to find creative ways to get your furry friend to take his/her supplements.

Supplement: Curcumin/Turmeric

Daily Suggested Amount: Follow label suggestions or if using a human product consult a veterinarian.

Brand Tango Takes: Thorne Meriva-SR

If you are feeding your dog turmeric you are doing it wrong…but you are on the right track.  Instead, give curcumin to get the so-called benefits of turmeric.  Curcumin is the isolated part of turmeric and has those good benefits you are looking for.   Curcumin is just 2% of turmeric by weight meaning there is no possible way to feed your dog enough turmeric for him/her to benefit.

Curcumin is a well-rounded supplement we should all be taking!  It is useful for reducing inflammation and pain.  There are reports it may inhibit tumours, reduce oxidative damage from free radicals, support normal immune response and help to manage stress.

Unfortunately, curcumin is not highly absorbed which brings us to our next supplement, fish oils.  Curcumin is better absorbed when mixed with a fat.

Supplement: Various fish oils (preferably anchovy/sardine/mackerel blend)

Daily Suggested Amount: 0.2 to 1 gram of EPA and DHA per day to a 45-pound dog

Brand Tango Takes: Carlson Labs Very Finest Fish Oil

We have all heard the benefits of fish oil for dogs; it acts as an anti-inflammatory, helps with skin and coat conditions, is great for cardiovascular health and my favourite, helps with anti-ageing.  But did you know one of the most important reasons to give fish oil is to balance your dog’s omega-6 and omega-3 ratio?  The desired benefits of fish oil only occur when there is a balance between these fatty acids.  Omega-6 comes from your dog’s diet, and sources include corn, corn oil, hempseed, soybean, safflower and sunflower.

It is not the amount of either omega-6 or omega-3 in your dog’s body that is important; it is the ratio that is the recipe for success.  Our dogs are designed to have a balance of omega-6 and omega-3, but understanding and getting the right ratio can be difficult.  Here is a link that helped me.

Fish oil comes from many sources.  My favourite is a blend of sardines, herrings, mackerel and anchovies.  This blend is known for offering the highest concentration of NATURAL DHA and EPA.  Other fish sources may achieve this high concentration using chemical synthesis.

Supplement: Digestive enzyme blend

Daily Suggested Amount: Follow label suggestions or if using a human product consult a veterinarian.

Brand Tango Takes: Rx Vitamins RxZyme

Digestive enzymes can be taken to improve a poor digestive system or in Tango’s case, maintain a proper digestive system.  Her diet changes frequently when we travel, but it always contains fresh protein from the butcher and fruits from the fruit stand.  These enzymes help her to receive optimal absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients from her ever-changing diet and reduce digestive disorder symptoms such as constipation, bloating and gas.  This supplement is also recommended to digest protein, something Tango’s raw diet is high in.

Poor digestive systems can be characterized by chronic diarrhoea, poor appetite, soft stools or a leaky gut. If you haven’t tried a digestive enzyme to cure any of these symptoms, maybe it’s time!

Supplement: Probiotic bacteria blend

Daily Suggested Amount: Follow label suggestions or if using human a product give the full dosage to dogs weighing 40 lbs or more

Brand Tango Takes: Rx Vitamins RxBiotic

Similar to digestive enzymes, probiotics help the body and absorb vitamins and minerals.  These living enzymes help not only your pet’s digestive tract but also your pet’s immune health.

Probiotics are not made by the body and therefore must be added through food or by supplementing.  It is essential they are added for total body wellness.

There are many probiotic strains for dogs all working differently to outcompete harmful bacteria, insulate organ systems and increase immunity cells.   There is no “right” combination so pick a supplement with a diverse blend of an assortment of probiotic strains.

What about CBD oil?

When we lived in Canada, Tango took CBD oil daily.  For various reasons, I have not been able to include CBD in Tango’s supplement regime while we have been in Europe.  Again, that’s a post for another day.  If you live in Canada and would like to purchase quality and legal CBD, THC or dog treats, visit www.HerbalDispatch.com and use coupon code REFMJ8I89ATMX to get a free $25 credit.

Traveling with Pet Supplements

Just like you ensure your medications are labelled, it’s a good idea to have your veterinarian labels your pet’s supplements.  A proper label should include the veterinarian’s name, address, prescribed item and direction.  This information should help these items easily clear security if your bags are searched.

Do you supplement your dog’s food?  Comment below…tell us what supplements you choose and why!

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