For the most part, your dog or cat's diet can be managed and balanced through the vitamins, minerals and other goodies in your pet's food. But sometimes, no amount of diet adjustments can make up for a troublesome deficiency. More and more often, pet owners are taking a page from their own health routines and turning to food supplements to help improve joint health, skin and coat conditions, gastrointestinal tract health and support for the heart, liver and kidneys.
Nutritional supplements can be a more affordable and more natural approach to controlling your pet's health. Supplements for joint health encourage the maintenance of cartilage, which helps keep connective tissues in good shape and maintain flexibility, elasticity and strength.
Skin and coat conditions for both cats and dogs can be uncomfortable and irritating for your pet. Look for supplements high in essential fatty acids like omega-3s, -6s and -9s. You'll want to concentrate the most on omega-3s, as most pet foods today are wrought with omega-6s from corn and vegetable oils and poultry or meat fats. Omega-3s, by contrast, are best found in supplements from our ocean-faring friends like krill or fish oil like salmon, squid and anchovy.
Gastrointestinal support from probiotics and digestive enzymes is key to your pet's happy belly. These microorganisms already exist in your pet's GI tract, but every once in a while, you just have to lean in and call for backup. Supplemental organisms can restore balance to an upset gut flora garden overrun with nasty bacteria bugs.
Protecting vital organs like the heart, liver and kidneys may be a bit easier with supplements that help support these organs. Pay special attention for urinary tract concerns in cats, as they are much more susceptible than their canine cousins to kidney and bladder problems. To improve heart health, look for supplements that promote healthy circulation, improve general immune system function and support oxygen in soft tissues.
EntirelyPets also carries nutrition supplements that help support overall health and antioxidant production. Never start your pet on any supplements without first consulting your veterinarian. Absolutely never give your cat or dog probiotics or other supplements designed for human consumption.