What is the TRUE Value of a Nutritional Supplement for your pet? The Caring Vet answers…
Increasing clinical analysis — and, more importantly, hands-on, real world experience within my Long Island veterinary hospital — has proven how effective nutrition is in promoting good health and also as part of formal, holistic health remedies. However, here has been an increase in the level of awareness for the safety and nutritional content for the food we buy — and offer — our pets in response to continuing high-profile incidents of food recalls. So, let’s talk shop about nutritional supplements.
First things first, which supplements does your pet need?
We can GUESS… or we can TEST.
The Nutritional Blood Test (NBT) is not only beneficial as adjunctive therapy for serious ailments but also for helping to prevent disease in apparently healthy animals. While the NBT has historically been utilized for patients with chronic disorders, Dr. Selmer has begun to utilize the NBT in preventive veterinary medicine for adult and senior patients.
The NBT is based upon the principle that changes occur in the blood before symptoms appear. Since the NBT identifies nutrient requirements and early warning signs of impending disease, it is the perfect tool to incorporate into an animal’s annual physical examination. In this way, you can best support and prolong your pet’s health, by anticipating the body’s needs before symptoms appear.
The NBT provides proactive and early warning opportunities to detect and improve health through specific and tailored nutritional therapies. A proper and prudent balance of immune support and medical (or surgical) management is the most preferred and integrative form of medical practice and health management.
While nutraceutical therapies are typically gentler than prescribed medications, they achieve long-term affects and ongoing health improvement. For example, while arthritis pain can be relieved more quickly by aspirin or prednisone, long-term reduction of pain and inflammation often is dependent upon enhanced nutrition and improved metabolism, which are only addressed through improved nutrition and nutraceutical treatment.
There is no doubt that optimum nutrition helps slow the onset and progression of chronic disease because it restores balance and promotes healing by supporting the metabolic pathways that energize the healing system. In addition, it helps reduce the inflammation that predisposes an animal to disease. Its use, either alone or in combination with appropriate medication, contributes to the day-to-day wellness of the animal.
So, the value of nutritional supplements? When prescribed to meet a distinct need in your pet… it’s absolutely INVALUABLE!