Are nutritional supplements really necessary for your pet’s ideal health? The Caring Vet tackles this question below.
In our Huntington Station holistic veterinary clinic, we offer on-site access to our traditional and herbal pharmacy, along with nutritional advice and alternative modalities — such as acupuncture and cold laser therapy — all to achieve our mission:
ideal health through an integrated approach.
A common question from pet parents — many who consistently take their own vitamins and nutritional supplements — is whether or not their dog or cat should be taking something similar. Holistic veterinarians who take a “pure” — vs. an integrated — approach to pet health will suggest that all of your pet’s nutritional needs should be met in the form of whole food, and I agree: This approach is ideal.
Ideal, however, is often overshadowed by reality.
In reality, it’s possible to feed your dog a whole — or even raw– food diet ( you can read more here ) and still not meet his or her changing nutritional needs 100% of the time. Nutritional supplements help fill the nutritional gaps of your dog’s diet and are great not only for consistent use, but especially when your pet is battling an ongoing health condition or when preparing for or recovering from injury, illness or surgery.
While I recommend a few supplements as a baseline diet supplement — listed below — it’s best to follow an individual supplementation regimen, based either on your pet’s blood profile and / or based on conditions or symptoms the pet is experiencing. If you’re feeding your pet dry kibble or if you suspect your dog isn’t getting enough variety in his or her diet, contact the office — or schedule a phone consult — to discuss this in more detail.