About Our Pet Supplements

Pet Supplements, where to begin?  There is a  huge variety available from single focus to more all around vitamin supplements.  Some of the categories of the single focus are skin and coat, hip and joint, tear stain, dental, pro-biotic, calming aids, grass savers, hairball, and coprophagia.

Lets begin with the single focus supplements

Immune system- This is probably the most important supplementation area. Dogs and cats often have weakened immune systems that can be caused by many variables. A weakened immune system is often associated with “allergies”. Most allergies are actually intolerance’s that are magnified by poor diet and lack of immunity. The majority of a pets immune system lies in the intestinal tract. Intestinal tracts are loaded with beneficial bacteria that help to digest foods properly, increasing the absorption of nutrients to the body. Because of this process, the naturally occurring antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals found in our foods are better retained, thus, increased immune health. A healthy immune system supports better digestion, skin and coat health, oral health, and internal organ function. We carry many brands of Pro and Pre-biotics, Immune boosting tinctures, and pollen based supplements that increase the function of the immune system.100_0405

Skin and Coat- A healthy immune system isn’t necessarily the be all end all in supplements. Often times a dog can have a healthy immune system, but the diet is still lacking the needed levels of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids for that particular dog and cat. The best choice of supplement for this is a pollock, sardine, or salmon oil supplement. We prefer pollock because it, like sardine oil, has a 13:1 3 to 6 ratio, but is a lot more affordable. Salmon oil works also, but has a lower 3 to 6 ratio and doesn’t function quite as well.

100_0418Hip and Joint- There are a few ways to go about hip and joint issues, and we carry them all. We stock the traditional glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, along with those ingredients combined with hyaluronic acid (a joint lubricant), and MSM (an anti-inflammatory). Also a supplement that uses Cetyl Myristoleate, a powerful omega 5 fatty acid that has excellent anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties. Last but not least we have various supplements in stock that utilize naturopathic pain relief, they have a blend of herbs that are akin to aspirin in terms of pain relief.

100_0419Digestion- In addition to the pre and pro-biotics that we mention in the immune health section, we also have supplements that will help to firm up stool and promote anal gland health. These products are for the most part a pumpkin or sweet potato base in which some are combined with pro-biotics.

100_0420There are many more important categories of supplements in the industry, but we feel like these four categories form the building blocks for an extremely healthy companion animal. If you have any questions about these, or any other supplement category, then stop by so our knowledgeable staff can assist you.