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Are vitamins supplements neccesary?

by:
AMANDEEP KAUR MAUJ

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Most of us take supplements and eat right to get all the nutrients necessary to avoid disease and ensure good health. The same is true for your four-legged friends.
Water, protein, carbohydrates, and fats are the basic building blocks of a good diet for our pets. Yet, for a healthy diet, vitamins and minerals too are essential.
Active and working dogs, pets under stress, on restricted diets, fighting illness, recovering from surgery, or on medication may need higher than normal amounts of nutrients without the additional calorie intake. Cooking and processing also destroy nutrients, making it more difficult to get even the recommended vitamin levels.
Supplementing with vitamins and minerals helps enable your pet's immune system to function to its fullest potential. Nutritional supplements are now developed for pets in a range of forms for a range of health applications to eliminate the dosage questions and risk of using human supplements. Multi-vitamins flavored for greater palatability are available chewable treat tablets or powders for mixing in foods.

Studies have shown that larger dosages of vitamins can help improve function to enhance health. Vitamins regulate the metabolism and assist the biochemical processes that release energy from digested foods.
Minerals are needed for the proper chemical balance of our pet's body fluids, the formation of blood and bone, the maintenance of healthy nerve function, and the regulation of muscle tone.
As with vitamins, supplemental minerals should be taken in balanced amounts, otherwise they may not be effective and can be potentially harmful. For example too much zinc depletes copper or excessive amounts of calcium affects magnesium absorption.

Whether you are seeking to correct a deficiency, supplement a commercial diet or boost nutrient density, it is important to recognize that vitamins and minerals work synergistically. This means that it's not simply the replacement or increase of a vitamin or mineral, which may be ineffective or dangerous, but a balancing act between supplements for the most effective nutrient assimilation.
Discuss your pet's diet with your veterinarian and get him started on a healthier, nutritionally balanced diet based on your pet's individual needs.



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