Archives for the day Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Multi-vitamins/minerals for dogs

 One thing I am passionate about is to
provide my family and our furriends healthy meals/snacks. I cook for my
family everyday using fresh food, and I make lunch daily for my husband, and
we barely have process food on our plate/in his lunch box.
Also, our freezer does not have processed food boxes such as chicken nugget, frozen pizza,frozen ready to eat entree boxes etc..

 When you find frozen pizza in our freezer, they are leftover home made pizza pieces. Many of the processed food you might  have as staple items are something you can actually make ahead of time with fresh ingredients and freeze some of them for quick meal for next time.

 When I make Gyoza dumplings, Croquet, spring rolls,burgers,meatball etc etc, I make lots of them at the time and freeze some of them for later use.

Mom made Thai chicken pizza… Do you think she would leave a piece for me too?

I hope so…because I am being good doggy

 For me, good diet is base of our health whether humans or furriends, and I strongly believe that best source of such various array of vitamins,minerals, and all other essential nutrients we need are best provided in form of “fresh” REAL food.

 One thing I was overwhelmed when I come to the states was big section of area dedicated to all kinds of vitamin/mineral supplements at the grocery store.

 Then,when we welcomed our stumpy little dog “Palette” to our family, we have started getting dog catalog that had some sections dedicated for all kinds of canine supplements.

 It was very new thing to me. Surely, getting wide range of nutrient is important for our health or furriends’ health but, synthetic form of vitamins,minerals really the way to go to provide the needed nutrients without absorption problems?

 Back home, my mother used to cook beef liver,spinach etc (which is high in iron) for me to provide more “iron”,which I needed due anemia. She never had handed over the Iron pill to me with belief it will provide the necessary amount of Iron I would need.

 My cousin used to have Shiba dog, and I have never seen their family tossing all kinds of vitamin pills into his meal.

 I now give Fish body oil capsule to “Palette” and I usually determine how much of capsules I would give to her on that specific week after skimming through how much more of Omega 3 she needs on the week with the real fresh food menu I provide. Giving the fish body oil capsules to her even felt odd to me.

 I still prefer to provide Omega 3 fatty acid nutrient in the form of real fresh food though;such as oily fish;Sardine, Mackerel, salmon, and some grass-fed meat she gets.

Holding tight with my stumpy paws for Buffalo ribs..

Are giving Multi vitamin supplement good for your dogs?

 There are many supplement makers,and all kinds of mixed form,dosage, and I must wonder why the supplement makers can make the mix of complete or premium multi vitamin supplement for dogs without any knowledge of each dog’s age,activity  level, type of diet, breed, weight and etc etc..

 I believe that if you do add something to insure your furriends would get needed nutrient, best source is still “Fresh Food”, not synthetic form of pills. Nutrient from fresh food will be much more easier to be absorbed.

 Need Vitamin B? Meat is good source of vitamin B. Need Iron? Beef liver is good source of iron. Need Taurin? Heart is good source for that. Need vitamin D? Egg,beef liver,mackerel etc are good source for that.

 Need cancer fighting anti oxidant food? Best source is fruits and vegetable for that, but dogs cannot break the vegetable cell called cellulose,and best way is to make cool down treats using those food and give as treats (You can see what kinds of cool down treats Palette is getting in the series of Palette’s treats diary.You can see frozen blueberry purple potato yogurt treats here.).

 You can also give Sardine, Halibut,cod,Turkey,beef liver,egg etc as source of selenium (form of anti oxidant) as part of the diet.

 I do not think there is “one fits for all” type of multi vitamin supplement. Some makers market the products as if they got more number of nutrient in the formula and better than competitor’s products, but I think that more is not always the better and vitamins/minerals should be supplemented only the specific vitamin/minerals furriends diet is lacking of, and it should be based on each individual dogs.

 Flipping through dog supply stores’ catalog.. I came across multi vitamin section like this.

 <Product A>

 Provides correct balance of vitamins/minerals essentials for optimum health. Ingredients list goes….

 Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose,
Wheat Germ Meal, Whey Powder, Lactose, Non Fat Dried Milk, Salt, Stearic
Acid, Fish Meal, Safflower Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Glycerin, Fish Oil,
Zinc Proteinate, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Magnesium
Stearate, Niacinamide, Iron Proteinate, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate
(Source of Vitamin E), Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin, Magnesium
Proteinate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Manganese Proteinate, Copper
Proteinate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Magnesium
Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid,
Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin.

 Looked at the ingredients list, it starts with brewers yeast. Brewer’s yeast is probably there for Vitamin B,which it is known for, but it is in a way, by products because it is used in beer making to ferment the barley/malt.

 Not only that, you can provide Vitamin B through meat in the form of fresh food. Plus, if your dogs were allergic to yeast, it is possible that dogs could get itchy because of the supplement you tossed in in their food.

 I see “sunflower oil” in the  ingredients list too. It is probably be there for omega 6 but, if I were to provide more omega 6, I would rather feed poultry meal to Palette not in the form of pill.

 Again, how do they know they are providing “correct balance of vitamins/minerals” without knowing each individual dog’s life style and diet itself etc..?

 <Product B; Premium multi vitamins>

 More Vitamin B than XXX (competitor’s products names), more anti oxidant nutrient to support healthy immune system, and all of our multi vitamins contains Taurine for eyes and heart health, and delicious bacon flavor.Ingredients list goes..

Brewers Dried Yeast, Dextrose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dried Whey,
Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Stearic Acid, Natural and Artificial
Flavor
, Soybean Oil, Fish Oil, Dried Poultry Liver, A-Tocopherol
Acetate, Iron Proteinate, Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Choline
Bitartrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine
Mononitrate, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin,
Beta-Carotene, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate,
Potassium Amino Acid Chelate, Cholecalciferol, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin
B12 Supplement, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Folic Acid, Copper Amino
Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, and Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex
(Source of Vitamin K activity).

 Again, if we want to provide vitamin B to our furriends, we can feed the real meat, and for anti oxidant nutrient, we can feed real fresh food such as sardine, cod, egg, beef liver etc as source of selenium.

 As for Taurine, we can feed beef heart etc which can provides taurine in the form of real fresh food.

 If you look closely, you can see “artificial flavor” in the ingredients list.Is it something you would like to toss into your dog’s meal everyday?

 And, it “sounds” good to our ears when you hear such such products contains more of this or that,but again we know that more is not necessary a good thing.

 What I can see with just a few brands of multi vitamin supplement ingredients list is that it seems varied in ingredients, and one products to the other can be greatly  different. So, no matter how much of vitamins/minerals they say they can provide, no matter how good they say they are, I do not believe that tossing one pill everyday will insure wide range of nutrient for optimum health.

 If you were to supplement your dog’s meal with pills, I think it is important to know first what are provided enough and what not with the diet you provide and,only supplement missing vitamins/minerals.

 I do not feed fruits and vegetable as part of diet,and only give as treats, but there are people that feed all kinds of vegetables and fruits hoping to provide wide range of nutrient that way.

 If you do feed fruits and vegetables regularly as part of diet, you should know what kinds of vegetables you would feed and how much of those will be fed without any problems.

 Some vegetables such as night shade family vegetables;eggplants,potato,peppers, tomatoes etc..are not good for dogs with joint problems since those would aggravate the inflammation.

 Some vegetables fed excessive amount could cause problems.

 Spinach
is one of the vegetables that contains oxalate, and it should not be
fed frequently in large amount, especially to dogs who are prone to make stones. If spinach was fed excess amount, it can
interfere with calcium absorption,also.

 Cruciferous
family vegetable such as broccoli,cauliflower, kale, bok choy, cabbage
etc.. can suppress thyroid function if fed in excess. 

 Feed your family and furriends real fresh food for healthy,long life…


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