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Vet Talk: Why Give a Multivitamin to a Healthy Pet?

Posted 2019-05-31

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When our pets are healthy and young, it’s natural for us as pet parents to wonder ‘is it really necessary to give my healthy dog or cat a multivitamin?

The answer is simply—yes.

Vitamins are necessary for life. They help to regulate body processes, protect the body from environmental toxins, and break down nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so the body can utilize them.

Vitamins are needed for literally every chemical reaction in the body and work in conjunction with minerals and enzymes to facilitate normal digestion, reproduction, muscle and bone growth and function, healthy skin and hair, clotting of blood, and the use of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates by the body.

A healthy good quality food that is balanced is recommended. Supplementation with a multivitamin is beneficial, especially for highly active dogs, pets that are on a diet, or senior cats and dogs.

Super active pets may need more specific vitamins to achieve endurance or agility.  If pets are on a diet, less food is taken in; so daily requirements of vitamins may be missed. Older animals tend to absorb fewer vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes through the intestinal tract, and lose more of them through the kidneys and urinary tract.  In addition, some older animals eat less and may not receive their daily need of vitamins and minerals. However, all animals, at all stages can benefit from a high quality plant based multivitamin.

I always recommend the NHV Multi Essentials supplement. I like this supplement because, unlike other multivitamin supplements on the market, all the vitamins and minerals are derived from whole sources (natural herbs). Getting essential vitamins and minerals from natural sources, like fresh naturally raised meats and plants are the best way to boost your pet’s nutrition.

Here’s a quick description of all the natural herbs in the NHV Multi Essentials and what vitamins and minerals they provide your cat or dog with.

Alfalfa: Vitamin A, B1, B12, C, D, E, and K. Also is a great antioxidant and high in protein.

Oat: Vitamin E, K, and B, and minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper.

Dandelion: Vitamin A, B, C, and D and minerals iron, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Kelp: Vitamins A, B12, B6, and C, and minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, riboflavin.

Parsley: Vitamin A, C, B1, B2, K, and minerals calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous. It is also rich in protein.

Marshmallow: Has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and immune-stimulating properties.

Chickweed: Acts as tonic and has the following constituents- ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, zinc, magnesium, potassium, flavonoids, riboflavin, thiamin, and zinc.

Stinging Nettle: Vitamins A, B, and K, beta-carotene, and lutein, and minerals magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous.

Asian Ginseng: is a tonic herb that helps revitalize the body, reduce fatigue, and increase resistance to disease and stress.

Yucca: Vitamins C and B, beta-carotene and minerals calcium, iron, magnesium.

Oregon Grape: Is an antimicrobial herb that helps relieve indigestion and malabsorption.

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health? Feel free to contact me through NHV for an online vet consult.

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