At least a couple of times a year I overhear a customer in a health food store with a list of supplements they want or need to find for their pets. Sometimes the pet takes supplements because it is ill, sometimes a vet has made some recommendations, or maybe the customer has been researching nutrients to help ensure a healthy long life of their furry family member.
The list usually includes:
Herbs, flower essences, homeopathic remedies, antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, greens, and bone and joint nutraceuticals.
Many supplements in a health food store are suited for both human and animal consumption, but make very sure you know every ingredient in the supplement you plan to give your pet, and that it is truly safe for them. Also make sure to get exact potencies required by the size and kind of animal you are buying for. If you have ANY doubts, call the company and/or your vet.
Buying supplements that are especially formulated for pets are usually your safest bet. Many good heath food stores have sections dedicated to your pets health.
Your pet takes supplements, so…
Another thing to keep in mind is that the same amount of time and money you are spending on supplements and super foods for your pets, you should be spending at least that amount on your own health. Many times people don’t even consider what they are buying for their pets they should be taking too.
We have a new member of our family, an 8-year-old rescue. She loves being outside, and recently I noticed she was munching on grass. I knew I had read multiple times before that dogs could have wheatgrass, so it made perfect sense after seeing her do that, that she should get to share our wheatgrass powder. Almost everyday I make a smoothie, and 1 dose goes in the blender and the other into the palm of my hand, which she licks right up!