What Are Supplements

Most people when they switch to raw feeding worry about vitamins and minerals and a question I get asked often is, Do we need to add supplements? and What supplements do I add to make it complete?
This way of thinking all stems from the pet food industry, their fancy packaging and slogans such as “balanced diet with added vitamins”

The difference is that when feeding raw, all meat products keep their nutritional values and as such will have all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your carnivorous pet needs.
Processed/ manufactured foods however have been exposed to high temperatures multiple times over, which in turn depletes the nutritional value, and due to the loss of nutritional value, they in turn have to add (artificial) nutrients such as vitamins to re-create balance.

So in short, if you are feeding a well-balanced Raw Meat Diet and your pet is healthy, dietary supplements are not needed as they get all they need from their meal and in fact can do more harm than good.

There are however times where supplements could enhance your pet’s life
Even the healthiest pet can get ill and there are occasions where you will find a need for supplements, E.G:

  • Your pet has diarrhoea
  • Has fleas or ticks
  • Has worms
  • Suffers from arthritis
  • Needs pain relief
  • You are looking for an alternative to conventional medication

I could make the list longer but think you got the idea.

Most supplements on the website are not only meant for raw fed pets but for anyone who has a pet and is looking for a more natural alternative/ treatment method

Supplements can be divided in 2 categories
Dietary and Medicinal

Dietary supplements
When referring to dietary supplements people mostly think of a manufactured product intended to improve the diet/ meet daily needs in the form of a tablet/capsule, powder, or liquid.
A dietary supplement can provide nutrients either extracted from food sources or synthetic, individually or in combination
Generally, these compounds include vitamins, minerals, fibre, fatty acids and amino acids.

There are more than 50,000 dietary supplement products on the market.
Multivitamins are the most commonly used product for both pets and humans alike
For those who fail to provide a balanced diet, the NIH states that certain supplements may have value.

Dietary supplements don’t necessarily refer to just manufactured products, they can also refer to natural occurring products such as herbs, fruit and vegetables or even animal derivatives such as egg-shells.
It is these natural occurring supplements that are preferred in a raw diet, when supplementing is needed.

Think of Dalmatians who due to crystal forming cannot have organ meat and as such are lacking certain vitamins and minerals which will have to be substituted by giving diary products, herbs, fruit and vegetables.
Another example is pets with renal/ kidney failure, which preferably would be better off without bone in their diet, but to compensate will need something like crushed eggshells for their calcium intake.

Medicinal/ health supplements
In most countries, it is against regulations for supplement manufacturers to claim that their products prevent or treat any disease/ illness.
Companies are allowed to use what is referred to as Structure/Function wording if there is enough scientific evidence that a supplement provides a potential health effect.

For example, “helps aid joint health”, but the label must have a disclaimer that the FDA (USA), or MHRA (UK) has not evaluated the claim and that the dietary supplement product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent a disease/ illness, because only a drug can legally make such claims.
The FDA/ MHRA enforce these regulations, and prohibit the sale of supplements and or its ingredients that are dangerous, or supplements not made according to good manufacturing practices

For a lot of things there are natural/ homeopathic remedies/ tinctures, or even herbs that work for both humans and pets, some of which you probably have not thought of using for your pet, but you are using for yourself.

Such supplements that can aid in reducing/ solving health problems, can be found in the Supplements tab.
Some of the supplements listed can be used for multiple conditions

Sources
FDA https://www.fda.gov/
HMRA https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency
NIH https://www.nih.gov/