Why Does Your Dog Need Pet Health Supplements? Find Out the Answer Now

Why do dogs need pet health supplements? A lot of my friends ask me this question when I tell them that dietary supplements can’t hurt a dog and they have the potential to help, particularly those that respond to the particular herbs used. In fact, I had the same question in my mind some time back and was looking for the answer.

There is an important thing you need to understand about pet supplements. Dogs, in general, do not need any dietary supplement. Nature has designed their body in such a way that they can cleanse their body and can stay healthy by eating what they normally eat. This is why you can often see dogs in the wild eating some herbs and other medicinal plants. This is a natural way for them to get the toxins out of their system. The situation of domesticated dogs, however, is completely different.

There are three things that differentiate domesticated dogs from dogs in the wild. They are

1. Domesticated dogs do not eat raw, unprocessed food. They usually eat commercial pet food.

2. They do not eat herbs and other natural substances to cleanse their body often. So, the toxins get stuck inside their system and cause a lot of problems.

3.They may lack physical exercise. Most dog owners are not available due to commitments such as work, to walk their dog as often as is needed.

This is why your pet dog is not as healthy or active as dogs in the wild. To improve its health, you should do three things.

1. Give your dog a nutritious diet that meets the AAFCO highest standard which states that “the nutritional adequacy was validated by animal feeding tests based on protocols from the American Association of Feed Control Officials”. Avoid labels from AAFCO that is manufactured at a lower standard which states that the “food was formulated to meet the group’s nutrient profiles.”

2. Give a regular dose of pet health supplements to your dog. These supplements can cleanse your dog’s body, flush out the toxins, and improve the functioning of its vital organs. This is very important for your dog’s health. It’s a small price to pay for an extra level of support.

3. Play with your dog, take him out for a walk, or do anything that keeps him physically active for some time. Physical exercise is very important for animals. Lack of physical exercise can make your dog weak and prone to health problems. If you want to increase your dog’s play, consider a Kong toy which uses a hidden treat to encourage activity and thinking.

As you can see, a combination of good diet, high quality pet supplements, and physical exercise can do a world of good for your dog’s health. Let me now tell you how to choose the best dietary supplement for your dog.

Avoid any supplement that contain chemicals, additives, and other unwanted substances. Go for natural supplements which are both effective and safe. Choose a good dietary supplement which contains effective organic substances like Huang Qi, mistletoe, milk thistle, and Indian ginseng. Most importantly, make sure the supplement is approved by the FDA. Also, you can get your vet’s opinion on the product.

The most important thing you should remember about pet health supplements is that they are meant to be given regularly. While you might notice a lot of improvement in your dog’s health in just about two or three months, you should give these supplements regularly to make sure your dog stays healthy for a long time.

The Reason Meat and Animal Products Can Negatively Impact Your Weight Loss and Diet Plan

In my previous articles I explained how we basically get our nutrition from 3 main “food” sources: plant (fruits and vegetables), animal (beef, cheese, chicken, eggs, etc.) and laboratory synthesized (high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, hydrogenated oils, etc). I then went on to explain how the fruit and vegetables of today are grossly lacking in the nutrition that they once possessed years ago.

Today, I want to talk about out meat based foods and explain that the problem with these is not with what they are lacking, but what is being added. You need to understand the reasons that meat and animal products can negatively impact your weight loss and diet plan.

Let’s look at beef as an example. Personally, a good steak or a slice of prime rib is one of my favourite meals. But where does beef come from?

Well duh! It comes from cows.

And who raises cows?

Well the answer to that should be a “no brainer” as well. Farmers raise cows. And that is the way it should be.

I live in rural Quebec. My neighbours are all farmers and they all raise cows. I see these cows out in the fields every day in the spring, summer and fall happily grazing on grass. In the winter, they have a huge barn which they have access to which is full of fresh hay for them to eat. These are the cows that I eat.

But are these the cows that you purchase in your local grocery store?

Sadly they are not. My neighbours barely make enough money from their herds to cover the expenses of these animals. First the calf has to purchased, then it has veterinary expenses, then it needs nutritional supplements (farmers know that the soil is missing certain elements and thus compensate for that. In our region, our soil is completely lacking in selenium.), then there is the electricity the barn uses for lights and to keep the water from freezing, and lastly there are tons of fuel expenses for cutting and transporting the hay.

Most small rural farmers raise cattle as a side income only. “Farmers” can’t make much money raising cattle because they have to compete with “industry” who are the primary cattle raisers in North America. Some of the largest cattle “ranches” in the USA are found in Arizona. In fact, they aren’t even called ranches or farms. They are called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). 97% of all beef in the U.S. comes from CAFOs.

“So what is wrong with Arizona?” you may ask.

What do naturally eat? Grass.

What type of environment is Arizona? It’s a desert. So… no grass.

Cows have 4 stomachs. They evolved in this manner as they are a grazing animals that are meant to eat grass at a leisurely pace and slowly digest it in their stomachs. But since raising cows in these feed lots is not about producing food, it’s about producing money, CAFOs don’t have the time to fatten their cows naturally.

So in these feed lots cows are primarily fed a mixture of grain and corn, and in some cases rendered protein and even concrete dust! Rendered protein is the ground up carcasses of dead pigs (this is a problem because cows are herbivores, not carnivores). Concrete dust was found to increase the weight of cows at auction (heavier cows sell for more money!).

In the CAFOs, living conditions are not quite the same as here on my neighbouring farms and the cows are stressed. Stressed animals have weakened immune systems. Cows with weak immune systems are at greater risk for illness. Living in such high density corrals means that if one cow gets sick, they likely all will. So to reduce the risk of losing a cow, most cattle are fed prophylactic antibiotics to keep them “healthy”.

Don’t think of CAFOs as farms, they are cattle factories just like a car factory. Do you think Ford wants to spend a full month getting a car through the assembly line? No they want that car to be built and out of there as quickly as possible. It’s the same with the beef. The more cattle they can pump through in a year, the more money they make.

To encourage growth in these cows they are also administered growth hormones and steroids. So here you have cows that are taking regular injections of antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones, eating a diet that is completely unnatural to them, and packed into a super small living space. On top of that, the feed that they are fed is itself genetically modified and loaded with herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals.

These are the cows that are sent to slaughter and end up in your grocery stores! This is the beef you are eating. Pigs, chickens, lambs, and even fish are all raised in pretty much the same manner and experience the same outcome.

Just think about it. If your food is full of antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals, what makes you immune to them?

Have you noticed how big kids are these days? Have you noticed how early young girls start to physically mature? The kids today look a lot different now than when I went to public school just 30 short years ago. Do think this might have something to do with all the steroids and growth hormones they are getting second hand in their milk and meat products?

In the case of vegetables, your body is being placed under stress due to a lack of nutrition. In the case of meat, your body is being placed under stress due to the added chemicals and hormones. In an upcoming article, I’ll discuss how it is these stressors on the body, and not the number of calories that are primarily responsible for weight gain and excess body and visceral fat.

How to Choose The Best Fish Oil Supplements Available

Not all fish oil manufacturers use the same process to extract fish oil from fish and manufacture fish oil supplements. Also, not all fish oils are the same quality or purity. In order to determine how to choose the best fish oil supplements for your health you must first determine where the fish was caught and how the fish oil is processed.

The basic process is as follows: fish are cut into pieces and cooked by steaming. The fish is then pressed to remove the oil and liquid from the fish meat. The solid meat is processed into a meal that is usually used for animal feed. The processing of the remainder of oil and liquid is, once again processed, and the water is removed and returned into the solid meat to be added into the process of making animal feed. The remaining fish oil is, once again, processed to remove contaminants and impurities. During the last of the process antioxidants are added to the purified fish oil and the fish oil is sealed into containers.

That is the basic process, but what makes one manufacturer’s process different or better than another? If you are going to use a supplement to provide your system with essential Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, shouldn’t you use the best ones available?

Remember, each phase of the refining process makes the final product more expensive. As you would imagine, fresh fish are very perishable and thus, it is imperative that the processor prevent the fish from deteriorating during the other processing operations. Therefore, the distance between where the fish was caught and where it is processed is very important. There are dangerous pollutants that the fish of our oceans live – there are heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, just to name a few. There are only a few places left on earth where the fish live in pristine waters free of contaminants and they are the coasts of Alaska, Norway and New Zealand.

If the fish are not caught in these areas, then the contaminants and pollutants need to be removed during the processing. This can be a very expensive undertaking.

Before purchasing fish oil or Omega-3 supplements, make sure you determine where the fish in the product was caught, if pollutants have been removed, and be sure the product conforms to international standards. The manufacturer should provide all this information. If the label contains what is called TOTOX value, look for the lowest number; which is the measure of the extent of oxidization of the product you intend to buy.

Now that we understand the manufacturing process, we need to understand what kind of fish would provide the very best quality oil for our Omega-3 supplement. The best fish oil comes from salmon, tuna, sardines, and anchovies. Your best bet is to choose fish oil made from these fish. You should contact several companies to determine just what kind of fish has been used to manufacture their product.

An additional example of the quality would be how many milligrams of the product does this supplement contain. This information should be on the label. You might want to determine the ratio of EPA and DHA contained in each capsule. And remember, that less than 33% of that number is really the essential Omega-3 fatty acid.

Always do your homework and realize for your health you will need Omega-3 fatty acids not just fish oil. The label should clearly list the total EPA and DHA and it should add up to the total amount of oils in the supplement itself.

The product should come from the fish, not the heads or other parts of the fish that you would not want to eat. Where does the fish come from and has it been molecularly distilled. Molecular distillation is a process to remove contaminants from the fish. Therefore, you should avoid this product because molecular distillation means the fish used in the supplement were contaminated in the first place. This is probably not the quality product you want to ingest into your body.

Look for a product that has added or fortified with anti-oxidants such as vitamin E. An anti-oxidant such as vitamin E to prevent the fish oil from becoming rancid is vitally important to insure that you will not be ingesting a rancid product that could cause the very heart problems and chronic ailments that people are trying to avoid with this supplement.

Lastly, do not buy Omega-3 supplements that are the cheapest you can find. You are only asking for trouble and saving a few dollars is not worth the risk of endangering your health. Buy the products that are the best and highest quality. You owe it to your health to use only the best and your body deserves only the best.

As always, consult with your primary health care provider before adding any supplement to your daily regime. Omega-3 fish oil supplements could be the best thing you could ever do for your health.