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Blog ~ A Few Words from Dr. Goodpet - dog vitamins

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Vitamin CAscorbic Acid, or Vitamin C is simply a powerhouse when it comes to health and longevity. This remarkable supplement has been shown to have a profound impact on immune function, increasing white blood cell activity in humans and canines. What’s most incredible, Vitamin C actually increases blood concentration of antibodies (specialized proteins in the body that seek out and kill viruses, bacteria and other toxins) as well as Interferon (naturally occurring antiviral and anticancer compounds).

Multivitamin/Minerals A well-balanced diet comprised of mostly meat (preferably raw and organic) and vegetables should provide all the essential vitamins and minerals your dog needs. Depending on factors like age and activity level, some dogs simply require more vitamins/minerals throughout the day to and maintain vibrant health. High quality, easily assimilated vitamin/mineral supplements are extremely helpful when the objective is to increase nutrient intake without increasing calorie count. This way your dog gets all the extra nutrition without extra food necessary.

Digestive Enzymes - Necessary for proper digestion and nutrient absorption, sufficient enzyme activity plays a major role in your dog’s overall health. Sadly, most canine specific foods on the market, even those that are hypoallergenic and meat-based, undergo high heat processing that typically destroys the food’s naturally occurring enzymes. As a result, the pancreas has to work overtime in an effort to produce enough enzymes to digest each meal, which can lead to serious illness over time. You can avoid this problem by feeding with primarily raw meat and/or using a high quality digestive enzyme supplement.

Essential Omega 3 Fats Just like humans, dogs must obtain vital Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats from the food they eat. While both essential fats are pivotal to good health, it’s extremely easy to meet your dog’s Omega 6 needs with little effort as it is highly concentrated in pet food products. Omega 3 fat, on the other hand, is not typically present in sufficient amount or quality in canine foods, which creates an imbalanced ratio of the two important fats – too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 can cause inflammation and lead to autoimmune diseases including early arthritic conditions. The addition of a high quality Omega 3 supplement such as fish oil can restore balance and help dramatically reduce inflammation that, if left untreated, can be extremely dangerous.

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