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Supplementation: How Do We Decide?

A recent article in The Age titled "Humanisation of pets’: Inside the $4b-a-year pet vitamins boom" found that the amount we spend on health products and supplements for our much loved pets is just a little less than what we spend on taking them to the vet.  So the pet supplement business is booming, and it's encouraged by large advertising budgets. 

All this messaging can make it confusing for you, the caring human, as you make choices based on your own research, preferences, budget and lifestyle.  But how do we make choices with all the conflicting ideas and suggestions out there? 

First, we must understand the nutritional needs of our furry friends and ask ourselves - are we feeding them a balanced diet?

 

Is there enough variety?

By varying meat (preferably free range as this contains a lot of extra nutrients), fish, vegetables, eggs, bones, diary and grains you will find you have a lot to offer.  Feeding grains has been really blasted lately, but it's once again up to you and what suits your dog.  Grains add variety and supply nutrients that meat may not.  However of course it depends on what suits your dog.


Are their micro-nutrient needs being met?

Difficult to answer this one as the soil is working hard to produce our food.  But many farming and animal feeding practices can contribute to loss of nutrients both in the soil and food.  The bottom line is to go for variety and purchase produce from good free range producers.


Is their diet balanced to their needs?

Although there are many guidelines out there most dog parents would find it difficult to really understand how to interpret those guidelines and be able to formulate a diet based on their recommendations.  So choose variety, know your dog and although we all want to do our best, try not to make it complicated.  But their overall diet, quality and variety of the food matters so feed the best you can.


So often time is a factor in our busy life,Wellbeing Essentials Complete 22 can help to supply nutritional balance to your dogs diet.  But their overall diet, quality and variety of the food matters. Wellbeing Essentials Complete 22 in the correct amount gives you the piece of mind that your dog is getting the foundational nutrients they need and can take the guess work out of a homemade real food diet.


My experience with transitioning Bobbi to a real food diet, and includingWellbeing Essentials Complete 22 took time, patience and experimentation with different foods.  She sure would be considered a fussy eater, like a lot of toy poodles!  As we progressed I started giving Bobbi supplements as the need arose from her health issues.  Some of the supplements I now use were already present inWellbeing Essentials Complete 22, however she needed more.  Stress can increase your dogs need for micronutrients and she has been through a fair amount in her short life.


I don't give Bobbi synthetic vitamins or minerals but rather use whole food supplements.  Whole foods are utilised differently and can be released if not needed.  For instance I give Bobby Ascophyllum Nonosum, a particular form of seaweed, because Bobbie had a number of problems with her teeth and will not let me clean them.  Perhaps the memory of early baby teeth extractions comes into play…


Returning to the original question what is the different between foundation nutrients and supplements.  The idea that a product likeWellbeing Essentials Complete 22 is a foundational nutrient is something I would like you to consider.


AlthoughWellbeing Essentials Complete 22 as an "additive to" is technically a supplement.   Foundational nutrients need to be considered for a fresh food diet cooked or raw, and will contribute to your dogs continuing health and wellbeing.  Extra supplements can be required to treat different issues as they arise and may be used short or long term.

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