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Vitamins for cats and dogs - why are they so important?

 

A healthy and happy pet is every owner‘s dream. However, a survey that we carried out revealed that only 7% of people regularly feed their pets vitamins. 35% of pet owners completely exclude any food supplements from their pets‘ daily nutrition. In what cases are vitamins necessary and what real benefit do they bring to pets?  

 
 
Insufficient Nutrition May Have a Negative Impact on Pet‘s Health
 
High-quality pet feeds ensure sufficient and balanced nutrition with all necessary vitamins and minerals. If a pet is fed lower quality feeds or home-made food, their health might deteriorate.  
Therefore, when choosing a product, first you should check whether the feed corresponds to your dog’s nutritional requirements and taste, whether the feed is made of natural ingredients, whether it contains vitamins and minerals, as well as any other nutrients essential for maintaining your pet in good health.
Certainly, it is of utmost importance that feeding instructions are followed – these are guidelines for the daily amount of food your dog should be fed, calculated based on its weight. The feeding rations may be adjusted considering the activity level of your pet, its tendency to gain excessive weight, or whether it has recently been ill.
Thus, whether your pet needs added vitamins depends on the food it is fed. If the feed is holistic, of a Super Premium type and your pet is completely healthy, we can conclude that your pet is receiving all the necessary vitamins and minerals through food. If you are using a lower-class feed, you must ensure that any necessary food supplements are also added. 
 
 
The Most Valuable Vitamins
 
Vitamins are beneficial not only for puppies, pregnant or senior dogs – if you have noticed that the coat of your pet is less shiny, they eyes are cloudy and breathing more intense, you should consider investing in some vitamins to improve your pet’s health.
In most cases food supplements are composite, i.e. made of different ingredients. You only need to know what specific benefit it will bring to your pet. For instance, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus are essential in the formation of cartilage, the strengthening of bones and teeth.  Fatty acids improve hair structure, decrease hair loss, and make the coat shinier and thicker. Fish oils are highly valuable. You can add it directly to the dry feed – your pet will wolf it down right away.
Vitamins A, D, and E, biotin, iron, manganese selenium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and Omega-3 fatty acids are especially important for healthy growth and development of young puppies.
Certainly, various antioxidants are beneficial for your pet’s immune system – vitamins A, D, C, E, B6, selenium, and zinc. They will ensure that your pet’s protection against various diseases is strengthened.
If you want to maintain your pet at their optimum weight, supplements containing vitamins D, E, biotin, manganese, iodine, selenium and L-carnitine are particularly appropriate.  
These types of natural and highly valuable food supplements for your pet can be found in our NATURE’S PROTECTION range. 
 
 
The main supplement types and their key ingredients: 
 
 
Types of Supplements
 
Necessary Ingredients
For healthy bones and teeth
Vitamin A, Vitamin D, zinc, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, potassium
For healthy skin and shiny coat
Vitamin A, biotin, zinc, copper, Omega-6 fatty acids
For maintaining reproductive function
Vitamin A, zinc, manganese, Omega-6 fatty acids
For proper growing process and development of young pets
Vitamins A, D, E, biotin, iron, manganese, selenium, calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Omega-3 fatty acids
For maintaining optimal weight
Vitamins D, E, biotin, manganese, iodine, selenium, L-carnitine
 
 

 Essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and their functions:

Nutrient Benefit Source
Vitamin A
-For vision (especially for night vision)
-For reproduction
-For proper growing process and development
-For teeth, nails, hair, and bones 
-Liver
-Eggs
-Carrots
-Fish
Vitaminas D
-Increases the intake of calcium and phosphorus
-Optimizes calcium-binding in bones , i.e. maintains strong bones and teeth
-Reduces the amount of calcium and phosphorus in urine (especially relevant for cats)
-Fish oil
-Salmon and other fishes
Vitaminas E
-Antioxidant(protective function of cells)
-Organism protection from the impact of free radicals
-Improves immunity 
-Vegetable extracts, oils
-Grain
-Liver
-Eggs
Biotin
-Essentialfor maintaining excellent skin and coat
-In cooperation with potassium, it improves bone structure, reduces hair fragility, maintains the formation of keratin
-Necessary for the metabolism of amino acids, energy, synthesis of glucose and fatty acids.
-Yeast
-Grain
Zinc
-Important in the process of vitamin A transportation
-For reproduction
-For healthy skin and shiny coat
-Meat
-Fish
-Grain
Ferrum -Helps transport oxygen in an organism 
-Liver
-Meat
-Fish
Manganese
-For reproduction
-Necessary for energy production in an organism
-Important for the formation of bones and joints 
-Meat
-Grain
Copper
-Improves the intake of ferrum, likewise, improving the function of red blood cells
-Active in the formation of connective tissues, collagen and melanin 
-Meat (lamb, pork)
-Fish
-Peas
-Soy
Selenium
-Antioxidant(protective function of cells)
-Essential for maintaining proper blood pressure
-Regulates the balance of fluids in an organism 
-Fish
-Meat
-Eggs
Calcium -Composite material of bones 
-Mineral salts
-Phosphates
Phosphorus
-The composite bone material
-The composite material of cells membranes
-The composite material of DNA and RNA
-Mineral salts
-Phosphates
-Meat
Potassium
-For proper muscle growing process and development
-Contributes to nutrient metabolism
-Improves bones 
-Mineral salts
-Meat
Omega-3
fatty acids
-Stimulates the brain activity of young dogs, improves learning process
-Contains anti-inflammation properties 
-Vegetable Oils
-Salmon oil
-Salmon
-Fish oil
Omega-6
fatty acids
-For healthy skin and shiny coat
-For reproduction 
-Vegetable oils
 
 

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