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Daily Supplements

By Lew Olson • December 2003 Newsletter
I am often asked the question “What supplements are helpful for a healthy dog and are they necessary at all?” There are some supplements that are beneficial to healthy dogs that eat either a commercial pet food, a home cooked, or a raw diet.

These are supplements that are helpful for good health, but do not store well or maintain integrity in commercial diets or they are found less often in fresh diets. These supplements are listed below:

B Vitamins
B vitamins are important for healthy nerves, skin, liver and good tone in the digestive tract. They are also important for the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It is important to take a B complex, as the B vitamins need to be taken together. If you increase one type, they compete with the others for absorption in the digestive tract. It is important to supplement with B Vitamins because refining and processing, storage and packaging removes much of the B vitamins from foods.

Vitamin C with Bioflavanoids
Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant and immune builder. It has many functions, including collagen building (present in connective tissue), adrenal gland functioning, it stimulates the production of lymphocytes, it fights bacteria and viruses, enhances the ability of chemotherapy drugs, helps prevent high blood pressure and serum cholesterol, aids in the healing of wounds and the production of anti-stress hormones.
Vitamin C is water soluble and is flushed from the body quickly. This vitamin is also susceptible to losing its potency during packing and exposure to air.
Bioflavonoids, although not exactly a vitamin, are found in the rinds of citrus fruits. When taken with vitamin C, they help with the absorption rate and are also an antioxidant. They help to strengthen capillary walls and prevent hemorrhages and bruising. They are also helpful with inflammatory conditions and arthritis. Bioflavonoids may also be helpful in the treatment and prevention of cataracts.
Vitamin E
This vitamin is also an antioxidant and an anti-carcinogen. It is quite fragile as it is destroyed by heat, light or air. It helps to protect vitamin C and vitamin A from oxidation. It aids circulation, healing of wounds, aids in arthritis, helps with normal functioning of the nervous system, improves athletic performance and prevents cell damage and may prevent aging.
These vitamins can be given separately, or together. Both the Bertes Daily Blend and Bertes Immune Blend contain these ingredients.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The essential fatty acids most often talked about are Omega 6 and Omega 3. The Omega 6 fatty acids are found in most foods, including vegetables, grains and meats. Omega 3 fatty acids are much more difficult to find. They are found in cold-water fish and marine animals. Keeping a good balance of these two essential fatty acids is important. Since Omega 6 fatty acids are plentiful in most foods, it is only necessary to supplement with Omega 3 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids are important for the central nervous system, hormone regulation, and the development of the brain and eyes in neonates. They also help fight inflammation. Additionally, it is renal protective; helps support the liver and the heart. More recent studies also show it is one nutrient cancer cannot use for energy and helps fight weight loss in this disease.
Good sources include salmon and fish body oils. Daily recommended amounts are 1,000 mg per 20-30 lbs in healthy dogs.
Generally, between the Bertes Daily Blend, salmon oil, or fish oil capsules, the bases are covered for what might be missing from the daily diet!
It is not recommended to add synthetic minerals to a dog’s diet, unless it has been recommended by your veterinarian. Kelp and alfalfa are whole foods and a health choice. Most foods, including commercial and homemade diets, contain enough minerals. It is important to keep these in balance.
The only time a mineral supplement may be needed is with home made diets that are devoid of bone. Then calcium needs to be added to keep the calcium/phosphorus balance in correct ratio. Generally 800-900 mg of calcium is needed in a home cooked diet that does not contain a calcium source. In this case an easy solution is to save eggshells and dry them overnight. Grind them in a coffee grinder and add to the diet at 1/2 teaspoon per pound of meat served.
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