Pet Nutritional Supplements. Most of us are familiar with the many health benefits of pet nutritional supplements for dogs and cats. On the other hand there are certain pet supplements that are not only less than beneficial to pet health they are actually detrimental. A study of 40 dogs and 40 cats was conducted to determine the value of various antioxidants, vitamins and minerals with respect to pet health and longevity. Ultimately the scientists found that although many supplements were beneficial, certain nutrients, specifically iron, copper, and phosphorus were found to accelerate the pet aging process and reduce wellness and longevity in dogs and cats.
Phosphorus in particular can lead to and precipitate kidney disorders. In dogs and cats with compromised kidney function, phosphorus worsens pet kidney function.
The association between supplement intake and mortality was highest with iron.
Read labels and remember more is not always better.
Give your pets supplements wisely and always check with your veterinarian to find out what’s best for your pet.