4 Best Vitamins and Supplements for Animals in 2019- Number 4 is Amazing!

Author: Kurt LaCapruccia, D.S.S. (Diploma in Dietary Supplement Science)

Updated: January 17, 2019


Which Vitamins does your dog or cat need in 2019?

You have questions, we have solutions.

Join me as I use the newest scientific research to recommend the 4 Best Animal Vitamins and Supplements for 2018 and answer the 3 common questions about Pet Health.

To start, these Minerals and Vitamins are essential for pet health. I provided authoritative articles so you can have confidence in my research. You can use these as a handy checklist:

  • Water (preferably filtered, this article was very helpful)
  • Protein (1)
  • Carbohydrates (2)
  • Minerals (3)
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 Vitamin A (4, 5)
  • Healthy Fats (6)
  • Probiotics (7)

Dogs and Cats need quality supplements too! DR Vitamins is here to help.

I consulted with our staff doctor, Dr. Jose Lizardi, to help me understand the 4 Best Animal Vitamins and Supplements for 2019. The first word of advice he told me was to purchase supplements as preventative measures before a problem develops.

For example, if you feel like your pet is developing an opaque lens in one of their eyes; this could be the early signs of cataract formation. Here are the 4 Best Supplements in 2019 you can use as a preventative measure in your pet based on Dr. Lizardi’s recommendation.

1. Cataract Prevention 

If your pet is starting to show signs of cataracts, or their eyes typically bother them, Vision Clarity Eye Drops offer a safe solution that studies have shown to improve visual acuity and glare sensitivity in patients suffering from cataracts. (8) Vision Clarity Eye Drops are additionally made from Carnosine, an effective ingredient in preventing cataracts. 

Solution- Vision Clarity Eye Drops

2. Vision Problems

Solution- Lanomax Eye Drops

Vision Problems are common in aging pets. These high-quality eye drops for pets contain Lanosterol, a chemical compound which has recently garnered a great deal of attention from Ophthalmologists and other health experts for its potential as a natural agent to fight the aggregation of proteins on the lens of the eye, which is the basis of cataract formation. (9)

The reason behind all this positive buzz is a 2015 study conducted by UC San Diego Ophthalmology professor Kang Zhang which demonstrated the effectiveness of lanosterol at reducing cataracts and improving clarity in the eyes of rabbits and dogs.(10) As such, it is thought that Lanosterol may have a positive effect on some forms of cataracts in a variety of animals. (11)

To learn more about the benefits of Lanosterol, click here for more information.

3. Daily Dog or Cat Food

Solution- Life Extension Dog Mix or Life Extension Cat Mix

Did you know the typical pet does not receive enough nutrition from their food?

Life Extension dog and cat mixes contain numerous antioxidants and probiotics, which has been shown to promote gut health in animals. (12) A typical pet does not receive the appropriate balanced diet through their dog foods, and as they age their nutrient needs change just like a humans needs. (13) Buying high-quality commercial foods that are nutrient-enriched and are often expensive is an option, but often they are missing the vitamins amino acids, and other features this dog mix offers.

If you’re more of a cat person, our friends at Life Extension created a mix just for your cat as well. This mix includes taurine and arginine, which are important to a cat’s health, as well as other nutrients that a cat’s particular diet requires. (14)

4. Dog or Cat Treats

Solution- Vetri-Science Laboratories Composure Bite-Sized Chews

These bite-sized chews help alleviate stress-related behavior problems without affecting your dog’s personality or energy levels. (15) It can be used daily or when extra help to relax is needed. It contains a unique combination of factors not found in other calming formulas.

That was exciting and informative! When speaking to Dr. Lizardi, I was impressed with how many quality ingredients are found in the Life Extension Dog and Cat mix! Check out this video to put his advice into context!

 

As I was researching this topic, I found 3 relevant questions in 2019 concerning animal vitamins and supplements that I believed needed to be answer by an authoritative figure. I got on a call with Dr. Jose Lizardi to get the expert opinion on these 3 questions:

  1. Do dogs and cats really need Vitamins?
  2. Do pet supplements work?
  3. How do I choose a quality supplement for my pet?

Method: I structured these questions in a “Question/Answer” format to make the interaction fun and interesting to read. If you have any additional questions you would personally like to ask, feel free to call our world-class customer support line via our free Health and Wellness Consultation. We are here to answer your questions and solve your health problems. Let’s get into this fascinating conversation between myself and an authoritative medical doctor.

Question 1: Do dogs and cats really need Vitamins?

DR Solution – Many people think our pets get enough supplementation from store bought pet foods. The problem with many store bought pet food is low quality ingredients used in the recipe. Vitamin B12 deficiencies can occur in our pets, so be sure to buy pet food that is rich in these animal vitamins and supplements:

  1. Vitamin B12 (16)
  2. Probiotics
  3. Vitamin A (or Beta Carotene, 17)
  4. Vitamin C (18)
  5. Vitamin D (19)
  6. Folic Acid (for the healthy fur, 20)

We did a review of the Best Animal Supplements and found that Life Extension Dog and Cat mix offers all of the mandatory Vitamins and Supplements assigned by Dr. Lizardi. One important note from our conversation was the effectiveness of Probiotics in pet health. Pets can be exposed to harmful bacteria through low quality food and toxic environments, including “good bacteria” or “Probiotics” is an important supplement to build their immune system. (21)

*Important Note- When you are serving Vitamin and Supplements to your pet, remember to always include a healthy Omega-3 Fat to make sure those vitamins are absorbed into their blood stream. (22) Vitamins and Supplements must bind to a fat in order to be absorbed. (23) Solution – You can easily pour 1 Teaspoon of high quality fatty acids into your dog or cat food. This supplement will last you 30 meals!

Question 2: Do pet supplements work?

DR Solution – Dr. Lizardi referenced a study in the American Journal of Veterinary Research indicating that fish oil can help reduce inflammation in pets. (24) Fatty acids, he cites, can promote healthy and shiny fur coats. Life Extension Dog and Cat mix include Vitamin C and Vitamin E which can reduce inflammation in pets.

Health Tip: When inflammation is decreased, blood flow is increased. (25)

Question 3: How do I choose a quality supplement for my pet?

DR Solution – Dr. Lizardi made it clear to look for brands that specify in either dog or cat mix. Here are 6 important checklists we developed from our conversation:

  1. Never buy from a brand that does not disclose their phone number
  2. Always buy from a trusted seller that has a customer service department you can call
  3. Look for a lot number that proves the product has undergone a quality control check
  4. Read the labels- be sure additives like High Fructose Corn Syrup is not included as a sweetener (26)
  5. Look for safety certification on the packaging
  6. Remember, if a claim sounds too good to be true- it most likely is.

You can use this helpful checklist the next time you shop for pet supplements. I know for myself, I want to make sure I am giving my pets the best supplements on the market. There are so many Animal Vitamin and Supplements on the market today, Dr. Lizardi and I developed this list to help you make the best decision for your pet. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us for a free Health and Wellness Consultation.

Article Review / Conclusion

We covered a lot of ground in this article, I want to make sure we break down the content so you can have the answer to your problem as a useful checklist that you can easily print out.

The 4 Best Animal Vitamins and Supplements with links

  1. Vision Clarity Eye Drops – These eye drops have the power of Carnosine, a natural supplement that supports superior vision. (27) We have worked tirelessly to develop these eye drops to be the highest quality eye drops in the world.
  2. Lanomax Eye Drops – These high quality eye drops are different than Vision Clarity because they use Lanosterol in place of Carnosine. Some health enthusiasts believe Lanosterol works better than Carnosine for pet eye drops. I have done the research and can report they are made with premium ingredients.
  3. Life Extension Dog or Cat mix- The powerful ingredients in both of these mixes is Probiotics. I cannot state how important it is to include Probiotics in your pets diet. Life Extension has done an incredible job developing these mixes as both contain Vitamin C and Folic Acid to boost your pets immune system. I would recommend including a high quality healthy fat such as this supplement from Metagenics to ensure the vitamins and minerals have a fat they can bind to. Remember: a vitamin or mineral cannot absorb into the blood stream without binding to a fat.
  4. Vetri-Science Laboratories Composure Bite-Sized Chews– Make health fun! These bite-sized chews are a powerful and high quality option to boost your pets immune system and keep them vibrant.

The 3 Common Questions SOLVED

  1. Do dogs and cats really need vitamins? Solution- Animals experience nutrient deficiencies just like humans, supplementing your pet with Probiotics, Folic Acid and Vitamin C is a safe and natural way to boost their immune systems. (28, 29) When the immune system is strong, it can fight off bacteria and infection.
  2. Do pet supplements work? Solution- Dr. Lizardi referenced a study showing how fish oil reduces inflammation in pets. (30) This shows that supplements can play a role in improving the health of your pet.
  3. How do I choose a quality supplement for my pet? SolutionsTo answer this question, Dr. Lizardi and I developed a checklist that you can print out when discussing supplements with your brand of choice.

How to choose a quality supplement for your pet.

  • Never buy from a brand that does not disclose their phone number
  • Always buy from a trusted seller that has a customer service department you can call
  • Look for a lot number that proves the product has undergone a quality control check
  • Read the labels- be sure additives like High Fructose Corn Syrup is not included as a sweetener (31)
  • Look for safety certification on the packaging
  • Remember, if a claim sounds too good to be true- it most likely is.

How to Begin Your Adventure in Pet Supplements Today!

Based on Dr. Lizardi’s recommendation, beginning your journey in Pet Supplements depends on the specific needs you have identified in your furry companion. If you feel like your pet could be developing Cataracts, I would recommend Vision Clarity Eye drops to begin your journey.

If you feel like your current dog or cat food is not the best, you can easily begin your adventure with Life Extension Dog or Cat mix and know you are giving your pet the highest quality mix on the market.

If there is anything else I can help you with, or problems you need solved; please reach out to us in the Comment section or contact us via our complementary free Health and Wellness Consultation. We have professionals ready to speak with you. If you call in, I would love to speak with you and assist you on your adventure in Pet Supplements! If you have a problem, we have a solution! Even if your question does not pertain to this article, feel free to call us and we will help you.

Start your journey today to greater health in your pet, shop the DR Pet Store now with all the new information you know!


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