Supporting immunity, maintaining mobility, managing weight, and cardiovascular health are top concerns for preserving good health -- and they're also among the most important aspects of your pet's well-being. Just like their human companions, dogs and cats need proper nutrition to enjoy a long, healthy life. Many of the nutrients you take for extra support can also benefit your pets. Here are just a few of the nourishing ingredients to look for in supplements specially formulated for animals.
Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to joint and heart health, normal brain function, and a healthy immune response. An added bonus? Omega-3s nourish the skin and can help give your cat or dog a shiny coat.
Probiotics, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium animalis, and Lactobacillus casei, aid digestion and modulate the immune system. These beneficial bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids that inhibit the growth and activity of harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella.
Glucosamine, MSM, and hyaluronic acid can help support mobility and joint flexibility as your pet ages. Cayenne and curcumin are natural anti-inflammatories that can also benefit your four-legged friends.
Helping our dogs and cats maintain a healthy weight can increase their lifespans. Obesity in pets (and humans) is linked to heart and joint problems as well as weakened immunity. In addition to increasing exercise and feeding your dog food that's low in unhealthy fats and high in protein, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals (in a quantity recommended by your vet), consider a weight-management supplement containing ingredients like L-carnitine, L-arginine, gymnema, and chromium. A supplement formulated for pets will contain these and other natural ingredients to help support a healthy appetite, weight, and blood sugar levels.
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