I started to take Truestar multivitamins last fall after making a conscious decision to provide my body with essentials to improve my health. I instantaneouly felt the benefits of taking them. I was hoping they would offer the same quality products for pets so I could use it for my dogs. I’m happy to share the latest from Dr. Andra Campitelli, ND.
“Over 70% of North Americans are currently taking some form of nutritional supplement. But, there is another market that is rapidly increasing: supplementation for animals. Many pet owners are now recognizing the value of providing supplements for their pets. Animals experience the same wear and tear, aging concerns and nutrient deficiencies as humans, making it just as important for animals to supplement with a high quality supplement. There are a few companies that have begun to make supplements specifically for their pets, but there may be an issue when it comes to the quality of these products. Based on consumerlabs.com reports, 60% of these products failed to meet industry standards and 25% don’t meet the label claims. It appears that pet-specific supplements don’t carry the same quality standards as those made for humans. As a pet owner, I understand how important it is to ensure we are giving our animals all the nutrients they need.
As many as 1/3 of North American dogs and cats may be receiving vitamins and nutritional supplements as the population of aging, overweight animals increases.
According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association andthe American Journal of Veterinary Research, the most commonly used supplements for pets are now multivitamins, supplements to support joint health and fatty acids to improve coat shine and reduce shedding. Probiotics are even often used to support gastrointestinal health and antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, may benefit brain health, memory and inflammation.
Where can you find these ingredients in Truestar products? TrueBASICS Solo
Research is also indicating that supplementation may be beneficial, prior to the onset of signs and symptoms, especially when it comes to joint support, in order to optimize function and comfort for your pets.
When it comes to your pet’s health, you may want to consider a few different options.
Vitamin A and vitamin B3 are a great start and may be of greater importance for cats. Cats do not often consume plant-based foods and follow a more carnivorous diet. Vitamin A is obtained when enzymes break down carotenoids in those plant-based foods. They may obtain a healthy source of vitamin A from liver, but if your cat may be lacking, consider a supplement in order to optimize overall cell function and also to benefit eye health and eye sight.
Vitamin B3, niacin, is another vitamin that cats cannot produce, so it must be sourced elsewhere from food sources. This vitamin is essential for protein breakdown, especially for our meat-eating cats! Again, liver is a great source of this vitamin, but many cats may still be deficient or may need a little bit of help keeping those levels optimized, just as humans do.
Where can you find these ingredients in Truestar products? TrueANTIOXIDANT / PROTECT, and TrueB Complex are great sources.
For both cat and dog lovers, you may want to focus on joint support and arthritis, since your pets’ joints can become stiff and less mobile as they age. Focusing on prevention here is key in order to keep the joints healthy and push off this natural decline. These stiff joints are often due to damaged cartilage or a decrease in the fluid that lubricates the joint. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is important for supporting the joints, cartilage and also nervous tissue and hair. It may actually even support joint comfort, range of motion and flexibility. Glucosamine and chondroitin can help support that cartilage and joint fluid and bromelain acts to manage inflammation. Additional vitamin C can act as a powerful antioxidant to manage free radical damage.
Where can you find these ingredients in Truestar products? TrueJOINT Support
Don’t forget your fish oil for those essential omega-3 fatty acids to give your pets a beautiful, shiny coat.
When it comes to dosage, levels can vary depending on the age and size of dog you have. Generally, smaller, lower weight animals would take a lower dose of the various supplements. However, it is always a good idea to work with your veterinarian to ensure the products are right for you little friends.”
I’m introducing the TrueJOINT Support in Molly’s diet since she really needs that kind of help in order to enjoy her daily activities. I’m looking forward to share with you if the benefits on her are as powerful as they are on myself.
The information presented is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals.