Facts about pet vitamins and supplements for dogs and cats

We can see more and more people giving their pets vitamins and supplements. This trend goes along with people taking more dietary supplements and vitamins then some time ago. Vitamins and supplements could be added to pets food, or either taken directly. Remember, than nothing is more important for your pet’s long, healthy life, than it’s diet.

The problem is casual dog and cat food may be poor supplemented with vitamins. That’s why you may need to give them some of these vitamins chew tabs, tablets, powder, and capsules. They are made to essentially help benefit your cat or dog health care.

Pet Vitamins and pet Supplements are superb way of:

  • providing your pet with the proper nurishment
  • maintaining your cat or dog in healthy lifestyle
  • reducing harmful to pet health substances in casual pet food

You may find effective cat vitamins with high calcium content, dog vitamins, supplements, sedatives and nutraceuticals formulated to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of stress, and also other vitamin formulations to avoid the physical strains caused by tough activities.

This may look like i’m talking about supplements for some heavy strained pets, but they are also considered as daily supplements, just to improve digestion of your dog or cat. In fact, supplementing with vitamins is everything you need to do to make your pet health and happy.

The fact is every one on three of US pet (talking about dogs and cats) is receiving supplementary with vitamins. Common supplements are multivitamins and measures to support arthrists. Also unsaturated fatty acids, used mainly to improve pet coat shine, is very valuable supplement. Gastrointestinal problems can be defended by giving pets probiotics, and effects of aging can be reduced with antioxidants supplements.

Let’s recap what supplements have been disscused to this point:

  1. vitamins for overall health,
  2. sedatives and nutraceuticals for stress reducing,
  3. vitamin formulations for physical strains,
  4. multivitamins for pets arthrists
  5. unsaturated fat acids for smooth, shining coat,
  6. probiotics for gastro enhancement,
  7. anti-aging antioxidants,
  8. herbal supplements.

Every year we have bigger population of overweight, aging dogs and cats. That’s the reason why pet supplements market is breaking another levels, being expected to reach over $1.5 billion by 2012! I have no doubt that a supplements, healthy diet is the only way to get to your pet major vitamins and minerals. Those are necessary if you want to maintain health and warding off illness dog or cat.

Tramadol for my dogs before going to the vet

My dog Chichi got severely injured feet last week. Before visiting the vet, I called him for advice about Chichi’s feet pain. He told me to give her tramadol for dogs – about 0.5 ml orally (different dosage from what humans take) The vet said nothing about the side effects of tramadol, but Chichi feel asleep after a few minutes. Looks like tramadol makes dogs very drowsy, especially as small as my little Chichi.

Maybe the dose was too high?

So after a while I looked on the internet for more information about giving tramadol for dogs and possible side effects, but it seems like sleeping is the only one :)
Other information about the dosage I noted– he let me buy liquid tramadol and give Chichi 0.5 ml, but it seems that other vets are prescribing 50mg dosages as well.

Maybe it makes a difference in the side effects? I found some more info on Yahoo answers, but I think it will be better to check another vet in the future.

Overall I learned the following:

  • Never give your dog new medications without checking side effects first
  • Overall tramadol is safe for dogs – except that they will get drowsy
  • I will check another vet in the future, because I don’t know if 0.5ml is a good dosage – I see 50mg recommended elsewhere.
  • Obviously most information can be found on internet, for example on Wikipedia the tramadol information is good

Anyway, animal painkillers like tramadol should and can help controlling dog’s pain in cases of diseases or injuries. However, you must remember, that dogs and several other animals have much higher threshold levels for pain compared to humans. So it’s not rare if we fail to spot that our animal is suffering from a lot of pain.

We do not usually notice it but visible symptoms can be seen. And again, it’s because of the fact that they can’t tell us about their pain. You shouldn’t be afraid of giving medicine to cure the animals pain – dogs especially – using the human painkiller tramadol is confirmed as being safe to use in human, and safe for dogs.

Now although tramadol is addictive in humans it is not in dogs, this is because they obviously cannot get more of it and do not get physical dependency like humans can. So fear not!

Overdose levels are real and will likely be caused if you dog accidentally finds all your tramadol and eats too much. Although the levels in humans are know they are not in dogs. Overall deaths from tramadol overdose have been reportedly increasing in frequency in Northern Ireland; the majority of these overdoses involve other drugs including alcohol.