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Natural Supplements for your dog

NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR YOUR DOG

As we become more educated about what is actually in the daily food we feed our pets, more and more dog owners and concerned breeders are now looking to provide the highest quality and most nutritious foods and supplements for their dogs.  This has led to a gradual, but welcome, return to natural type ingredients and foods.

Below are 2 highly nutritious natural supplements that are easy to obtain from your health food store, and may greatly improve your dog?s health and wellbeing.  Remember to source out Organic products where possible.

The first supplement is Flax Seed Oil.  It is a rich source of Omega-3 & 6 essential fatty acids. These are essential for the functioning of every cell in the body.  They are often destroyed in cooking and processed foods.  All the components found in the Flax Seed work together, creating a synergetic effect for the well being of animals.  The addition of Flax Seed Oil to your pet's diet is apparent in increased activity, healthier coats and skin and a higher resistance towards diseases.  To keep fresh, Flaxseed Oil must be kept in the fridge.  For maintenance doses 5 -10 mls per day are required, mixed into food.   If your pet has lack-luster skin and coat, or is generally unwell, then an initial higher dose may be necessary.

The second supplement is Apple Cider Vinegar.  Every home with pets should have ACV in the cupboard. It is a remedy with multiple uses for pets: alleviating allergies, establishing correct pH balance of the blood, and aiding digestion. It can be applied externally on itches, hotspots and allergies.  Use diluted with water if applying to broken skin.  For internal benefits simply add 5 - 15mls to food.  Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out.  ACV helps with arthritic conditions, controls fleas, and gives a beautiful shine to your pet's coat!  ACV contains important minerals, trace elements and vitamins, acetic acid, lactic acid, enzymes, amino acids as well as roughage in the form of potash and apple pectin.  It has been compared to an all-round natural multi-vitamin & mineral tonic.

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By Silva Mirovics - 0433-449-215.

Silva Mirovics is a fully qualified CMT practitioner.  She has a BHSc degree, Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and is currently studying Small Animal Naturopathy.

Disclaimer: This article is designed to provide you with information and education on the wellness of your dog. We make no medical claims and you must consult your veterinarian if problems persist or arise. We take no responsibility for the health of your pet. We are not a substitute for veterinary care.

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