The rumor that industrially manufactured food does not meet the need for minerals and vitamins persists and makes many dog owners resort to appropriate additional preparations. But that is more likely to harm the dog. Many preparations can have negative consequences if overdosed. Miss Dr. Tina Hölscher, veterinarian at aktion tier eV, helps to separate the wheat from the chaff: “Basically, products labeled with the catchphrase complete feed contain everything the animals need. But because everything is already in our feed, you have to be very careful with dietary supplements. ”
High-dose vitamin products or mixtures of minerals can make animals sick. Such additives only need four-legged friends who have a proven deficiency. And only the veterinarian can determine for sure. So if you think that your dog is missing something, you shouldn’t invest the money immediately in additional preparations, but rather in an examination at the vet.
“In particular, the body cannot excrete the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K on its own. If the owner feeds these vitamins extra, so-called hypervitaminoses occur in the long term. This causes serious damage to the skeleton. The skin and hair coat become brittle dry, “warns Dr. Hölscher from well-intentioned feeding errors.
Pet owners should find out exactly what they are feeding their pet. Food specialists such as reptiles place particularly high demands on their owners. “The closer the feeding is based on what the animals would eat in the wild, the more digestible the menu is,” says the veterinarian’s rule of thumb. “When it comes to food supplements for animals, less is often more.” (Text: Marzena Fiok)
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