are they necessary?

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"A number of nutritional supplements may be useful for maintaining health or treating disease.

Supplements can be useful by themselves or used in conjunction with conventional therapies, depending upon each pet's individual needs.

Many pets may be able to take reduced doses of their medications when taking nutritional supplements, with the ultimate goal being to wean them off all medications
." Dr. S. Messonier DVM, author of 'Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats.'
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"Generally, there would be less need for supplements if our food contained everything that we and our pets require; however, modern farming methods and the use of chemicals deplete the soil of essential nutrients and consequently our food is depleted.

Food processing further depletes food of valuable nutrients and enzymes, and the addition of synthetic additives and preservatives increases the need for supplementation.

Dogs and cats eating a well balanced fresh food diet may not need much in the way of supplements.
However, there may be times of extra need such as illness, growth, pregnancy, lactation and for the elderly animals
." M. Fairgrieve, Author of 'The `Natural Way for Dogs and Cats.'
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"Educating guardians that their dog or cat needs supplements is sometimes even more challenging than persuading them that they need vitamins and minerals themselves. This is because of the insistent message by pet food companies that their foods contain all of the complete and balanced nutrition your dog or cat will ever need.

Sure, clever advertisements told us that convenient canned and bagged foods were completely balanced and required no additional supplementation. Although the high heat of cooking destroyed, on average, 35-75 percent of the naturally occurring vitamins, the manufacturers solved this problem by 'fortifying' the foods with 135 percent of the required nutrients. They were of course not fooling mother nature, as the nutrients were also cooked.

And more important, antioxidant vitamins (such as vitamin C) can be destroyed by almost 75 percent or completely inactivated from the cooking……

Today, acupuncture, homeopathy, flower essences, and herbal medicine are just a few of the healing modalities readily available to animals. It is only natural that the human alternative health movement would filter down to our companion animals.

As a culture, we are becoming acutely aware of the role of a preventative, proactive approach to living and longevity. In addition, people are questioning the side effects and risks inherent in the Western 'allopathic' model of drugs and surgery, which often ignores the root cause of disease. Symptom suppression is no longer automatically seen as the cure to society's epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases
." Dr R Goldstein DVM. Author of 'The Goldstein's Wellness & Longevity Program.'
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"In a perfect world, dogs and their human friends would get all the nutrients needed for a healthy life from a balanced diet of good food. Although no supplements can take the place of real food, the truth is that our food supply ain't what it used to be……

That's why I strongly recommend that your dog be given supplements.

I like to think of them, in fact, as a form of 'supplemental health insurance' for pets, providing whatever extra nutrients your dog needs to maintain optimum health," Dr. D. Khalsa VMD Author of 'Natural Dog.'
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*Like all other forms of holistic and naturopathic healing modalities, natural supplements and herbal remedies are not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment.  If your pet is sick, the best place to start is a diagnosis from your Vet."

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