If you think that the dietary supplements you buy for your pets are completely safe, think again. All supplements contain active and inactive ingredients. However, many of these ‘inactive’ ingredients aren’t really so inactive and can cause more damage to pet health than anything else. In light of this, mentioned below are some substances you need to look out for when buying pet supplements:
These are used to enhance the volume of the product and can be harmful to your pet, especially if they are not derived from food. Usually, these would include silicon and talc, which is evidently a carcinogen. However, food grade fillers such as cellulose and lactose don’t do much good either since a higher dosage will be required because it contains more filler chemicals.
These are used to hold together all the nutrients and vitamins in a supplement tablet. Most of them are derived from food, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy. Feeding supplements in tablet form just means giving your pet what it doesn’t need. The sugars in these binding agents can encourage unhealthy bacterial growth.
Disintegration chemicals help break the tablets down in your pet’s digestive system – enabling it to be properly dissolved in its stomach. Examples of such substances include food-based starches and even powdered sugar. Your pet may develop allergic reactions as a response to such agents.
These are only present as part of the supplement to ease the production process and is beneficial to the manufacturer only. They also increase the dissolving time of the tablets. These substances are usually made from genetically modified foods. However, this is not always the case as these can be made from magnesium stearate and silica. They are notorious for causing imbalances in the immune system as well as cause severe indigestion.
These are almost never food-based, which makes the synthetic substances harmful for your pet. Other toxic, chemical additives are only added to increase the shelf life of the product and are of no benefit to your pet. Coating agents also increase the shelf life by protecting the product from moisture and unwanted odors.
No one understands the need to add coloring to pet supplements since they’re only added for presentation, and pets really don’t care. Colored pills are for marketing purposes only. Synthetic colors are more common and can have detrimental effects on the health of your pet.
Sweeteners in supplements are unnecessary since they mainly come from sucrose and fructose that can feed viruses and bacteria. On the other hand, flavoring is added to the supplement to improve the taste. Bacon or beef flavoring may not even come from real animals so look out for flavoring when you buy pet supplements.
These are the most harmful ingredients to find in the dietary supplement you buy for your pet. Therefore, it is recommended that pet owners give their pets a proper diet with supplementation when necessary. Always consult a veterinary expert before proceeding to buy supplements for your pet.