We STRONGLY recommend NuVet Labs Supplements for dogs and cats, REGARDLESS of what you feed your pets!
In the past couple of years especially, I have seen a huge increase in people buying pups from me to replace a beloved pet which died of some form of cancer, lymphoma or tumor. These have been dogs of all breeds, well cared for, and very much loved. So, all I could think of was "what are these animals eating?" I began researching what goes into commercial dog foods and the main ingredients which are being used in the processing of the commercial foods which we feed our pets.
I started asking these people what they had been feeding their pets before they died, and what they had been fed for the majority of their lives. There did not seem to be any particular product or company which overshadowed the rest, but they were all fed canned or dry (or both), commercially processed, store bought dog foods. I decided to do further research on the internet.
Not only is processed dog food mostly soy, corn, wheat, rice and other fillers not meant for carnivores to eat at all, and which are also highly allergenic to them (many skin allergies and hair loss problems), it also includes all of the leftover bones, feathers, beaks and feet, garbage and guts, of slaughtered animals, which are labeled as "processed bone meal", "meat by-product meal", etc. and assumed by the consumers to contain some form of quality meat content. I even read of dead circus elephants, road kill, chemically euthanized humane society animals (yes, that means they are eating other cats and dogs, which is bad enough, but they are also eating the Phenobarbital which is used to euthanize them!), sick and diseased cattle, horses, lambs etc. that were unfit for human consumption (often sprayed with chemicals like kerosene and citronella oil to prevent people from eating it), but also excessive chemicals used for preservation of the same and dyes for color. And to top it all off, they spray on old used rancid grease from restaurant dump tanks to add flavor to entice our animals to eat the stuff. This is pretty much in all standard grocery and retail dog foods.
There are the "all-natural, human grade" specialty commercial foods which include a plethora of interesting ingredients like blueberries and sweet potatoes. These are much better products for our pets, but can be so highly priced, that most average people with one or more dogs, cannot possibly afford to use for the lifetime of their pets. These don't do the average pet owner much good and can also be difficult to locate and obtain for any extended length of time as they can be "faddish" and most stores can't sell enough of one particular type to keep it in their stores for more than a year or so. Though better for your pet than the average store bought dog foods, and even if you can afford them, they don't contain all of the nutrition your pet may need, and may still contain preservatives.
There are raw food diets, such as the B.A.R.F. diet. (Bones And Raw Foods). This is the best type of diet for your pet, but also very expensive. In these diets, you feed human grade raw meat to the animal, (most often chicken necks and backs since they are the most affordable). Some animals just won't eat it if they aren't used to it. There are different formulas and recipes, which I have found difficult to locate. I do have an acquaintance who uses one of these diets with her four dogs. She has 2 males, 2 females, and all of them are beautiful, healthy and active. They are all fairly young, the oldest being only around 3 years old, so I cannot say that they will not develop any cancers, tumors or bone problems as they age, however, they are all very healthy and beautiful right now. I do believe, after all I have read, that this is by far the best diet for our pets, but it too may be too much for the average pet owner to handle or afford. Some dogs (and owners too), have a difficult time with the "raw" aspect and caution must be used to prevent any salmonella or other bacterial problems from occurring. Cleanliness is a must with this diet. This is probably the least convenient way to feed your pet (s) and if you have a very busy schedule, might be impossible to maintain.
What is the answer?
I think the only answer is to give supplemental ANTIOXIDANT vitamin mineral products along with whichever type of food you give your pet. If nothing else, the antioxidant content will help clean their blood and remove all the gross things that are added to their food that their bodies do not need and can't process. Some of these chemicals which can pile up in their blood, bone and organs, cause the cancers and lymphomas to develop. The vitamins and minerals ensure that the animals stay strong and healthy which will help their bodies fight off any allergies or other illnesses they might encounter otherwise.
I have tried NuVet products and have found them to be very worthwhile. I have tried others with no visible signs for the better, even after several months of use. I feed high quality, top of the line, department store food. I can not afford the specialty foods or the raw food diets. I have found the NuVet products to be very worthwhile in keeping our animals healthy, well and in beautiful condition.
In fact, I believe in this product so much, that I will add an additional year to my puppy health guarantee for all puppies which are given the NuVet wafers throughout their first year. I know you will be so impressed with this product that you will want to keep your pet on this product for the remainder of his or hers life. They also now offer a powdered form that is made for those finicky eaters.
You can research this information yourself on the web. I typed in phrases like "pet food ingredients", "dog food contents", "chicken by-product meal", "meat and bone meal", etc. I warn you, it's disgusting!
I give a brochure and a sample of NuVet dog wafers with each puppy pack. If you would like to order a supply of any of the NuVet products, you can contact them at:
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You can research the NuVet Lab's website as well.