Supplements & Vitamins

This Page Used to Contain Lots of Links to Some of the Supplements and Vitamins I Recommend for Pets –

Hello, Rehabbers!

There was a period of about seven years when it made great sense to me, and to my clients and readers, for me to provide links to some of the supplements and vitamins for pets here that I have used and recommended extensively in my practice.

Now, and for the past five or more years, the “supplements and vitamins” links have not been as helpful to you, or to me, as I work with you.

None of us needs to spend precious time discussing how a supplier switched up my recommended product for another, often lesser-quality, product. And it’s frustrating to you, as well as to me, when links go to 404 Land. Right now I don’t have time to work so deeply on the proprietary information involved in ensuring you have the correct links. Most of the time, no other substitution will work as well, so this is not something I will relegate to another entity.

My current solution is to maintain the info on this page that provides instructions about particular supplements and vitamins and to remove many of the previously-linked products.

Another reason for my making this choice is because nutrition is a “grey” area within the legal confines of my veterinary-based practice. I have no problem discussing my depth and breadth of nutrition and supplement experience, with both humans and their pets, or with giving recommendations. I have been studying and using nutritional supplements for myself and in practice since the mid-1970’s, as an athlete, a coach, and for recovery from injuries and health conditions.

In order to keep you and your pet more safe, however, I am removing the links also because recalls happen frequently, product manufacturers change formulas, and products disappear from the market. Any of those reasons could cause additional frustration for you, or, at worst, compromise your pet’s health in unintended ways.

All that being said, I will let you know now that I, my clients, and some veterinarians, have used the following supplements and vitamins with notable benefit while helping pets rehabilitate:

* Anti-inflammatories –

These include curcumin/turmeric, fish oil, and many combination products that might also include rosemary, ginger, holy basil, Chinese skullcap, green tea, hu zhang, Chinese goldthread, barberry, oregano, cinnamon, and more and more…it’s a very long list.

The most important things for you to know are that, just like in humans, not all of these will work for all of you. And there are some herbs that humans may use in moderate or higher amounts that your dog or cat or horse, etc, should not use at all. There are herbs that dogs and humans may use and cats may not.

Your veterinarian may carry a product that contains combinations of herbs, so ask them about that and if your pet is a candidate for taking it. Research it yourself, see what you think.

Sometimes one dog in a household may take a particular supplement, and another dog in the same home should not! Some medications and supplements are toxic to pets with liver or kidney issues, for instance, and they may be ok for another pet you have.

Please check with your veterinarian about giving your pet supplements and vitamins. If your vet is not a fan of supplements or doesn’t seem to know what to recommend, then I can tell you that in my experience most veterinarians who practice acupuncture study the use of herbs extensively, so you could use one of those veterinarians as an additional resource.

*Joint Helpers –

Also see anti-inflammatories, above.

I use supplements and vitamins that have the least amount of added flavoring, coloring, and other additives. All of these “extras” can actually cause inflammation, and subsequently, possibly pain. They may also activate your pets allergic responses.

Some popular products promoted for pets contain a lot of additives, allergens, and sugars or sugar substitutes that are not biologically compatible with pets or people. I have instructions here to help you with getting your pet to take pills and supplements, so you don’t need to give them additives that may cause additional problems.

*For Cats –

The following is a veterinary promoted product that I have endorsed for a while. For that reason, I have linked to Amazon so you may look at the product and purchase it if you like. Below is a statement from the manufacturer.

Duralactin Feline (<click to link) is an immuno-nutritional aid for managing inflammatory conditions, such as soft tissue injury or arthritis in cats. Managing cat arthritis symptoms with Duralactin Feline can be especially beneficial in many ways.

Duralactin Feline is affordable and can be used as a long-term solution in conjunction with other medications and treatments. Duralactin Feline is a dried milk protein concentrate derived from hyper-immunized cows. It is a non-prescription supplement that is available in liquid or capsule form. Duralactin Feline can be administered directly, with or without food. The main ingredients are MicroLactin, a dried milk protein and omega fatty acids.”

*For Dogs –

This link is to Duralactin for dogs. You may read more about it at the link. I have not used the dog version much, however I do hear very good things about it, so I have linked it for you. This version does have dextrose, a sugar, and the label does not cite how much (because they don’t have to for animal products). To my knowledge, the “dog-specific” product is not available without dextrose (or the artificial vanilla flavoring, if that’s an issue for you).

*For Horses –

And, since I deal also with horses, here is the link to Duralactin for Horses. This version has some very good ingredients, and it also contains soybean oil and soybean flour, if that’s an issue for your horse.

*Sharing Your Joint Supplements with your Dog –

If you are taking a proven, high-quality glucosamine & chondroitin (sometimes with more ingredients) supplement, then you may usually share it with your dog. For instance, Cosamin ASU (made for people), and Cosaquin, also made by Nutramax, is made for dogs.

The “people version” I linked above is the “deluxe” version, and it contains additional herbs that the basic people version (linked below) and the dog version don’t have. If you use the Cosamin ASU I linked, then ask your veterinarian if you may share with your dog, to make sure that your dog may eat the additional ingredients, and also, depending on the size of your dog!

Here is also the link to the basic, and most popular, people Cosamin. This one has healing amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as a couple of other ingredients that your dog, depending on their size, should be able to share with you. The capsules do have food dyes in them, so know that if that’s an issue for you.

Don’t give xylitol to your pets. I don’t like to give any formulas that contain aspartame or sucralose, either. That cuts out many of the flavored dog versions of most supplements. Look for a dye-free, unflavored capsule or an unflavored tablet. I have some additional helps here for giving your pets pills.

*Liver Helpers –

(more info to come)

*Omega 3’s –

(better links coming)

Omega 3’s are pretty easy to find at the store or online in lower doses, for cats and dogs under 50#, however many of my clients have difficulty finding the one-capsule, high-dose versions for themselves or their larger dogs & other large pets.

Your veterinarian may carry a good Omega 3. If you cannot find them from your veterinarian or in a store near you, here are a few suggestions:

*For Cats & Small Dogs –

Each capsule of this Omega 3 contains 180 mg EPA & 120 mg DHA.

*For Medium & Large Dogs –

   This one contains 400 mg EPA & 200 mg DHA per capsule.

…and this one contains 500 mg EPA & 250 mg DHA per capsule

*For Very Large Dogs or People or Other Pets –

click on this picture of Omega 3 fatty acids to buy them  This one contains 600 mg EPA & 300 mg DHA per capsule.

*Probiotics –

(to be updated soon!)

I recommend getting a pharmaceutical-grade probiotic, where available, and getting one with at least 5 bacterial strains in it.

I also recommend switching the brand or some of the varieties of bacterial strains every time you buy a new bottle/box.

Check the amount of live cultures contained in the probiotic you have been giving and try to do a comparative amount when you begin a new type. If you look below, for instance, you will see a bottle with 1 billion units in a serving and you will see a bottle with 3.4 billion units in a serving. Make sure you check labels for amounts.

There is a LOT of info on the web about probiotics and some of it is good, true, solid info.  Much of the info is not correct, especially if it’s on an opinion site instead of in a research paper. Some info is “different from what we thought” as new research is accomplished. Here’s a link to some related research. Look up probiotic research for yourself on a fairly reliable source, like PubMed.

I have listed below only a few capsule and powder varieties of probiotics and there are a lot of options out there. Pets don’t have to take probiotics marketed solely to pets. I prefer to use a powder without added flavorings.

Yes, you may open a capsule and sprinkle the powder on the food if you didn’t buy the powdered form not in capsules.

Your veterinarian may also carry a probiotic that doesn’t have flavorings and colorings in it.  Flavorings and colorings, including “natural” flavorings, can cause allergic reactions, like itchy paws and ears.

Multi-Strain Capsules For Peeps or Pets –

You may open up the capsules and sprinkle them onto your pet’s food or give them straight to the pet (if they’ll eat it), or use one of my helpful dosing methods.

Cats or Dogs –

The next probiotic (below) is for advanced medical cases and cases of stress, like those encountered daily by many athletes. I do not recommend giving this high a dose of probiotics until you have taken a little time to slowly increase your or your pet’s daily amounts.

If you or your pet have been taking 1 billion units daily, then increase that to 3 billion or not more than 5 billion for about five days. Then increase again by a bit for several days, then increase again. You will find that advanced use of probiotics in high doses for certain situations is common practice among functional wellness practitioners.

Increase probiotic amounts gradually so you will hopefully avoid a full and immediate coup of the gut. A full coup with high doses of “good” bacteria may subsequently result in a full day in the bathroom…

bottle of sound probiotics click to buy

I’ve used the following probiotic for many years while on the road, and many athletes and pets I know use it, too! This one is shelf stable, but don’t leave it in a 100-degree F automobile! Otherwise, EPS doesn’t need refrigeration. Please read the instructions on the box about how to store these. Also, don’t open up this capsule and dump it on the food.

Shelf-stable, for People or Pets –

box of Jarrow EPS 5 billion unit probiotics

-updated April 23, 2024 after almost a bazillion months of not updating…

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