Everything you wanted to know about our Superfood Supplements

My pet is already healthy, so why should I add Because Animals’ Superfood Supplement to my dog’s and cat’s food?

Just like people, dogs and cats can get a lot more out of life when their diet includes omega fatty acids, probiotics, prebiotics, fiber and chelated trace minerals. Such benefits include:

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  • Skin and coat. Omega fatty acids from wild-harvested seaweed help soften dry, flaky skin and give your pet’s coat extra shine.

  • Immunity. Our supplement includes a research-proven probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, which has been shown by over 20 scientific studies to benefit not only digestive but also immune health.

  • Digestion. Fiber plays an important role in supporting healthy digestion, from resolving constipation and diarrhea to providing relief from gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel disease. With seven different species of seaweed, as well as pumpkin, wheatgrass and coconut flour, our supplement provides an excellent source of fiber.

  • Metabolism. Trace minerals are required for many metabolic functions. Seaweed is an exceptionally rich source of chelated minerals that are more readily absorbed by the body than many of the mineral complexes used in most commercial pet foods.   

Seaweed for cats and dogs? I’ve never heard of that. Is seaweed healthy for my pet?

Seaweed - especially kelp - has a very long history of being included in animal food. Early animal caretakers observed that feeding their animals seaweed resulted in advantages such as improved coat shine, greater resistance to infection, as well as increased reproduction in farmed animals. Although cats and dogs did not evolve to eat seaweed, many veterinarians, scientists, as well as some other pet food companies regard seaweed as an extremely healthy addition to our pets' diets.

Most pet food companies leveraging the benefits of seaweed include the brown algae, kelp, in their formulas. However, since green algae, red algae and brown algae all have slightly different health benefits, our Superfood Supplement includes a blend of all three types of seaweed. All seven species of algae included in our Superfood Supplement have been approved by The Association of American Feed Control Officials for inclusion in cat and dog food.

Does Because Animals’ Superfood Supplement contain all of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that my cat and dog need in order to remain healthy?

No. Most commercial pet foods are already formulated to include all the nutrients needed for your pet to survive.

I feed my pet a homemade diet. Will Because Animals’ Superfood Supplement provide my pet with all of the essential nutrients that might be lacking from their food?

No. Because Animals’ Superfood Supplement was not designed as a complete vitamin and mineral supplement. We recommend that you consult with a veterinary nutritionist to help formulate a nutritionally-complete and balanced diet for your pet.

I want to feed my cat a homemade vegan diet. Will Because Animals’ Superfood Supplement for Cats provide them with all of the nutrients they need?

No!

Especially if you plan on feeding your cat a homemade vegan diet, it is essential that you consult with a veterinary nutritionist to ensure that your cat’s diet includes all the necessary nutrients. In particular, Because Animals’ Superfood Supplement for Cats is NOT a source of taurine, vitamin A (retinol) or vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) – all of which are essential for cats.

What is the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in each of Because Animals’ Superfood Supplements?

As is the case for humans, consuming the proper balance of dietary omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids is important for cats and dogs. Current recommendations are for ratios of 10:1 to 5:1 for omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, respectively. Most commercial pet foods contain too much omega-6 fatty acid relative to omega-3 fatty acid, so adding an additional source of omega-3 fatty acid is often recommended.

The omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio in both Because Animals' Superfood Supplements is 1:1.


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Shannon Falconer, PhD