The value of vitamins and minerals for pets
Autumn is coming, the days are getting shorter, it is raining and getting colder on the street, which means that now is the time to take care of your own immunity and that of your favorite pets. On such days, the body is rebuilt, it begins an active overrun of vitamins, as a result of which vitamin deficiency develops and the animal becomes susceptible to various diseases. Even if your four-legged friend eats a balanced feed, has an excellent appearance and is in good health, you should not refuse to feed it with vitamin-mineral complexes during the off-season.
At the moment, the market is filled with various vitamin-mineral supplements, vitamin-containing and prophylactic treats for animals. If we talk about a pet who really needs vitamins and minerals, for example, to recover from an illness or surgery, it is better to choose professional preparations, rather than treats containing a conditional amount of useful substances. Their main difference is that the packaging of complex multivitamins always indicates both qualitative and quantitative composition at one time, and on delicacies this information is usually absent. If usual preventive top dressing is supposed, then vitaminized delicacies will be quite suitable.
The main vitamins and their importance for the body of the animal:
Vitamin A: protects the mucous membranes. Lack of vitamin A affects the normal development of the skeleton of the animal and appetite, due to the loss of which, there may be general weakness. In dogs without the proper amount of this vitamin, there is a likelihood of night blindness and deterioration in the quality of wool. The main natural source of vitamin A is carrots due to the high content of carotene in it, but unlike humans, the animal body is practically unable to absorb it.
Vitamins of group B: from the whole group they consider the most important: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. The consequence of the deficiency of these vitamins will be a decrease in hemoglobin in the blood, which will lead to metabolic disorders and disorders of the nervous system.
Vitamin C: is synthesized by the body of the animal in the required quantities, but in moments of strong need for vitamins, this amount may not be enough. Vitamin C deficiency is manifested in the form of redness and swelling of the gums and oral mucosa. Vitamin C is responsible for anti-infective protection of the body.
Vitamin D: controls the proper development of the musculoskeletal system and calcium-phosphorus metabolism in the body of the animal. The lack of this vitamin mainly affects the development of the skeleton and the teeth of the animal, especially in puppies and kittens. With its deficiency there is the likelihood of rickets.
Vitamin E: its main function is fat absorption and tissue renewal. An insufficient amount of vitamin E affects the reproductive function of the animal and can cause infertility in both dogs and cats. With its deficiency there is a possibility of anemia of the extremities.
Vitamin K: necessary for stable blood circulation. A lack of vitamin K leads to poor blood clotting.
The main minerals and their importance for the animal’s body:
Calcium (Ca): forms the bone skeleton and teeth of the animal. It is one of the most important minerals along with phosphorus. There are a lot of treats for oral cavity prevention with calcium in the market.
Phosphorus (P): The balance of phosphorus and calcium is of paramount importance for bone growth, metabolism and the acid-base balance of your pet.
Sodium (Na): responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses and intercellular interaction.
Potassium (K): The role in the body is similar to that of sodium. These two elements are in close cooperation.
Chlorine (Cl): regulates acid-base balance.
Magnesium (Mg): responsible for the formation of the structure of bones and teeth. Participates in the production of hormones and in the maintenance of the nervous and muscular systems.
Zinc (Zn): is involved in protein and carbohydrate metabolism.
Iron (Fe): responsible for breathing and motor apparatus.
Copper (Cu): is an antioxidant, is involved in the metabolism and many processes in the body of the animal.
Selenium (Se): serves in the formation of immunity.
Iodine (I): ensures the normal functioning of the thyroid gland.
Manganese (Mn): controls the functioning of the nervous system.
In our store, there is a huge variety of vitamin-mineral complexes and various delicacies for dogs and cats.
Before using vitamin complexes we recommend to consult with a specialist. ZooPassazh shop operators will be happy to help you find the right feed for your pet to be healthy and happy this fall and this coming winter.