The natural pet supplement market has become flooded with products promising amazing health benefits. Trying to research and choose between them can be an overwhelming experience for loving pet parents. It is always our goal to guide and educate caregivers, which inspired this listing of the best natural pet supplements of 2016.
Our choice of top pet supplements is based on several factors, including recent scientific research, books and news, as well as popularity as defined by our sales (and the sales of our affiliates) and Amazon “wish list” items, all with our educated opinion on top. Combining this information and data has provided a broad look at the best natural pet supplements on the market today, be that a single ingredient or a combination thereof.
Notes of Caution:
- You should always consult your veterinarian before administering any natural supplement to your pets. Concerns include drug interactions and aggravating some health conditions.
- High quality is absolutely critical when choosing any natural supplement for your pets. Concerns include freshness, impurities and the loss of potency due to over-processing.
The Top 10 Natural Pet Supplements of 2016
(In no particular order)
1. Mixed Seaweed – There were several new seaweed study results released in 2015, all of which confirmed the wonders of this amazing nutritional supplement for animals and humans alike. The uses range from nutritional to health maintenance and treatments, with many studies now focusing on extracting active components for specific purposes (such as antibacterial or antioxidant properties). We also saw a broader range of seaweed species being studied in 2015, well beyond the standard Kelp subjects. The studies emphasized the need for a mix of seaweed species tailored for optimum benefits. For example, Ulva ohnoi can offset the negative effects of a high carbohydrate diet, lowering total final body fat mass by 24%, systolic blood pressure by 29 mmHg, and improving glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity. In contrast, Derbesia tenuissima seaweed did not change total body fat mass but decreased plasma triglycerides by 38% and total cholesterol by 17%. [Seaweed Supplements Normalise Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Liver Responses in High-Carbohydrate, High-Fat Fed Rats. Marine Drugs. 2015, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p788-S3. 21p.] Additionally, more studies were done on the variations in nutritional content depending on when the seaweed was harvested, emphasizing the need to find knowledgeable seaweed suppliers who harvest during peak nutritional periods. Overall, study results reinforced seaweed’s status as the most healthy vegetation on the planet.
2. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay – A 2015 review of pigs supplemented with Calcium Montmorillonite clay confirmed the findings of previous studies on several points. Clay minerals are superior nutritional supplements, and are regarded as a simple and effective tool for the prevention of the negative effects of many toxic compounds, including mycotoxins (the cause of many pet food recalls). It also increased nutrient digestibility, reduced the severity and duration of diarrhea, increased gut microflora, reduced Clostridia and E. coli in the intestines, and increased the number of pigs born alive, along with their birth and weaning weights. [Clays as dietary supplements for swine: A review. Journal of Animal Science & Biotechnology. Aug, 2015, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p1-9. 9p.] Similar results were found in poultry. We expect an increase in clay research as the use of antibiotics on food animals decreases due to regulations and consumer demand.
3. Krill – Most studies focus on Krill oil, as opposed to the increased benefits of feeding the whole animal. However, one interesting study confirmed that heat processing (as the average Krill meal endures) has a significant, negative impact on the nutritional profile, which is why we only use freeze-dried Krill. Like most nutrients and lipids, if Krill is used in pet food processed at high temperatures (like most kibble, fish pellets and fish flakes), you will not receive the same benefits as you would by supplementing cool-processed products. [The effect of thermal treatment on the quality changes of Antartic krill meal during the manufacturing process: High processing temperatures decrease product quality. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. Vol. 117, Issue 4, p411–420, April 2015.]
4. Spark Daily Nutritional Supplement – When we found Spark, we said “Wow!” a lot, and couldn’t resist posting an unsolicited review. It is truly the most impressive, natural nutritional supplement for dogs I’ve ever encountered at the retail level. Spark boasts a full range of naturally-sourced vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, omega 3, prebiotics, probiotics, essential amino acids and digestive enzymes, all flavored with freeze-dried liver and natural bacon. Spark Daily Nutritional Supplement contains several seaweed species and other super-foods and nutraceuticals, such as Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Alfalfa Juice, Parsley, Broccoli, Spinach, Beet Root, Carrot, Blueberry, Flaxseed, Turmeric, Ginger, and just a touch of Cayenne fruit. It’s processed at low temperatures, made in the USA and approved by the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). See what I mean? WOW!
5. VetriScience Laboratories Mega Probiotic for Dogs – 5-10 billion of 8 different strains of naturally-occurring microorganisms make this probiotic supplement exceptional. Strains include Lactobacillus acidophilus, rhamnosus, casei, Bifidobacterium bifidum, breve, longum and lactis, and Streptococcus thermophilus, all of which are supported by prebiotic Fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Probiotic supplementation has been successful in the prevention and treatment of acute gastroenteritis, treatment of IBD, and prevention of allergies in companion animals. New challenges for probiotic applications include maintenance of obesity and overweight, urogenital tract infections, Helicobacter gastritis and parasitic infections. [Microbiota and probiotics in canine and feline welfare. Anaerobe. Vol. 34, August, 2015, p14–23.]
6. Organic Equine Chia – Chia is an excellent source of EFA’s (essential oils), antioxidants, minerals, protein, soluble (mucilage) fiber and low NSC (non structural carbohydrate). The gelatinous property of the seeds (upon getting wet in the gut) clears sand more effectively than expensive psyllium products. The mucilaginous gel reduces inflammation and prevents ulcers. Chia is easy to top-dress on feed with a mild nutty flavor that is highly palatable. Organic Equine Chia comes in a range of sizes from 3-55 pounds.
7. Grizzly Salmon Oil – Omega 3 can work wonders on your dog’s skin and coat, while also supporting the cardiovascular system and healthy brain function. This Amazon Best Seller is responsibly processed and is free of detectable toxins like mercury. It comes in a convenient pump bottle.
8. Dr. Becker’s Geriatric Solutions Shaker – A health supplement for senior dogs that promotes mental balance, alertness and vitality with a proven herbal combo of Ginger Root, Ginseng and Nattokinase. The herbs are combined with natural Beef Liver and Bison Liver, making it taste like a delectable treat.
9. Glyco Flex 3 Hip and Joint Support for Dogs Bite Sized Chews – What we really like about this product is their obvious effort to make it superior. The natural ingredients are proven effective and include Glucosamine, MSM, antioxidants and Perna canaliculus for superior joint care, plus they use real chicken flavoring. The treatment of arthritis in dogs with Perna canaliculus has been studied repeatedly for more than 14 years, with positive results reported in every study I’m aware of.
10. ShroomImmune Organic Mushroom Blend for pets – Medicinal mushrooms are a proven health and wellness miracle for both humans and pets, and they’re being studied in the treatment of diseases like cancer. Boasting Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Maitake (Grifola frondosa), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) mushrooms, ShroomImmune is complete with polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and anti-inflammatories for healthier joints, increased mobility, and overall immune system support. The measured capsule contents mix easily into your pet’s food or homemade treats, and will be gobbled down by dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and other farm animals. We also like to add medicinal mushrooms to homemade fish food.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 best natural pet supplement award! Winners are welcome to use the award graphic on their website.
What do you think the best natural pet supplements of 2016 are? Please share your opinion in the comments below.
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