Suppleements- Buyer beware!

Supplements—consumer beware!!

The US Food and Drug Administration Center for veterinary medicine regulates animal supplements.

This agency follows the laws established by the federal Food Drug and cosmetic act regarding product claims and these laws are designed to protect consumers and animals.

 

Horse owners should keep a close eye out for suppliers that disregard the rules for certain claims.

 

Look for words that state or implied the product will treat prevent cure or mitigate a disease for example:

 

relieves dry skin itch

 

ease itching and allergies

 

Use of any disease name or reference to a disease example protects against laminitis

 

Any reference to a chronic condition example combat chronic inflammation or osteoarthritis

 

Any stated or implied comparison to a replacement for pharmaceuticals example reduces the need for prescription pain medicine

 

Disease names disguised as product names example arthti – stop

 

 

Allowable or Good Health Products claims are typically simple and concise the cute communicate that the product is helping to support normal structure and function of your horse’s body rather than trying to correct an abnormal condition or disease and prep the most important allowable claims don’t rely on absolutes or language that over promises outcomes.

 

,For instance :

 

contains ingredients to support skin Health

helps to promote normal growth

helps to relieve occasional joint stiffness

supports normal respiratory health

 

Please be aware  that supplements are not magic books !  If a claim sounds too good to be true it probably is! So trust your gut when selecting products with the NASC quality seal will help ensure you’re buying from suppliers that responsibly produce and market their products within the bounds of the law rather than praying on consume consumer vulnerabilities in the name of profit.

 

By Bill Brookout

Alfalfa is just not for Horses!

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As you may already know, I am certified in canine nutrition. What you don’t know is that alfalfa is great for dogs. I know..right—who’d of guessed that! I was just as shocked as you all are because I thought it was only for my horse! Here is how it can help:

Benefits of Alfalfa for Dogs

  • Rich in Nutrients 9A, B12, C, D, E, and K)
  • Arthritis Relief
  • Antioxidant
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Kidney Health

With all these good benefits listed above be aware that you do need to be careful with some dogs. For example, listed below are some precautions you should use when feeding alfalfa to your dog:

  • it is NOT for anemic dogs
  • it could lead to an upset stomach, especially when fed fresh
  • seeds shouldn’t be fed to dogs
  • Due to allergies, it should be fed in its “pre bloom” phase

Because of these warnings, it’s been recommended to me that you only give your dog alfalfa powder – not the stuff I feed to my horse (in this case fresh is not always best – besides where would you get fresh alfalfa ifyou don’t know a farmer?) I can tell you that Montana (my palomino) is probably very happy that no dog is going to touch his alfalfa! (Montana is food aggressive at times).

So you are wondering where you can actually buy alfalfa powder—where else – AMAZON!

I would recommend the NOW brand, which is 100% pure alfalfa.

How much Alfalfa should you give to Your Dog?

Like most supplements I give- just sprinkle the ground alfalfa over your dog’s food.

A wonderful magazine that I live and breathe by, The Dogs Naturally, recommends a pinch per 10 pounds once a day, which means 1 teaspoon for a 50 pound dog.hungry-dog-5434576