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It’s a question that has crossed the minds of many pet-owners. Our pets sometimes go through the same things that we do — anxiety, digestive issues, etc. So, that leads us to wonder if they can be treated in the same way.
With the sometimes expensive cost of medications specifically branded for our animal companions, there can be a barrier to the aid we can supply.
Can our own supplements help bridge that gap? The answer?
Yes, but there are a few concerns you should think about when weighing your options.
What To Keep in Mind
Not All Supplements Are Created Equal
When buying holistic and alternative medicine, safety should always be at the top of your priorities’ list. That remains the same when shopping for your pet.
Does the company/manufacturer share information about where and how they source their natural ingredients? If you don’t feel safe using a particular product, it’s probably not a good idea to give it to your dog.
Always stick to a more pure product from a place you trust.
The Difference Between Human-Grade and Animal-Grade
You should also be mindful of your dogs genetic make-up.
Adult pets, like cats for example, are a lot smaller than adult humans. And though our bodies may contain some similarities, there’s one huge difference: what they need to be balanced.
That’s why products are sometimes described as either human-grade and animal-grade. Just as it implies, one is meant for humans and one is meant animals.
Most times, animal-grade products will contain a different percentage of ingredients, tailored especially to their functioning systems.
But that doesn’t mean that animals can’t benefit from human-grade supplements. In fact, some vets have been known to recommend human-grade glucosamine for large dogs with joint issues.
All this really means is that you need to pay attention to the nutritional information. What ingredients are included and at what ratio? Can a higher dose be potentially harmful to your pet? Keep in mind that many who use human-grade make changes to doses, including opening up pills or at the very least, cutting them in half.
Don’t be afraid to seek out help.
Your Pet’s Medical History and Tolerance Level
Do not forget that supplements are not “one-size fits all.” Just because your friend’s cat saw improvements with a certain capsule, that doesn’t mean your cat will too.
If your little friend has respiratory, heart or breathing issues, you should be particularly mindful. Gut issues, like stomach inflammation, should also be taken into consideration. If your pet has sensitive tummy issues, you should be aware that they might not tolerate certain ingredients, such as those with gluten.
How You Should Prepare
Okay, so you’ve filtered through your options and have decided to continue.
Here’s how you should proceed:
- Do your research. We don’t advise winging it, not even when it comes to yourself. Look up online forums and see how others have proceeded. Make appropriate notes.
- Start with small doses. Most times, you should not give your pet the same dosage that is posted for humans. Even if you think your companion can handle it (like large dogs), it’s best to start with baby steps.
- Monitor closely. Don’t think you can just administer something and then leave. You should be there to monitor behavior.
- Be ready for an emergency. Make note of a nearby vet you can go to in case anything bad happens. Precaution is always key!
Common Human-Grade for Pets
Here’s a small list of human-grade products that are sometimes used for our little pals.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract (Cannabidiol – CBD)
Just last year, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) encouraged Hemp Extract research in relation to dogs. The report detailed that Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract could be great for symptoms relating to:
- anxiety and fear
- digestive problems
- arthritis and joint issues
They also pointed out that dogs naturally have an endocannabinoid system, just like us. As a quick refresher, this system in the body regulates psychological symptoms like pain and stress. Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract binds to the receptor-site and can help with regulation.
And what’s more?
A recent study published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science suggests what some dog-owners already knew: Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract can benefit dogs. In this particular study, 2 mg/kg of Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract twice daily helped improve activity in dogs with osteoarthritis.
If administering human-grade Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract to a dog, it’s important not to over-do the doses. You should also look out for flavorings, as those may no vibe well with our four-legged friends.
Digestive enzymes and probiotics are also popular, most especially for dogs and cats with digestive issues. Most times, the enzymes include:
There are also certain strains that are specific to pets. For canines in particular, American Kennel club identifies the following:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Enterococcus faecium
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Lactobacillus casei
- Bifidobacterium breve
So, can your dogs benefit from your products? While some of our customers give their pets Biome Medic, it’s safer to consult with a professional first, as pets can be super sensitive.
These sea algae have already made quite the splash in the the human health community, but they’re also holding up in the pet world as well, especially with cats.
If you’re going to integrate these sea plants into your pet’s diet, you should be warned that some dogs and cats might get tummy troubles. Just make sure you monitor and give small doses.
There are some human-grade supplements that pets may be able to tolerate and benefit from; however, there are pet-grade alternatives available. The choice is yours in the end, but it doesn’t hurt to talk to a vet or professional before-hand.