Obviously, in the wild, animals did not take supplements. But today our air, water, and food supplies may be lacking. Even with a varied, carefully planned raw diet, there may be some need for extra, specific nutrients. Our soils are not as rich as they once were, so raw feeders often supplement with mineral rich kelp or alfalfa. Much of our country's meat is raised in unnatural conditions on corn and grains, instead of on pasture. This meat does not have the same essential fatty acid (EFA) content as meat from wild or grass fed animals. Essential fatty acids are extremely important for health and vitality. Supplementing with fish oils may be advised. There is some question of the availability of the oils in flax seed to dogs and cats, so fish oil is preferred over flax oil. (Always keep your fish oil refrigerated.) Look for a good quality fish or salmon oil with the PCBs removed. We carry the Wholistic Deep Sea brand here at TC. Along with these oils, Vitamin E should always be added to remove free radicals produced from EFA digestion.
In spite of how careful we are, our animals may be exposed to environmental toxins. They may also be stressed by unnatural life styles and poor genetics. Vitamin C helps support a healthy immune system. Ester C is a good choice—try giving 500-1000 mg. per day. Many caregivers add other herbs, and whole food supplements on an “as needed” basis. Some of these are: organic apple cider vinegar, eggs, garlic, blue-green algae or spirulina, probiotics, borage oil, primrose oil, and dandelion. TC mixes do already contain kelp for extra iodine and minerals. We feel that supplements can be overdone. As long as your pet is eating a variety of Three Cheers moxes and raw, meaty bones, supplements should be kept to a minimun. Of course, if your dog or cat is sick, your holistic vet may advise additional herbs, vitamins, etc.