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 or krill oil 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. Phytoplankton is another alternative to fish or krill oil.
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. 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, primrose oil, mushroom extracts, tumeric, and dandelion. TC mixes do already contain kelp for extra iodine and minerals. As long as your pet is eating a variety of Three Cheers mixes and raw, meaty bones , your pets nutritional needs are covered. Of course, if your dog or cat is ill or injured, your holistic vet may advise additional herbs, vitamins, etc.