Are Dog Vitamins and Cat Vitamins Important and Why?

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on November 5, 2012

The Maytag Man evokes the consummate image of a kindly repairman, eager to help get your washer or dryer up and running again.

Our dogs and our cats (in fact all of us) have the equivalent of the ‘Maytag Man’ in all of our cells.   Cells are bustling, busy miniature cities filled with ‘homes’ and ‘stores’ with lots of activity going on constantly.  While the Maytag appliance company brags that they have no work for their repairmen, our cells ‘Maytag Men’ work constantly.   It’s how we all stay healthy!

Cells run a race against time, disease and aging.   And they need specific tools to run this race and win.  Imagine if the Maytag Man came to fix your washing machine and you found him leaning against the wall doing nothing.  “ What’s the problem?, you might ask.  And he might answer,  “ I forgot my tools so I can’t fix your washing machine.”  Just so, our cells must have their necessary tools to create health and stave off disease.

We all think of food in terms of carbohydrates, fats and protein.

We search labels to find out how much of each is in the package we are buying.  In fact the name protein is the Greek word for perfect food.  So we figure that this is the ticket to great health.  We forget that these basic food groups act as the structure and not as the tools to maintain the structure.

Let’s look at it this way; to maintain your home you need cleaning solutions, a broom, a mop, spackle paint, screwdrivers, a hammer, nails, glass and all manner of ‘tools.’  And it needs to be a complete set of tools, too.  Imagine our now familiar Maytag Man leaning against your dryer, once again failing to fix it.   ‘I see you have tools today- so what’s the problem?’   ‘ I don’t have the right tools for this job.’  ‘ I didn’t bring a complete set of tools with me.’

The cell wall is made up of protein and carbohydrates are used for the energy source.   Fats can be used for energy too.  But they don’t repair and maintain the health of the cell.  Vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals  are the tools needed to actually keep your pets – via all the cells in their bodies- healthy.

Somehow, too many of us have forgotten this.  And that’s not so hard to do because for years, vitamin/mineral supplements for pets have been grossly inferior.  They contained the cheapest ingredients from the cheapest sources.  Brewer’s yeast, still a common ingredient, is the leftover garbage from the beer brewing industry  (thus it’s name) that today is genetically modified and highly allergenic.  But it’s cheap and pets like the taste.  These kinds of supplements didn’t and still don’t provide anything close to the complete set of tools needed for health. And neither does dry or canned processed pet food.  Somehow, we all expect our pets to stay healthy and disease free even though they have very few of the necessary tools to accomplish this task which is made even more difficult in today’s toxic world.

That’s why I created VITAL VITIES by Deserving Pets.  I researched all the disease and illness our dogs and cats are getting and all of the most modern research on nutrition. I’ll tell you why dog’s get 400 IU of active vitamin D3 in a later newsletter.  They’re as deficient as people in the vitamin for some very special reasons.


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