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Synthetic Dog Food Supplements

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Let’s pretend

Imagine you’re a dog. You could just as well be a cat or a horse, but for the purpose of this exercise, let’s pretend you’re a dog. (This article is about synthetic dog food supplements by the way. Please bear with me. I’m just trying to make a point).

Let’s also pretend that you’ve woken up one morning and found yourself in a foreign country where you don’t know a living soul. Everything looks strange to you. There are lots of animals, but no dogs. Not a single member of your species. Not one. You’re all alone in this unfamiliar, unfriendly and slightly unnerving world.

The point here is that as a dog, you are by nature a pack animal. You’re used to being with other dogs. You know how to interact with other dogs for the common good. You have a symbiotic relationship with other dogs.

This means that you instinctively know how to work with another dog to achieve a common goal. Or, at the very least, to find a way of getting along in some kind of orderly fashion that suits you both.

Natural vitamins and minerals have a symbiotic relationship

It’s the same with vitamins and minerals. Natural vitamins and minerals have a symbiotic relationship with one another. They know how to work with each other. They speak the same language. Share that previously mentioned common goal.

Natural vitamins have many moving parts. Vitamin C, natural Vitamin C, contains ascorbic acid, bioflavonoids and other compounds. All natural, all working together for the common good. All instantly recognised by your dog’s body. And, because of it, able to be absorbed and processed in a beneficial way.

Synthetic vitamins work in isolation

Synthetic vitamins on the other hand work in isolation. (If indeed they work at all. The jury is still very much out on that one at the moment)!

But assuming they do work, each has been designed in a laboratory to carry out a specific task. They weren’t designed to work with one another for the common good. To make matters worse, your dog’s body was not designed to recognise and make use of them. They mean nothing to it.

Which is why the chances are they pass through your dog’s body unloved and unnoticed. In one end and out the other as if they weren’t there at all.

And why would your dog’s body recognise these interlopers when some of those synthetic vitamins are made from the same caustic soda that’s used in the likes of drain cleaner?

Synthetic vitamin C, invariably made in China, is factory-made by breaking down corn starch under extreme heat with the use of a dilute solution of hydrochloric acid and various enzymes. Sounds really healthy, doesn’t it. Just what your dog needs. Industrial chemicals in place of natural vitamins!

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Think natural

Because your dog’s body recognises natural vitamins and minerals, it knows what to do with them. How to benefit from them.

There is clear evidence that they help promote good health. Where’s the evidence that synthetic vitamins and minerals do the same?

The choice is yours

If you have a choice, which of course you do, opt for natural wherever possible. Forget synthetic dog food supplements. Not only are they handmade and completely unnatural, they may even do your dog more harm than good.

Do the right thing by your dog and feed natural wherever possible. And if you’re unsure, ask me how!

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


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