Daily Multivitamins Are Great For Your Four-Legged Loved Ones!
Omega Alpha's OptiPet Multi is a natural liquid multivitamin for the optimal
health of cats, dogs, and small animals. OptiPet Multi contains a natural
blend of vitamins and minerals to help improve the general health of dogs,
cats and small mammals from Omega Alpha.
Your pet is prone to similar digestive upsets as humans. Food intolerances,
allergies, illness, poor quality commercial pet foods and more can all
contribute to maldigestion, gas and bloating. Use Probiotic 8 Plus daily to
ensure your pet’s digestion is at peak performance.
Sprinkle on top of or mix 1/4 of pet's usual food serving; follow
with the rest of the food serving to ensure ingestion of full dose.
Natural Health Supplements for your Pet
Health food stores everywhere are enjoying brisk traffic as Canadians
continue to discover the wide array of natural health supplements and
practices to ensure their families’ health, and often as safer alternatives
to more invasive procedures or pharmaceutical products that may have toxic
side effects. Nutraceuticals (a more appropriate catchall term for the many
varied products containing vitamins, herbs, minerals and other natural
substances) have proven to be a market winner as consumer demand and
satisfaction with these products continue to rise. But just try and find
nutraceuticals for your fur-bearing family members!
Because of a lack of availability of nutraceuticals for pets, many health
food consumers experiment on their cats, dogs, birds and other pets with
human health products, but often without consulting a licensed animal health
specialist such as a veterinarian. Is it safe to administer human health
supplements to pets? What about proper dosage? For example, chromium for
most adult humans is safe at no more than 500 mg. per day. What about giving
chromium to a cat? At what dosage might a natural health ingredient be toxic
to your beloved pet? These are questions that must be asked as many foods or
substances humans can take safely may have adverse effects on pets.
Chocolate and ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) are just two common items that can
be toxic to dogs and cats, for example.
Fortunately, research into natural health products for our animal companions
is ongoing and shows that many nutritional and herbal products helpful to
humans are also good for “Fluffy” or “Bandit”. Many animals suffer the same
illnesses or effects of aging as do their human companions, and their bodies
are comprised of similar organic and molecular structure to human beings.
Certainly the time has come for consumers to be able to buy natural health
products specifically for the good health of their pets.
Omega Alpha has identified six common areas of health problems faced by cats
and dogs (and at some cost to their human companions) that can often be
resolved with less expensive and less invasive natural health supplements.
Dealing With Pet Stress and Anxiety
Just as humans suffer from increased stress in the 21st century, pets also
may become anxious due to a variety of stressors such as moving to a new
home, the introduction or loss of an animal or human companion in their
“territory”, illness or surgery, change of family routine, or in reaction to
being confined. Cats and dogs especially tend to love their routines and can
become very emotionally upset when Little Susie or Tommy goes away for
summer camp for 3 weeks. Reactions to this kind of anxiety can vary but
include behaviours such as refusal to eat, urinating on and destruction of
furniture, excessive barking and yowling, and worse!
Some herbs used for centuries in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to calm
anxiety and lessen bouts of insomnia such as Biota orientalis, and Zizyphus
jujube may also be used for your pets. Additionally, these herbs contain the
anti-oxidants quercitin and rutin which will help quench free
radicals and add to your pet’s overall health. Omega Alpha’s new E-Z Rest™
contains these herbs and more, and may help your pet rest more easily during
a separation from his companion(s) or to calm anxiety due to travel or other
Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia Problems
As a pet ages, she may suffer the same complications of repetitive strain on
the joints and tendons as humans do, and can lose some of the lubricating
fluid between the joints and vertebrae. Many dogs and cats also suffer from
hip dysplasia, which is the result of abnormal development of the hip joint
in the young animal. One or both hips may be involved and occurs when the
combination of weak or poorly developed muscles, connective tissues, and
ligaments that should support and maintain joint health is deficient. The
term dysplasia refers to the bones surrounding the joint not being held in
place properly allowing them to actually move apart causing instability in
the joint and the resultant pain, limping and restricted movement suffered
by the animal. It is important to know that hip dysplasia may begin in
animals as young as five months old and will only worsen steadily without
intervention or treatment. More commonly, hip dysplasia is seen in
middle-aged to older animals and is often accompanied by osteoarthritis.
Importance of a Healthy Immune System
A healthy functioning immune system is important for your pet’s overall
general health and in particular her demeanor, skin and coat, digestion,
etc. can all benefit from maintaining immunity to disease and illness.
Fortunately, many herbs helpful in boosting your own immune defenses, such
as, Echinacea angustifolia, Ashwagandha, and Reishi mushroom are equally
helpful to your cat or dog. Many commercial pet foods may not actually
provide good nutrition, necessary to help the immune system fight off common
illnesses. Many pet owners choose to not vaccinate or immunize their cat or
dog, so especially in these cases, herbal remedies that improve the immune
system would be very helpful to maintain your pet’s quality of life. Omega
Alpha’s HealthyPet™ is intended to help boost the immune system of your cat
or dog, giving him a better chance to ward off disease. Remember! Preventing
illness is a lot less costly in the long run than treating the symptoms of
Parasitic Infestations Can Be Eradicated Naturally
Arguably the most common affliction of cats or dogs is parasites. Whether it
is intestinal worms or infestations of microbes or both, parasites can be a
serious concern for you and your pet. They should be a concern for you as
these parasites can easily be passed along to the pet owner even if you do
not allow your animal to lick your mouth.
Bacteria, fungus, viruses and the eggs of intestinal worms may be passed
from pet to human as easily as a cold/flu virus can pass between coworkers
or family members. Parasite eggs and bacteria may be contained in a pet’s
saliva – keep in mind how cats and dogs wash their body parts – and most
people enjoy petting their fur family with bare hands, giving no mind to
touching their own eyes, nose and mouth before washing their hands. Most
veterinarians will agree that one in six pets likely have parasitic worms
while his human companion is completely unaware of this as many animals are
asymptomatic, or their condition goes unnoticed. Medicinal herbs such as
Areca catechu, Curcubia moschata, and Allium sativum (Garlic) are just as
effective in killing or dislodging intestinal worms as pharmaceutical drugs
so these herbs may be a good choice for those who are open to alternative
treatments. Omega Alpha’s Para-Free™ contains these powerful herbs and more
and is a wonderful broad-range anti-parasitic supplement.
Detoxification of Major Organs
The kidneys and liver of dogs and cats appear to be particularly vulnerable
to disease. Perhaps because of modern breeding methods, or the prevalence of
environmental toxins, chemicals, drugs, and so on, feline and canine organ
toxicity is fairly common as these organs are primarily responsible for
filtering and cleansing toxins, herbs, and drugs from the body. Over time,
or as in the case of the recent tragedy of contaminated pet foods, the
kidneys and liver can become severely damaged leading to serious illness or
even death. In the same way that most humans will benefit from organ
detoxification at least twice per year, your cat or dog may benefit from
detoxifying the kidneys and liver too.
Herbs such as Uva ursi, Corn silk, and Horsetail are effective at improving
kidney tone, while herbs commonly used by people for thousands of years to
detoxify and tone the liver, such as Milk Thistle, Burdock and Dandelion can
also be safely ingested by your pet. Omega Alpha has recently produced
Kidney Tone for kidney detoxification and Liver Tone for liver
detoxification, both intended to gently stimulate these organs to speed up
the metabolism and release of harmful toxins.
How Do I Get My Cat or Dog to Take Herbs?
Administering herbal products to your cat or dog may at first seem daunting
yet after the first few dosages the animal will likely adjust, and perhaps
even welcome the supplement as a special treat.
Dogs tend to not be a problem as they will often eat anything, especially
when easily disguised in their food. Most cats and some finicky dogs are
clever at avoiding eating pills or tablets. Liquid preparations are the
easiest to administer and here’s how:
1. Add the remedy in just a small enough portion of your pet’s wet
food or most desired treat to hide the taste. I could usually get my cat to
take any medicine by adding it to the juice of canned tuna, her favourite
treat. A strong tasting/smelling treat like fish often hides the aroma of
the medicinal, and most cats will eagerly chow down on sardines. Small
servings of soft cheese, cooked animal fats and peanut butter are other
foods much preferred by cats and dogs and easily mixed with a liquid
formulation. Most pets have at least one food item it will find irresistible
so experimentation may be required. Consider keeping food and water bowls
out of reach for a few hours before dosing so she will more readily eat or
drink the dose when administered. (Remember to always avoid contact between
the product container and the pet’s mouth or food/drink bowl to circumvent
2. Liquid preparations can easily be smeared onto the pet which
encourages it to then wash itself by licking the area clean. Around the
mouth, on the tops of the paws, on top of the nose or ears seem to encourage
immediate washing, but make sure they can reach the area and do not apply
the remedy too near the eyes or inside the ears and nose which may be
3. Use an oral dosing syringe, available very inexpensively in pet
supply stores. It is the most accurate method of dosing but requires
inserting directly into the mouth and should be cleaned between doses.
4. However you choose to administer remedies to your pet, in all
cases closely watch the animal after to ensure they consume the required
dose without regurgitation.
The natural health approach to pet care is the same as human health care.
Prevent illness and disease before they occur and don’t just treat the
symptoms of illness; get to the source of what may be making your pet ill.
Maintenance of good health and prevention of disease will ensure that you
and your beloved animal companion will enjoy a higher quality of life
together and perhaps for a much longer period of time.