We are often asked what is in our vitamin/mineral formula for our homemade dog food program. It is a good and important question. Dog parents are concerned about possible foods their dog may exposed to. That is precisely why our homemade dog food vitamin and mineral supplement does not contain any food products. We want to eliminate the risks possible with food sources of vitamins and minerals.
What Are the Risks of Food in Supplements?
1. ARF. ARF means “adverse reaction to food.” These dogs may experience vomiting or diarrhea when exposed to certain foods. This response is different than allergies because it can occur without any previous exposure to any particular food.
2. Allergic reactions. Some dogs can be allergic to food products that are used to provide vital vitamins and minerals. Although these food allergies are not common, they do occur.
3. Taste aversion. Some dogs have very sensitive palates and are put off by food tastes.
What is in the Hearthstone Homemade Vitamin/Mineral Supplement?
We want to avoid all possible reactions a dog may have to our vitamin/mineral supplement. Our supplement contains purified vitamins and minerals in their simple form. This eliminates any ARF, allergic or taste problems. Additionally, the minerals are “chelated salts.” This means that they are readily available for absorption from the intestine in a “ready to use by the body” form.
The other problem with food products is that the digestion system of dogs is not good at extracting vitamins and minerals from food products. Using food in supplements can result in a diet that is deficient in vitamins and minerals. We don’t want that risk for dogs on our homemade dog food program.
We do not want to take any risks with your dog’s health. Our products may not be as “sexy” as the supplements touting kale or kelp, but we can sleep at night knowing our dog consumers’ nutritional needs are being met.