From antioxidants to vitamins, many supplements lack official testing

Many pet supplements do not undergo rigorous testing or go through regulatory agencies, potentially putting pets at risk in some cases. Photo: AleksandFinch/Bigstock

Dietary supplements are one of the most popular and widely used of the treatments. Surveys find dietary supplement use varies from country to country, but in many developed nations 50-70 percent  of adults report using some kind of supplement, and many children are given supplements, as well.1–9 Pet owners also commonly give supplements to their animals, though at somewhat lower rates. About 30 percent of dog owners and 20 percent of cat owners in one survey reported using dietary supplements for their pets.10

The popularity of supplements makes them a very profitable pro...


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