Dietary supplements by Terra Canis – for the perfect nutrient mix
As the name ‘dietary supplement’ suggests, these are additional supplements added to daily meals in the form of natural micronutrients and vital substances. With these products, Terra Canis follows an absolutely natural approach and, as with its menus, uses nature as its model. The animal instinct for the right help from nature can be observed e.g. in chamoises, which eat a specific herb after being bitten by a snake to stem the poison. Likewise, clever bears know which herbal heroes they need to eat to regain full strength after awakening from hibernation and add them to their diet accordingly. All supplementary products are based on classic natural methods such as botany, Ayurveda and Bach flowers. Many of these methods and the positive characteristics of natural active agents have now been scientifically proven and are used as supplementary nutrition during treatments. Supplementing feed can in many cases be necessary for the dog. Supplements can be fed over a longer period of time or even permanently added to food for both healthy and ageing dogs to support healthy body functions. This is sensible to promote healthy organs, bones and joints as well as keep the immune defence intact or to support age-related needs. As a temporary feed over several days or weeks, supplements are always a good idea to meet the acute or temporary needs of the dog. This could be due to increased strain on the immune system, malnourished dogs from animal rescue centres, when shedding, in stressful situations or for short-term physical or organic demands.
When is a dietary supplement a sensible idea?
In short, whenever you are feeding your dog with complete feed for dogs that does not cover your four-legged friend's needs for all essential nutrients. Feeding purely with fresh meat (Barf diet) certainly provides your four-legged friend with high-quality protein, but minerals and vitamins have to be supplied additionally via plant food. Even in the wild, the dog would instinctively supplement its diet in the same way as its wild ancestors did with grasses, herbs, roots, fallen fruit and berries, partly directly as supplementary food and partly by ingesting it in the stomach contents of its prey. You can still observe this today if your dog eats grass. As a pet owner, you are responsible for providing your four-legged friend with a balanced diet that optimally promotes the dog’s health. However, when cooking your dog's food yourself, you need some knowledge of the composition of food in order to be able to cover the needs of your four-legged friend. It's much easier to use Terra Canis dietary supplements. Our Garden Casserole mixes are composed in a balanced way and can be easily utilised by the dog as the plant fibres have been broken down by chopping, cooking and puréeing.