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Assisi Animal Health Lists Supplements to Keep Away from Pets

PINEHURST, N.C, March 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With the worldwide growth of the nutritional supplement industry, Assisi Animal Health, developer of the Assisi Loop®, an effective non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory device (NPAID®) that works as a PEMF therapy for animals, lists supplements to keep away from pets.

Known as the Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements (VMS) industry, nutritional and dietary supplements is projected to reach $60 million by 2021. With this rapid growth, it is important to know what supplements are dangerous for pets. The following supplements are extremely dangerous for pets and should be kept well out of their reach.

  1. Bodybuilding Supplements. In recent history, more and more fitness enthusiasts are using supplements to accelerate their progress. While the ingredients of each brand's product can vary, there are several staple additives in these supplements that can be deadly for pets. Caffeine, xylitol, and iron are often found in bodybuilding products to help improve taste, increase energy, and combat fatigue. These ingredients, while beneficial for humans, can cause serious health complications in pets, like seizures, liver failure, internal bleeding, and even death.
  2. Vitamin Supplements. Today, many people take multivitamins and similar supplements for a multitude of reasons. For example, Vitamin D is commonly taken to counteract a lack of sunlight. However, when ingested by cats or dogs, Vitamin D supplements can result in extremely high levels of calcium and phosphorus, which result in the hardening of soft tissue – specifically in the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, or the heart. If enough Vitamin D is consumed, pets can suffer from acute kidney failure within the span of a few days.
  3. Weight Loss Supplements. This type of supplement has become extremely popular lately. Supplements like 5-hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) and ephedra cannot be effectively processed by pets. Both of these supplements do not require large doses for a pet to become seriously ill or cause death.

As supplement use becomes more and more popular, it's vital that they are kept away from pets. If a dog or cat has ingested any of the supplements listed above, they should be taken to the vet immediately to reduce the likelihood of health complications.

Assisi Animal Health's clinical solutions complete the Circle of Care®—the collaboration of veterinarians and owners in animal health and healing. Our company helps veterinary professionals and owners improve the quality of life for companion animals using the Assisi Loop, the non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical healing device that is based on the same FDA-cleared technology used on humans. The device uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to reduce pain and swelling, and to enhance recovery.

Media Contact: Kaysie Dannemiller, Assisi Animal Health, 866-830-7342, kaysie.dannemiller@assisianimalhealth.com

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