Dietary Supplements for Horses, Dogs, and Cats Need Better Regulations and

An Improved System to Report Adverse Health EffectsThe growing use of animal dietary supplements has raised several concerns, including the safety of specific supplements and the approaches taken to determine their safeness.  A new National Research Council report, requested by the Center for Veterinary Medicine of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, assesses whether the addition of three dietary supplements — lutein, evening primrose oil, and garlic — to the diets of horses, dogs, or cats may cause significant adverse health effects.

The report stresses that clear and precise regulations need to be established so “only safe animal dietary supplements are allowed on the market.”

Funny, man has been able to survive hundreds of thousands of years without the FDA telling them what was safe to eat and using the threat of force to keep people from selling or consuming unsafe food. Not that they do a great job. I suppose it makes sense then that they would attempt to regulate animals too since we’ve only been interacting with them for tens of thousands. If we can’t handle feeding ourselves how could we possibly handle feeding our pets?