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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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I would like to know if a certain pet formula is safe and

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I would like to know if a certain pet formula is safe and good quality for my cat and dog pets. I have 2 PDF snapshots with the ingredients. Looking for a second opinion.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with your cat?
Customer: it's just a multivitamin I am looking to buy for pet nutrition. keep my dog and cat lively and healthy
JA: Where does your cat seem to hurt?
Customer: not hurt
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: mittens and 3 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about mittens?
Customer: nope healthy my dog shaemus is 4 years old and healthy
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

I'd be pleased to take a look at the ingredient list. Please upload the images to our conversation. You can do so by using the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I just attached the files now
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

Thank you! Give me a moment to take a look at them, please.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Looking to make sure it's safe and a quality multivitamin for my cat and dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

The cat product isn't a multivitamin. It's designed to ameliorate the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The dog product has everything but the kitchen sink in it...including proprietary ingredients that I'm unable to assess. It's safe but most likely overkill. It's the type of product I'd give once weekly rather than daily - particularly if your Shaemus is eating a high-quality dog food. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Wow... so once a week is fine .. Does the cat vitamin work once a week too?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
What would happen if I gave it more than once a week?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
We make homemade pet foods for our pets, and want to ensure they get the proper amount of vitamins...
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
We are thinking of selling it to our friends, as we have many who are looking for a great multivitamin.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

There are no vitamins in that cat product. Look for a feline vitamin-mineral supplement or simply add a kids complete vitamin and mineral supplement at a dose of 1/2 pill daily. You also need to make sure that taurine 1000mg per 1/4 tsp is given at 1/4 tsp daily in your home-cooked feline recipes.

If you give the dog product more than once weekly, there will be quite a lot of vitamins and minerals ending up in a dog's urine and feces!

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Hi Doctor,We are looking into two other vitamins. if they are good, we have about 15 friends who would want them too.Here is the recipe for one. Please let me know your thoughts:Active Ingredients (per chewable tablet)Amount
Calcium80 mg
Phosphorus80 mg
Potassium12.7 mg
Magnesium4.8 mg
Iron3.0 mg
Copper0.1 mg
Manganese0.25 mg
Zinc1.4 mg
Vitamin A1500 IU
Vitamin D3150 IU
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate)15 IU
Thiamine (Vitamin B1)0.24 mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)0.65 mg
Pantothenic Acid0.68 mg
Niacin3.4 mg
Pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6)0.24 mg
Folic Acid0.05 mg
Vitamin B127.0 mcg
Choline40.0 mg
Menadione* (Source of Vitamin K Activity)0.001 mg
Other Ingredients (per chewable tablet): Corn syrup solids, brewers yeast, dicalcium phosphate, wheat germ, sucrose, natural chic***** *****ver flavor, sorbitol, choline chloride, safflower oil, vitamin E supplement, potassium chloride, iron proteinate, ascorbic acid, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, magnesium oxide, vitamin b12 supplement, lactose, zinc sulfate, niacinamide, vitamin A supplement (acetate), riboflavin, manganese sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper oxide, biotin, cobalt carbonate, folic acid.
* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Here is the one for cats:Active Ingredients (per 2 soft chews)AmountDL-Methionine10 mg
Cystine5 mg
Linoleic Acid25 mg
Calcium (4.0%)50 mg
Phosphorus (2.0%)25 mg
Potassium (0.02%)0.25 mg
Magnesium (0.12%)1.5 mg
Iron (1200 ppm)1.5 mg
Copper (24 ppm)0.030 mg
Zinc (800 ppm)1 mg
Iodine (32 ppm)0.040 mg
Selenium (2.8 ppm)0.0035 mg
Vitamin A900 IU
Vitamin D350 IU
Vitamin E5 IU
Menadione (A Source of Vitamin K Activity)0.002 mg
Thiamine (Vitamin B1)2 mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)2 mg
Pantothenic Acid5 mg
Niacin5 mg
Pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6)2mg
Folic Acid0.002 mg
Biotin0.002 mg
Vitamin B120.002 mg
Choline5 mg
Taurine200 mg
*Gamma-Linolenic Acid10 mg
*Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)20 mg
*Inositol2 mg
*Para-aminobenzoic Acid2 mg
*Betaine HCl10 mg
*Lecithin5 mg
*Lipase (Pancreatin)2.5 USP Units3
*Pepsin (Porcine)4.5 USP Units1
*Papain (Papaya)3 USP Units1
*Bromelain (Pineapple)0.9 GD Units2
*Protease (Pancreatin)26.0 USP Units1
*Eicosapentaenoic Acid, EPA (from fish oil)8.2 mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid, DHA (from fish oil)5.5 mg
* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile.
1 One USP unit of protease activity will liberate 3.0 mg amino acids (from egg albumin)/min/mg of the enzyme under standard conditions.
2 One GD unit of protease activity will liberate approximately 8.4 mg amino acids (from gelatin)/20 min/mg of enzyme at 45 C and pH 4.5.
3 One USP unit of lipase activity will liberate 1mmol fatty acid from olive oil/min/mg of enzyme at 37 C and pH 9.0.
This product contains sources of Pepsin, Papain, Bromelain and Protease (hydrolyzes proteins) and Lipase (hydrolyzes triglycerides).
Other Ingredients: Chic***** *****ver, brewers yeast, glycerin, calcium phosphate, soy lecithin, whey, black currant seed oil, canola oil, I-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, calcium carbonate, safflower oil, fish oil, a proprietary blend (maltodextrin, sodium alginate, calcium sulfate), choline chloride, betaine hydrochloride, methionine, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, d-calcium pantothenate, niacinamide, magnesium oxide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, propionic acid, natural mixed tocopherols, potassium chloride, pancreatin ( source of lipase and protease activity), copper proteinate, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium-bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity).
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Here is the wafer for dogs:Ingredients - Each 3.5gm chewable contains:Selenium (chelate)..........................................15mcg
Ascorbic Acid (a source of Vitamin C)...........30 mg
Vitamin A (beta carotene)...............................1000iu
Vitamin E (acetate).................................................5iu
Wheat Sprout/Grass Complex....................1100mg
Desiccated Liver............................................1000mg
Barley Grass Powder......................................200mg
Alfalfa Grass Powder.......................................200mg
Guaranteed Analysis:Protein.....................................28.49% Min
Moisture..................................11.66% Max
Crude Fat................................13.79% Min
Crude Fiber................................2.3% Max
Calories..............................13.5 per wafer
About Ark Naturals and our ingredients:Our ingredients and manufacturing processes are all natural, human quality and are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant. Manufactured in the USA In FDA/OTC inspected facilities. Proud members of NNFA, APPMA and NASC.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Please let me know what are the key components of the dog and cat vitamins I should be looking for. We are looking for the essentials. ( ex: calcium, vitamin A)...
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Both the dog and cat vitamin and mineral ingredient lists contain all of the essentials. The wafer isn't complete but isn't designed to be.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Hi Doctor,Based on the following recipe, what changes would you suggest we make to make it a better quality productI will remove the grapeseed.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
We are looking to distribute the product if our pets like it. What changes would you suggest.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

The dog vitamin/mineral recipe is excellent. The cat recipe isn't a multivitamin/mineral supplement. It's designed to address osteoarthritis in cats. You'll need to find a multivitamin/mineral supplement for cats and mimic its recipe. I'm not qualified to analyze full recipes manufactured by you - only products already manufactured by well-known companies. You would need a qualified veterinary nutritionist to do so.