How do you know which pet supplements are safe?

Whether you’re a veterinarian or a pet owner, your goal is to provide the best possible care to your beloved animals. Sometimes that means offering or purchasing pet supplements to help with common pet health conditions. But how do you know if the pet supplements you’re using are legit? How do you know if you’re dealing with a supplement that’s safe as well as effective? There’s a simple answer: Look for the NASC seal.

You’re right to be skeptical

The pet supplement market is large and growing larger. There is remarkably little regulatory oversight to ensure that all supplement manufacturers adhere to high quality standards and current industry GMP’s. There are numerous reports about supplements that contain ingredients not listed on their labels, or supplements that contain far less of certain ingredients than the amount stated on the labels. Many labels can be misleading and confusing to veterinarian and client alike. Fortunately, you can now feel confident that you can purchase high quality veterinary nutraceutical supplements, thanks to the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC).

The NASC seal: What it means, why you can trust it

In fact, concerns about the quality and safety of animal health supplements, and the processes used to manufacture them is the principal reason that the NASC was formed. The NASC seal on a pet supplement provides you with the assurance that the formula was produced in a facility that has undergone a rigorous and independent audit, and follows the NASC Good Manufacturing Practice Quality Standards.

In addition, the NASC works with the regulatory authorities to create a regulatory environment that’s fair and consistent, to facilitate statistically significant research regarding animal health supplements, and to advocate for high-quality, safe supplements for all companion animals. All the NASC’s efforts combine to promote the health of animals and to enhance the integrity of the animal health product industry. That’s what the NASC seal stands for and why it matters.


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