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Antioxidants for Dogs and Cats / Why Dogs and Cats Need Antioxidants

Antioxidants for Dogs and Cats / Why Dogs and Cats Need Antioxidants

Herbal nutrition to help deliver antioxidant support and potential health, wellness and disease prevention benefits for dogs and cats.

Natura Petz Organics antioxidants for dogs and cats why dogs and cats need antioxidants

Why does your dog or cat need an antioxidant in its diet? 

Antioxidants are often used as nutritional additions and as preventative gatekeepers against potential diseases and conditions in dogs and cats. Antioxidants are available in both natural and synthetic forms. Natura Petz Organics utilizes natural plant and marine based antioxidants which contain critical bio-available vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other compounds that may help prevent or stop cellular damage caused by free radicals.

Antioxidants may help support healthy immune function, may protect your pet's body against environmental toxins and may reduce the risk of chronic degenerative conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and heart disease.

Antioxidants may help optimize wellness by encouraging healthy cell growth, slowing the aging process and potentially enhancing longevity by offsetting the negative effects of excessive free radical scavenging in the animal body. 

Antioxidants are also important additions to your pet's diet to help offset nutritional or physiological imbalances. In puppies and kittens, antioxidants may boost a developing immune system, which is critical to growth and may be beneficial prior to vaccination. In aging or senior dogs and cats, antioxidants may help slow down oxidative damage to the heart or brain, potentially promoting a healthier, longer life. The best known types of antioxidants include Vitamins A, C and E; curcumin (turmeric), carotenoids, selenium and healthy acids such as ALA.  

What is the connection between antioxidants and free radicals?

Oxidation occurs inside every cell of every living thing and free radicals are produced as a result of normal bodily processes such as the release of adrenaline. 

Antioxidants fight excessive free radical activity. Free radicals are molecules, atoms or ions with unpaired electrons, which operate in opposite directions to balance each other. Because free radicals are unpaired, they constantly seek out substances in the body, such as protein or DNA, to restore their stability. When free radicals attack and damage too many healthy cells, the process becomes unbalanced, causing a disproportionate amount of damage to healthy cells, can lead to cell death and may cause a wide range of chronic diseases and conditions in dogs and cats.  

On top of  excessive free radical scavenging, environmental factors inside and outside of the house, such as UV rays from the sun, cigarette smoke, room fresheners, candles, dryer sheets, chemical food additives and preservatives, pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides may also contribute to excessive free radical damage. When we consider how many chemicals we as pet parents, and our pets encounter every day, we begin to understand how important it is to include antioxidants in our pets' diet.

Antioxidants help stop the process of oxidation and excessive free radical damage by giving one of its electrons to the free radical, preventing it from attacking DNA or protein, neutralizing its negative effects. Once an antioxidant gives up an electron, it loses its function and has to be regenerated and replenished by other antioxidants, another reason antioxidant supplementation in your pets diet is so vital. 

Typically, most dogs and cats eating a commercial diet do not get enough fresh fruits and vegetables to obtain the natural antioxidants they need to maintain healthy bodies and to counteract free radical damage.  

Antioxidants have been studied for their potential benefits in offsetting the following conditions: 


Joint pain

Hip dysplasia




Autoimmune disorders

Chronic infections 

Heart disease


The table below details how antioxidants may help benefit specific parts of the body and the potential function of antioxidants in relationship to specific diseases and conditions.  



Beneficial For Dogs & Cats with:

Vitamin A

Stimulates the growth & repair of body tissues

Assists in maintaining healthy skin & mucous membranes

Beneficial for eye health

Eye problems (i.e. cataracts)

Respiratory problems (i.e. asthma)

Skin problems (i.e. eczema)

Vitamin C

Promotes wound healing

Strengthens blood vessels

Maintains healthy skin

Strengthens immunity & builds resistance to infections

Chronic infections


Weakened immune systems

Skin problems (i.e. eczema)

Vitamin E

Slows down cellular aging caused by oxidation

Nutritionally strengthens & fortifies cellular health

Strengthens capillary walls

Assists in the maintenance of healthy skin

Skin irritations & allergies

Heart problems



Slows down cellular aging caused by oxidation

Promotes & preserves tissue elasticity

Assists in the maintenance of healthy membrane tissue


Inflammations & infections (i.e. IBD)

Heart problems


Scavengers free radicals called "singlet oxygen," helping prevent lipid peroxidation

Prevents degenerative diseases

Strengthens & protects eye membranes

Reduce likelihood of cataracts

Eye problems (i.e.. cataracts)



Respiratory problems

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Scavenges hydroxyl radicals, singlet oxygen & hypochlorous acid

Removes heavy metals 

Replenishes & regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E & Coenzyme Q10



Beneficial for aging pets dogs & cats

Coenzyme Q10

Strengthens the heart muscle

Prevents cellular damage caused by oxidation

Improves carbohydrate metabolism

Maintains gum & oral health

Heart disease

Gum disease

Immune problems

Beneficial for aging dogs & cats

Grape Seed Extract (GSE contains bioflavonoids & proanthocyanidins)

Cancer prevention

Prevents cellular damage caused by oxidation

Supports & maintains healthy skin condition

Improves blood circulation

Prevents premature aging

Heart problems

Skin problems


Beneficial for aging dogs & cats

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal nutritional may help support whole body antioxidant support and nutrition; may help support overall systemic immune response and general wellness; help provide protection against excessive free radical damage, disease and infections; help support balanced immune and cellular response; help provide critical nutrients, including antioxidants; help provide potential anti-aging nutritional resources; may help nutritionally counteract autoimmune disorders, including allergies, liver and kidney problems, cardiovascular dysfunctions and immune system stress; may help cleanse toxins from the body and help nourish the liver and kidney function; may be useful in the potential prevention of cancer in dogs and cats.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

Kick Start My Heart – (learn more)  is used holistically as an adjunctive cardio tonic to help address symptoms related to all types of Heart Disease once diagnosed, including Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease; may help to improve the heart and circulatory systems by strengthening heart muscles and blood flow throughout the body; may help to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, including muscle and cell healing and support of cell walls and arterial blood pressure, for all parts of the body including the brain; may help to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels; may help to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic; may help to stimulate alpha brain waves, critical to heart function; and for its overall toning effects on the heart, circulatory and nervous systems. 








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