Bird Vitamins & Supplements
The animal body is like a machine in that it needs “parts”, catalysts and “fuel” if it is to function properly. These substances are called nutrients and most of them must be supplied by the diet.
Vitamins belong to these vital nutritive substances. Some are essential for the transfer of energy while some are vital for the regulation of the protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolisms. Without vitamins, and minerals, the body is unable to break down the food substances and turn them into structural units and/or energy. Because animals can synthesise only a few vitamins and no minerals they must form a permanent part of the dietary intake. According to reports from veterinarians, however, up to 90% of the ailments they treat in birds are due to an incorrect and inadequate diet. In the majority of cases the cause is a deficiency in the active substances – vitamins, macro and trace elements, especially in times of stress when a bird’s needs can fluctuate considerably.
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