About a month ago we were approached by Aniforte UK to see if we would like to trial some of their dietary supplements, a month later and we are very excited to tell you all about the supplements we received and our thoughts on them. Aniforte sent us a total of 5 different products, we have chosen to split the products across two posts in order to do justice to each one! This week’s post will feature a trio of supplements; Omega-3 Salmon Oil, Green Lipped Mussel Powder and Calm & Relaxed.
Before we start, a little background information on Aniforte themselves. AniForte is a family run natural pet brand based in Germany. They strongly believe nature has all the answers to our pets’ health problems and they are now keen to introduce their products to the UK market. Their range consists of supplements and foods that are 100% natural. They produce products, not only for dogs, but also for cats and horses with ingredients that are free from additives, chemicals and artificial flavourings. At AoD HQ we are all about keeping Colin and Rhapsody’s diets and healthcare as natural as possible, whilst appreciating experts knowledge and advice when there is no viable or scientifically proven natural alternative.
The Aniforte Omega-3 Salmon Oil is made from 100% pure cold-pressed Norwegian salmon oil. Salmon oil is a natural, high quality source of Omega-3 as well as EPA + DHA + ALA fatty acids which a dog’s body cannot produce. They are therefore known as essential fatty acids and must be provided through the dog’s diet. Many raw feeders (like ourselves) will feed a wide range of proteins including fish however fish can be expensive and it is hard to find a complete ‘fishy’ raw food. Salmon oil is a handy alternative to ensure the correct levels of Omega-3 in a raw diet. Salmon oil has many benefits including promoting strong bones, in fact, a study conducted by Rouch et al. in 2010 found that the dietary supplementation with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids resulted in an improvement in weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis. Dog owners have also observed (although no formal studies have yet to undertaken) that salmon oil may also promote a glossy coat, prevent hair loss, boost metabolism and stimulate growth. Salmon oil is thought to have a preventative effect against many heart diseases, by lowering cholesterol and improving blood flow; as it has been shown to do in humans. Both dogs trialed the Omega-3 Salmon Oil and it was a welcomed addition to their bowls, both seem to enjoy the taste and although it is hard to say if it will have a long term impact after a month of trialing, both dogs have been looking extra glossy and Colin has definitely been shedding less which are really bonuses for us in additional to the long term health benefits. We will definitely be continuing to use this salmon oil in the future. A 500ml bottle of the Aniforte Omega-3 Salmon Oil costs £7.60 and between them (at 10kg and 5kg) they use 7.5ml per day. The small bottle will last us about 67 days, at a cost of about 11p per day so this is definitely not an expensive addition to your dogs’ diet!
Aniforte Green-Lipper Mussel Glucosamine Powder is made from 100% pure New Zealand green-lipped mussels (perna canaliculus) which contain glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids. The GAGs (complex protein-sugar compounds) are used for the repair and synthesis of tendons, cartilage, ligaments, synovial joints damaged during intense physical activity. As dogs cannot synthesise these GAGs and unsaturated fatty acids themselves it is essential that they are added to the diet through supplements. A study conducted in 2002 by Bui and Bierer found that in a small group of 31 mixed breed dogs the addition of Green-Lipped Mussle Powder to their dried food diets resulted in a change in total arthritis score by the end of 6 weeks showed there was significant improvement the test group versus the control group. They also observed significant improvements were also observed in joint pain and swelling scores in the test group. GAGs are not just useful for treating dogs with existing joint conditions but also in preventing issues in the future. Green-Lipped Mussel Powder is used a component of a number of well-respected joint supplements such as Yu-MOVE and Higher Nature Vitality. As our older lady we have started adding the Green-Lipped Mussel Powder to Rhapsody’s food and much to our surprise we have actually noticed that she has become noticeably more sprightly over the last month. She has started to slow down and lag behind on walks since the summer but now she seems back to her old skipity-hopity self! Rhapsody weighs 5kg and so need 0.25g of Green-Lipped Mussel Power a day. The 100g tub costs £15.50 and this tub will last us over a year so the supplement will end up costing us less than 4p per day.
The Aniforte Calm & Relaxed mix is a combination of Baldrian root, hop cones, balm and passionflower herb designed to have a ‘supportive effect in cases of nervousness and stress, as well as general susceptibility to fright’. It has also been shown to be especially helpful in cases of acute and chronic anxiety. The mix is designed to be used at periods of high stress such as the introduction of a new family member or fireworks night and can take up to 4 weeks to reach it’s full effect. Although I have been unable to find any scientific studies to support the use of these ingredients to reduce stress and anxiety online there are a range of positive reviews where this product has helped dogs to adjust to new situations. Colin was our tester for this one as he has a few anxious tendencies, mainly around travelling in the car, so we were keen to see if the Calm & Relaxed would have an effect on him. Unfortunately, we did not see any improvement in Colin’s anxiety from the Calm & Relaxed however it is very important to remember that every dog is different and what works for one may not work for another and if you have an anxious dog or are about to introduce a change to your dog’s life then this is definitely worth a shot! The Calm & Relaxed 100g tubs are £12.90 and would cost us 26p per day to give to Colin who weighs 10kg.
Thank you for reading our review of these three Aniforte supplements, overall we were impressed with the quality of their products and love how natural they all are! We were very pleased to find scientific research go back the use of two out of three products and will definitely be continuing to use both the Salmon Oil and the Green-Lipped Mussel Powder. Keep your eyes peeled for a couple more products coming your way in a couple of weeks times!
Thanks go to Aniforte UK for sponsoring this post. All opinions on the products we were sent are our own and were in no way influenced by this sponsorship.