Iowa Bans Pet Supplements


Jane, our fierce but creaky 18 year old cat, would be out of luck in Iowa. Our vet prescribed a glucosamine and chrondroitin supplement to be mixed in her food as a remedy for her arthritis. In Iowa, he would be violating new regulations promulgated by that state's Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship banning pet nutritional supplements. There's plenty of anecdotal evidence that these supplements work in people and the National Institutes of Health is now conducting a rigorous study to find out if there is any scientific basis for these claims. In any case, Federal law allows these supplements to be sold to people, but now Iowa would ban them and other nutritional supplements for pets. No more Science Diet for Fluffy and Fido. Surely, Iowa's overworked regulators must have more important things to do than worry about whether or not supplements work for Jane and other pets?