Veterinary pet supplements and pet nutraceuticals fall under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration – Center for Veterinary Biologics, and are not recognized as a separate class of product. These products are regulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). However, veterinary dietary supplements are not subject to the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA). One valuable resource is the National Animal Supplement Council, which can assist companies on the various aspects of the veterinary nutritional supplement market for veterinary and animal health applications.
Veterinary Nutraceuticals and Veterinary Dietary Supplements
Market for Veterinary Supplements
The veterinary nutritional supplement and nutraceutical market consists of products similar to the human nutraceutical market, including dietary supplements. Although no definitive market statistics are currently available, the veterinary supplement market is estimated to represent between $500-$750 million dollars in the United States.
- Veterinary joint supplements
- Veterinary skin supplements
- Veterinary probiotics
- Veterinary immune supplements
- Veterinary dietary supplements
Labeling of veterinary nutraceuticals and supplements is important, and should be consistent with veterinary nutraceutical guidelines for labeling. Labeling should include the:
- Brand Name and Product Name
- Purpose Statement
- Guaranteed Analysis
- List of Ingredients
- Directions for Use
- Warning and/or Caution Statements
- Manufacturer’s Name and Address
- Quantity Statement
Additional Information Concerning Veterinary Nutraceuticals
Other Regulatory Considerations
Pet nutraceuticals and pet supplements are considered drugs of discretion by the US Food and Drug Administration – Center for Veterinary Medicine. Companies should ensure their products meet certain criteria before marketing dietary supplements for companion animals. Products should not have any statements that suggest therapeutic or disease prevention claims, or are misleading or false. The FDA-CVM, on a number of occasions, has issued Warning Letters to companies that are considered in violation of the FFDCA.
Manufacturing of Veterinary Nutraceuticals
The manufacture of veterinary and pet nutraceuticals and supplements should be to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).