Pet supplement company Animal Necessity works with veterinary specialists

Animal Necessity is passionate about improving the health and wellness of animals through supplementation, and they work with veterinary specialists to develop unique and effective products for dogs and cats.

In 2005, Dr. Johanna Fava and Joseph Fava, along with Dr. Norma Pestano, recognized an unfilled niche for dietary supplements in the zoo and aquarium industry. Their company, Animal Necessity, was born to fill this void, and to help animals live healthier lives by providing a comprehensive holistic approach to their wellness. Shortly after the launch, the company teamed up with veterinary ophthalmologists Dr. Terri McCalla and Dr. Carmen Colitz, creators of the Ocu-GLO™ Vision Supplement, and began marketing their products to the pet health market. Their unique approach – a combination of research, pharmaceutical-grade nutraceuticals, and the input of a core team of veterinary specialists – landed Animal Necessity on Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies list three years in a row. And it’s been landing them in the hands of animal parents ever since!

According to Joseph and Johanna (Dr. Jo), teaming with veterinarians was a natural choice for their company. “We understood the value and direction of partnering with veterinary specialists in order to create effective nutraceuticals,” says Joseph. “Their years of experience and expertise, combined with ours, are the keystone in the development and education of each supplement we formulate.” Almost all their supplements, including Ocu-GLO, were created by Animal Necessity’s team with the help of board-certified veterinary specialists.

When the veterinarians on staff at Animal Necessity aren’t formulating new products, they’re consistently improving existing ones. And their dedication to the company and its values doesn’t stop when they “clock out”. In fact, every veterinary specialist who works on the company’s line also stands by it in his/her clinic. They educate their patients on the many short- and long-term benefits of using the supplements for their animals, and can back up their claims with firsthand experience. “Veterinarians are our company’s backbone, because each one that recommends our supplements understands the research and effectiveness of each product,” says Dr. Jo.

Given the scientific backing and quality assurance that Animal Necessity’s products are built on, it’s no wonder they’ve become a favorite among veterinarians and animal parents alike. These qualities are rare in an industry that’s become overwhelming for many. “We go to great lengths to research and develop each of our supplements to ensure their safety, purity, and effectiveness,” says Joseph. “We bring the same focus and love to our products as we do our own pets – because at the end of the day, we want everyone to live happier, healthier lives.”

All that hard work and passion has paid off.  Animal Necessity has been a beacon of trust for animal parents, and it’s pointing its team toward a successful future. “We continue to expand on our research and education of how important supplementation is for health – in animals and people,” says Dr. Jo. Of course, their mission – holistic wellness through supplementation – will stay the same. “Everyone deserves to live better lives,” she adds. “And we’re here to help.”


Animal Wellness is North America's top natural health and lifestyle magazine for dogs and cats, with a readership of over one million every year. AW features articles by some of the most renowned experts in the pet industry, with topics ranging from diet and health related issues, to articles on training, fitness and emotional well being.