Should You Be Adding Dog Supplements To Your Pooch’s Diet?
You take a multi-vitamin every day. In the winter, you boost your Vitamin C intake with a few extra pills, Or perhaps you have some joint issues and your doctor recommended fish oil capsules. Our health benefits from these added vitamins – and so is your dog’s when you add dog supplements to his diet.
Supplements can provide your dog with essential nutrients he doesn’t get enough of in his everyday diet. Dog supplements can also enhance an already healthy diet or treat lingering issues. Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants can boost your dog’s health and offer a happier life.
More pet parents are making dog supplements a part of their dog’s daily diet. The most common include multivitamins, supplements to support arthritic joints, and fatty acids (important for a shiny coat and reduced shedding). Dog supplement use is also popular with owners of older and obese dogs, in order to reduce symptoms brought on by age or weight.
But do dogs need really supplements? Are dog supplements safe? There’s a lot of talk on the subject – some experts say they are important while others believe they could be doing more harm than good. Let’s go over a few important points before you add dog supplements to your pup’s diet.
- Before you give your pooch dog supplements, take him to the vet and get her expert opinion. Point out any health issues you think could be affecting your dog and ask if there are any supplements that could alleviate the problem.
- Check the supplements included in your dog’s food. Some dog foods have supplements built in. Some of these include adult formulas or prescription dog food. Others include botanicals or DHA.
- Check the dose. Giving too much of a good thing could lead to serious health issues. Always follow the recommendations on the packaging. If you are in doubt, ask your vet.
- Does your dog need extra vitamins? If you’re feeding your dog an FDA-approved dog food, he is most likely getting all the vitamins and minerals in this complete and balanced diet. If you’re using a homemade dog food, your dog may need added supplements.
- When choosing dog supplements, look for a brand that specializes in the issue you dog is facing. Read the labels, know the name of the ingredient you’re looking for and make sure the supplement has it. And don’t be fooled by claims that sound too good to be true – they usually are.
Do you add dog supplements to your pooch’s diet? Have you felt that it’s helped or hindered his heath? Let us know in the comments section below.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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