The Best Dog Supplements Guide

More and more pet owners are using dog supplements to help their
dogs live healthier, longer and more active lives. Most supplements
are the same vitamins and minerals that humans use but are designed
for easier digestion through the dog’s digestive tract.

The question becomes whether supplements are required for your
dog’s health or just an additional way for pet owners to give
their pets the best life possible?

Here is your healthy dog supplement guide:

Supplements: Safe, Necessary or Bonus

Just like with humans, dog supplements are just that: a
supplement to diet and exercise. You can’t reverse health issues.
Joint problems such as degeneration or diseases such as Cushing’s
Disease don’t miraculously go away. Supplements do, however, help
your dog function better with higher energy, healthier coats and
ease joint issues.

Always check with your veterinarian before you start any
supplement program.
This is true for all dogs but
especially in elderly dogs or animals with existing health
conditions taking medication. Some supplements can lead to health
issues in your dog if taken under the wrong circumstances.

Dogs eating a well-balanced diet could get too much of a mineral
or vitamin that leads to toxicity or other health issues. Excess
vitamin D has been known to suppress the appetite of dogs and lead
to muscle atrophy. Excess calcium is known to create skeletal
problems in large-breed puppy bone development.

However, commercial dog foods rarely contain the necessary
vitamins and minerals dogs need for a healthy lifestyle. Raw food
diets are becoming more popular among pet owners. Raw food diets
give dogs the protein needed, is easier on the liver than a bunch
of supplements and more enjoyable for your dog.

Chewable tablets and water-soluble supplements make it easier
for your dog to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals. Plus,
most dogs see a chewable tablet as a treat, making it easier to
give to the dog. If you know your dog has a vitamin deficiency, a
supplement is a good idea. A quick blood test through your
veterinarian will give you the details needed for a good
decision.

Overall Dog Health and Longevity

More and more dog owners and veterinarians suggest probiotics to
help dogs with digestions and nutrient absorption. When a dog is
better able to maintain a healthy gut, it can optimize vitamins and
minerals found in dog food. Probiotics are also used as a home
remedy to aid with stomach issues such as diarrhea.

Many pet experts feel that antioxidants have the same effects in
our dogs as it does in our own bodies. Antioxidants reduce the
effects of aging by helping retain cognitive function. Antioxidants
found in vitamin C and E, protect against free radicals that can
lead to cancer and other diseases. A commonly used antioxidant for
dogs is Coenzyme Q10. In addition to its antioxidant properties
Coenzyme Q10 is also known to help with heart health, metabolize
food better and improve energy in dogs.

Dog owners also give their pets
beta carotene
 which is known to help maintain a dog’s keen
eyesight by combining with fats to then convert into vitamin A
where it eventually finds its way to nourish the retina. However,
too much beta carotene can lead to bone issues. You can supplement
beta carotene in your dog’s diet with fresh carrots and broccoli.
Make sure to cut vegetable small enough for safe consumption and
digestion.

Milk
thistle
is given to dogs to help aid in the liver’s natural
detoxification process. If your dog is on a lot of medication, its
liver gets strained. Milk thistle helps keep your dog
healthy while taking his medications.

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A Shiny Healthy Coat and Skin

The right supplements help give a dog a
shiny coat
and alleviate various skin issues. It can prevent
hot spots and improve coat thickness in some cases.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish oil. Fish oil is used to
help a pet’s coat look smoother and shinier. It also helps to
lessen the effects of allergies causing hot spots in the skin an
excess shedding. Dogs with ear infections, mite irritation or
atopic dermatitis get relief with omega-3 fatty acid
supplements.

Brewer’s yeast is another supplement used for skin and coat
health in dogs. Coats are fuller with less shedding with brewer’s
yeast. Supplements that promote coat and skin health reduce itching
and scratching in dogs the prevents accidental scratches and
abrasions that can become infected.

Before starting dietary supplements for a dog’s skin and coat
irritation, confirm your dog doesn’t have a tick or flea
infestation. Also, check for signs of a more serious health issue
causing the problem.

Maintaining Good Joint Health

Joint health is a major concern for many dog owners, especially
owners with large dog breeds known to have hip dysplasia issues and
arthritis. The same omega-3 fatty acids used to help dogs have a
shiny coat also helps to reduce inflammation and improve joint
health. Antioxidants control inflammation as well.

But the
most popular supplement
given to dogs for joint health is
glucosamine. Dog joints naturally contain glucosamine, an amino
sugar found in the fluid surrounding the joint. A deficiency in
glucosamine increases the pain and inflammation of a dog’s
arthritis. This supplement helps reduce pain and helps the dog
improve mobility.

Talk to your veterinarian before giving your dog glucosamine.
Too much of it, especially with other medicines or supplements, can
strain a dog’s kidneys over time.

Choosing the Right Supplements

Don’t put your dog on a new supplement program without talking
to your veterinarian first. Review all health concerns and existing
medications to see if there are potentially dangerous conflicts
through drug
interactions
.

Supplements are not regulated so don’t believe every claim the
company advertises. You can’t undo existing conditions or heal
injuries but you can improve your dog’s life and long-term health
with the right supplements at the right dose. Your veterinarian
will help you determine the best supplements for your dog.

Only buy supplements from companies you trust. If you aren’t
sure what companies are reputable, ask your veterinarian for
advice. Not all supplements are good for dogs and can lead to
significant health risks if given. Human supplements are often
mixed with things not healthy for your dog. Something as benign as
garlic to humans can lead to vitamin toxicity and blood issues in
your furbaby.

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The Best Dog Supplements Guide