Should You Give Your Dog Supplements?

Supplements for Dogs

Have you considered giving your dog some type of nutritional supplement? If so, then you have come to the right place. Today, we are going to take a look at the benefits of giving your dog supplements. Most premium pet foods offer your pet the nutrients that they need, without added supplements, but there are a few exceptions to this general rule of thumb. Certain conditions may require added nutrients that can’t be found in commercial foods.

When to Give a Supplement


First, you need to understand when supplements are necessary. It isn’t a good idea to just give your dog the added nutrients just for the heck of it. Instead, you will need to look for the following conditions:

  • Nutrient deprivation
  • Poor eating habits
  • Recent illness resulting in weakness
  • Pregnant or nursing dogs
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Kidney conditions
  • Skin conditions

This is when you will want to give your pet additional supplements, but what type of supplement do they need? Let’s learn more!

Ingredients in Nutritional Supplements for Dogs

Here are a few ingredients that may be found in canine supplements, along with the benefits that they offer:

  • Acidophilus – promotes healthy digestive flora
  • Antioxidants – promote normal cellular metabolism
  • B vitamins – stimulates appetite and helps repair tissues
  • C vitamins – promotes healthy bones, skin and teeth
  • Calcium – especially important for pregnant or nursing pets
  • D vitamins – support healthy bones and teeth and improve calcium absorption
  • E vitamins – promotes heart, lung and digestive health
  • Fatty acids – promotes healthy skin and coat
  • Folic acid – supports cardiovascular system
  • Garlic – repels fleas
  • Ginger – prevents upset stomach and supports healthy digestion
  • Glucosamine – supports joint health
  • Chondroitin – supports joint health
  • Glutathione – supports vitamin C & E activity
  • Huperzine A – supports memory retention
  • Hyaluronic Acid – boosts joint health and promotes skin elasticity
  • Iron – boosts cardiovascular health
  • Lactase – helps to digest lactose
  • Linatone – helps with scratching and shedding
  • Lutein – boosts eye health
  • Lycopene – protects against free radicals
  • Magnesium – builds strong bones and teeth
  • Melatonin – aids with sleep
  • MSM – supports joint cartilage health
  • Omega 3 – supports joints and cardiovascular health
  • Probiotics – promotes healthy, natural digestion
  • Psyllium – gives dietary fiber
  • Pycnogenol – protects against free radicals
  • Senna – laxative that relieves constipation
  • Shark Cartilage – rich calcium source
  • Barley Grass – phytonutrient rich
  • Tryptophan – relives stress and helps aid with sleep
  • Turmeric – antioxidant support
  • Valerian – helps aid with sleep


 
As you can see, there are a variety of different ingredients that may be found in your pet’s supplements. The key is to make sure that you are aware of your pet’s particular needs so that they don’t get too much of one thing. Too much of a good thing can actually have a negative result, and this is something that you will want to avoid.

Types of Supplements

When you think of supplements, you probably think of pills. Most people know that pills are not the easiest to get dogs to take, unless of course you have those handy treats that you can sneak the pills inside. For your convenience, you can choose from supplements that are either in pill, treat, liquid or powder form. This makes it easy for you to get your pet the nutrients that they need in order to be healthy and active.

What to Do Before Giving Your Dog a Supplement

Don’t just start giving your dog a supplement each day without talking to your veterinarian. It may be that the food that they are eating is offering them the right amount of nutrients for their dietary requirements. It is important for you to talk to your vet about your concerns when it comes to your pet’s nutrition. If they aren’t getting enough of something, your vet will be able to tell. They will also be able to point you in the right direction so that you don’t give your pet either too few or too many of the vital nutrients that they need. So, if you are concerned that your dog may be lacking in nutrients, call your vet today and make an appointment for him to be seen.



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I've been a dog lover since the day I was born but it's the current four legged love of my life, Phoebe who inspired me to create the Munch.Zone.

We moved together from Israel to New York in 2013, love hiking together, and never pass up a trip to the dog park. Watching her over the years sparked so many questions about dog behavior and health needs, and it wasn't always easy to find answers. Thus, the Munch.Zone was born.

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2 thoughts on “Should You Give Your Dog Supplements?

  1. I have never even thought about giving my dog a supplement along with his regular food. This is something that we need to look into, because the vet says that he needs to be getting more calcium. He is older, and we recently switched to a Senior Care formula, but I really think that supplements would be a great addition to his daily intake- especially when it comes to improving his overall health and well being.

  2. We feed our Labradors a homemade diet, and without supplements, I would worry if they were getting the nutrients that were required each day. There are a few supplements that actually offer multiple nutrients. It is not easy to come up with the perfect blend for homemade dog food, so I highly recommend a quality supplement.

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