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    Dog Supplements to Benefit Health

    Dog supplements are starting to see more popularity in the pet health market.

    Nearly 1/3 of the dogs in the Untied States are given dog food supplements on a regular basis. These supplements help support the diet, improve a coat’s shine, reduce shedding, and support arthritic joints.

    Because of the increased number of overweight and aging dogs, the dog food supplement market is expected to continue to increase with estimated sales expected to reach $1.7 billion per year.

    Dog Supplements for Puppies and Senior Dogs

    Puppies and senior dogs are most likely to benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements. Supplements can increase their all-around health and well-being, but supplements shouldn’t be at the top of the list to provide for dogs. 

    A well-balanced and varied diet is more than enough to maintain the health of the family pet. Supplements are generally used to compensate for a low-quality diet or issues with health.

    Something to consider: including vitamin and mineral supplements to an existing healthy diet plan has the potential to undermine what is currently being eaten. This is a common issue when the ratios of calcium and phosphorus are changed and leads to health complaints like growth abnormalities and malnutrition.

    Homemade Dog Food

    If you are planning to provide home-cooked meals, supplements might be a practical addition to your dog’s daily diet. It might be wise to speak to your veterinarian if you’re planning to replace commercial-bought food with homemade. 

    Here are several of the dietary and dog food supplements to help promote better health:

    The vet will be able to tell you if the proper nutritional value is provided. Make sure to fully prepare a proper diet plan that is well-informed and includes the proper intake of vitamins and minerals.

    Nutraceutical

    The word "nutraceutical" is a combination of the words nutrition and pharmaceutical. These are supplements or  foods that manufacturers claim will have health-giving additives and will have medicinal benefits.

    Canine Nutraceutical dietary supplements are reported to have a beneficial impact on the health of your dog, mostly in relation to joint health.

    Something to consider: Extra care should be taken when giving the dog nutraceutical dietary supplements because they don’t receive the same regulation tests that are common with pharmaceuticals that are prescription based. Use a reputable brand to ensure the family pet is kept same.

    Probiotics

    Probiotics are live micro-organisms that when given to people or animals can have a healthy effect. Probiotic (or prebiotic) supplements are useful for the dog’s health if wishing to give a boost to the immunity and gastrointestinal health.

    Antioxidants

    Antioxidant-based supplements are given to adult dogs to help counteract the issues related to aging. Dog food supplements in this area can help control cognitive dysfunction.

    Are Vitamins Really Needed for my Dog

    Dog supplements are only really needed if a well-balanced and complete diet isn’t provided. Most of the commercially bought foods contain enough vitamins and minerals for a healthy puppy or dog. Before giving supplements, it can benefit to speak to the vet first to see if any supplements are needed.

    Can too many Dog Supplements be a Problem

    Extra supplements in the diet can cause problems if the dog is already eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet. This can result in excess vitamins in the system which can result in skeletal problems (calcium), dehydration and joint pain (vitamin A), and muscles to atrophy (vitamin D).

    For more information on unsafe foods for your dog, here is a great article from the Humane Society of the United States.  Foods that can be poisonous to pets

    Here's another good article from the ASPCA. Unsafe human foods for your dog

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    About the AuthorAngela Miller

    Hello, my name is Angela Miller. Several years ago, I rescued a little seven-year-old Bichon Frise. I started looking into dog nutrition so I could keep my little love bug for as long as I possibly could. I love my dog too much to feed him unhealthy food. I hope some of the things I've learned along the way will help you and your dog.

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