Nutritional Supplements for Dogs

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If you take vitamins or dietary supplements, then the chances are high that you want to give your pet the same. Many dog owners provide their dogs with supplements like multivitamins to ease arthritic joints and a number of fatty acids to improve the shine of the dog's coat. Supplements are given to reduce shedding as well. Many owners give probiotics to alleviate a number of gastrointestinal problems. Antioxidants are provided to fight the many effects of aging, including cognitive dysfunction.

The nutritional supplement market for dogs has only grown through the years, with an expanding population of aging and overweight dogs. The big question is whether your dog needs those supplements and if taken, would they be safe for the animal? You will be surprised to know that opinions vary even among experts. Some say they are perfectly safe, while others not. A few forbid dog owners to buy vitamins and other supplements. The reason? These additions to the diet may harm the canine. There is, however, one fact all experts agree on: a majority of dog owners give supplements to their canines as they want to. It may not be necessary for the dog to have any dietary supplements in the first place.

Commercially produced food is better

If you give your dog commercially produced dog food, then multivitamins and other nutritional supplements are not needed. Dog food companies hire nutrition experts to prepare an edible pack which has everything your dog needs to maintain a healthy and happy life. Multivitamins are needed only if you give your dog home cooked food. Then also you should request the veterinarian to make a chart of what you should and what you should not give your dog. Giving the canine a vitamin after a meal does not help. Do not give your dog any vitamins if it already follows a balanced diet. Ingesting excess vitamins and minerals actually cause harm to the dog. Skeletal problems could happen due to excessive ingestion of calcium. This is especially true in puppies of bigger breed dogs. Too much Vitamin A may harm the blood vessels and could cause joint pain and dehydration. An excess amount of Vitamin A may lead to atrophied muscles and harm the bones. The dog may also stop eating.

Supplements You must ask the veterinarian as to whether your dog needs a supplement. If you provide your dog a fully balanced and complete diet, then there is absolutely no need to give it any supplement. If you want to give your dog extra nutrition, then feed it green and plant-based food. Use only longer-term food like probiotics. To reduce inflammation in any part of the body, give your dog the fish oil supplement.

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