Dog supplements are essential for the health of your pet friend. A rich meal may not be nutritious enough because of the lack of mineral content, because food loses its nutrients when cooked for too long or because your dog's food is artificially enhanced. In order to compensate for the low quality food you can choose dog supplements.
They are recommended for appetite, to maintain the dog's immune system, give vitality and energy to your pet, strenghten bones, improve blood circulation, facilitate digestion and many more. Before you decide on a type of supplements be sure to consult a dog nutritionist or the veterinarian that takes care of your dog. He or she is the safest source of information as he is aware if your pet's deficiencies and physical characteristics. Dog supplements will be given to the animal according to age, weight and breed.
Do not exaggerate with too many dog supplements because they can do more bad than good if they are not administered correctly taht is why a consultation to the vet is recommended before buying specific supplements. Some dogs have allergies or take some other medication. The interaction with other diseases or antibiotics for example can harm and worsen your dog's health.
Observe the behavior or abrupt changes in your dog's physical appearance and tell your veterinarian. He will recommend supplements for malabsorption, flaky skin, dull coat, joint problems, arthritis, lack of energy, skeletal issues and so on. Some essential nutrients are fatty acids like Omega-6 and omega-3, Vitamins (A for healthy hair, skin and muscles; B for energy level, E for metabolism, K for blood circulation), Calcium (calcium tablets or eggshell powder) and antioxidants. They can save you the effort of giving your dog pills and offer dog supplements that you sprinkle on food or in liquid form.
Remember that if your dog is healthy and developing normally, you should avoid giving it supplements. They are suitable for owners that don't have enough time to offer their dog cooked meals made from scratch. Dog supplements are sold in a wide variety of combinations, trying to make your pet care job easier but be careful to buy approved supplements, which usually have an 800 number on the packaging. Don not hesitates to call the number or ask the vet if any unusual effects take place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Omega-3 vitamin recommendations for dogs?
My dog recently had her annual check-up and was found to have dry skin. The vet recommended I get her some "omega-3 fatty acid supplements" so I would like some recommendations on product names (brands). What foods can i feed her that contains omega 3?, that are human food. The products have to be from either Pet-Smart or Pet-Valu.
Thanks for the recommendations. :]
Websites from stores can also be included (doesn't have to be from Petsmart/Petvalu)
Nutro products have very high levels of omega 3 and 6. This coupled with zinc for absorption makes Nutro the only company that guarantees an improvement in skin and coat.
I would recommend feeding Nutro Ultra because it contains many ingredients rich in omega fatty acids such as sunflower oil, flaxseed and salmon. I prefer that my dog gets its omega 3 and 6 through the food because I think it is more effective that way. Plus, it is important that the food also contains the right balance of minerals like zinc to aid with absorption, otherwise you're just wasting your money,
Plus, Nutro Ultra contains no chicken by-products, corn, soy or wheat as well as no artificial colours/preservatives/flavours. These ingredients are not rich in omega fatty acids and some can decrease skin condition.
Hope that helps
Pet Nutrition Specialist
If i started giving my dog and Omega-3 vitamin for her arthritis, would it help her?
its safe to ask a veterinarian's advice
Can dogs have vitamin c and omega 3-6-9 I heard it helps with hip problems?
Omega 6 can actually CAUSE inflammation. I would go with just omega 3 and would, personally, skip the vitamin C. A good glucosamine supplement like Dasequin or Cosequin could be helpful. If the hips are truly bothering the dog, though, a prescription NSAID is probably in order. Glucosamine can help prevent further damage, but will not reverse what has already been done.
Is it okay to give my dog human omega 3 vitamins?
My dog is a three year old greyhound lab mix. She has horrible shedding problems due to dry skin. I've read that omega 3 should help and wanted to know if it is okay to give my dog human omega 3. All it is is fish oil. I can't see how ones formulated specifically for dogs could be any different. But that's why I'm asking.
Also, we've invested in the Furminator dog brush/grooming product so we will see how well it works in a couple of weeks.
Any advice would be beneficial. Thank you.
Yes my dog has been taking it for dry skin. Works great. 1200 mg. for 20lbs and up Just stick a pin in it and put it on the food or squirt in his/her mouth.
Fosters and Smith Vitamins and Omega-3 supplements good or bad?
I have no idea about this so I figured here is the place to ask...are these vitamins and supplements any good? If not can you recommend some. Thanks Christine
Lifestage Select® Adult Dog Vitamin Supplement
Vitamin A (from fish oil concentrate) 500 I.U.
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) 750 I.U.
Vitamin C (from acerola berries and calcium ascorbate) 25 mg
Vitamin D (from fish oil concentrate)* 50 I.U.
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate) 15 I.U.
Vitamin K (as phytonadione) 1 mcg
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 7.5 mg
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 5 mg
Niacin (niacinamide) 7.5 mg
Vitamin B6 5 mg
Vitamin B12 3 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 7.5 mg
Folate (folic acid) 10 mcg
Biotin (from yeast and natural fermentation) 15 mcg
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 10 mg
Calcium (from oyster shell and calcium ascorbate) 50 mg
Phosphorus (from natural protein chelate) 25 mg
Potassium (from natural protein chelate) 0.2 mg
Iron (as natural protein-bound iron) 3 mg
Magnesium (from natural protein chelate) 0.025 mg
Iodine (from kelp) 10 mcg
Copper (from natural protein chelate) 10 mcg
Manganese (from natural protein chelate) 0.125 mg
Zinc (from natural protein chelate) 1.5 mg
Selenium (from brewer's yeast) 5 mcg
Chromium (from brewer's yeast and protein chelate) 5 mcg
Cobalt (as cobalt sulfate) 7 mcg
Molybdenum (from brewer's yeast) 3 mcg
Boron (from natural protein chelate) 0.5 mcg
L-Taurine 125 mg
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS:
Omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil) 75 mg
AND THE OMEGA -3 SUPPLEMENT
Premium Plus™ Omega-3 Gel Caps
Active ingredients per capsule: Fish Oil 1000.0 mg
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) 180.0 mg
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) 120.0 mg
So sound good?
Vets barely scratch nutrition in school therefore are a shot in the blind as far as nutrition goes (which is why most of the sell Science Diet). Omega 3 is ALWAYS good, never be afraid of Omega 3! But, some dog vitamins have too much calcium. I give my dogs a daily vitamin but I don't give them daily, lol. I give them once a week. 50mg of calcium is a lot if your dog has a diet that already supplies all the calcium it needs daily (like my dog's diet because I feed raw)...see what I mean? Most dog foods also give a dog all the calcium required because dog food companies dump vitamins and minerals in dog food because after it's been cooked twice at high heat most of the vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids have been burned off rendering dog food with nearly no nutritional value. The way I put it is dog food keeps the dog's stomach feeling full and the vitamins and minerals that they dump into the dog food keeps him alive.