Natural Dog Supplements – Canine Fitness

Choosing the best daily dog food is important to ensure that your dog receives the correct amount of nutrients and vitamins in their diet. Your dog’s daily diet should consist of water, carbohydrates, protein, fat vitamins and minerals.  Avoiding pet foods which use fillers, artificial additives and colorings which can be harmful to your pet’s health is important. Ideally, most vitamins and nutrients should come from your dog’s daily food.  However, in some cases, supplementing your dog’s diet with natural dog supplements may be required. For example, some nutrients may be destroyed during the heating process when manufacturing commercial dog foods, and the quality of ingredients used in your dog’s food can vary greatly from product to product. Dogs with existing health problems may require additional support.  Aging dogs may not be able to absorb as many of the vitamins and nutrients available in their daily diet as younger dogs. A lack of the appropriate levels of vitamins and nutrients can lead to greasy coat, thyroid and/or bone disorders, weakened immune system as well as changes to their behavior. Here, using natural dog supplements are an ideal way to cater for your dog’s specific health needs.

Natural dog supplements can be purchased from many pet stores and online stores.  They are available in a wide variety of combinations, or designed for specific health problems such as maintaining a healthy coat, immune system or joint support, to name but a few. It is important that you only give your dog supplements specifically designed for pets.   Ideally, you should consult with your veterinarian before beginning your dog on any dog supplement regime. In some cases, supplements can help to reduce the long term use of prescription medication, such as joint supplements which use chondroitin, MSM and glucosamine.  These are important natural ingredients involved in cartilage formation and reduction of inflammation.

Natural dog supplements can be purchased in many varieties such as liquid, pills, powders, grains or treats, and from a wide variety of different costs. As these supplements often contain natural ingredients, they are ideal for dogs with gastrointestinal problems or allergies. When choosing a supplement to address a specific health issue, it is important to research products fully to ensure they contain the appropriate combination of ingredients. Fatty acids help improve coat conditions, and fish oil supplements have been shown to help reduce inflammation. Similarly, antioxidants and vitamin C and E are beneficial in reducing inflammation and helping with memory problems associated with the aging process. It is also important to be aware of the problems caused by giving too many vitamins. For example, too much calcium can cause skeletal problems and too much Vitamin A can cause dehydration, joint pain and harm blood vessels.

There is no FDA approval for supplements, so it is important that pet owners carefully research the manufacturer from whom they are buying, and ensuring the supplements they use include high quality ingredients. Before beginning any supplement regime, you should always consult with your veterinarian who will be able to advise you on the best supplements for your dog’s specific health needs.