Premium dog food usually has all the nutrients your pooch needs. But some pets benefit from a little extra nutritional boost. That’s where vitamins, minerals and supplements come in.
If your dog is a picky eater, is recovering from an illness, is pregnant or nursing puppies, or has certain diseases or skin problems, ask your vet whether a nutritional supplement might be useful.
Here’s a quick look at different supplements and how they may help. Because vitamins, minerals and supplements can have side effects, it’s important to consult your veterinarian before giving them to your pet.
Acidophilus: Beneficial bacteria that aid digestion and cut down on bloating and diarrhea. May also help with bad breath, dry skin and dull coat.
Antioxidants: Substances such as turmeric, glutathione, lycopene and pycnogenol: that help protect against cell damage.
B Vitamins: Useful to aid tissue repair and to help stimulate a weak appetite.
Brewer’s Yeast: A good source of protein and B vitamins.
Vitamin C: Helps support healthy bones, teeth and skin; helps protect against cell damage.
Calcium: Helps supports healthy bones, especially in elderly and lactating animals.
Chondroitin: Can help support joint and cartilage health.
Vitamin D: Helps support healthy teeth and bones; helps the body absorb calcium.
Dietary Fiber: Aids digestion, helps regulate cholesterol levels.
Vitamin E: Helps promote lung, heart and digestive health.
Fatty Acids: Cod liver oil, Omega-3 and Omega-6 contain these and help support the cardiovascular system, skin, coat, joint health and digestion.
Folic Acid: Helps support the cardiovascular system.
Garlic: Can help repel fleas.
Ginger: Helps support digestion; can help soothe motion sickness.
Glucosamine: Can help support joint and cartilage health.
Huperzine A: An herbal substance that may help control seizures.
Hyaluronic Acid: Helps cushion joints and helps promote skin elasticity.
Iron: An essential component in blood.
Linatone: A fatty acid.
Lutein: A substance believed to help support eye health.
Magnesium: Helps build bones, maintain teeth and muscle, nerve, skeletal muscle, heart and cell function.
Melatonin: A hormone that can help induce sleep.
MSM: Helps support joint cartilage.
Probiotics: Microorganisms that help promote healthy digestion.
Psyllium: A source of dietary fiber.
Senna: A plant-derived substance that can help relieve occasional constipation.
Shark Cartilage: A source of calcium.
Tryptophan: An amino acid that can help with stress relief and to promote sleep.
Valerian: May promote sleep.
Vitamin K: Necessary for blood clotting.
Zinc: A trace element that supports the immune system.
Always consult your vet before giving your pet any vitamins or supplements.