For Dogs - Balancing What's In Their Bowls
the life of your family pet, there will be times that
you find they need something from the line of supplements
for dogs, either because they have a specific problem
or condition, or just as an extra measure to insure
continued good health.
or wrongly, some vegetarian pet owners prefer that their
dogs eat the same kind of diets. Those pets will need
dog vitamins, specifically vitamin D, along with supplements
of calcium and possibly protein, to make up for their
normal carnivore-type diet. They may also be short on
L-carnitine and taurine, two essential amino acids.
pet owners are concerned with skin and coat health,
and one of their supplements for dogs may be a homemade
blend of olive, canola, cod liver and flax seed oil,
to be added in small measure, to wet or dry food.
most widely used dietary supplement, is likely the combination
of glucosamine and chondroitin for treatment of arthritis
in the aging dog. However, owners should be aware that
while this additive can reduce inflammation, and allow
damaged tissues to repair themselves, it cannot alter
or reverse changes to the joint which take place with
the progress of the disease.
for dogs, are also part of a healthy diet, whether they
come as a food component, or are given as supplements.
Vitamin B12 is known to enhance the appetite, and is
useful for older dogs, or those recovering from illness
or surgery. Moderate doses of Vitamin C will bolster
a dog's immune system and help to keep their skin healthy.
Vitamin E has been found helpful in maintaining healthy
footpads for the active dog, and also appears to have
some properties as an anti-inflammatory. Keep in mind
though, that vitamins and other dog supplements, are
canine specific, and should not be substituted with
those made for humans.
nutrition is a growing concern, as vets see more and
more obese pets. One of the keys to having a healthy
dog, is to buy a premium quality food. You may spend
more for the same amount as another brand, but your
dog will also get more "use" out of it.
dog foods have stamps or testimonies saying they are
nutritionally complete. While that may be true, what
is not explained on food bags, is how such filler as
corn or by-products can "push" the food through
the dog's system before they get a chance to absorb
the good stuff. Lower quality foods like this, have
to be fed at a higher volume, and as a consequence,
produce more stool.
when considering the diet of man's best friend, make
sure they have a quality food, the vitamins and supplements
to maintain the health of skin, coat and organs, and
lots of love, to keep that tail wagging.