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Pet owners often ask if it’s OK to augment their dog’s diet with vitamins and supplements. The answer is this : it’s not necessary if you have a young and healthy pooch being fed quality food, but it is recommended for an aging or weak dog. Here are three instances where supplementation can work well for your pet.
- Assisting with painful joints
Your pet’s joints face a lot of stress from jumping and running. For some dogs, this may translate into injuries and/or joint-related problems, including tears and osteoarthritis.There are two main types of joint problems : one is developmental, where the joint doesn’t develop properly (Example : elbow or hip dysplasia); the other is degenerative or age-related (Example : arthritis), where ligaments deteriorate over time and cause instability.
Some breeds are more predisposed to joint issues than others. A high incidence of ligament disease has been observed in Newfoundlands; Bernese Mountain dogs commonly suffer from elbow dysplasia; and Rottweilers often experience ankle and knee problems.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can provide much relief to your pet, helping alleviate the pain from osteoarthritis, promoting cell growth, and strengthening the joint tissues. Talk to your vet about the best supplements for your furry companion’s joint-related symptoms.
It makes sense to get your pet started on supplements as soon as you observe signs of joint problems. These include problems going up stairs (hesitating at the foot of the stairwell), not running along with you as easily as he/she used to, or even having trouble jumping up the couch.
- Helpful for senior pets
Just like how older adults need vitamins and supplements, so do aging pooches. They serve as a good adjunct to a nutritious diet and weight management. Commonly recommended supplements include Essential Fatty Acids, Glucosamine with Chondroitin Sulfate, and Probiotics.Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids assist with brain function, protect the immune system, and reduce arthritic pain. They also keep your pet’s coat nice and shiny
Glucosamine with Chondroitin Sulfate is known for its anti-inflammatory effect, which address the symptoms of arthritis in dogs. It also replenishes their body with nutrients essential to repairing damaged cartilage in joints.
Probiotics provide your pet with doses of ‘good bacteria’ that aid digestion, lessen the effects of stress, and help keep diseases at bay.
- Advisable for sick dogs or those who are not getting a balanced diet
Vitamins and supplements are beneficial for dogs who’re ill, under stress, or who’re not adequately nourished. Vitamin B supplements are helpful when your pooch is sick. For an older pet suffering from oral disease and not eating enough, Vitamins A, C and E can provide nutrients and protect against the normal aging process.