Why do dogs need Dog Nutritional Supplements? I am speaking of daily nutritional vitamins. There are other supplements specifically directed toward issues related to joints or skin and coat. But I am not talking about those supplements here.
Some people say that if your dog is eating a healthy dog food, there is no need for supplements.
Others say that supplements are needed because the nutritional value of a healthy dog food deteriorates the longer the food is stored. This is very true. Most dog food purchased in a pet specialty store or a grocery store is old by the time it is purchased.
First of all, there is a very healthy dog food that is always fresh when the customer receives it.
Even then, I still recommend the use of dog nutritional supplements. All dogs are different. There are different breeds. Each dog has different health needs and blood chemistry. Dogs live in different environments. Some get a lot of exercise. Others do not.
The bottom line is that each dog needs dog nutritional supplements. In fact, cats and dogs need some form of pet nutrition supplements. The end result is a longer, healthier, and happier life for our pets.
I recently read an article on this topic. It’s entitled, “Dog Nutritional Supplements.” The author discusses the need for dog nutritional supplements because even high quality dog food deteriorates over time. As I stated above, you should not buy dog food that is old, no matter how nutritious it was initially.
I have quoted a portion of this article below:
If your dog is being fed a high quality dog food, they are already getting a well balanced diet. However, even the highest quality dog food can still be lacking in essential nutrients. First of all, cooking the ingredients automatically causes them to lose some of the vitamins and minerals. Also, storage causes the vitamins and minerals to lose their potency over time. This is where dog nutritional supplements come in to play. Dog nutritional supplements should compliment your dog’s diet to compensate for lacking vitamins and minerals. When a dog gets all the proper nutrition, it helps them combat common dog issues like allergies, skin and coat problems, arthritis, joint pain, and digestive problems to name a few. Just as with human nutritional supplements, not all dog nutritional supplements are created equal. Furthermore, they are not regulated like human nutritional supplements are. Here are some things to keep an eye out for:
- reputable company
- clinical studies to show effectiveness
- human grade ingredients
- no fillers
- no artificial or synthetic ingredients, look for all natural non toxic ingredients
- palatable to dogs
- easy to administer (wafer form seems the most favorable)
I agree with most of the content of this article. You can read the complete article here.
Please let me know what you think. Do you give you pet daily supplements? I give my little dog a dog nutritional supplement each day. I also give him a supplement for agility and one for his skin and coat. He is an 8 year old dog but looks like a puppy. I wish each of you the very best.