DOES YOUR DOG NEED SUPPLEMENTS? A QUICK GUIDE ON HEALTHY DOG SUPPLEMENT. – By Amy Davies of UltimatePetHub.com
As a responsible dog owner, you are aware that a healthy diet that is well balanced is essential for a long and happy life for your dog. But, how do you know if your dog needs any supplements? And, if so, what supplements should be added to your dog’s diet?
As long your dog is fed a very high-quality diet, there is usually no need to include additional supplements in your dog’s diet, as most of these dog food formulas already contain all the necessary nutrients that your dog will ever need.
If, however, you feed your dog a portion of lower-quality dog food, then this will increase the need for extra supplementation in your dog’s diet.
You should start by adding a hard boiled egg a couple of days per week to your dog’s diet. This will add extra amounts of vitamins A and D to your dog’s diet which help to maintain good bone structure and healthy eyes.
As mentioned in UltimatePetHub.com, Some dog owners prefer giving their dog a raw diet or prefer to cook their dog’s meals themselves. If either of these situations pertains to you then you should be aware of the benefits of other kinds of supplements.
You can add whole grains, green vegetables, and nuts to your dog’s diet as these will increase your dog’s intake of vitamin B. You can also increase the amount of vitamin B by including beans, yeast, and liver. Vitamin B is necessary in your dog’s diet as it supports healthy skin and muscles.
Supplementing your dog’s diet with additional vitamin E will help to keep any immune system deficiencies away from your dog. Good sources of vitamin E can be found in wheat germ, bran, and vegetable oil.
Another great vitamin to add to your dog’s diet is vitamin K, which can be found in liver, fish, leafy greens, and seeds. Vitamin K works to enhance your dog’s blood clotting abilities.
One of the most well-known supplements in every big dog’s diet is glucosamine. Glucosamine has been proven to improve joint health and ward off arthritis in your pet.
Adding calcium supplements to your dog’s diet can be a bad thing if used excessively. Although calcium is good in moderation to form strong, healthy bones, too much calcium can create trouble.
Large breed puppies that are given too much calcium may grow large bones, but these bones will lack the strength they need.
Always talk to your vet about the supplements you are considering. Your vet can advise you on the appropriate amounts of each supplement to add to your dog’s diet.
Hey, I’m Amy and I’m in love with my Pets! I have a diverse variety, including 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a rat, and a beautiful macaw. I love writing about everything pet-related and spend as much time as I can sharing my personal experiences on my blog. UltimatePetHub.com