Supplements are beneficial for dogs to live a long and happy life. In today's world there are numerous varieties to choose from. So how do you know if you are giving your dog the right supplements? Simplifying the wide array of products; there are five essential categories of supplements that every dog should be taking no matter what their life stage.
Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that your dog's body requires to achieve optimal wellness and provide nutritional support. Vitamins and minerals found in supplements cannot be manufactured by the body, giving them crucial role to play in maintaining the health of your dog.
Fish oils are in important source of Omega 3 fatty acids known as EPA and DHA. These "good fats" are beneficial because they not only make your dog's skin and coat shine but also help to strengthen the immune system, nervous system, and keep blood flowing through the heart. It has also been shown that fish oil can help reduce inflammation in the joints. The most common fish oil comes from salmon but pollack, and anchovy and sardine varieties are available.
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in the intestines and help to control yeast and harmful bacteria. Even though probiotics can be found in the intestines it is still a good idea to provide with added probiotics. Probiotics help improve your dog's digestion and intestinal health. Think of dogs taking probiotics for the same reason that humans eat yogurt.
Digestive enzymes are needed to help further break down your dog's food and other supplements, such as fish oil. This is necessary so the maximum amount of nutrients can be absorbed and utilized for proper digestion.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are like lubrication for your dog's joints. They help the joint cartilage maintain a higher water content allowing it to have an absorbing quality similar to that of a wet sponge. Joint cartilage lacking in glucosamine and chondroitin tends to become brittle like that of a dry sponge and the chance of arthritis increases.
It's never too late to provide the best for your dog. We offer an array of supplements to fit the needs of most dogs. Stop in to the store today to speak with our knowledgeable staff to find the right supplements to fit your dog.