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How Dog Supplements Impact Canine Nutrition

Staying on top of your dog's nutrition is important for your dog to be able to lead a happy and healthy life. And to be able to make this happen, dog food ain't enough - that's why there are dog supplements.

"There are key core nutrients that your dog should be taking in: minerals,vitamins, probiotics, essential aminoacids, essential fatty acids and superfood greens."

Dog supplements are manufactured products intended to supplement your dog's dietary needs. They can either come in as capsules, tablets, pills, liquid and even chews (where supplements may feel more like a treat).

How many supplements are too many?

There are key core nutrients that your dog should be taking in: minerals,vitamins, probiotics, essential aminoacids, essential fatty acids and superfood greens. Each nutrient group have different roles in your dog's body and it's totally fine to take them together. But just remember to pick one in every group and stick with it because high doses of vitamins and minerals can cause problems. For example, too much calcium in your dog can lead to skeletal diseases, too much Vitamin A can lead to damages on the blood vessel. Yes, it's true - too much of a good thing is bad.

Supplements can be bought at any veterinary clinic or at any pet store because you won't actually need any prescriptions for it. But if your dog is under medication, some supplements can affect how medicines work and can have negative side effects so it's best to consult your veterinarian ALWAYS and not just decide on your own.

Here, we have a list of the different supplements available for your pooch and what they're used for.

For allergies

Allergies in dogs can be one of the most disappointing thing a pet parent can ever experience. It is frustrating because it can come out in a number of forms that can be quite confusing. It can appear as skin rashes, hot spots, can show up in the ears, in the digestive system and in the respiratory system.

Supplements for allergies like Vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids, and bioflavinoids will help alleviate and reduce your dog's allergy inflammations.

For the bladder

Dog supplements for dogs benefit the bladder in a great way because they can be anti-inflammatory and provide pain relief for any bladder infections and urinary tract problems. These supplements are specifically made to strengthen your dog's bladder against any bacteria and infection.

For the skin and coat

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Nobody wants to see their dog's skin & coat dry and flaky.

Supplements can keep your dog's skin and coat healthy and shiny! It will reduce your dog's shedding, will prevent any itching & irritation and can even aid in hair regrowth in bald areas! If your dog has skin allergies, these supplements will reduce itchiness and skin inflammation.

Skin and coat supplements often contain Omega-3, Omega-6, brewer's yeast, fish oil and a whole lot more.

For the joints

As your dog transitions from puppy-hood to adulthood, there will be a lot of changes you'll have to face together. One of the toughest are hip and joint problems, where your dog will experience some troubles walking, stiffness in moving around, and body aches. And because your dog can't stay young forever, that's where joint supplement for dogs come in handy.

Joint supplements for dogs regulate and thicken collagen in your dog's cartilage. It also prevents cartilage erosion, reestablishes joint integrity, acts as an anti-inflammatory (a great pain reliever!), promotes weight control and fights joint degeneration.

For the immune system

Immune system supplements boost your dog's body to fight off infections and, as much as possible, prevent them. These supplements also act as antioxidants, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory products.

Multi-vitamins

Multi-vitamins offer an all around wellness for your dog. It promotes healthy skin and coat and at the same time supports hip and joint wellness, boosts the immune system, and improves appetite - it contains basically everything, well almost everything, of what your dog needs!

Probiotics

Probiotics for dogs play an important role of getting your dog's gut on tip-top shape and balances the god and bacteria inside of it. Probiotics are supplements that has a lot to do not only with your dog's gastrointestinal health but also with oral cavity, nasal cavity, the vagina, respiratory organs and skin surface. It also has other benefits like boosting your dog's immune system to prevent diseases and regulating your dog's weight and soothing allergy symptoms.

Turmeric and curcumin

Turmeric and curcumin are powerful together. Turmeric is a yellow spice and medicinal herb that contains curcumin as its active ingredient.

Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties and is also a very strong antioxidant. It helps fight inflammation in your dog before it worsens and neutralizes free radicals in your dog's body.

There are a lot of dog supplements that can fill in the health requirements of your dog and for them to avoid diseases. But remember that these supplements won't also be enough without a balanced diet, exercise, and a pet parent (just like you!) providing a healthy environment, love and care.

"Immune system supplements boost your dog's body to fight off infections and, as much as possible, prevent them. These supplements also act as antioxidants, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory products."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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