Hi there. Today I am giving thought to those treats again. I use them when greeting my dog once returning home after a long absence and especially before breakfast time while I am serving up soft nutritious food. While my dog is waiting, a few treat nibbles fill that minute before the dish hits the floor. It occurred to me to make them useful, as it were. Since I am interested in my dog’s overall health, filling them up with fatty treats or those witch are calorically high should not be served as the rule. Are you a health food enthusiast? Do you consume vitamins & supplements for maximum health? For us, the answer is yes on both counts. I made a healthy decision to serve my dog supplements at the same time that I consume mine. Here is what we did.
Good For You
Harvard Men’s Health watch asks ‘Do you need a daily supplement?’ Then says ‘Most older adults take some kind of over-the-counter dietary supplement. But are these products right for everyone?’
I say no but, the benefits of supplement consumption have been proven to be advantageous for most.
And again, Harvard Men’s Health states ‘About 70% of older adults use a daily supplement—either a daily multivitamin or supplement’. A great deal of individuals that I know, fall into this category. Common supplements include vitamins, minerals and herbal products, also known as botanicals. People take these supplements to make sure they get enough essential nutrients and to maintain or improve their health. … but supplements can be useful for filling in gaps in your diet.
Is good for you true for Fido too? Your dog gets his vitamins from his food. … Dogs fed an appropriate commercial diet should not require vitamin supplements unless recommended otherwise by a veterinarian. Dogs fed a homemade diet, on the other hand, may require supplements to ensure that they are getting enough vitamins with their meals.
How could it hurt? Is there a such thing as vitamin overkill? While you may think that your multivitamins pose little poisoning risk to your dog, they can be poisonous when ingested in larger amounts. There are 4 potentially toxic ingredients commonly found within multivitamins including xylitol, vitamin D, iron, and calcium. Uh oh.
A Little Goes A Long Way
At AKC.org –
The best way to choose a dog vitamin is to talk to your veterinarian about what, if any, dog vitamin supplements your dog needs. According to professor Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, “most people are doing it because they want to, not because it is necessary,” when it comes to giving dogs vitamins.
There are exceptions to this rule. If your dog needs vitamins, either to complement his homemade diet or because of a medical condition or deficiency, then you need to make sure that your dog gets the appropriate vitamin supplement.
Talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate vitamin dosage for your dog. Human vitamins often have different concentrations of vitamins than vitamins specifically made for dogs, and may even contain additives that are harmful to dogs. This means you should stick with a veterinary vitamin supplement or one specifically made for dogs, and you should always check the label to make sure the vitamin contains the appropriate amount of the vitamins your dog needs.
Your vet may even recommend supplementing your dog’s diet with specific fruits and vegetables, instead of vitamin supplements, according to Dr. Wynn.
Vitamins are some of the building blocks of dog health. Feeding a good quality dog food is the best way to ensure your dog is getting all of the vitamins he needs, but if you have any questions about vitamin supplements, make sure to talk to your veterinarian.
So Many Choices
– The best way to choose a dog vitamin is to talk to your veterinarian about what, if any, dog vitamin supplements your dog needs. According to professor Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, “most people are doing it because they want to, not because it is necessary,” when it comes to giving dogs vitamins.
– Talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate vitamin dosage for your dog.
– Vitamins are some of the building blocks of dog health. Feeding a good quality dog food is the best way to ensure your dog is getting all of the vitamins he needs, but if you have any questions about vitamin supplements, make sure to talk to your veterinarian.
From Our Table
This week while browsing the aisles at the pet supply store my pet became intrigued by a new brand scent. Encountering much difficulty at getting my dog to move on down the aisle, we selected American Journey Grain Free LIMITED INGREDIENT Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Premium Loaf Food For Dogs. I am trusting AAFCO on this one today people. They have promised that this is nutrient-packed for all stages of life and the label boasts Omega fatty acids support healthy skin and coat. This is a winner. I am rating my Pet 5 out of 5 stars on the wolfing factor. The sweet potato is truly aromatic. And it went quickly. I top this off with 2 Authority Dental & Multivitamin Grain-Free Dental Dog Treats served before or, as I have done today, I smush them into the dish. My dog enjoys finding the chewy treat before the meal ends and this cleans up their teeth too!
Okay Now, Time For A Walk
Alright, here we go. It’s nice out today. We’ll head out onto the golf course where the deer and the gophers play for a rousing off-leash experience. I select one leash and collar from the dog’s collection, grab the poo bags and keys, plus I double the knot on my shoelaces. After 20 minutes of exploring I notice the deer, but my pet isn’t paying them any attention. It’s me who doesn’t want to be smashed by a frightened deer. However, there is a squirrel now and we turn away…or is that a rabbit? Their eyes meet. Definitely squirrel. There they go across the green, full speed ahead towards the Oak tree. The squirrel has reached safety. This time. I retrieve my dog, then head towards the bunker where we discover signs of gophers all over. The areas with the high brush suit my dog best for rooting around. Bingo! We’ve caught one. There is a lightning quick pursuit, followed by a grueling fight. Yes, snarling, growling, and gopher squealing…. I make it there in just enough time to trigger its release. A happy dog.
After 45 minutes we’ve returned home sufficiently covered in burrs, grass, and mud. Time for a bath. We are also down by 3 poo bags. Don’t forget to check your pet post-walk for fleas and ticks.
Thanks for stopping by.
The Doggy Perspective