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DOGS: Vitamins & Supplements For Maximum Health [ADVANTAGE]

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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?’

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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.

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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.

 

Jacquelyn

The Doggy Perspective

 

 

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  1. I really love the inclusion of the four potentially toxic ingredients found in pet multivitamins. What kind of dog do you have, if you don’t mind me asking? I think there is so much variety in the breed and each breed can have different diet and supplement needs. For example, we don’t give our boxer many multivitamins at all and he’s completely healthy every time we take him for a vet check-up. We just feed him a very consistent, all-natural dog food! 

  2. I add vegetables and fruits to my dog’s diet + lentils, and they are thriving on this diet. When necessary. I always purchase vitamins from the veterinarian. I agree that vitamin supplements for humans do not have the same good effect as veterinary supplements. I can’t imagine anyone using human supplements for dogs … but I guess you never know 😉

    There are many advantages to properly homecooked dog food, keeping the nutrients nicely balanced. I noticed the difference ever since I changed store bought dry dog food for homecooked. 

  3. Hi, Jacquelyn,

    It’s very important that dogs, just like humans, can get sick and need to eat properly and take medication when necessary. Like you pointed out, we shouldn’t administer vitamins to them just because. We need to talk to the veterinarian and if he gives us green light, then we can give them to our dogs. 

    I don’t currently have a dog, but I’ve had a couple in the past and I know the importance of looking after them. Thank you for providing your input on the matter.

    I will be sharing with my friends. Keep up the good work.

  4. Tobby is not a puppy anymore!

    He is a half-blood smart like a Collie xD (my wife hates when I say so). We’ll, he is really smart ant active dog. We’ll, he used to be active, the last months has been not as active as before.

    His Vet made the corresponded analysis and everything seems to be fine (everything but his age).

    Yeap, our friend is getting old. I was not expectingit to happen that fast. Vet made the recommendation of getting vitamins but came with a list not very specific. Among the names provided, the one I bought quickly after work resulted not to be special for geriatric dogs.

    Frustration and a call to express it. Things didn’t go as expected, the answer was “Read the labels, be a good father and get Tobby some daily vitamins good for his age”.

    Shame on me that knowing how to read… I didn’t! 

    Now, I’m in the pursue of a new vitamins. Don’t thanks to your post!

  5. In my family, we always aim to eat healthy. We cook our food most of the time because we are afraid of the additives that put in the processed food. They just have way too much sodium, sugar and fat. That goes for our dog Shiro as well. I also know that eating whole food isn’t enough for us so we all (including Shiro) take supplements 🙂 I usually give Shiro treats when I train with him to do all the tricks and also when I come home after work, Shiro will get an extra treat if he doesn’t tear the house apart lol 

    Thank you for your suggestion. I will talk to my vets about his vitamins. 

    Thanks! 

  6. I’d have to agree with your post on vitamins and supplements. Diet first! But the glucosamine for older dogs…I don’t know for dogs but I know that for senior cats, it’s a godsend!

    Often the hind legs are used up and are full of arthrosis which is quite painful for them! But we don’t want to turn towards the conventional medication too much if we can help it. The more natural, the better!

    And too many vitamins will just go in the pee as the body can only store and assimilate a certain quantity! Talking to the Vet will assure the pet gets the proper dosage for his weight!

    Also, the way it is administered is important for absorption. The dog might not digest well because of age and thus not be able to assimilate his vitamins well. The Vet might want to prescribe them in injectable form.

    One example, just like us when we age, there can be more difficult in vitamin B12 absorption because of fewer enzymes being built to help with taking and transforming the vitamin into something the body can use and store.

    Thank you for the straightforward post!I’ll relate this to a neighbor who,s dog is having these problems. Maybe this supplement will help?

    Sometimes a different brand is better for the dog cause they are all different from each other.

    Have a beautiful day with lots of tails wags!

    Elizabeth

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