Supplements have many uses, especially if your dog has any kind of special need caused by medical conditions or conditions caused by the breed of your dog.
When considering any supplements, consult with your veterinarian who will be able to provide further information and advice.
Since dogs are so different from one another, they will respond differently to the supplements you provide.
So pay attention to the dog’s appetite, habits, and temperament while on supplements.
Below are some special needs and the supplements that can help.
ARTHRITIS AND JOINT PROBLEMS
As dogs age they experience some of the same problems humans do. Arthritis and joint problems afflict a large percentage of senior dogs. There are many supplements available to help deal with and counteract the effects of these problems.
Glucosamine is a supplement that can be injected orally or through injections. It is unknown if glucosamine prevents arthritis but it has shown to help rebuild cartilage and restore joint fluid.
Anti-Inflammatories may be a problem for some dogs and fish oil is a popular supplement to help correct the issue.
Other Anti Inflammatories include: Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Yucca, and Hawthorn.
Heart Disease may be a problem for your pet, but there are several supplements that will help improve the heart and keep it ticking for a long time to come.
L-carnitine is a popular supplement that boosts the heart’s strength. It is an amino acid that has shown to be effective in most breeds.
Taurine is another amino acid. In fact some dogs suffer from heart disease due to a lack of taurine in their diet.
Dog food supplements for your dog come in all shapes, sizes, and types and will help an array of problems. However, there may be negative side effects to some of these supplements if they are not taken correctly.
A veterinarian will be able to help you decide what kind and how much of a supplement is needed. So be sure you provide your pet’s good dog foods plus right supplements at the same time.