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Do Dogs Really Need Vitamins and Supplements?

August 16, 2022
Anyone who’s a dog owner knows that dogs are the most loyal creatures on earth. They have lots of energy and they’re energy can be boundless at times. But sometimes their health can suffer if they’re not getting the nutrition they need, which is why it’s important to make sure that your dog gets the right diet, including vitamins and supplements. Keep as a vet discusses why dogs need vitamins and supplements.

Protecting Your Dog’s Health

Unlike humans, dogs can’t produce their own vitamins from the food they eat. And still, they need these materials to stay healthy! Supplements are also used in veterinary medicine to treat conditions such as arthritis or seizures. Or they can be recommended when a pet has trouble digesting certain foods because of allergies or other digestive issues.

Essential Vitamins & Supplements for Dogs

The following are some common vitamin and mineral supplements that can help dogs:
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect your dog’s cells from damage by free radicals. This is especially important for older dogs or those with health problems such as heart disease or diabetes.
  • Vitamin B-12 helps keep your dog’s nervous system healthy and supports their red blood cell production. If your dog doesn’t get enough of this vitamin through their diet, he may develop anemia. Dogs who don’t eat red meat will likely need additional supplementation to prevent deficiency.
  • Vitamin A: Helps maintain healthy skin and mucous membranes, aids in reproduction and growth, aids in maintaining proper vision, helps with lactation (milk production), maintains healthy teeth and bones, supports immune function
  • Zinc is another nutrient that dogs can sometimes have trouble getting enough of if they’re not eating enough meat products that
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): Helps convert carbohydrates into energy
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Helps release energy from food; involved in growth and repair of tissues; maintains healthy skin, coat, and mucous membranes; promotes normal fertility; assists with the production of red blood cells; promotes normal bone marrow function; promotes normal cellular respiration; promotes normal nerve function
Make sure to consult with your vet before giving your dog any vitamins or supplements, because there may be some ingredients in these products that could be harmful to your pet if they aren’t used properly or taken in moderation. If you have more questions or wish to schedule your pooch for a checkup, feel free to call us anytime!
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