Supplements to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Top-shelf dietary supplements can keep your young dog healthy and your old dog feeling young again.

Dog in the woods
Many dog foods provide your pooch with basic daily vitamins and nutrients, but some supplements can fill in what foods leave out.Pixabay

While the vast majority of itching in dogs is caused by flea bites, many also have allergies of various kinds that make them itch constantly. Other dogs have digestive problems that cause them to have diarrhea when traveling or to not thrive as much as they should on the diet you feed them. Additionally, many older dogs begin having joint problems like arthritis that greatly reduce their quality of life. Fortunately for dogs these days, a number of companies make high-quality supplements to address all of those health issues.

Joint Health

Cosequin Maximum Strength Joint Supplement Plus MSM
This canine mixture contains glucosamine, chondroitin and several other ingredients that contribute to long-term joint care.Nutramax Laboratories

Aging can take its toll on dogs, and arthritis is quite common in older dogs. In fact, sometimes arthritis occurs even in dogs that aren’t so old. In a nutshell, arthritis occurs when the cartilage in joints becomes thinner and thinner, resulting in bone-to-bone contact, and it can really slow a dog down. A number of other joint problems also occur occasionally, with different breeds exhibiting a higher or lower propensity to develop such maladies. Fortunately, researchers have developed supplements that not only help relieve joint pain but can also improve your dog’s physical health by enhancing mobility and increasing flexibility. Nutritionists advise that when choosing a joint supplement for your dog, look for several key ingredients proven to help joint health, including glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, turmeric, and calcium carbonate.

Digestive Health

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Probiotics Dog Supplement
This veterinary-recommended dietary supplement contains a probiotic to promote normal intestinal microflora.Purina

Another type of canine supplement is specifically formulated to promote gut health in your dog or dogs. Most of these contain probiotics—live microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, have a health benefit to the dog. When used in the proper formula, these probiotics can improve a dog’s digestive health by balancing the levels of bacteria in your pet’s intestines. While most probiotics can’t survive a wide range of temperature and other variables, some top pet food companies have been able to find a probiotic that is robust and stable enough to survive the manufacturing process, transportation, and storage. Most nationally marketed probiotics by trusted pet food companies are safe for both dogs and cats.

Allergy Relief

PetHonesty Allergy Relief Immunity Supplement for Dogs
This canine allergy relief supplement is formulated to alleviate seasonal, skin, environmental and food allergies in dogs.PetHonesty

Many dogs are allergic to different substances, including food, and according to veterinarians, seasonal allergies affect dogs much more than food allergies do. Fortunately for dogs suffering from allergies, some allergy relief supplements have all the ingredients necessary to relieve seasonal, skin, environmental and food allergies. Pet experts suggest you look for several ingredients in an allergy supplement, including probiotics, quercetin, omega fatty acids, L-theanine, fish oil, and magnesium among others. Allergy relief supplements are available as both chews and in liquid form. An itchy dog generally isn’t a happy dog. If your dog scratches a lot and there are no fleas present, an allergy supplement might be the ticket to him or her living a longer, happier, healthier life.

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