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Do Dogs Really Need Vitamins and Supplements?

August 2, 2022

If you are a dog owner, you know that dogs are the most loyal creatures in the world. They have a lot of energy and want to be active, nonstop. But sometimes their health can suffer if they don’t get the nutrition they need. That’s why it’s important to make sure your dog is getting the right diet, including vitamins and supplements. 


Read on as a veterinarian explains why dogs need vitamins and supplements. 

 

Protect Your Dog’s Health 

 

Vitamins are vital for puppies due to the fact that they’re not able to make their very own nutrients from food like humans. They need them to stay healthy! If your canine has a condition or disease that calls for extra dietary support, your vet may also prescribe vitamins that can be added to everyday meals. 


Supplements also are utilized in veterinary medicine. They’re typically used to treat conditions such as arthritis or seizures—or they may be recommended when a puppy has problems digesting certain foods because of allergies or other issues with their GI tract, like irritable bowel.


Essential Vitamins & Supplements for Dogs 

 

The following are some common vitamin and mineral supplements that can help dogs: 

 

  • Vitamin A: Helps maintain healthy skin, aids in preserving good vision, helps with maintains healthy teeth and bones, supports immune function 
  • 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 
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect your dog’s cells from damage by free radicals. This is particularly essential for older dogs. 
  • 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.
  • Zinc is another vitamin that dogs may not get enough or. 

 

When it involves puppies and their fitness, a veterinarian is an essential part of the equation. You should consult a veterinarian before giving your canine pal any nutrients or dietary supplements. 


If you have more questions or wish to schedule your dog for a checkup, feel free to call us anytime!



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