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Should I Give My Dog Supplements?

Dog supplements are a fantastic way to boost your dog’s nutrition, no matter which diet you feed.  Many dog owners ask, “should I give my dog supplements?” This is a valid question, and you’re right to wonder. You’ll find the answers in this article.

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Should I Give My Dog Supplements?

Should I give my dog supplements?

When feeding a raw diet with lots of variety, chances are that dogs are getting all the nutrients they need from their food.

However, there are instances when a boost of vitamins and minerals from dog supplements can be helpful.

For example, working or competition dogs that expend lots of energy, can greatly benefit from muscle recovery and energy replenishment supplements.

Supplements come in many varieties to assist with specific health concerns, provide energy replenishment, and simply ensure dogs’ wellbeing. Read our beginner’s guide to learn more.

Dogs may benefit from extra nutritional reinforcement for many reasons. Read on to find out more.

Should I give my puppy supplements?

Some supplements aren’t safe for puppies under 24 weeks, so this decision requires extra care.

Puppies that are fed a raw, natural puppy food diet from a very young age are at the greatest advantage nutritionally, as they’re starting life out on the right foot (or paw).

However, certain supplements can support their growth and development, especially if they’re not getting all the nutrients they need or are predisposed to genetic health issues.

Our Colostrum supplement aids puppies in achieving optimal gut and immune health, thereby supporting overall health as they grow.

Should I give my senior dog supplements?

Senior dogs are at increased risk of experiencing health issues such as joint pain, gut health imbalances, dental and other canine diseases [1].

This is especially true if they’ve been on a processed dry food diet all their lives, but older dogs on a raw diet can also experience various forms of discomfort.

Supplements are a simple and effective way to enrich their diets, allowing them to live their golden years comfortably. Our Flexx joint and mobility supplement is great for older dogs.

Flexx provides natural joint and ligament support, detoxes the body, and helps to minimise inflammation and pain; allowing dogs to enjoy a better quality of life.

Should I give my pregnant dog supplements?

Pregnant dogs can also benefit from the added nutrients in natural dog supplements. Their bodies are busy fueling and nourishing their puppies.

Extra vitamins and minerals help promote a healthy pregnancy as well as contributing to the health of unborn puppies [2].

ProDog’s Revive supplement supports pregnant dogs with additional nutrients to maintain their health, during and after pregnancy.

*Always check with your vet if adding supplements to a pregnant dog’s diet.

Should I give my dog supplements after surgery?

Yes, supplements can provide dogs with recovery support after surgery.

Natural dog supplements can assist in the healing process, as well as providing a nutritional boost for their overall health.

Muscle recovery formulas like our Muscle + supplement and Revive supplement work to support dogs during down time after surgery, getting them back on their feet faster and more effectively.

Which supplements?

When you decide that supplements are right for your best friend, head over to our expert advice on which supplements to give.
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Do dogs need vitamins?

Absolutely! Vitamins are vital to the healthy functioning of a dog’s body.

Raw fed dogs will find many essential vitamins and minerals in their diet, however, all dogs can benefit from extra nutritional enrichment.

Our Boost supplement contains a full spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals for dogs, providing them extra dietary support to aid overall health.

How do I know if my dog needs supplements?

If your dog is exhibiting symptoms such as poor gut health e.g. diarrhoea or constipation, skin irritation and itchy skin, joint issues, lack of energy, etc., it may be a sign that they need additional nutrient support.

Working or competition dogs are often good candidates for supplements which support their energy replenishment and muscle health.

Our various supplements for dogs are thoughtfully formulated to support dogs’ individual needs; for specific health issues or as preventative care.

When shouldn't you give a dog supplements?

There are certain health conditions that may contradict the use of supplements, so this should be handled with care.

If your dog has a serious or chronic illness, or is on medication of any kind, check with your vet before starting them on supplements.

Also, ensure any supplements for puppies under 24 weeks are safe for their consumption and always check with your vet before feeding supplements during pregnancy.

Our expert feeding advisors can also help you with any questions you might have regarding giving your dog supplements.

Dog supplements for nutritionally balanced dogs

Dog supplements are useful for many canine health concerns, and even as preventative nutritional boosts.

Nature provides a bounty of ingredients (discover the natural ingredients in raw dog food) that can support a dog’s natural resources, help their bodies to operate more effectively and maintain overall health.

Our dog supplements are always created with whole food, species-appropriate ingredients. If you’re still wondering whether supplements are right for your dog, reach out to us.

Want to find out more?

If you are considering using supplements, discover the benefits below
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References:

1. Bellows, J, DVM., Colitz, C, DVM, PhD., Daristotle, L, DVM, PhD., Ingram, D, PhD., Lepine, A, PhD., Marks, S, BVSc, PhD., Sanderson, S, DVM, PhD., Tomlinson, J, BVCs, PhD., Zhang, J, PhD. Jan 2015. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,; 246(1). Doi: 10.2460/javma.246.1.77

2. Connolly, K, Phd., Heinz, C, VMD, MS., Freeman, L, DVM, PhD. Sep 2014. Feeding practices of dog breeders in the United States and Canada. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,; 245(6). Doi: 10.2460/javma.245.6.669

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