Supplements provide additional nutrients that may be missing from your dog’s daily diet, providing the best chance at a long, healthy and happy life for your furry friend.

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Today, pet shops and pharmacies are teeming with different supplements, so how will you know which are the most important ones your dog needs? This article moves away from brands to simplify the vast array of dog supplements into the most important major categories. These should be taken by dogs of all ages and are readily available in most pet stores and pharmacies.


  1. Minerals and Multivitamins

Your dog needs vitamins and minerals for various important functions and microfunctions in order to have optimal health and stave off nutritional deficiency diseases. Even though most vitamins are required in trace amounts, complete lack can have far-reaching impacts in your dog’s metabolism and health. Multivitamin supplements offer vitamins and minerals not contained in your dog’s regular diet and which his/her body doesn’t manufacture.

  1. Fish oil

Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, namely DHA and EPA. These are healthy fats which are helpful not only for making your dog’s fur coat and skin shiny and healthy, but also strengthening their nervous system and immune system as well as maintaining proper blood flow to and from the heart. Research has also shown that fish oil is helpful for reducing joint inflammation. Fish oils available in the market, are drawn from oily fish such as anchovy, Pollack, sardines and salmon. You can choose from any of these, though salmon is the most common variety available.

  1. Probiotics

Probiotics are substances that are fortified with the ‘good’ bacterial species which are naturally found in the intestines to keep bad bacteria and yeast species in check. While good bacteria can be found in the body, there’s no harm in providing additional probiotics, particularly after treating your dog with an antibiotic course or if they’re fighting a gastrointestinal upset. These are excellent for improving intestinal health and digestion, in the same way that human beings are encouraged to take yogurt regularly.

  1. Digestive enzymes

Like the name suggests, digestive enzymes assist the dog’s digestive system when breaking down ingested foods and supplements to extract and absorb maximum nutritive value. While the body manufactures digestive enzymes when needed, additional enzymes will make metabolism easier and faster so that your dog always gets maximum benefits whenever he/she eats.

  1. Chondroitin and glucosamine

Think of glucosamine and chondroitin as your dog’s joints’ special lubricants. These nutrients help to maintain a high water content within joint cartilage, giving them the same absorption capability as a wet sponge. Without chondroitin and glucosamine, your dog’s joint cartilage becomes like a dry sponge and even more brittle, increasing the likelihood of getting arthritis. There are many varieties of chondroitin and glucosamine for dogs, so you can pick out one depending on your dog’s specific requirements.


Even if you’ve never tried supplementing your dog’s diet, it’s never too late to begin. Simply talk to your vet or visit a pet store to get expert advice on exactly which supplements your furry friend needs, and then invest in providing the best care for them so they can enjoy a long and fulfilling life with you.






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