The Best Supplements For Dogs

by on 14/06/10 at 12:54 pm

Good food, lots of exercise, and lots of hugs – all three are essential in ensuring the health and happiness of your dog. Yet, it never hurts to have a few supplemental items on hand to improve the way your dog looks, sees, and plays. You might not be aware of this if you have recently welcomed a dog into your family, but dog and puppies need their vitamins, too! Of course, they won’t be chewing the Flintstones variety like the rest of us, but here are a few items you may wish to keep on hand to better your dog’s well-being.

Salmon Oil: If you can find the Wild Alaska variety, all the better for your pet. Salmon oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and promotes a good heart and a beautiful coat. Just add a little bit to your dog’s food every day and marvel at the results.

Kelp: Kelp supplements are helpful to improve your dog’s digestion and allows your dog to heal faster after injury. If yours is an outdoor dog, kelp is especially helpful in lowering the risk of parasites. This is a good meal supplement to feed your pet to maintain a strong immune system.

Flaxseed Oil: Good for dogs of all ages but adults in particular, natural flaxseed oil helps with with bone and joint problems and is known to protect against serious illness. If your dog experiences allergies or a ragged coat, this is good to use.

Vitamin C: Yes, what we drink in orange juice every morning can benefit your dog. Of course, you wouldn’t feed your pet OJ, but a vitamin C supplement gives powerful antioxidants to boost your dog’s immunity and improve urinary functions.

Just a few simple additions to your dog’s diet can work wonders in the way he plays and enjoys your company. Be sure to consult with your vet first before administering certain supplements to ensure a happy, long life for your canine companion.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on dog supplies and pet supplies.

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