Your dog's nutrition is important for a healthy & happy life. petMD experts help you to know what to feed your dog, how much food to feed, and the differences in dog foods, so your dog gets optimum nutrition.

Should I Give My Dog Supplements?


 

Another widely used dietary supplement that has many functions and is a great additive to many foods is omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin and joints and can help support the function of multiple organs. You should speak to your veterinarian to see if your dog needs additional Omega-3 fatty acids and how much to give.

 

If you have a senior dog that seems to be not quite as sharp mentally you could consider a supplement to support cognitive dysfunction, also know as dementia.

There have been many studies that show antioxidants such as vitamins E and C will protect and repair brain cells. There are also supplements containing compounds targeted at maintaining brain function in dogs. A therapeutic veterinary food specifically formulated with high levels of antioxidants to protect a dog’s aging brain would also be a good choice if you notice your senior dog slowing down. During your annual senior exam discuss any concerns you have with your veterinarian and whether there are supplements that may help your senior dog stay mentally sharp.

 

A high quality, complete and balanced food formulated for your dog’s specific life stage and lifestyle will meet all the essential nutrients to maintain optimal health. There are some additional supplements that address certain medical issues and could improve the health of your dog. It is always best to first discuss any medical concerns you have with your veterinarian and get his or her recommendation for supplements your dog may benefit from.

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