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.

Dietary Supplements for Pets?


Again, just as different people have different physical responses to foods and herbs, it is important to keep in mind that even if a supplement has been effectively proven to have a beneficial effect, each body is different, and what might be good for one animal is not always good for another. This is especially true for animals that are on other medications or have pre-existing health problems.


In some cases, human grade supplements can be used, but they are generally formulated in larger amounts and should only be given under a veterinarian’s guidance. Dosages can be difficult to determine, especially in consideration of very small animals, and different brands will contain different formulations of the active ingredients. Your doctor can either help you to determine the correct dosage for your pet based on its health condition, age, and size, or can point you to a formula that is especially balanced for cats and dogs.


There may also be ingredients that are added to human grade supplements that are not harmful to humans but are harmful for cats and dogs. Some examples are garlic and some types of roots and herbs. If you find that your pet is behaving differently, is lethargic, has lost its appetite, or is in any way having problems that were not present before beginning supplements, discontinue the use of the supplements and consult with your veterinarian.


What Should You Look for?


Before purchasing any type of pet health supplement, talk to your veterinarian to make sure that it is appropriate for your pet’s health. Make sure that you are familiar with the recommended dosage and with the exact formula your pet needs so that you can read the list of ingredients on the label with confidence. Finally, make sure you always purchase your pet’s supplements from a reputable and accredited company or website.


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