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Why Do Dogs Need Vitamins?

Every owner just wants the best for their sweet pooch. They’re part of the family, and we always just want them to have the best life they can. Lots of owners get their dogs checked yearly, making sure they’re up to date on all their shots, getting them groomed, even constant adjusting of their diets to make sure they get all the right nutrients.

Benefits of Vitamins

Our dogs, as wonderfully healthy as they may appear to be, do need vitamins as a part of their diet just like we humans do. Not all of those fancy commercial food brands supplement or include the different types of vitamins your dog needs to live a healthy lifestyle, and that’s where actual supplements come in! Giving your canine vitamins can help them have more youthful skin and a more beautiful coat as well as better support in their hips and joints. It also helps with digestion and helps promote a more robust immune system. Vitamin chews are not only an easily digestible way to give your dog a vitamin, but they can be used as a training reward or given in a Kong or similar toy as part of a daily routine. Vitamins can be beneficial in middle-aged and older dogs as well, as they can help prevent joint pain, memory loss, and many other conditions that they tend to develop as they age.

 

For a healthy, balanced diet, your dog needs to have vitamins A, C, and E as well as B-complex vitamins, and calcium, though not too much as that can cause health issues requiring treatment. You may need to purchase supplements, but make sure to read carefully as to what the ingredients are and what exactly is in the bottle. It’s always best to see a vet first just to clear any concerns that may be up in the air.

Healthy Skin and Coat

Who doesn’t want their dog to have that glamorous sleek fur? Vitamin A helps and is critical for healthy skin and hair follicles. Giving your dog supplements that contain vitamin A as well as B-complex vitamins like biotin, which helps with tissue growth, can really help them grow in a healthier coat and promote better, healthier skin. Deficiencies in biotin can cause a loss in standard skin color and brittle hair. Supplements that contain omega-6 and 3 fatty acids, like fish oil, also promote healthy, glossier coats. Vitamin E helps with guarding skin cells and zinc helps prevent bacterial and fungal infections in the skin.

Hip, Joint, and Mobility Support

Hip and joint troubles are the worst of the worst to deal with. Vitamin supplements have been found to be extremely helpful in aiding dogs with hip and joint support, as well as mobility. Older dogs with arthritis can especially benefit from vitamins and it also helps alleviate their pain. Vitamin C and copper help produce and maintain collagen health. Starting an older dog on this vitamin can bring out some pretty radical changes; it can help slow or even reverse joint disease. Glucosamine and chondroitin are two naturally occurring components found in cartilage that help with pain and joint repair in dogs.

Promotes a Healthy Immune System

Who doesn’t want their dog to stay healthy? Supplying them with vitamins that promote their immune system is crucial to keeping your pooch secure against illness. They can even help out with liver and kidney function. Anti-free-radical supplements are fantastic for their immune system and can help fight off various diseases. Additionally, probiotic supplements aren’t just awesome for digestive use, they’re also great for helping your dog fight off certain illnesses. They help with promoting the microbiome of your dog and lead to healthier bacteria being in their gut, which can prevent disease from there being an imbalance of good and bad bacteria.

The Last Woof

Before giving your dog any vitamins, again, make sure to consult a veterinarian and discuss your dog’s diet with them. They will give you recommendations based on what your dog needs. Do not under any circumstances give your dog any human supplements, as humans have different vitamin needs compared to dogs and you could give your dog too much of a vitamin they don’t need. Giving human supplements will most likely cause complications that require critical care. Additionally, if your dog is already receiving all the vitamins they need from their diet, it’s best not to give them supplements as that will do more harm than good. Always try to feed them organic, locally sourced dog food as well, as that is also a large contributing factor to your dog’s wellness on top of getting a lot more vitamins out of it. Deley Naturals 15 in 1 Multivitamin Treats can help fill in any gaps that your dog’s food may be missing. Dogs are just a furry, happy, drooly part of the family, and giving them supplements to help their health is the least we can do for them.

 

Here’s to healthy pets!

Leta and Team Deley Naturals

 

❗️ DISCLAIMER:  Health information given here is based on public research and is not meant to take the place of your veterinarian's advice. Always do your own research and discuss it with your vet before trying a new diet, supplement or exercise plan for your pet.

 

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