5 of the Best Vitamins and Supplements for Healthy Dogs

2015.04.02 minties vitaminsFinding the perfect, healthy treat choice for your canine companion can be a daunting task when faced with shelves and racks of options at the pet store. Many products claim they are formulated with the most advanced science available, while others advertise best taste and appeal for your dog.

So if you are like the rest of us, you want your dog to have a shiny coat, an efficient digestive system, clean teeth, and plenty of energy.

With that in mind, here are some names to look for on the label the next time you are faced with a plethora of poochie perks.

 

Glucosamine

We’ll kick off this list with one you may have heard of, but not know what it does or why it is important. Glucosamine, often included with chondroitin, helps support bone and joint health and prevent arthritis. It comes over-the-counter in a supplement or in most premium food brands.

It is important to remember that glucosamine and chondroitin come in many foods and treats in sufficient amounts, so supplements should be used sparingly unless your dog is elderly. Pet parents of elderly dogs may find Glucosamine supplements slow down bone loss and arthritis in aging pets.

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the term for all the closely related green pigments found in the chloroplasts of algae and plants. It is essential during photosynthesis, or growth in plants.

Why would the growth of plants matter for dogs? Well there are some similarities in the way dogs process energy for growth and stamina with the way plants process energy. In pets, chlorophyll aids digestion, cleanses the blood, and neutralizes odors. Further studies have also shown a connection between chlorophyll and the freshening of breath, making it a nice addition to dental treats for dogs.

Probiotics

Digestion difficulties and gastrointestinal disease are some of the most common health issues in dogs, and some of the scariest to detect and treat. Probiotics help boost the immune system and aid digestion by ensuring there is a good balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.

Probiotics are on the forefront of modern research, and could prove to have even more invaluable benefits to your dog’s health in the very near future.

Brewers Dried Yeast

Brewers Dried Yeast features one the most widespread distributions of healthy vitamins for pets. It comes in supplement form and a large amount of pet foods because it has such a wide range of applications for your pup—including digestion aid, appetite stimulation, and blood glucose stabilization. It also can help fight bacteria that cause infections in the intestine due to yeast’s ability to absorb cells.

Aside all of these benefits, your best friend will also enjoy Brewer’s yeast as a source of B vitamins and protein. Plus, it tastes great too (for your dog, silly)!

Fish Oil

As with many other vitamins and supplements, fish oil (often referred to as Omega-3 Fatty Acids) has many practical human applications. Fish oil can help improve your dog’s skin and coat, aid circulation and body functions, and increase energy and stamina. It also helps ward off skin allergies and strengthen hair follicles (hurray for less shedding!).

You can find Fish Oil supplements at any pet store, and it is one of the easiest supplements to measure for the appropriate dose for your dog.

Now that you know the benefits of these wonderful supplements and vitamins, you are prepared to make smart choices for your canine companion. We can’t wait to see all the wonderful pics of your pets on our Facebook wall!

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