Vitamins & Supplements FAQs
Why do dogs need vitamins and supplements?
Dogs need vitamins and supplements to maintain their overall health and well-being. Even with a well-balanced diet, some dogs may have specific nutritional needs that cannot be met with food alone.
How do I choose the right supplement for my dog?
It's important to consult with your veterinarian before choosing a supplement for your dog. Your vet can recommend a supplement based on your dog's age, breed, size, and health needs. They can also advise on the appropriate dosage and how to administer it.
Are natural supplements better for dogs than synthetic ones?
There is no clear answer to this question. Some nutrients are better absorbed coming from natural food sources, but they can be difficult to dose and balance in a diet. Synthetic nutrients are often cheaper and can be easier to fit into a diet.
Can supplements replace a balanced diet?
No, supplements cannot replace a balanced diet. While supplements can support your dog's health, they should not be used as a substitute for a well-balanced diet. It's important to provide your dog with high-quality, nutritionally balanced food as the foundation of their diet.
How do I know if my dog needs a vitamin or supplement?
If your dog has a specific health condition, such as joint problems or skin issues, your veterinarian may recommend a supplement to support their treatment. Some dogs may benefit from supplements to support their immune system or overall health.
Are there any risks or side effects to giving my dog supplements?
While most supplements are safe when given in appropriate doses, there is always a risk of side effects. Some dogs may experience digestive upset, allergic reactions, or interactions with other medications. It's important to monitor your dog closely after starting any new supplement and to consult with your veterinarian if you notice any adverse effects.