Why are supplements for dogs important?
Vitamins, substances present in the body of dogs and in food, are necessary for them to grow and develop properly. They are responsible for regulating the body's functions of the animal (heart, kidney, liver, skin ...). In case your dog needs extra energy, you should add a vitamin supplement to his daily diet that covers his deficiencies. Vitamins complement an unbalanced diet, as can happen in the case of eating a diet made at home.
The dog supplements for dogs are essential for those who are sick, to fight a specific disease (whether by anemia, to combat the symptoms associated with advanced age, nervous disorders, etc.). In these cases, you should go to the specialist and the one who will best tell you what specific vitamins your dog health needs, since an excess of vitamins can be just as harmful as a lack of them.
Supplements are called certain vitamins and minerals present in food, which are essential and should go anyway in the daily diets of our pets. Some of these, not being present in the diet, tend to cause imbalances and express certain symptoms, therefore we must be attentive to certain signs due to the lack of these supplements:
These deficiencies of supplements tend to present certain predispositions to other diseases. The most notable are usually on the skin, such as: excessive hair loss, lack of shine, brittle hair, bad smell, thickening of the skin in certain areas; but not only that, they also cause vision problems, opacity or tearing, among the most noticeable signs.
Other deficiencies in supplements may be causing weakness, low weight or obesity, others affect the nervous system causing anxious behaviors, scratching, intense licking, biting in different areas of the body. Persistent otitis problems, which take a long time to heal despite good treatment or are recurrent to the same condition. On the other hand, the lack of supplements are directly related to digestive problems, malabsorption, sporadic diarrhea, presence of parasites, etc.
What kinds of vitamins does your dog take? Is his diet homemade or do you offer him quality feed? Have you ever had a pathology and have you treated it with a vitamin supplement?
Types of nutritional supplements for dogs
The correct administration of vitamins helps dogs grow healthy and strong. The vet is responsible for informing you about the deficiencies that your pet may have and about the specific vitamins it needs. There are a variety of nutritional supplements on the market, depending on what deficiencies must be covered and the type of dog.
Among the different types of nutritional supplements for dogs, we consider the following vitamins essential in their diet, for a healthy development and full of energy:
- Vitamin A. Very important for the eyes, for the optimal growth of the puppies, for the health of the skin and the coat.
- Vitamin D. Together with calcium and phosphorus, it supports bone health.
- Vitamin E. It acts as a natural antioxidant, very important for the formation of cell membranes, as it helps the body make red blood cells.
- Vitamin K. Promotes blood clotting and the formation of protective scabs.
- Vitamin B2. It is essential for growth, for the maintenance of good muscles and for the health of the coat.
- Vitamin B5. From carbohydrates, proteins and fats it helps to obtain energy.
- Salmon oil. It is rich in omega 3 and omega 6 and its consumption provides multiple benefits: it protects the heart, promotes a strong and shiny coat and healthy skin ...
- Vitamins B of the water-soluble group. They help the formation of bones, teeth and connective tissues.
All these vitamins along with others, minerals, proteins and other nutrients should be found in your pet's daily diet. If the feed that you usually offer is of quality, it will have all these components among its analytical constituents. Make sure this is the case by reading the label on the container. If, on the other hand, you give him a homemade meal, it is essential that it be complete and balanced. Sometimes it is difficult to know if the selection of ingredients will provide you with all the nutrients and vitamins you need for optimal development, so it is important to go to the vet from time to time and have him diagnose if you have a vitamin deficiency and which one. In that case, you can include a supplement to its daily diet and, in this way, make sure that it grows and develops in the best conditions, with all the necessary energy to enjoy each day.
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