Provide Nutrients that are missing from standard pet foods/treats
Your dog’s diet might need a ‘boost’ to provide him or her the essential vitamins not found in common dog foods. While fats and carbohydrates are normally part of dog food, certain vitamins/minerals are removed from pet foods during the cooking process due to high heat and pressure.
Many veterinarians recommend supplementing with vital ingredients to boost both the efficiency of your dog’s food and replace any missing nutrients. A thoughtful mix of high quality pet food and additional supplements can create a very healthy balance for your pet.
Boost Immune system
A balanced, working immune system can reduces your dog’s risk of heart disease, inflammation, cancers, osteoarthritis, and many other medical issues that commonly affect pets. A dog’s body will automatically regulate cells to make sure they’re working properly while eliminating potentially harmful pathogens before they become a problem. Any interruption in that process can create an opportunity for common afflictions to set in.
Supplements can make sure the immune system is working at a high level. Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, supplements can help your pet maintain a healthy and regulated immune system.
Can help facilitate additional nutrition absorption
While many dog foods are designed to provide the basics of a nutrient-rich diet, most don’t provide the pathways necessary to improve low absorption rates of compounds needed for optimal health.
The focused dietary supplements, however, optimize your dog’s intake of essential compounds like chondroitin, which rebuilds cartilage and strengthens joints as they age. This helps nutrients become bioavailable for absorption in your dog’s body, as well as increase overall health.
-Improve appearance/healthiness of skin and coat
Skin irritation and hair loss can be a distressing problem for many dogs. While different external stimuli can be the cause of the underlying irritation, a coat-specific supplement can prevent the onset or spread of a problem. Skin and Coat supplements can help with:
- Bacterial/Fungal infections
- Lice, fleas, and ticks
- Environmental allergies
- Hotspots/Excessive shedding
- Dry, itchy skin
Help with digestion
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive tract of all living beings. The bacteria carefully monitors the growth of harmful bacteria and balances everything from our dogs’ mood to their bowel movements.
While probiotics are popular supplements for dogs and humans alike, their efficacy is greatly improved when combined with soluble fiber and prebiotics. Prebiotics selectively stimulate the growth of your pet’s existing good bacteria and increase the likelihood of probiotics’ success. A supplement that combines them both is considered ‘synbiotic’ referring to the beneficial interaction between the two.
Dogs fed synbiotic supplements with soluble fiber are less likely to suffer from diarrhea or upset stomach caused by the overgrowth of bad bacteria. They can even improve bad breath, water absorption, and correct irritable bowel disorders.
Helps with aging process for bones, joints & cognitive abilities
As your dog ages and their needs change, so should the amount and type of supplements. Puppies need more help with cognitive development, growth, and energy levels while a senior dog demands full body restoration, inflammation relief, and help with maintaining joint health. And in between those two stages, adult dogs need to be able to recharge and recover properly.
The goal of a supplement will be to minimize the effects of aging on your dog with targeted nutrition, beginning when they are still young.