Keeping My New Pets Healthy

Nutritional Supplements for Healthy Dogs

Are you concerned about your dog's health? Do you wonder if the dog food that you have is actually as complete and balanced as the label claims? When your dog is seemingly healthy, it's natural to wonder whether or not there's something else you can do to keep them that way. While you may not be able to keep your dog healthy forever, you may want to consider adding nutritional supplements to ensure that they stay in good condition for as long as possible. Here are some reasons why supplements can be a good idea for any dog.

The food may have been stored improperly. Even if you purchase the best dog food out there, you have no way of knowing whether it has been stored improperly. If the bag was stored in a hot warehouse or if the bag wasn't sealed as well as it should be, your dog's food may not contain as many vitamins as the label says it does. Heat and oxidation can both cause vitamins to degrade over time. Feeding your dog nutritional supplements will ensure that they are getting enough vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy and strong.

Your dog may absorb vitamins and minerals poorly. Just like humans, dogs can have conditions that affect how many nutrients they are able to get from their food. You may be feeding your dog good food that contains enough vitamins and minerals for a normal dog, but your dog may not be able to fully take advantage of these nutrients. While it may be impossible for your vet to fix the underlying condition, giving your dog nutritional supplements can increase the amount of vitamins and minerals available in your dog's digestive tract. Although your dog may still only absorb a fraction of the vitamins that they consume, they will still get sufficient nutrition because there are more nutrients available to absorb.

You don't want to give your dog human supplements. In an effort to save money, you may consider feeding you dog nutritional supplements meant for a human. After all, if you're taking them, then they must be good for your dog, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. Humans are able to consume things that can be poisonous for dogs. You probably already know not to feed your dog chocolate, but there are other ingredients and compounds that you should be wary of. For example, some human vitamins contain xylitol, a natural sweetener. For humans, this substance is safe and non-toxic. For dogs, even a little bit of xylitol can cause seizures or death. Dog supplements are meant to be consumed by dogs and therefore don't contain anything that could be potentially hazardous to your precious pooch.

Check out a store such as Dot's Wonder Pet Products to find out what supplements might be right for your dog. 

About Me

Keeping My New Pets Healthy

When I inherited a few dogs from my mother, I was a little nervous about how to care for them. I was concerned about keeping them healthy and strong, so I worked hard to read more about what I needed to do each and every day. I was able to completely overhaul my daily routine to accommodate my pets, and it was really rewarding. Within about three weeks, my pets seemed happy, healthy, and strong. This blog is all about learning how to keep your new pets healthy and avoiding some of the common rookie mistakes that could make your pets sick.