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Yummy Zoom: Thoughts #4 on supplements

The importance of a Right Supplementation for Your Dog

Vitamins and minerals are a vital necessity for a dog’s body just like a human’s body. To provide the right supplementation for your dog is therefore very important, so that your dog will live a long and healthy life. We are talking about just the right amount of water soluble vitamins, fat soluble vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous.

It is best if these vital nutrients are present in the dog’s normal, daily diet (which has been carefully put together by the dog owner).

If you are unsure about the vitamin and mineral content of the food that you are giving your dog, ask your veterinarian what type of supplementation would be best for your dog’s age, weight, and breed. Diet changes may also be recommended to add nutritive value to your dog’s daily meals.

Among the most common supplements that dogs are given are:

  1. Vitamin C. Although dogs are able to synthesize ascorbic acid on their own, many breeders in the United States consider vitamin C supplementation a good practice when a dog is pregnant. There is no harm in adding a little vitamin C to the supplementation regimen. (Although too much vitamin C would probably be non-helpful, because the dog’s system would simply excrete excess vitamin C.)
  1. Vitamin E or tocopherol. Dogs that have coat problems should be given vitamin E. Dogs that are suffering from flea infestations should be given vitamin B complex.
  1. Calcium & phosphorous. These should be given in proper amounts. Too much or too little calcium and phosphorous can cause havoc in a dog’s system. Too much phosphorous can negatively affect calcium absorption, and vice versa.

 

Coming up next: Yummy Zoom – Thoughts #5 on minerals