What to Consider When
Looking for Dog Supplements
Whether you’re feeding your dog a kibble or a raw food-based diet, their food forms the foundation of their nutritional profile, however, every dog's needs are different and with each life stage, those needs change. Many of us take supplements for our own health and recognize the value they can add to our everyday nutrition as well as helping with specific issues such as metabolism or those that come along with aging. But what can be done for our beloved dog and is there any guarantee of quality nutritional supplements for dogs?
Should I be giving my dog supplements?
Whenever you're giving your dog anything edible you need to ask yourself why you're giving it to them. Are you giving them a pill to treat a symptom like pain or are you giving them something to help alleviate the underlying issue? Giving something to mask a symptom should only be done as a last resort. For example, when a dog has an acute injury and needs to be made comfortable while their body heals, or when a dog is in a palliative state caused by an incurable disease and needs to be made comfortable.
Whenever alleviating the underlying issue is an option, it should be done. Wouldn't you prefer to give your dog something to reduce joint inflammation and increase cartilage maintenance while simultaneously decreasing pain and joint stiffness as opposed to just pain medication to mask the symptoms and not deal with the cause?
Whenever you're making decisions about your dog's health you should always consult a veterinarian. If they're not discussing supplements with you, you should inquire about them or ask to be referred to a veterinary nutritionist.