Dog Vitamins / Dog Supplements
six basic nutrients needed by living things are protein, carbohydrate,
fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. Dog foods in addition to protein,
fats and carbohydrates also must contain vitamin and mineral supplements
in balanced concentrations. Too much or too little of a vitamin
or mineral may interfere with absorption of another.
require the right amounts of macronutrients, micronutrients, and
moisture in order to grow from wiggly little puppies into healthy
adults and have a long healthy life.
fats and carbohydrates make up the macronutrients, which are nutrients
that your dog’s body requires in large amounts.
– Vitamins, minerals and enzymes are considered micronutrients,
which is any substance your dog requires in really small amounts
for proper growth and optimal health.
– Water is the moisture.
dog food companies make every effort to provide quality prepared
nutritional food that contains correct balanced proportions of vitamins
and minerals for the maximum benefit to the dog. Dog foods are packed
with nutrients, and generally it’s not necessary to supplement your
dog’s diet with any extra vitamins and minerals.
fact, it can be dangerous to do so since so many micronutrients
are needed in really small quantities and too much can be toxic
or cause problems far down the road. If you’re interested in providing
additional nutrition, especially due to a specific problem, it’s
best ask your veterinarian advice.
if your dog is having problems your veterinarian can find out if
the food might be a contributing factor, and take steps to fix things
by switching to another food, running diagnostic tests, and/or adding
a vitamin or supplement.
dogs do not need anything in their diet other than the staples that
provide adequate nutrition.
over time your dog may have special needs such as being under stress
from illness, injury, recovering from surgery; suffering from dry
skin or coat; bad teeth; joint and bone pain from arthritic conditions;
active and working dogs; and dogs on medications may need higher
than normal amounts of nutrients.
like humans with special nutritional needs, dogs must be cared for
in the same way to ensure continued health.
sure to have fresh water available for your dog at all times, and
more if he’s been exercising in order to prevent overheating.
check with your vet before adding vitamins or supplements! He or
she will know exactly what your dog requirements are, and will also
know the correct amounts to give if they are necessary for optimum
health. Providing a dog with too many supplemental vitamins can
cause serious health problems.
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