As many as a third of U.S. dogs receive vitamins or supplements. The most common are multivitamins, supplements to support arthritic joints, and fatty acids to reduce shedding and improve a coat’s shine, according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The systems of the body, whether human or animal, are delicate. A body in balance will function at optimal levels. A body lacking essential nutrients will continually be in a state of unhealthy flux.
As with humans, vitamins are essential for dogs’ systems to function properly, blood to clot, muscle to grow and the body to heal. Deficiency of a specific vitamin or mineral can manifest as digestion problems, loss of muscle or hair, or stunted growth.
For those ambitious dog owners providing and preparing a raw or homemade diet, finding the correct nutritional balance is difficult. Even with a diet rich in lean proteins and fresh produce, vital nutrients may be lacking. In this case, it’s likely that a multivitamin and supplement would be recommended.
Our dogs are our family, our friends, and our shadows. We owe it to them to be the best advocate for their health and welfare.
Like yourself, your dog's overall health is our primary concern. You satisfy your own healthy nutritional needs in eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise. Dogs, like yourself, require a balanced diet as well, and unfortunately, many foods on the market contain additives, fillers, and ingredients that fall short in satisfying their nutritional needs as they mature.
So why not choose a dietary supplement formulated to provide the essential vitamins, and nutrients to maintain the health, life, and happiness of your best friend?