Can I Give My Dog Too Many Supplements? - Part 2
Just like humans, supplements can help a dog’s body function properly and protect their health. Also like us, a deficiency in one essential vitamin can lead to serious health problems with lasting effects. But what happens when you feed your dog too many supplements? Today, Happy Go Healthy explores the dangers of too many supplements in the second installment of our two-part series.
Potential Side Effects of Too Many Supplements
An excessive increase in supplement intake can lead to vitamin toxicity, which can cause various health issues in a matter of weeks. This is more prevalent than ever with the recent major dog food recall, where eight brands contained 70x the recommended amount of vitamin D. Symptoms of vitamin toxicity include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Abdominal Pain
- Increased Thirst
It’s important to note that symptoms may take months or years to show. Supplements are a great way to add essential nutrients to your dog’s diet, but too much of a good thing can be detrimental in the long run.
To avoid vitamin toxicity and other symptoms associated with over-supplementation, check the labels and ingredient lists of what you feed your furry one. Look for naturally-sourced supplements that promote wholesome ingredients like seaweed-derived calcium, prebiotic fiber, and DHA and EPA extracted from fish oils. To ensure you’re maintaining proper vitamin levels, speak with your veterinarian and follow the recommended dosage outlined on the label.
What to Look for in a Quality Supplement
Don’t be discouraged! Supplements really do work wonders for dogs with all sorts of health issues, because they contain many essential vitamins and antioxidants. As a responsible dog owner, you should follow these 3 guidelines when choosing a dog health supplement. Factors to consider are:
- How easy is this supplement to eat?
- Is it made from quality sourced ingredients?
- Is there science to back its health claims?
Do your research on the company and the product before giving it to your furry loved ones. Make sure that the benefits of the product are a good match for the needs of your pup. Nobody knows your dog better than you, after all!
Find a Quality Supplement in Happy Go Healthy
Happy Go Healthy was formulated using peer reviewed research to naturally provide essential minerals, fats and fibers which may not be in their diet already. Supplements are the favorable option for dog mom and dads everywhere searching for ways to keep their senior dog happy and healthy. But in the end, supplements are simply there to add to your food. They can’t and shouldn’t replace your dog’s daily nutrition from mealtime. See for yourself how Happy Go Healthy uses only the best ingredients in each bite of our joint & skin support kibble supplement.