Dog food supplements are becoming a popular way for dog owners to give their pets better nutrition while enhancing their well-being. There are many dietary supplements on the market, from superfood treats and bone meal supplements to fish oil and kelp-derived minerals. In today’s blog post, Happy Go Healthy discusses popular dog food supplements for canine health.
Medical scientists believe antioxidants in dog food supplements can counteract some effects of aging, including memory loss and reduced cognitive functions. Antioxidants protect cells from stress, and could even treat heart disease and inflammation. Some of the most common antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, and coenzyme Q10.
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Prebiotics and probiotics can help with your pup’s digestion. Both substances in dog food supplements promote the growth of your dog’s gut flora. The proper amount of gut flora in your dog’s intestines may improve digestion and immune function. Probiotics often come in the form of beneficial yogurt that contains strains of beneficial bacteria to improve gut health. Dried plain beet pulp is a prebiotic that contains healthy fiber, could normalize glucose production, and supports healthy digestion in your dog. Better digestion can lead to improved nutrient absorption, which turns into better overall health.
The American Journal of Veterinary Research shows that fish oils containing omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA may reduce inflammation in your dog. Less inflammation improves the quality of your pooch’s coat while alleviating skin allergies. Lower amounts of inflammation may also help dogs with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Dog food supplements with fish oil could get messy, especially if you try to spoon-feed them to your dog. Consider a mess-free supplement with fish oil already in the kibble for best results.
Glucosamine was once seen as a critical ingredient in dog food supplements promoting better joint health. It is a safe substance to give your dog. There’s not a lot of definitive research supporting the benefits of giving your dog oral glucosamine for better mobility. This lack of evidence led the American Veterinary Medical Association to rescind its endorsement of glucosamine for joint health. Instead, Happy Go Healthy offers an alternative to glucosamine — fish oil containing DHA and EPA as well as seaweed-derived calcium — that is endorsed by veterinarians.