Everything You Need to Know About Dog Vitamins and Supplements, Plus 10 High-Quality Options
What are the best dog vitamins and supplements, and are they essential for your pup? Ideally, your pooch should get all the nutrition they need from a well-rounded, high-quality dog food diet—but sometimes our pets need a boost. Whether your dog is dealing with stress, health issues, or low energy, a great supplement can help get your canine back on the right track.
"[Dogs can] benefit from routine supplementation including a good multivitamin, a comprehensive digestive aid, including probiotics with digestive enzymes, and a good source of omega 3s," says Dr. Marty Goldstein, a leading integrative veterinarian and vet to celebs like Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey.
Some of the most popular supplements for dogs include ones designed to alleviate arthritis and joint pain, increase mobility, help with heart and organ health, and to assist in healthier skin and coats. Some of the main ingredients you'll find are vitamin and mineral nutritional supplements, like calcium, Vitamin C, and omega fatty acids. Other popular formulas contain ingredients like glucosamine, antioxidants, and probiotics to help mobility, cognitive health, energy levels, and more.
Always check with your vet before adding any supplements to your pet's diet, and read dosage instructions carefully—when it comes to vitamins and minerals, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Overloading your pet with too much of a certain vitamin or mineral can lead to adverse effects, from diarrhea to more serious illnesses.
"Since there are now a vast number of supplements available leading to confusion, people should become educated on proper supplementation, learn how to properly read labels, and especially work closely with a veterinarian," says Dr. Marty.
If you're considering adding a daily vitamin or supplement to your dog's diet, check out these options, and then follow-up with your vet.