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Embedded tick on dog’s head. Image: Tim Laman
Over the past few years, dog owners have been inundated with advertisements offering “cures” for a wide range of dog ailments. Some were products we could put directly on our dog’s skin, others were pills, and yet others were dietary supplements. In the latter category were a variety of herbal and nutritional products.
It is important to note that this is not necessarily “puppy mill” or “dog food” hype. The products may have been made by some of the same companies that make dog food, and they may have even include the same companies on their labels. However, we should be looking to those companies with an eye toward whether they are putting the best products on the market, based on sound scientific evidence and their expertise.
The most important thing is that we need to find products that provide real benefits, with a product label that isn’t a marketing gimmick. We also need to consider our dog’s overall health and ensure that the supplements and treatments we choose are safe for us, the environment, and our pets.
Dog vitamins and nutrients
Pet owners are more likely to believe that a product is effective if it says “natural” or “ingredients of your dog” than if the claims say “manufactured by a company.” Some owners buy “ingredients of your dog” in the hopes that they don’t have to worry about the product being harmful to their pet or having side effects.
Dog vitamins and nutrients often claim to be “natural” and “made of ingredients of your dog.”
Dog vitamins and nutrients often claim to be “natural” and “made of ingredients of your dog,” such as “vegetable broth and other nutrients of your dog,” which implies that the product doesn’t have any synthetic chemicals. However, this is often misleading. The supplement, which may contain an isolated product or a blend of a few compounds, may only be a tiny amount of a single compound or a tiny percentage of the other ingredients that provide the benefits of the supplement. If the compound or compound blend is synthetic, then the supplement itself is, too. It may be better for dogs to stick with whole foods rather than supplements for their nutritional needs. If they choose supplements, ask the seller to tell you the composition of the supplement or the percentage of ingredients that are real, natural foods.
The ingredients of a product are one thing, but how they’re put together can be another. Do you want to be putting a supplement on your dog’s stomach or giving him a pill? Dog vitamins and nutrients are often offered in powder form that is mixed into a food or made into a chewable treat. Some powders, such as vitamins, are intended to be mixed into food. Others, such as chewable treats, often just dissolve into saliva as your dog swallows them. So, whether you’re mixing them into your dog’s food or giving him a chewable treat, make sure you know the composition of the supplement, including how many milligrams of the active ingredient and its percentage in the composition, and ask how it’s supposed to be mixed into the food or given to your dog.
There are a few common ways that vitamin and supplement products get to your dog, or even into the environment. The most obvious is through direct contact with a pet owner or someone who has pets that they care for. Supplements may also be administered by a vet or an animal behaviorist, either to improve a dog’s behavior or to manage a specific problem. In these cases, the supplement is usually given to the dog once a day, sometimes even just once a week. In the cases of supplements, it’s important that the supplement is given at the proper dosage, for the correct time period and, where needed, also administered with a proper dosage schedule. If you know that you’re administering your dog a supplement, you’re not using the recommended dosage or the proper schedule, you’re leaving a window of time where the supplement is being administered that is shorter or longer than necessary and, at times, not at all. Be sure to ask your vet or animal behaviorist for advice when you’re giving a supplement to your dog, and read the supplement’s label carefully to be sure you understand the dosage recommendations.
While you’re taking your dog for a checkup, you’ll also have the chance to ask your veterinarian if you need to do anything special when it comes to supplements and vitamins. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet about this topic because supplements can be very different and have different interactions with different types of medications, especially in the case of vitamins. When in doubt, take it slow and see how your dog responds to the supplements, how they’re handled and how they affect your dog before you begin to consider the supplements as a way to address a problem or change a behavior in your dog.
It can be very easy to fall into the trap of believing that taking your dog for a quick visit to the vet will fix his health issues, but this isn’t true and could end up causing more problems. With so many supplements, vitamins and different medications for treating different health problems and helping to correct different behavioral problems, talk to your vet to make sure you’re giving your dog the best supplements and vitamins at the best time.
For dogs who are struggling with behavioral issues, the solution is much simpler than it may seem. If you do any sort of routine, you’ll know how much of a difference a positive outlook and a more positive outlook can make for both you and your dog.
Getting through a time of stress can seem to be a great challenge, but there are plenty of things you can do to help you get through the experience. From spending quality time with your dog, to taking him on walks and training him, to offering him lots of love and attention, there are many ways to help your dog be more ready to face a difficult situation or difficult day.
This may mean a walk in the park or an in-home obedience class. Or, maybe your dog just needs a boost of confidence. In any case, there are lots of things you can do to help your dog deal with difficult situations. Here are some tips to help you and your dog get through a difficult time.
Keep Your Dog Healthy
Any of the common health problems like parasites or allergies can make life difficult and stressful for your dog. This is another reason you need to pay attention to how your dog’s physical state is in general. As your dog gets older, he may need extra attention from you to be sure he’s getting all of his nutritional needs met, but as a dog ages, you’ll also want to be sure he has a good environment to live in as well.