veterinarians recommend a nutritional supplement or
multivitamin to ensure that your dog, cat or small pet gets
all the nutrients that his body needs to maintain optimal
health and avoid common health complications for his breed.
needs a good, high-quality vitamin or supplement because:
pet has different nutritional needs. His age, breed, activity
level, normal diet, environment and genetics all work together
to determine exactly what those needs are.
standard diet with a high-quality, nutritionally balanced pet
food is a good foundation for nutritional health for your pet Ė
but itís only the start. Your pet may have additional nutrition
needs that arenít met by food alone.
deficiency of just one vitamin can lower your petís resistance
to common diseases or make him vulnerable to health conditions
Nutrients that are designed to support and supplement his
healthy diet can help stave off bone, kidney, urinary, heart and
optimal health relies on being sure that your body has all the
building blocks and nutrients that it needs, and your dog is no
different. A deficiency in vitamins and essential fatty acids
can affect your dogís appearance, appetite, temperament and
health. This should come as no surprise to anyone whoís
studied the effects of even minor deficiencies of important
nutrients in humans. The same effects can be seen in dogs that
donít get the nutrients that their bodies need.
your petís diet is lacking in essential proteins and vitamins,
it will show up in his coat, his eyes, his breath and his energy
level. Some of the recent research suggests that:
C helps strengthen dogís bones and joints and may be helpful in
preventing hip dysplasia.
E and selenium can help prevent arthritis and allergies in dogs.
under stress or bothered by biting flies and fleas may improve
if treated with Vitamin B12.
a diet high in soy-based proteins may require additional iron
supplements because soy appears to interfere with iron
your petís veterinarian for more specific recommendations. Many
prescribe nutritional supplements for pets that are recovering
from surgery, are breeding or are under stress. Your petís body
is not all that different from yours. Treat it right Ė check
with your vet to see if a high-quality dog or pet vitamin can
boost his health.