Choosing the Right Supplement for Your Pet

What are supplements?

A supplement is a concentrated ingredient that is added to the diet for nutritional or therapeutic benefits. We consider daily vitamins and supplements to be an integral part of our balanced health and that should be no different with our four-legged friends. 


Much like with humans, supplements must be tailored to the dog’s individual needs. In the United States, up to one-third of dogs are given some sort of wellness supplement for everything ranging from skin and coat care to digestion, anxiety, joint stiffness and arthritis. 


Supplements can make a substantial difference in a dog’s life. Read on to discover 6 of the most popular dog supplements and how each are suited to your dog’s needs:

Hip & Joint

One of the most popular supplements for dogs is the Hip & Joint supplement. Hip & Joint supplements contain glucosamine, which is proven to be effective in treating arthritis. For older dogs, glucosamine relives joint pain and improves mobility. Hip & Joint supplements also contain chondroitin, which promotes the nourishment of joint tissues.


Crafted with powerful, all-natural ingredients, like glucosamine, chondroitin, and turmeric, a Hip & Joint supplement supports overall healthy joint function in older dogs and breeds prone to joint issues, like German Shepherds, Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, ​and Dachshunds.


Calming Aid

Designed with chamomile, passion flower, and organic herbs, a Calming Aid supplement can help promote relaxation &  well-being. Chamomile helps soothe the stomach and aids in creating a relaxing feeling. Passion flower is a natural flower that supports the nervous system. And organic herbs, like ginger root, contain antioxidants that lower a dog’s blood pressure.


Border Collies, Bichon Frises, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers are some of the top  breeds that are prone to anxiety. A Calming Aid supplement helps these breeds and puppies cope with anxiety by promoting a sense of calm.

Digestive Aid

Formulated with prebiotics and probiotics, a Digestive Aid supplement promotes healthy digestion. Prebiotics and probiotics help your dog maintain healthy poops, ease stomach discomfort, and support a strong immune system.


Many dog breeds, including Schnauzers, Yorkies, French Bulldogs, Great Danes, and German Shepherds, are prone to gastrointestinal illnesses, which can lead to diarrhea and a host of other digestive issues.


Allergy Aid

Allergy Aid supplements are designed to help relieve allergies and soothe skin irritation in dogs. Allergy Aid supplements contain key ingredients like bee pollen, kelp, colostrum, licorice root, and vitamin c. Combined, these all-natural ingredients reduce inflammation, support immune response, and fight against bacteria that can cause skin irritations. 


It is thought that dogs are genetically predisposed to become sensitized to allergens in the environment, and there are certain breeds that are predisposed to developing allergies. Breeds predisposed to developing allergies include Chinese Shar-Peis, Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Boston Terriers, and Shih Tzus. 


Skin & Coat

Skin & Coat supplements are formulated with all-natural ingredients, like biotin and wild alaskan salmon oil that help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat in dogs. Biotin can be of great benefit to dogs with skin conditions by promoting strong hair structure. Biotin has also been shown to help senior dogs maintain their energy levels, as well as help maintain their nervous system. 


Along with senior dogs, a Skin & Coat supplement can help dog breeds prone to skin allergies and infections, including Poodles, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pit Bull Terriers, and Dobermans. 


Multivitamin

Formulated with organic hemp oil, essential vitamins, and zinc to support your dog’s general health and fitness, a Multivitamin is a one-size-fits-all supplement. Organic hemp oil improves mobility, zinc supports a healthy immune system, and essential vitamins support skin and digestive health. Multivitamin supplements provide key nutrients for all dog breeds and dogs of all ages. Overall, the Multivitamin is a rounded blend of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, omegas, and glucosamine to address nearly all your pup’s health needs.

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