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Should I give my dog vitamins and supplements

Most of us have taken or are currently taking supplements or vitamins for our own heath and we are now considering what vitamins or supplements could help our pets. Why are we doing this I hear you say, well our pets are part of the family and not property. It is for this reason that we have started to invest time and effort into researching if vitamins and supplements are safe and provide the desired result.  The truth is that some work and others do not and some may even be harmful.  It is important to know this while researching what is best for your little fur baby.  Most dogs receive a complete and balanced diet, including the necessary vitamins and minerals from the dog food we buy.  Hopefully we are all reviewing the dog food packaging first. However, dogs who receive a homemade diet may need supplements.  It’s important to understand that these supplements need to match the diet so we encourage all our customers to speak to their vets first.

The most common supplements used are to support pet’s arthritic joints and reduce shedding.  The dog population around the world is growing and as it grows so too do our pet demographics.  Let’s not forget that many of us live a busy and hectic lifestyle and to demonstrate our love for pets we sometimes overfeed them causing issues down the line because our little monsters are now overweight.

Supplements do work but it depends on how they are used and manufactured. Dogs with osteoarthritis are commonly given glucosamine-chondroitin supplements. The Veterinary Journal published a study in 2007 where it concluded that dogs treated with glucosamine-chondroitin sulphate showed less pain and more mobility after 70 days of treatment. Fish oil supplements also can reduce inflammation and so can antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and help aging dogs with memory problems. If your pet eats a balanced diet and receives excess portions of some vitamins and minerals, they could be harmful.  As an example, too much calcium can cause skeletal problems, especially in large-breed puppies.  Too much vitamin A can harm blood vessels and cause dehydration and joint pain.  Excess vitamin D can prompt a dog to stop eating, harm bones, and cause muscles to atrophy.  We are not sharing this to scare pet owners we want all our customers to be well informed to ensure the wellbeing and safety of your pet.

We all want to use supplements which are safe like Probiotics, which is a friendly bacteria, dogs have billions of them in their stomach to help fight infections, make the immune system stronger, help digest food, and make vitamins and nutrients. This is called the microbiome and a healthy dog needs a healthy microbiome.

Please be cautious about giving human supplements to dogs.  Make sure you read the labels and know the names of the ingredients so that you are not deceived by sound-alikes.  We have added all the product information on our packaging and product pages so if you can’t find what you are looking for.  If you have any questions regarding the products we sell we would love to hear from you.

If your dog shows one or more of these behaviours like excessive licking or scratching a specific area, reluctance to play, interact or exercise, shaking, aggression, flattened ears loss of appetite it may be due to your dog being in pain. No one likes to see a dog in pain and it can be very distressing for everyone. This is why we have created a natural range of products to support your pet moving without pain as they grow up with our Joint Mobility and Hip and Joint care products.

Our GudFur Joint Mobility Supplement has been formulated as an effective aid for stiff joints and whilst not all joint problems are preventable, joint health influences life quality and a dog’s physical and mental well-being. Containing ingredients like Harpagophytum also called devil's claw which is an essential joint supplement for dogs, reducing stiffness, improves mobility and maintains healthy joints in dogs

Whilst our Dog Premium Hip and Joint Supplement contains the key ingredients that are needed to support joint structure, soothe stiffness, as well as retain flexibility and agility in your pets. If you notice that your dog is reluctant to get up in the morning, hesitates when using stairs, or has begun to limp, it's possible for your dog to experience inflammation and pain in their joints. Thankfully, this is where our hip and joint supplements can be a game-changer for your dog's comfort and mobility. Our supplement can help relieve a dog's worn-down joints.

 

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