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When to use dog food supplements?

Femme donnant des compléments alimentaires à son petit chien

Does your dog need a diet supplement? You will know everything by reading our article!

What is a food supplement for dogs?

It has become natural for us to take vitamin or food supplements from time to time. We know that these supplements can only do us good! The good news is that it is possible to do the same for our pets! They too can benefit from extra vitamins, minerals and trace elements when they need them. And the cases in which dietary supplements for dogs are useful to our four-legged friends are numerous, as we will see! 

When should I give my dog food supplements?

Certain moments in his life, and certain health problems may require a course of food supplements.

The stages of life when food supplements are recommended :

  • Growth

When your puppy is growing, he needs a lot of energy, but he also needs a high calcium and phosphorus intake in order to build a solid bone structure. If your puppy is a large dog, a joint-supporting food supplement may also be helpful. Indeed, the rapid growth of large dogs tends to weaken the joints.
A course of probiotics may also be a good idea to help your puppy build a well-balanced gut flora (also called microbiota). This will help him avoid digestive problems.

  • Gestation and lactation

A pregnant bitch has specific nutritional needs. She must be given an appropriate diet and supplemented with food supplements. Like the puppy, the pregnant bitch has an increased need for energy as well as vitamins and minerals (calcium) for the formation of her babies' bones. In addition, this gestation and nursing period will greatly tire your fur ball, and a course of food supplements can help her get back into shape more quickly.

  • Convalescence

If your pooch has been ill, an extra supply of essential nutrients may be useful to help him recover. You may also want to choose an immune-boosting supplement.
And if your dog has been treated with antibiotics, probiotics are a good choice to help rebuild his intestinal microbiota and avoid transit problems.

  • Aging

As your dog ages, his abilities begin to decline, especially in terms of mobility. But this is not inevitable. Some food supplements can slow down this process. Chondroprotective products, which protect the bone cartilage, such as glucosamine, help maintain the joints and contribute to the relief of arthritis.

Food supplements are also recommended in the following situations:

  • Homemade food

A dog that is fed a home-made diet or a BARF diet (based on raw meat) may suffer from nutritional deficiencies. In this case, it is recommended that supplements be added to the food on a regular basis to ensure that the nutritional intake is complete.

  • Sporting dog

A dog who regularly practices a dog sport, or whose physical activity is intense, needs an extra supply of energy, vitamins and trace elements. Some food supplements are specifically designed to help sporting dogs recover. A food supplement to support your sporting dog's joints is also recommended for prevention.

  • Digestive problems

It is common for our dogs to experience digestive problems. Food supplements containing a combination of prebiotics and probiotics can relieve intestinal problems by restoring the balance of the microbiota.

  • Skin and coat problems

Itching, hair loss, dandruff, dry skin... Your four-legged friend's skin and coat may need a helping hand! In this case, choose a food supplement rich in fatty acids, biotin and zinc.
biotin and zinc. Your furry friend should quickly regain a silky coat!

You now know when and where food supplements are useful for your dog! Don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice before giving a food supplement to your dog. If your dog suffers from a pathology, food supplements can be a plus, but they do not replace an appropriate medical treatment.
Preferably choose a food supplement that is as appetizing as a treat, so that your doggie will take it without difficulty!

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