The quality of the feed is essential for the health of the dog and its vigor. And in the food of the super premium class or holistic type, the content of all necessary substances, minerals and vitamins is balanced. However, not every dog owner will find an opportunity to feed his dog with such not cheap food.
Yes, and with natural feeding necessary supplements for dogs to feed. What to say about certain periods of the life of an animal when its body needs certain substances. This is due to the active lifestyle, place of residence, age, animal health, the period of pregnancy and lactation in the dog and other factors.
Vitamin and mineral supplements for dogs
Supplements in the form of vitamins are designed to saturate the dog's body with the maximum required for the health and full development of the elements. They help to make the coat silky and shiny, and bones strong. Especially the dog's body needs vitamin support in the offseason, during illness, at times of growth. Vitamins A and D are most important for dogs
Vitamin A is primarily necessary for puppies and young dogs. It increases resistance to infections, regulates the function of the lacrimal and salivary glands, supports vision, and kidney function. With its deficiency, the dog's immunity decreases, the skin changes, and keratinization of the mucous membranes develops.
Vitamin D plays an important role during dog growth. This is a natural anti-rust agent that helps to develop the skeleton correctly. A puppy in the first months of life should receive about 500 IU (UI) of vitamin D daily with feed.
Vitamins of group B are necessary for maintenance of a metabolism and improvement of quality of wool. Vitamin C strengthens connective tissue and promotes calcium absorption. Vitamin E supports the heart, affects hormonal balance and the breakdown of fats.
Of the mineral substances, the dog needs balanced doses of sodium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
It is best to choose a vitamin-mineral complex for your dog, which will include several substances that are optimally suited to an animal during a given period of its life. It is better to select such complexes with the help of a veterinarian. (Read more about dog vitamins here)
Dog Food Supplements
Such additives mean substances that are mixed in food or additionally given to a dog not as a pill, but as a natural product.
Food supplement, for example, is bone meal, as a source of balanced phosphorus and calcium, which is especially recommended for puppies.
Modern nutritional supplements are L-carnitine and taurine amino acids, which contribute to the full absorption of food, iodine-rich dried algae, which normalize metabolic processes, proteins, yeast, vegetable proteins, healing herbs, can be added as additives.