Dear Jeni, What kind of canine supplements are there and how do I know if my dog needs them?
There are many types of symptoms or disorders that can be treated or even cured by supplements. To name a few ailments where a supplement can help include: Mineral or vitamin deficiencies, urinary tract issues, acid reflux, pancreatitis, diabetes, arthritis, kidney health, liver disorders, skin disease, coat health, ear infections, heart disorders and even psychological symptoms such as anxiety or depression. When your pet is experiencing a disorder, you should always consult your vet first. Once presented with a diagnosis (which could result in providing expensive, long-term medications or prescription diets), you may want to get a second opinion or consult with an Animal Nutrition Advisor about alternatives in the form of supplements.
Two very common health issues that can be treated or supported with supplements are digestive issues such as; chronic loose stool (diarrhea), and urinary or kidney health issues (urinary tract infections), kidney infections, or stones. A dog with chronic loose stool would most likely benefit from a digestive enzyme and probiotic blend to eliminate the cause of the symptoms internally. In other cases, a diet change is necessary. A dog with urinary or kidney health issues would most often be treated with a diet change and an anti-oxidant rich supplement that would aid in the repair of urinary tract damage and promote ideal conditions for healthy kidney function. Remember, every dog’s case is different and many factors such as breed, current diet, age or any other medical disorders or symptoms should be taken into consideration.
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