Should You Supplement
Your Dog's Diet?
Many people who are pet
owners are very concerned about their dog's health and welfare. It
is not unusual for people to spend a lot of time and a large amount
of money in order to take care of the dogs that they love so much.
This is true not only in the area of health care, but also in what
we feed our dogs. Although there are some people who make their own
dog food and are very interactive when it comes to feeding their
dog, many people try to give their dogs the nutrition that they need
by feeding them out of a bag that they buy from the store. While it
is possible for your dog to be sustained from what it eats out of a
bag there are always concerns about whether it is getting the proper
nutrition and everything that it needs to live a long and healthy
There are several reasons
why you might want to supplement your dog's diet. There are things
that you can give your dog to make their coat shinier and healthier,
supplements that will help your dog digest its food better, or
supplements that might help your dog if it has a particular medical
condition. Further research may be necessary if your dog has
special needs but here are some all-around suggestions for how you
might supplement your dog's diet.
In order for your dog to
have a healthy and shiny coat it needs to have the right type of
fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals in its diet. You can buy
supplements that contain all of these things and that will help your
dog's coat not only to be shiny, but might help keep your dogs skin
from becoming dry. These types of supplements may curb shedding to
some degree as well. Certain types of fatty acids may also help
with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
What about feeding your dog
table scraps? This is long been debated and it may be difficult to
resist your dog when they are sitting by your side as you're
eating. Although it's not really good doggy etiquette for them to
be begging, sometimes it is just difficult to resist those pleading
eyes. Are you really doing your dog any favors, though, by feeding
them scraps off of the table? Actually you may be doing more harm
than you realize. Giving your dog things to eat that you would not
eat yourself is just not a good idea and a dog should not live off
of a cooked food diet. So put the table scraps where they belong,
in the trash, and give your dog a healthy treat instead.
All in all it is a good idea
to supplement your dog's diet in order to make sure that they are
getting all of the proper nutrition that they need. By feeding your
dog the right kind of food (not the food that is on sale this
week) and supplementing its diet in a healthy way your dog can live
a fuller and longer life. That is good for your dog and good for
the owner because we would all like to have our dogs around for as
long as possible.