Dog supplements aren’t just for pets with nutritional deficiencies. They can improve your dog’s health and increase his lifespan, assuming you know which ones to get.

Glucosamine helps with arthritis. Many dogs deal with joint issues because their food contains high levels of uric acid. A Glucosamine supplement should help improve your dog’s mobility, since this is the substance found naturally within the joints.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids reduce inflammation from arthritis, slow the development of metastasis in certain cancers, and prevent certain cardiac problems. They include:

* Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)

* Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)

* Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

Omega-6 Fatty Acids help with dry skin, dull coats, atopy, and autoimmune disease. They include:

* Linoleic acid (LA)

* Gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

* Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA)

* Arachidonic acid (AA)

Apple Cider Vinegar helps boost the immune system and improves stamina, and is also a general detoxifier.

Use one that is raw, unpasteurized, unheated, and organic. Do not give to dogs with chronic yeast infections or overactive intestines.

Enzyme supplements help aid digestion.

If you dog experiences bloating, diarrhea, gas or other symptoms that indicate stomach issues, use enzymes to help prevent serious future problems-like allergies, cancer, and premature aging.

Antioxidants help slow the aging process by protecting against damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants include:

* Vitamins A, C, and E

* Carotenoids, Selenium

* Coenzyme Q10

* Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

You should check with your veterinarian before adding a supplement to your dog’s diet, particularly if he already takes medication, to avoid any adverse effects. Also, be sure to investigate all the ingredients in whatever dog supplement you choose and the manufacturer. These steps will keep your pet healthy and safe.


by Julia Powers