Before you even consider dog supplements, remember that good nutrition starts with what you put into your dog’s bowl each day.
And, if you’re feeding them a good-quality food and they’re leading an active and healthy lifestyle, chances are that supplements may not be necessary for quite a while yet.
Dogs need six essential classes of nutrients to live a healthy life – these are water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Now, unlike us humans whos diet may vary day-to-day and week to week, dogs will have the same food day in and day out. Meaning that if you’re feeding them a good-quality food, they are unlikely need a vitamin supplement, for example.
Are dog supplements necessary?
Each individual dog may require more or less of certain essentials. This could be for a variety of reasons, for example; their age, genetics or lifestyle.
Meaning, that in some cases, food alone may not meet all your dog’s health requirements and using a supplement can adjust any deficiencies in your dog’s daily diet.
Most dogs won’t need supplements until they are much older, however, some dogs may require supplements from an earlier age.
Some of the most-common supplements for dogs are those that;
- aid digestion,
- boost immune systems
- ease the joints – particularly for older dogs
If you’re unsure as to whether you need to consider a supplement for your dog, please talk to your vet in the first instance.
Should you need to supplement their diet, you can now buy three of the most-popular supplements right here at Broadleaf!
We’re pleased to tell you that we’re now stocking three new supplements for dogs, made right here in the UK by one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of specialist, high quality, animal feeds and supplements, GWF Nutrition.
A high specification joint and muscle supplement with glucosamine – designed to aid freedom of movement in all dogs. Contains ‘Muscle Maintenance’ to support muscular structure and activity.
A high specification health supplement designed to support the normal immune system of the dog and deal with the presence of foreign materials that can be harmful to health and physical condition. Contains turmeric extract – providing curcumin as a natural and potent antioxidant
A high specification digestion supplement for all dogs designed to address intestinal challenges and maintain health. Contains Verm-X® – an award winning veterinary approved formulation to address gut hygiene.
All three of these new products are now available online – here.
When used properly, dog supplements are a great way to ensure that they’re getting all of the nutrients and vitamins they need, thereby improving the chances to live a long and healthy life.
If you have a specific question regarding our supplements, please give us a call.
If you having any questions relating to your dog’s diet, or if you would like to discuss how our food could potentially help your dog, please get in touch.