When introducing supplements, be mindful to follow the dosing instructions for your pet as it is important to follow these both for efficacy of the supplement and the well being of your animal. If your pet has any current health issues, especially organ function, always consult your veterinarian before starting a supplement. Check ingredient panels to make sure you are not introducing something that you are trying to avoid in your pet’s diet, like a known existing allergen.

Supplements come in multiple forms, from tablets to tasty soft chews, liquids and powders. Consult with our associates to find the best fit for you and your companion.

Highly recommended supplements for all pets:

Omega fatty acids

Dogs and cats cannot produce their own omega fatty acids, so therefore must be supplemented in their diet. A common source is fish oil. If your pet has protein sensitivities there are now plant-based options as well.

  • Heart health- omega 3s are anti-inflammatory. Chronic high inflammation is associated with heart disease so this is one factor that can help prevent and maintain a healthy heart
  • Brain health- DHA is essential for young developing brains, and also prevents brain deterioration as your pet ages
  • Joint health- There are issues with any aging pet in their joints so the anti-inflammatory properties can provide relief to stiff joints
  • Skin and fur health- Omega 3 fatty acids help moisturize your pet’s skin from the inside out, which will also help reduce shedding, dandruff, and itchy skin (also because it’s anti-inflammatory)

Joint support

All aging joints could use support, and it’s a good idea to start a joint support supplement before there is a visible issue with your pet’s mobility.

There are many joint supports out there that have a gamut of functions. Some common ingredients:

  • Glucosamine supplements help to stimulate cartilage growth and thicken synovial fluid that cushions joints.
  • Chondroitin sulfate helps keep cartilage healthy by absorbing fluid (particularly water) into the connective tissue
  • Cetyl myristoleate (MSM) can help reduce muscle damage as well as pain and stiffness

Joint supplements are now commonly paired with omega fatty acids due to their anti-inflammatory properties. There are not many plant-based options, but there are single or limited ingredient options, like green-lipped mussel, that are typically tolerated by most dogs and cats

Probiotics

A healthy pet starts with a healthy gut. There are many things that can affect your pet’s digestive system.

  • Stress- Stress is a common factor to digestive distress. If you have just adopted your pet, it’s not a bad idea to offer a probiotic while adjusting to your home. The same goes for any current pets while introducing a new furry friend.
    Traveling with you or boarding can be an added stress as well.
  • New or additional food- Probiotics can aid in an easy transition to a new or expanded diet.
  • Antibiotics- Antibiotics do not discern between good and bad bacteria, so a probiotic will replenish any good bacteria that may be lost while taking an antibiotic. Probiotics can be beneficial during any medication, but consult your vet as to make sure it will not interfere with the medication

Daily vitamin

If you are not sure where to start, a daily vitamin will help get you and your pet on the right track.

While there are plenty of high-quality pet foods available these days, they are still a premade and, most of the time, cooked diet. A daily vitamin can be a good way to round out your pet’s diet, so they are not missing out on any essential nutrients. There are many available that are made completely with whole ingredients, or are made partially with whole ingredients and not just synthesized vitamins and minerals, so absorption by your pet is much higher. There are also some high-quality products such as bone broth or raw goat’s milk, that would act similar to a multivitamin, increase moisture in your pet’s diet, and they will love its yummy taste!

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