Dog Nutritional Supplements- That Little Extra Boost!
We all know that dogs with a balanced diet are going to be healthy! But some just need that little extra boost in a certain area to be complete. Dog nutritional supplements of all sorts can help with many areas you may need to target in your dogs health.
Glucosamine is an amino sugar and is the most popular antioxidant. It is found naturally in the fluid around the joints to help build up cartilage. It is taken out of shells of shellfish or made in a lab. Glucosamine helps dogs with arthritis that have joint pain and mobility difficulties. It can come in multiple forms like pills, powder, and treats. It has chrondroitin sulfate which occurs naturally also in connective tissues of bones and cartilage.
Fish oil has omega-3 fatty acids that improve coat health and shine, lessen allergies, and reduce inflammation. Its also been known to help with arthritis, heart health and joints. There is three different kinds of fish oil you can get for your dog. Triglyceride oil is the most natural and easiest absorbed. The other is Ethylester oil. Ethylester oil is concentrated and distilled. It is partially natural with added stuff like omega-3 and docosahexaenoic (DHA). The last one is synthetic triglyceride oil. Since it is synthetic, it absorbs the least of the three. Being synthetic, you are better off getting one of the other two options if you want maximum results for your dog. The one thing you want to watch for is ethanol. Ethanol is a cheap way to process the oil and can give your dog problems.
Antioxidant supplements will help fight against effects of aging, memory loss, and cognitive dysfunction. They are used for treatment in heart disease and reduced immunity. Vitamin C and Vitamin E can protect a dog body from free radicals which are harmful molecules. Free radicals can damage and even kill cell membranes. Co-enzyme Q10 is natural and converts food to energy. This will also fight the free radicals that can do harm.
Astaxanthin is a red pigment that belongs to a group of compounds called carotenoids. It is proven to be sixty-five times more powerful than Vitamin C and fifty four times better than beta- carotene. Astaxanthin is proven to help joint, immune, brain, and eyes. Colostrum is usually heard of a nutrient babies get from breast milk. Not only can it be good for babies, but dogs as well. It is high in a hormone called Proline Rich Polypeptide. This hormone will boost an under active immune system. On top of that, it fights against cancer, allergies and other things like ear infections. It aids as joint health and keeps a healthy digestive system.
Green lipped mussels are filled with omega 3 acids and minerals. You can get green lipped mussel powder for your dog. The powder is for helping with inflammation with dogs that suffer arthritis, joint mobility, cartilage maintaince, cardiovascular health and promoting healthy skin. Believe it or not an egg shell Membrane can be of help with joints. The egg shell membrane is the thin layer between the egg white and the shell.
Phytoplankton contains a powerful antioxidant enzyme called Superoxide Dismutase. This enzyme protects cells and helps remove toxins. Superoxide Dismutase has minerals in it that prevent disease. The other benefits are immune system health, digestive issue aid, manages skin issues and allergies, and supports the liver. Larch Arabinogalactan is a soluble fiber that is in stuff like carrots, pears, coconut and mushrooms. It’s benefits are immunity boost, digestion help, and cancer prevention. Green Tea is something a lot of people like to drink! But It has anti- inflammatory, immune, brain and cancer prevention benefits.
Probiotics live naturally in the body as a form of yeast and other live bacteria that help digestion and intestinal health. Lactobacillus lives in the small intestine. It regulates the immune system, serves as an anti inflammatory, and helps get rid of diarrhea. Bifidobacteria helps in the same ways but it located in the large intestine. You can buy the supplements in yogurt, pills, powders, and food form. Around eighty percent of a dog immune system is located in the gut so its important that it is in good health.
You can make kimchi and fermented vegetables that are rich in nutrients. Kefir is a fermented food you can buy as a topping or snack at a grocery store for your dog. Goats milk is the most digestible than any other milk. It can also be used for probiotic since it contains enzymes, antioxidants, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Slavic, Baltic, and Kvass is a fermented drink you can buy or make for your dog. You want to keep sucrose, yeast extract, milk, starches, and, maltodextrin out of your dogs probiotic. Maltodextrin can spike blood sugar and stop growth of a good bacteria.
Hemp and CBD Oil
Hemp oil is extracted from the seed of hemp plants. The CBD oil comes from the flowers, leaves and stalks of the plants. CBD oil has so many benefits its amazing! It been know to help dogs with separation anxiety, noise issues, car sickness, and joint pain. They have oral pills, treats like biscuits, or stuff you can add to their food. There was a study that showed five percent of dogs suffer from seizures. CBD helps relax the dog and with that comes a healthier cardiovascular system with less strain on internal organs. CBD oil is also known for cancer prevention because it fights cell growth of tumors while improving positive cell growth. Your dogs appetite may increase since CBD benefits the digestive system.
Hemp oil has lots of nutrients like Omega-3, Omega-6 and fatty acids. They are actually better than flax seed or fish oil. It contains little CBD and THC so it isn’t used for treating pain and other similar things compared to the CBD oil. Hemp oil contains Gamma Linolenic acid. This acid manages arthritis, reduces skin allergies, kills cancer cells and helps weight management. Hemp promotes a healthy organ function and blood flow.
The options are endless.
You never have to worry about not having a suitable dog supplement because there are many options. The nice thing is some of these options do help in the same things so if one doesn’t work for them, you can try the other. Since every dog is different, one thing may work for one dog but not the other.