Do You Need to Add Supplements to Your Dog’s Diet?

If you are feeding your dog a commercial dog food, you probably should be supplementing that diet with nutritional supplements designed for canines. But what if you are like so many who have switched to a raw dog food diet?

The pet industry has produced tons of products ranging from clothes, carriers, chew toys, and a host of others as well. Just like the human world, there is some controversy regarding the quality and efficacy of the vitamins and supplements they have marketed for dogs. Same too, of course for the food that had been offered to pet owners, so it’s clear that some skepticism is warranted.

You need to be careful when choosing supplements for your animals. Supplements come in many forms ranging from liquids to powders to tablets. You can classify these into two broad groups, those that are organic and natural and those that are not. The goal of the supplements is to make sure your dog is getting the proper mix of vitamins and minerals critical to their well being. These are sometimes missing from prepared commercial foods and their lack or imbalance in your dogs diet can lead to problems with your pets organs and other body systems.

Some supplements go beyond plugging the wholes in the nutritional balance of most dog foods and strive to ward off serious disease such as cancer. For example a common supplement is Selenium which is a powerful antioxidant for both humans and pets that may help prevent some cancers.

The most commonly cited problem with supplementation beyond concerns about quality and purity is the stress they can add to your dog’s kidneys. This is particularly true of synthetic supplements.

A better approach, of course, is to rely on natural whole foods to deliver your dogs nutrition needs. Unlike supplements which tend to be a lot of the same thing, natural food offers the dog’s digestive system a natural balance of many different nutrients. The more naturally way includes many micro nutrients and enzymes that help the major ones do their jobs better.

Now if your dog is on a properly designed raw food diet, they are probably getting all the nutrients they need. That is one of the major benefits of the approach, but it does mean that you need to be sure you are offering your pet a proper balance of raw foods appropriate for their particular stage of life.

That doesn’t mean you cannot or should not offer your dog supplements if you feel they need them. It’s just less likely they will. To learn more about a raw dog food diet also called a BARF diet for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, you should visit www.raw-dogfood.com and look for a link to an eBook called “Going RAWr! It is a true dog owners compendium of useful information on how to ensure your dog the best chance at a long healthy life through proper nutrition.

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