do dogs need vitamins

Do Dogs Need Vitamins?

Do your dogs need supplements or not? Before I answer this question, let me tell you that I categorize supplements into two types: 1) supplements that are utilized because there is a deficiency in the nutrition of your dog, 2) supplements that are given to your dog if it has a condition that needs to be supported. For example, if you have a dog that has arthritis, then you might be giving them supplements to help support the condition.

Now, I have heard a lot of people say that your dogs don’t need any vitamin supplements because they get nutrients from their food. This may seem to be true to a certain extent, especially if you are feeding your dog an ultra-processed commercial food that contains synthetic vitamins to make up for the nutritional deficiencies and provide a more balanced recipe. However, the reality is once you open that bagged food, it begins to oxygenate and the nutrients in that food begin to diminish very quickly. So, in those cases, you may need to still supplement your dog’s daily requirements with vitamins.

The other thing is if you are a person who makes their dog’s food without utilizing a recipe. Then there is certainly a good possibility that your dog’s meal is not being satisfied as far as the nutritional requirements are concerned.

Initially, as a fresh food feeder, I was giving a rotational diet to my dog that contained meat, organs, bones, and some vegetables. However, it wasn’t until I started creating recipes with a program did, I really discover that that way of feeding was very deficient in many aspects. Some of the areas where homemade meals are often deficient include iodine, which can only be supplemented utilizing Kelp. Then there are also Vitamin-D deficiencies and the calcium and phosphorus are out of balance, as is the fat content and the fatty acids such as DHA and EPA.  Those are some issues that I noticed in recipes available in Facebook groups.

Not to mention, the other thing that plays a part is the quality of the food that we’re feeding. As we all know, there is a big difference between foods that are factory farmed versus pasture-raised. So, if you have food that is pasture-raised, it’s going to contain higher amounts of nutrition based on the fact that that animal is eating foods that are more of a natural diet for them. These animals generally have less stress and therefore they don’t have that stress hormone. They get sunlight which means there’s more Vitamin D in them. These animals are generally not given antibiotics and/or hormones and so they generally have a better nutritional panel than an animal that is being raised on factory farms, fed GMO processed foods, and given hormones and antibiotics. Based on the living conditions that factory-farmed animals are exposed to, they tend to experience a lot of stress and anxiety that floods their system with certain hormones which are not beneficial.

So certainly, the quality of the food that you’re feeding is going to make a difference in the nutritional panel. The other thing that we have to consider is that the quality of the vegetables and fruits being grown today are far different than the foods let’s say from 20 years ago and that’s based on soil depletion, genetically modified foods, herbicides, pesticides, and other ‘cides‘ that are contaminating the soil. All of this plays a part in the quality of nutrition based on the foods that we’re eating

With that being said, dogs that are in a disease process, such as dogs that have immune issues including allergies, dogs that have cancer or diabetes, and/or simply a senior dog, or maybe a dog not having a good constitution, these animals are going to require more nutrients. So, the foods that they’re getting in or the nutrition that they’re getting in their food is probably not going to be enough for the condition that they face.

Medicinal supplements are generally geared towards specifics. So as I mentioned earlier, for dogs that have arthritis, for instance, you might supplement these dogs with glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hyaluronic acid; the nutritionals that you might find in a supplement for a dog that needs joint support.

On the flip side, if you’re doing it based on food, then you’re looking at anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric or adding collagen into the food, or even pineapple which is great for bromelain.  Bromelain is an enzyme that helps to remove the growth in the joint that’s creating stiffness. So, there are certainly foods that you can be feeding for joint problems.

Another issue that dogs often face is problems with digestion. So maybe you have a dog that is having digestive issues where you’re giving the supplements such as a pre or probiotic and/or some enzymes to help with the digestion. On the other hand, if you’re feeding your dog, then you’re looking for things like kefir and/or sauerkraut which is great for pre-probiotics, you can add papaya which is great in enzymes.

So, you can buy a supplement but you can also use foods as a supplement. However, the problem with adding foods as a supplement is that there’s only so much food that you can feed your dog based on their caloric need. In other words, if you have a dog that is experiencing something where they need more nutrition but you can’t possibly put that much food onto a plate. Whereas utilizing a supplement helps to counteract overfeeding and prevent obesity and other potential issues.

I am a fan of whole foods supplements which are usually freeze-dried, such as dried fruits, vegetables, and herbs. So if you look at it from a perspective let’s say, for example, the size of a blueberry, there’s only so much nutrition, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that might be within one blueberry. But if you have dehydrated blueberries that are ground down into a powder, it might actually equal about seven or eight blueberries. So what that means is you have seven or eight times the amount of antioxidants as a single blueberry.

And so that’s why I recommend is Super FydoPHoods which are freeze-dried or dehydrated vegetables, herbs, and fruits. We Offer seven different varieties. We have Super FYDO Zymes for adding enzymes to help with digestive health. We have Super FYDO Flex for joints, FYDO Oum for calming, FYDO Greens to help detox, great for dogs with allergies, among others.

I particularly like them when I am making treats for my dogs and so what I do is maybe scoop about four or five scoops of the Super FydoPHoods into the ingredients, mix it in, and then incorporate them into my dog’s diet through their treats. However, you can also just sprinkle it onto their food or whatever it is that you’re feeding, and then that impact some supplemental benefits as well.

So dietary supplements as I mention help to support the body with important nutrients that are either missing from your dog’s food or they’re not getting an adequate amount of the food itself. Medicinal supplements can help to slow the disease process and/or help to build and maintain. So the quality of the ingredients matters and affects the nutrients found in our foods. So, what type of foods you select for your dog can either strengthen or weaken their life force.

Again, whole foods supplements can add support for nutritional deficiencies and/or medicinal support for dogs. So, you get that in an either-or.

If you’d like to learn a little bit more about the quality of foods and how to improve the foods, whether you’re feeding your dog processed food, there are things that you could do to add to the bowl that increases the nutritional value. If you are a person who is making homemade meals, you can add whole food supplements to help balance any of the potential nutrient deficiencies.

I am attaching a link for you that gives you access to a free ebook and it goes into more in-depth to the quality of foods and how to support your dog from a nutritional standpoint.

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The Fresh Pet Chef

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With Christine Johnson

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