The Pros and Cons of Supplements for Your Dog

Every time you bring your pet to the groomers or for a fun obedience class, you may sometimes see advertisements about vitimins for pets and dog supplements for health. These nutraceuticals, or functional foods, are touted as beneficial additions to your dog’s diet and health. But is buying supplements for your pet worth it? Below are some you need to consider. 


Veterinarians are sometimes hesitant to agree to supplement a pet’s diet, as most believe that all nutritional needs must be met if your dog is to be successfully fed a high-quality diet. But there may come a time when supplements are used to reduce nutrient deficiencies. Here are the advantages of pet supplements:

Cost compared to medication. While it’s never advisable to stop at the pet store and buy supplements without first seeking a veterinarian’s advice, supplements can be less expensive than prescription drugs for pets. Dogs usually have no problem eating supplements because they smell and taste good. You can also add some accessories to the water if your pet is picky.

Easy to use. Again, because supplements are delicious, they are much less complicated to administer than some medications. It is an essential point. Once in a while, your furry friend needs more than what his wet and dry food doesn’t provide. For example, several vets advocate a fish oil pill for dry skin and alopecia, and joint inflammation.

Relief from symptoms. Sometimes, your dog needs more of something that their wet and dry food is not giving them. For example, many vets recommend a fish oil pill for dry skin and alopecia, and joint inflammation. Or digestive enzymes if your furry pal has a sensitive stomach and needs help breaking down food properly. Lastly, glucosamine or chondroitin can help with arthritis.


While you may think that adding supplements can help bridge the gap between lack of nutrition, keep in mind that these medications tend to be like those in humans: full of antibiotics, artificial compounds, and chemicals that can be harmful. Here are some other drawbacks you should think about:

Price. Supplements can be expensive, especially if you buy them for no reason and always strap them to a puppy. Since there are many supplements with different formulations to use, you may end up spending more than you expected. 

Denial. Keep in mind that the cheaper the supplement, the worse the content, not by the puppy, but by you. Many men and women choose to give their supplements to their pets rather than have a doctor prescribe them, assuming that these nutraceuticals work the same way they do for humans. However, this is not necessarily true, and you could end up missing out on signs of a potentially fatal disease.

Addiction. If your pet is taking any medication, the supplement, even if it is “100% organic,” can have dangerous interactions with various drugs. Although this type’s reactions are uncommon, that doesn’t mean they can’t occur, especially if you don’t pay attention to the elements.

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