Category Archives: Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements

Sodium and Your Dog

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The Association of American Feed Control Officials recommends that dry dog foods contain at least 0.3% (and dry cat foods contain at least 0.2% sodium) for both maintenance and to support average growth and development. These are the minimum recommended levels. While high sodium intake may cause increased thirst and water consumption, the extra sodium is excreted […]

Vitamins For Dogs

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Essential Vitamins for Dogs Vitamins A and E  Vitamin A can play a role in weight loss, helping your dog burn fat more efficiently, says Nelson. Vitamins A and E serve as essential antioxidants, staving off the aging process, and fighting disease. These vitamins also contribute to your dog’s eye and skin health. Liver is […]

Prebiotics Support Your Dog’s Inner Strength

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Prebiotics in Dog Food While certain dog foods now have the word “prebiotics” on the front label, check the product’s ingredient list. Look for the long term “fructooligosaccharides,” or FOS for short. Foods with this word have one of the best prebiotics now available. Although the name seems very scientific, it refers to fiber, according […]

The Importance of Fatty Acids in Your Dog’s Diet

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Dr. Denise Elliott, a board-certified nutritionist for Banfield, The Pet Hospital.  Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, can also be converted into other useful fatty acids. These acids offer a multitude of benefits for your dog’s good health, including: Healthy Skin and Coat The mentioned fatty acids help make your dog’s coat glossy and soft. You […]

Probiotics To Support Your Dog’s Gut

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What Causes Diarrhea in Dogs? Joyce emphasizes that the most common cause of diarrhea in your dog is you. “Pet owners should not be feeding table scraps,” she says. “People food is too rich, and dogs are not accustomed to it. It is likely to cause soft stool or watery diarrhea.” Some dogs have sensitive […]

Does Your Dog Need Vitamins?

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Also, quality dog food provides essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals specific to your dog’s nutritional requirements. Quality foods are complete and balanced for a particular life stage or lifestyle. By adding table scraps or other supplements, the delicate nutrient balance can be disrupted. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) regulates […]