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Does my pet need supplements?

Does my pet need supplements?

Posted by Henry Maitland on 24th Jan 2019

Should you be adding supplements to your pets’ daily regime? Making sure they lead a happy and healthy life is paramount, but how can pet supplements make a difference and improve the quality of their life?

We’ve taken a look at our most popular pet supplements, outlined how they can help and give you all the information to determine if they’re right for you and your furry friends.

Joints & Bones

Many dogs will slow down as they get older through long term wear and tear on joints. This slow down begins in middle age and continues to become more prevalent through to old age, where the vast majority of dogs will be affected with arthritis-like symptoms.

With joint problems so widespread in our aging pets, there’s been a great deal of interest in pet nutrients and supplements that can help slow down these ailments or prevent their development.

Glucosamine is a popular supplement, which is also present naturally in the human body. Essential for creating healthy cartilage and supportive tissues, Glucosamine production is not a problem for younger pets, as their bodies are likely to naturally be producing an adequate amount. However, in older pets, this production often slows down.

Many Glucosamine supplements also contain Chondroitin Sulfate – another key nutrient which supports the cartilage and promotes elasticity. This is a benefit that has been verified by several double-blind placebo studies.

Digestive

Modern pet food is usually heat-treated and heavily processed, stripping it of naturally present enzymes. For this reason, you should consider if an enzyme supplement could be right for your pet. By reintroducing these enzymes into your pets’ diet, you increase the overall effectiveness of their food and allow their body to more completely absorb its nutrient contents.

Similarly, friendly bacteria is killed in the heat preparation of most pet foods. By introducing a probiotic supplement to your pets’ diet, you can help increase the health of their gut biome. This will not only affect their gut health, but also their overall wellbeing.

Dental

All pets, in particular dogs, require care and attention when it comes to their teeth. Unfortunately, many popular brands of dental care treats contains excessive unnecessary additives, flavouring and other nasty factors.

To help you keep your dog’s diet rich and nutritious, we stock a complete range of dental treats which are 100% natural, and made from delicious ingredients.

Be sure to take a look through our full range of petcare items and find the perfect products for your four-legged friends today.

How do you care for your pets’ nutritional needs? What problems have you overcome together with great quality nutrition? We’d love to hear in the comments below.