5 Sup­ple­ments You Should Give Your Dog

Give your dog’s health a boost with these five pow­er­house sup­ple­ments! They can help ward off fu­ture ailments and can prove es­pe­cially help­ful if your dog has joint or skin is­sues, can­cer, or di­ges­tive or ag­ing com­plaints. By Jen­nifer Yau

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Turmeric

Chronic in­flam­ma­tion is now be­lieved to be one of the ma­jor root causes of com­mon signs of ag­ing, in­clud­ing joint de­gen­er­a­tion, heart trou­ble, de­clin­ing men­tal alert­ness, and even can­cer. Turmeric con­tains a pow­er­ful nat­u­ral an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory called cur­cumin. When added to your dog’s daily diet, it can help prevent a whole host of prob­lems. Add ⅛ tea­spoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily.

Co­conut Oil

Co­conut oil has an­tibac­te­rial, an­tivi­ral, and anti-fun­gal prop­er­ties that as­sist in keep­ing your dog’s skin and coat healthy while im­prov­ing di­ges­tion and re­duc­ing al­ler­gic re­ac­tions. In ad­di­tion to be­ing taken orally (most dogs love the taste!), co­conut oil can also be ap­plied di­rectly to the skin and coat to make it softer and health­ier.

Pro­bi­otics

The good bac­te­ria in pro­bi­otics are key to a healthy gut, which is the ba­sis of good over­all health! Pro­bi­otics in­hibit the growth of harm­ful bac­te­ria like E. Coli and Sal­monella, and help keep your dog’s di­ges­tive sys­tem func­tion in top form. As a bonus, it may also im­prove stinky breath and re­duce smelly gas!

Glu­cosamine

Healthy car­ti­lage pro­duces glu­cosamine nat­u­rally, but the body’s glu­cosamine pro­duc­tion rate slows with age, which con­trib­utes to painful arthri­tis. Adding a glu­cosamine sup­ple­ment to your dog’s diet helps to re­store joint health by im­prov­ing lu­bri­ca­tion and re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is an ex­cel­lent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, some­thing that dogs need, but can­not pro­duce nat­u­rally. Many dog own­ers al­ready use fish oil to help with joint func­tion and to get a shinier coat, but it has also been shown to help with car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­or­ders, cog­ni­tive func­tion, and al­ler­gies.

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