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Dog Owner’s Fact File - Essential Vitamins and Minerals for your Dog

Your dog is your best buddy so make sure to give them essential vitamins and minerals to keep that tail wagging happily.

It’s not just humans who could benefit from taking a multivitamin as part of a daily health care routine. Your pooch could also benefit from a supplement, formulated especially for dogs to support their health and vitality.

Did you know: It’s estimated that around one third of dogs are given supplements as part of their healthy and well-balanced diet. 

Why do dogs need vitamins?

Whether you’re the proud parent of a Miniature Dachshund or an Irish Wolfhound, dietary supplements can be beneficial at any stage of your pooch’s life.

You'll be pleased to hear that your pup will be getting the majority of their vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced diet, but an additional supplement such as SuperDog could be beneficial to ensure that your canine companion’s nutrients are at the optimum level. 

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Which vitamins are important for my dog?

Just like us, your four-legged friend needs a wide range of antioxidant vitamins and minerals to keep that spring in their step the next time you say ‘walkies’!

Dog-friendly vitamins and macronutrients and where to find them

Vitamin A Carrots, spinach, liver, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, fish oil, eggs
Vitamin D Marinefish oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, dairy products, liver, beef
Vitamin E Green vegetables, seeds, wheat germ, bran, whole grains, liver
Vitamin K Liver, leafy green vegetables, milk, cabbage, fish
Vitamin C Fruits, vegetables, organ meats
Vitamin B Wholegrains, nutritional or brewers yeast, liver, beans, green vegetables, spirulina, nuts, dairy products

Macronutrients

Calcium Milk, yogurt, tofu, sardines with bones, raw bones, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower
Phosphorous All animal tissues, eggs, fish, milk
Magnesium Spinach, broccoli, green beans, tofu, tomato juice, beans, whole grains
Potassium, Sodium and Chloride Fruits, vegetables, milk, grain
Table sourced from: www.thebark.com

Did you know: Unlike humans, dogs have the ability make the majority of their vitamin C through their glandular systems! 

Giving your dog vitamins - 3 creative ways to help your pooch take their pills

Luckily, SuperDog Health & Vitality has been developed to taste just like braised beef, a flavour your dog will find irresistible, but if you find that your pup is slightly more hesitant, thereare some tips and tricks you can try to make the process slightly easier.

1. Hide the pill in one of their favourite foods

  • Try using a food such as peanut butter that will completely envelop the capsule making it harder for your dog to ‘eat around’ it

2. Mix the pill in with their main meal

  • Carefully mix and hide the tablet in with their main bowl of food

3. Make it a game! Reward your pooch when they have eaten the tablet

  • Positively reinforce and reward your pup once they have eaten the tablet

Multivitamins for senior dogs

Many people don’t start thinking about vitamins for dogs until they’re a little bit older and they start seeing some changes in their dog’s flexibility.

Just like humans, the telltale signs of aging in your dog could include stiff joints and as such SuperDog Joints & Bones offers all-round support. These vitamins for dogs have been developed to include high levels of Glucosamine and Omega-3, essential for keeping joints supple, agile and flexible right into old age. 

Dog vitamins for a glossy coat

Bright eyes, a wet nose and a glossy coat are all signs of aSuperDog in tip-top condition! However, if your pooch’s coat is looking a bit dull and lifeless, there’s a whole host of ways you can help bring back the shine!

1. Brush and bathe your dog regularly, especially when moulting

  • A regular bath and brush will help to stimulate the follicles close to your dog’s skin. This in turn will encourage the production of natural oils which help keep your pooch’s coat glossy.

2. Give your dog a supplement rich in fatty acids

  • Supplements such as SuperDog are full of linseed oil, which is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient is known for maintaining a glossy coat and healthy skin in dogs of all breeds and sizes.

3. Add oats to your dog’s bath water

  • If your pooch is prone to skin problems, adding a scoop of oats to their bath water and massaging it into your dogs coat can help to soothe any skin irritation, which could potentially lead to a dry and dull coat.

Vitamin D - is your dog getting enough?

Did you know: It’s reported that 75% of dogs do not get enough vitamin D from their diet alone.

Dogs are only able to absorb a tiny amount of vitamin D from sunlight, which means that they must achieve the rest of their intake through their diet.

There are two types of vitamin D:

Vitamin D2 - found in plant based foods

Vitamin D3 - found in meat based foods 

Vitamin D3 is the preferred form for dogs and is mainly found in foods such as liver and very fatty meat. Once it is ingested by your dog, the liver and other tissues convert the D3 into its “activated” form, ready for your dog to reap the benefits of this vital vitamin.

All-round support for your four-legged friend

Keeping your dog healthy and happy is easy when you know how. The SuperDog range of supplements have been developed by canine health experts to provide additional nutritional support, in the form of 26 vital nutrients. Find out more about the SuperDog range of supplements for dogs here. 

SuperDog is a complementary pet food for dogs - it is not a treatment or medication. If your dog has symptoms or is unwell, seek veterinary advice immediately. Remember that you should always consult your vet or a canine nutritionist before adding any type of supplements to your dog's diet. This article should not be a substitute for veterinary advice.

Please note: SuperDog supplements are not suitable for puppies under the age of 12 months