Yes, you should, but they do not have to be the way you think. Usually, you will get extra
vitamins for your dog at their first puppy visit. There are many reasons why your dog
should get vitamins and why they might need extra vitamins. All dogs have different
nutritional requirements and not all dog food.
There are many reasons to give your dog vitamins range from the fact that all dogs have
different nutritional requirements to your dog’s food not having enough. Even if your
dog is on the raw food diet, they still might need additional nutrients depending on their
breed sometimes. Older dogs especially need vitamin supplements because they are not
eating as much food as they used to and could be lacking certain nutrients.
So what kind of vitamins do dogs need? Well, it helps to know what each vitamin is for.
Vitamin A is for the skin. This might help prevent flaky skin and irritable skin in your
dogs. Vitamin D is your dogs bone and teeth. Breeds like golden retrievers who are very
susceptible to arthritis and hip problems will probably benefit greatly from taking a
supplement of vitamin d. Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin and Vitamin K is the blood
clotting vitamin. You also have vitamin b which is for healthy muscles, skin and blood
and then vitamin C which is a vitamin for stress and antioxidant.
Some people will argue that a good quality pet food will contain all the vitamins and
nutrients your dog needs. Others will tell you that is simply not true. The cooking
process that some of the pre-made dog foods go through might kill essential nutrients that
are needed. While most pet foods will contain the “average” amount of recommended
vitamins, they do not provide additional vitamins for protection against diseases.
Vitamins help regulate your dog’s metabolism. Vitamins fall into two categories. One
is water soluble (vitamin B and C) which have to be replenished every day. Vitamins A,
D, E, and K are what’s known as fat-soluble vitamins. They are stored in fatty tissue and
the liver and do not need to be replenished daily.
Also included in these supplements are minerals. Minerals keep our dog’s body fluids
balanced. Your dog needs minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium (just a little) and
potassium just like we do. You need to be careful though with minerals because they
can affect each other if too much is taken.
When we talk about vitamins we do not just mean the pills that you can get from your
vet. We are also talking about adding certain foods to their diets to make sure they are
getting enough vitamins. If you are following the raw food diet, you want to make sure
your dog gets a variety of vegetables to keep their vitamin intakes up.
If you are not giving your dog a vitamin or supplement, take a good long hard look at
him. If you see he is losing weight, has skin lesions, or losing his fur he might have a
vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is apparent when your dog loses some of
his muscle tones. If you notice your dog might have a vitamin deficiency, talk to your vet
to find out for sure. Your vet will either suggest that your dog begins to take the
necessary vitamin or for you to change his food.
Most of the time vitamins deficiencies are more common in packaged dog food that you
can get from your local supermarket. This is why it is important to read the labels on the
dog food you buys if that is your feeding method. You want to make sure it contains all
the vitamins your dog needs. If it does not, and you do not feel comfortable going to the
raw food diet, talk to your vet about giving your dog vitamin supplements to keep him