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Nutritional Supplements for Dogs – Which Vitamins & Minerals Do Dogs Really Need?

Some of the biggest decisions we make as dog owners revolve around our pet’s health. We do our best to understand what's happening on the inside, based on what we can see on the outside.

We all know that what we eat, when the balance is right, gives us the energy we need to lead to a healthy lifestyle. The same logic applies to our dogs, celebrity vet Paul Manktelow tells us.

“Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle for dogs. But with so many different diets on the market and so much conflicting advice, it's very difficult for dog owners to be absolutely sure they've picked the right diet.

“Plus, dogs who are very active often have very different nutritional demands, so standard feeding instructions may not be providing all the micronutrients that your dog needs.”

What you need to know about dog vitamins

Vitamins are especially important for dogs because even small nutrient deficiencies can cause issues with mobility, skin condition and even behaviour.

Paul tells us, “Owners might want to consider supplementation as a means to help safeguard a dog’s diet to help them remain healthy. This being particularly important in dogs with high exercise levels since their bodies may require some nutrients in different quantities to less active dogs.

“As with humans, giving nutritional supplements to dogs, can support a healthy diet and give owners peace of mind that their pets nutritional needs are being met.”

Here are 4 vitamins you should know about – and why

Vitamin A

This is a great vitamin because it helps to support growth.

All dogs will benefit from this vitamin’s nutritional support to the internal organs (liver, lungs and kidneys, for example), as well as the skin and coat.

Vitamin B-Complex

Vitamin B-Complex combines many different types of Vitamin B, such as Thiamin, Biotin and Riboflavin.

There are many benefits to combining B-Vitamins for all-round health. For example, vets will sometimes recommend after a dog has had a course of antibiotics.

Generally though, having a good balance of B-Vitamins helps maintain a dog’s muscle and nerve functions. Effective levels may also help a dog's temperament.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help to keep a dog's coat glossy and skin healthy. Young dogs particularly benefit while they’re developing too.

Vegetable oils, such as linseed oil, or cold oils, such as fish oils, are a great source.

L-carnitine

L-carnitine is an amino acid that the dog’s body uses to turn fat into energy, so it’s essential for a healthy lifestyle.

Dogs do produce L-carnitine naturally but in cases where there is a deficiency, some of the most common signs can be muscle weakness, an unwillingness to exercise and even heart problems, so it’s vital that dogs have enough nutrients from fatty acids in their diet to create the energy needed.

The easiest way to get your dog the vitamins they need

Paul has a suggestion to get dogs the vitamins they need – and it won’t cost pet owners a thing.

The celebrity vet has teamed up with the nutritional experts at SuperDog from Vitabiotics to offer readers an exciting chance to take part in an exclusive consumer trial.

SuperDog Health & Vitality has been scientifically formulated with nutritional experts in canine health to provide advanced nutritional support for your four-legged friend. The formula contains 26 vital nutrients to help safeguard your dog's diet, whatever their size or breed.

They’ve received amazing feedback from pet owners whose dogs have been given and benefited from the vitamin supplement and they’d love to know what you and your dog think too!

Who can take part?

SuperDog Health & Vitality is beneficial for dogs of all sizes and breeds. The formulation is believed to help a wide range of concerns some of which include poor temperament, weight management, coat condition and overall health and wellbeing.

The tablets are purely nutritional and are free from any drugs or hormones. Not suitable for puppies under the age of 12 months.

To take part your dog will have experienced 1 or more of the below problems before supplementation:

* Poor Behaviour
* Bad Temperament
* Lack of Energy
* Loss of appetite
* Skin & Coat condition/colour
* Aliments (joints, muscular pains, infections)
* Suffers from infections

What will happen?

Once we have received your details, you will receive a 2 month supply of SuperDog Health & Vitality along with a simple feedback questionnaire. When you are close to completing your 2 month trial, please complete and return your form to SuperDog by post to receive a third pack of SuperDog Health & Vitality absolutely free!

Where and how to apply

Please email your full name and address to Superdog@Vitabiotics.com quoting ‘K9 Magazine’ or write to Freepost Lon 8157, Vitabiotics Ltd, Marketing Dept, 1 Apsley Way, London, NW2 7HF.

The first 150 readers will be selected at random.

This article is sponsored by Vitabiotics.

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