So we’ve discussed dog nutrition and how the right choice in food is important to the continued health of your dog. Try not to base your decision on which brand to buy for your dog purely on price. Paying a little more from the beginning will most likely keep your dog healthy and end up saving you money in the long run. Be certain to check out the label and look for the statement that insures your choice meets the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Food Control Officials (AAFCO). The food manufacturers that meet this standard confirm that this food has all the required nutritional requirements for a balanced diet. You can also read the label to find if there are added vitamins and supplements.
Chances are that if your dog eats a home prepared diet that you may want to add a vitamin and mineral supplement. If you make the decision to prepare your dog’s food yourself do this with with the help of a veterinary nutritionist. The nutritionist will be able to advise you as to the supplements you may need to add to your recipe.
Some of the other reasons that you and your vet may decide that your dog needs to have added supplements or minerals may be due to an illness or condition. Ask your vet to recommend a supplement from a company that specializes in this area or that has commissioned studies of their products. Look for lot numbers on the bottle to show that the company has quality control checks. There should be a contact phone number on the bottle.
Should you and your vet decide that your dog needs to have supplements and or minerals added to his or her diet then ask your vet for recommendations. A good veterinarian will have reviewed those supplements and minerals that he suggests. One of the things you may want to find out about a supplement is whether or not the manufacturer is a member of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). This industry group is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health of pets.Their members provide the finest animal supplements and are committed to the highest standards of quality in the industry.
There are many considerations regarding dog supplements and minerals. The bottom line is that you working with your veterinarian will come to the right answer for you and the continued good health of your dog. Of course they’re so worth it!