Pet insurance plans generally do not cover vitamins and supplements, however your dog can benefit from a preventative pet wellness plan instead . Vitamins and minerals are a part of most of our daily human lives. Did you know that dogs might benefit significantly from some supplements as well?

Dog food has been supplemented with vitamins and minerals for years and, generally, your dog will not need expensive diet supplementation. Through his food, your pet already has a well-balanced diet and gets all the nutrients he needs.

Before starting any change in diet for your dog, consult your veterinarian. If your vet agrees, consider these supplements and their benefits:

List of Vitamins and Minerals That Dogs Will Need

Vitamin A

Vitamin A supports growth, fetal development, and cell and immune function.

Vitamin B Group

The B vitamin group supports many functions and processes in your dog's body. This includes the nervous system, brain function, immune response, hormone regulation, and metabolism. This group is critical for your dog's overall health and wellness.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is crucial for turning calcium and phosphorus into building blocks for your dog's bones, critical for your dog's growth and development.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps keep your dog's eyes and muscles strong. It also assists in reproductive health.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K assists your dog in blood clotting.

Choline

Choline supports healthy brains and livers. It may also be prescribed in cases of pet epilepsy.

Supplements for Dogs vs. Prescription Medication

Supplements

Supplements are readily available. These are vitamins, minerals, and herbal concoctions that your veterinarian does not prescribe.

There are issues with supplementing your dog's diet. Many of these supplements are unregulated and may not contain the dosage listed. Too much of certain minerals, like calcium, can cause problems. Overdoses of vitamins cause dehydration, blood issues, and joint pain.

Other herbs and supplements might interact negatively with prescribed medication.

Though supplements may become part of a care plan developed with your veterinarian, they may not be necessary for your dog.

Prescription Medication

Your veterinarian supplies prescription medication in response to particular health issues. These are well-regulated medications. Your veterinarian will be very clear on how much drug is administered and when.

Your veterinarian may prescribe vitamins and other supplements for your dogs. When officially ordered, those are considered prescription medications.

Probiotics, joint support, fur and coat maintenance (fish oil), gut health

Dogs are living longer with pet wellness care at the forefront of many pet owners' minds. Dog owners are giving their dogs various supplements to help ease symptoms and thus living longer. The question remains: Are they necessary, and are they safe?

Probiotics/Gut Health

Probiotics encourage gut health and ease gastrointestinal problems. They are recommended for dogs because they work and are safe over time. Your veterinarian or local pet store can often help you find the right option for your pet. Typically probiotics come in powder or chewables.

Joint Support

Many pet owners give their dogs glucosamine-chondroitin supplements to ease joint stiffness and pain. In a study in 2007, dogs treated with glucosamine-chondroitin showed statistically relevant improvements in both pain and mobility after 70 days of use. More study is necessary to determine the ongoing benefits of using glucosamine-chondroitin on dogs.

Fur and Coat Maintenance

Fish oils make your dog's coat shine and may help with (joint) inflammation. They are considered a safe supplement and can be added topically to your dogs food whether they eat raw or kibble.

Consult Your Veterinarian

Any supplements to your dog's diet should be part of your overall dog wellness plans with your vet. When you consult your veterinarian, they will be able to weigh in on the latest research. They will give you the advice you need to safely take care of your dog. You may find that supplements become part of the prescribed medications for your dog.

Wagmo covers half of the costs of prescribed medications in a veterinarian-designed pet wellness plan. These savings can be significant with the ongoing administration of medications and supplements for your dog. A Wagmo Dog Wellness Plan is in effect as soon as you activate it. No waiting required and the fastest reimbursement in the pet industry! Simply submit your claim and we will reimburse you right away.
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