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Generally your dog’s food should contain everything he needs. But nutritional research is always ahead of regulatory standards for food. Some food manufacturers are voluntarily adding supplements to their foods. Without exact standards from AAFCO, the amounts of supplements vary from brand to brand. They are most often added in minimal amounts that would not offer any health benefit.
Dogs of any age can benefit from vitamin C & E and the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. These protect cells from damage, aid the immune system, reduce allergic reactions and improve brain development in puppies. Few dog foods include vitamin C and most contain minimal amounts of vitamin E. Dog foods use flaxseed oil as a source of DHA and EPA, when fish oil is a better choice. Dosages of these supplements can be found in the article below
Dogs 5 years and older often start to show signs of arthritic joint changes. They may get-up and down slower, exercise less and even limp. Chondroitin/ glucosamine are safe supplements that aid joint movement.Dosage recommendations vary widely so you should consult your veterinarian for your dog’s proper dosage. Human products are as effective as veterinary products but a generally much cheaper
After 10 years the livers of many dogs begin to show signs of wear and tear. Years of detoxifying food and chemicals begins to affect liver function. SAM-e or S-Adenosyl methionine and Silymarin, the active ingredient in milk thistle can reduce damage and help the liver repair itself. Below are some doses for these safe supplements.
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