You want to improve dog health right? Understanding the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins for dogs will improve dog health, save your wallet and avoid toxic overload.
I know you want your dog to be the best he can be and you probably know commercially prepared foods lack vitamins and minerals.
Lack of quality ingredients, cooking at high temperatures and then adding back vitamins which are usually synthetic leave it rather non-nutritional.
Whether you feed commercial dog food, home prepared or barf, understanding more about vitamin and mineral supplements is like money in the bank.
On this page you will find links to pages about specific vitamins for dogs and what each one does.
Our world has become full of synthetic vitamins. Some work for the body and some work against it. The scariest being Vitamin K-3 but we'll get to that. (If you don't think your dog gets it, I'll teach you its sneaky names on the label.)
I'll also talk about several supplemental foods like kelp
and alfalfa because they are packed with vitamins, minerals and have an advantage being from a whole food which is always more nutritious than isolated vitamins.
I hope you enjoy the following information. Take your time. When I start reading about individual vitamins I wanted to go out and buy them all. Don't fall prey to that.
The best approach is to serve real food. Then you can find a good supplement (preferably a whole food type supplement)
that is packed with nutrition. You're not just looking for vitamins but trace minerals as well.
I only suggest Nature's Sunshine because they are the only company I can trust. Remember I said there are lots of synthetic vitamins out there? Nature's sunshine knows which work and which don't. Please read Why NSP and you'll understand why I use only human grade vitamins for dogs.
Okay, we'll start out with the job of some specific vitamins. Keep in mind that foods with these vitamins will have more value than a grocery store vitamin pill:
The next group is minerals and superfoods you can use for supplementation:
Other essentials for dog health are:
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