How can I select a quality supplement for my dog that contains brewer’s yeast?

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For dogs, most brewer’s yeast supplements use a strain called Saccharomyces cervisiae, a natural source of B-complex vitamins which support the nervous system and keep the eyes, skin, hair and liver healthy. It comes in pills, tablets and powdered forms.

It’s important to select a high-quality brewer’s yeast supplement for your dog, especially is he is somewhat prone to allergies. The brewer’s yeast should come from the natural Saccharomyces cervisiae—not some by-product of something like brewing beer. When it is not natural brewer’s yeast, it seems to have a higher potential for causing an allergic reaction.

You also want to be sure the supplement is completely balanced. You want it to be loaded with biotin as well as other B-complex vitamins, proteins and trace minerals. It’s preferable for them to also have additional vitamins such as C, A, D and E.

You definitely want to see the word, “selenium,” because that is an antioxidant nutrient—and antioxidants are what keep your dog healthy.

Antioxidants help neutralize molecules called free radicals, which can oxidize components of cells, damaging them—the easiest way to think of a free radical is to compare it to rust and that substance’s harmful effects. As a result, your dog will have healthy sugar metabolism, an abundance of energy and overall well-being.

Brewer’s yeast isn’t very palatable, so it’s important that you get one that is de-bittered. Some have small amounts of garlic, and while garlic is a natural antibiotic, some dogs have adverse reactions to it, while others do not. Therefore, you may want to exercise extreme caution and be sure that the amount of garlic is five percent or less, and also discuss this with your veterinarian.

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