Should senior dogs take vitamins?

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It’s important to be sure your dog is eating a healthy and balanced diet or at the very least, foods that meet his daily nutritional needs. Take time to research, talk to your veterinarian and see how your dog responds to the diet you choose.

Even if you’re feeding you senior dog a perfect diet, there may be some nutritional deficiencies present. If you feel he is off his game, it’s definitely something to explore with your vet. A blood panel can reveal your dog’s specific deficiencies, some of which can be addressed with vitamins or a change of food.

Many senior pet foods are enriched with vitamins that are helpful to senior dogs, typically concentrating on vision and joint health, which are common issues for senior dogs. Your dog may have other specific needs that will require a supplement beyond what a senior kibble offers. Take time to look for a vitamin than comes in a treat form or one that can be disguised when administered to your dog. There’s an actual doggy “snack” product called, “Pill Pockets”, perfectly designed to hide a pill.

If giving a multivitamin to your dog, be sure it contains Vitamins A, B-Complex, B vitamins, D and E. Do check with your vet to make sure the formula is right for your dog, and that you’re giving it in the right proportion to your dog’s age and weight. As with people, it’s possible for dogs to overdose on vitamins.

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