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Does your dog need supplements?

We all want what's best for our dogs. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, it can be hard to make the right call when it comes to caring for our canines. Dog supplements are a great example of that.

While the right supplements may make your hair shiny, your skin glowing and reduce bloat, for the most part your dog doesn't need the same additions to their diet. If you feed them a complete and balanced dog food, they’ll get all the essential nutrients they need.

If your dog has a specific health condition, they may benefit from supplements. But this should only be determined under the guidance of your vet after thorough examination and diagnosis. Outside of that, most dog supplements are nothing more than brands trying to cash in on a fad. The wrong supplement can even cause harm to your dog if it has an underlying health problem.

You pay for something that won't add much to your dog's life, and that they'll just end up peeing out. 

6 problems with dog supplements

Here are some reasons why you shouldn't waste your precious time or money on the majority of dog supplements. 

  1. Many dogs are fussy eaters, so you’ll spend money on supplements that your dog may not even eat.
  2. Many supplements have unnecessary fillers so they taste better – good for your dog's taste buds, but not necessarily for their health.
  3. Many come as tablets or chewables, so it can be hard to get the safe, effective dosage for supplements.
  4. Speaking of dosage, many of these over the counter supplements are low-strength. That means you may need to give your dog more, which increases the cost.
  5. Poor labelling is a massive issue in the pet supplement industry. Lack of transparent information about ingredient levels makes it hard to find the right dosage for your pet. 
  6. Some of the ingredients aren't sustainable, which isn’t great for the planet.

Help is on the way

Despite the nonsense out there in the world of dog supplements, I believe there's value in them – if they're done right. Over the past two years, I've developed something worthy of our beloved dogs. And they are called…well, you'll just have to wait on that.

Comments 8

A gut health probiotic would be a great product 😊. Not sure if you have this in the pipeline. Just a thought. Thanks

Trish on

Very intriguing… Our beloved 6 yr old rescue puppy Obi started limping and slowing down on her daily walks. A trip to the vet with xrays discovered hip dysplasia. With 6 monthly Cartrophen injections, a stricter weight management diet, shorter daily walks, I’ve also trialed a few canine supplements as well- Rosehip, Turmeric, fish oil and hemp oil. Obi is back to her usual mobility. Looking forward to seeing your new offering.🐾🐾

tan on

I give both my spaniels an Antinol rapid daily. One of them has arthritis. I give them freeze dried green lip mussels and sardines as treats. Hoping it’s helping.

Gabby Walters on

Oh please develop a good quality fish oil with decent strengths 🙏

Louise on

Great message and I look forward to learning what the new product is.

Winnie on

Really didn’t think you would stoop so low as to market fear then try and capitalise on that fear as a saviour.

Time to rethink your strategy.

Ben on

One of my dogs has arthritis in his front paw, we have been giving him Antinol and Tumeric paste as well as medication from our vet in the form of a tablet. At the start of his treatment we were giving him one tablet ( Carprohen ) he still limped, once we started the Antinol & Tumeric paste we saw a marked improvement and we were able to reduce the Carprohen to half a tab every other day and no more limping so my personal experience with a supplement has been positive so far 🐾❤️🐾

Tricia on

Lisa I give my Goldies Fish Oil and these have definitely improved my boys coat as it was always very dry looking and now smoother and more shiny, hope I am doing the right by him.

Warmest wishes


Trish on

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