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Vitamins and Supplements for Pets
Vitamins and supplements can support your dog or cat's well-being
Adding a vitamin or supplement to your pet's diet can meet nutritional needs, prevent future health issues, and may even slow the progression of certain chronic conditions.
Probiotic supplements for pets contain strains of beneficial bacteria that are found in a healthy cat or dog's digestive tract. Feeding probiotics helps keep the intestinal microflora in balance, which can in turn aid digestion, immunity, and even mental and emotional well-being. Probiotics can be given to dogs and cats at any life stage, and may be offered in times of digestive upset. For best results, give daily or as recommended by your veterinarian.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that your pet must get from their diet. These healthy fats support neurological function in senior pets and healthy brain development in puppies and kittens. They also support heart health, skin and coat health, and immunity. While they're best known for their benefits for senior pets with arthritis, omega-3 fatty acids are essential and highly beneficial for pets of all ages.
Multivitamins contain a combination of nutrients that work together to support your cat or dog's overall health. They may contain essential vitamins and minerals like B-complex vitamins for energy, vitamin C for immunity, growth, and healing, as well as probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients.
Why Should I Add Supplements and Vitamins to My Pet's Diet?
Vitamins and supplements for pets can help tailor their diet for their specific needs. While most commercially prepared pet foods are formulated to meet their basic nutritional requirements, your cat or dog may need extra support depending on their age, breed, health condition, and activity level.
Vitamins and supplements for pets can help:
- Support healthy growth in kittens and puppies
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Improve skin and coat health in pets with dullness, dryness, and itching
- Improve digestion and help relieve occasional gastric upset
- Manage anxiety during stressful events or on a daily basis
While vitamins and supplements are not formulated to treat or prevent specific health conditions, they may provide preventative health benefits, nutritional support, and symptom relief.
Talk to your veterinarian before making changes to your pet's diet, especially for kittens, puppies, those with chronic conditions, and those with unexplained symptoms.
Vitamins and Supplements from PetMeds®
PetMeds® offers a wide variety of premium vitamins and supplements for pets of all breeds, sizes, and life stages.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vitamins and Supplements for Pets
Are vitamins and supplements safe for my pet?
Vitamins and supplements are safe when given as directed. To minimize risk of improper dosing, always read labels and cross-check for similar ingredients when giving multiple supplements. As with any food or product, there's a chance of adverse reactions in sensitive or allergic pets.
How should I start giving vitamins and supplements to my pet?
Always give vitamins and supplements as directed on the packaging or under the guidance of your veterinarian. In general, it's best to start with a half-dose and see how your pet reacts. If starting multiple supplements, introduce one at a time to monitor for adverse reactions.
How long does it take for supplements to work?
It can take anywhere from a few days to a few months for a supplement to show noticeable benefits for your pet's health. Vitamins given for preventative health benefits may not offer any immediate results but can support your pet’s wellness over time. If your pet has symptoms that worsen or do not improve, see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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