I’ve written about the pros and cons of The Oils (salmon oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and krill oil) for our dogs, but what about multivitamins. When we were doing our bi weekly Costco shopping trip, I was tickled that I remembered to grab my gummy vitamins (love these!!) and wondered if we should consider a daily multivitamin for dogs.
- s/he has been diagnosed with a vitamin or mineral deficiency that a daily multivitamin for dogs will help,
- we prepare their food at home and a daily multivitamin will help supplement their diet, because the food we prepare may not be complete nutritionally, or
- our dog is a finicky eater and a multivitamin will help supplement their diet until we can find a food that works for our dog.
We feed our dogs Halo Pets, a premium, holistic dog food, and I learned that if we’re feeding our dogs premium food (or if we have the proper balance in our home cooked meals) then a multi-vitamin for dogs may not be necessary. What we have found to be necessary is a joint supplement and we give our dogs (not the puppy) Wag Lifetime Joint Supplements and we’ve seen amazing results with Rodrigo and Sydney.
By the way, if you’re feeding your dog a food that contains the nutrients that support joint health, this is great, but not to be confused with a supplement. The nutrients in food don’t offer enough care to help a dog who is suffering from joint issues.
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The reason I didn’t jump on the opportunity to purchase multivitamins for dogs is because I don’t want to waste the money if the vitamins will just be eliminated in their urine. When doing my research, I found that the vitamins that are just eliminated in the urine (wow, can’t believe I typed urine three times now) are water soluble vitamins (like vitamin C).
Another type of vitamin is a fat soluble vitamin (like vitamins A, D, E, and K), which don’t leave the body as easily as water soluble vitamins and, therefore, can build up to toxic levels.
Wow, vitamins are complicated…
So, for now, we won’t be picking up a multi-vitamin for our dogs and we returned the free vitamins we received and declined to conduct a review.
If you feed your dog a multi-vitamin share the brand and what prompted you to add vitamins to your dog’s diet.