This is a question we are asked all the time. Pet owners want to make sure they are providing their dogs with everything they need. While pretty much all commercial dog foods are nutritionally balanced, adding specific types of supplements can help prevent or manage many health issues. There are thousands of supplements out there and deciding which if any to use can be overwhelming. We broke down the most commonly used supplements, what to look for and when to use them.

Choose supplements that are non-GMO and organic when available and without fillers such as maltodextrin.

Joint supplements

What they do:

  • Maintain and rebuild cartilage and joint fluid
  • Slow progression of arthritis
  • Reduce joint inflammation and pain

Joint supplements can be given before signs of arthritis develop to help keep your dog’s joints healthy. Using a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement in dogs who are showing signs of stiffness can provide long term benefits. It may take 1-2 months before you notice improvement in mobility.

Ingredients:
Glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin sulfate are the main ingredients in joint supplements. These are the building blocks for new cartilage in joints.
Green-lipped mussel is anti-inflammatory and contains cartilage building blocks.
Curcumin (turmeric) helps to decrease inflammation in the joints.

Recommended products
*Wholistic Pet Organics Canine Complete- also contains Omega fatty acids prebiotics and probiotics
*Fera Pet Organics Canine Hip and Joint
*Move-Free Ultra


What they do:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Help keep the skin and coat, heart, brain, and kidneys healthy
  • Used in dogs with arthritis, skin diseases, allergies, kidney disease
  • Safe to use in dogs of all ages

Ingredients:
EPA and DHA are the most effective forms of omega fatty acids

Recommended products
*Nordic Naturals


What they do:

  • Probiotics add beneficial bacteria to your dog’s intestinal tract.
  • Prebiotics provide nutrients for the those bacteria, helping them survive.
  • Vital to proper digestion, intestinal health and immune function.
  • They can be used daily in healthy dogs and are especially helpful in dogs having diarrhea, vomiting or intestinal parasites and dogs that are taking oral antibiotics.

Ingredients:
Lactobacillus species, Bifidobacterium species

Recommended products
*Proviable
*Primal Defense


There may be certain conditions where a supplement is contraindicated in a specific pet. Always check with your veterinarian before starting your dog on a supplement.