Dietary supplements for dogs

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Iron against tiredness, zinc for a clearer complexion or vitamin D in winter food supplements help us to keep our body healthy and prevent certain diseases. But did you know that dogs can benefit from supplements too? Sure, dogs should never take the same pills as humans, but in this article we present 5 dietary supplements that help your four-legged friend's health!

1. Frankincense

Humans have used frankincense to treat inflammatory joint disease and chronic pain for thousands of years. The boswellic acids contained in frankincense are considered anti-inflammatory, which is why rheumatism sufferers in particular benefit from frankincense. A Swiss study from 2004 showed that dogs with chronic joint pain, back pain and arthrosis can also benefit from the dietary supplement. The study shows that a group of dogs with osteoarthritis who took frankincense as a food supplement was more mobile and had less pain after just six weeks.

2. Biotin

Is your dog struggling with a dull coat, hair loss or dry skin? Biotin could be the solution! Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, supports your dog's cell metabolism and promotes the formation of keratin. This in turn ensures healthier skin, stronger coat and nails. A Swiss study from 1989 shows that 60% of the treated dogs with skin and coat problems showed a significant improvement in their symptoms after taking biotin over a period of 3-5 weeks.

3. Fish Oil

Fish oil contains healthy omega 3 fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid, also known as DHA. Taking these fatty acids has many benefits, including supporting the immune system, lowering renal pressure and lowering heart function. What is special about fish oil is that it contains the DHA mentioned above. DHA promotes the development of the nervous system and brain and is therefore particularly important for puppies whose brain and nervous system are still developing.

4. Probiotics

The intestine is also a place with an intestinal flora full of different bacteria in dogs. However, when this intestinal flora becomes unbalanced, it can lead to problems such as diarrhea, cramps and constipation in your dog. Probiotics are a great way to support your dog's natural gut flora and are extremely beneficial during a course of antibiotics, for example.

5. CBD

Last but not least: CBD. Don't worry, it doesn't contain the psychoactive compound THC, so your dog won't get high from it. In fact, CBD helps with many chronic conditions. CBD oil relieves chronic pain and has a calming effect against stress and anxiety. However, when dosing, you should make sure that your dog does not absorb too much of the active ingredient.

These were five supplements your pet could benefit from. If you want to give your pet one or more of these dietary supplements, it is best to talk to your vet beforehand to clarify possible side effects and dosages. If you want to learn more about your dog's health, check out our Feniska Blog!

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