As we begin to learn more about pet nutrition, it’s natural to wonder if we’re giving our furry friends everything they need to live long, happy, and healthy lives. For some pet parents, there’s no better example than the use of pet supplements, and we certainly understand why. Even though pet supplements are growing in popularity, that doesn’t quite prove that they’re essential.
With that said, we’re going to shed some light on what makes pet supplements truly beneficial, if they’re safe, and which ones are great to try. So, let’s get started!
Your pet’s food might not be enough
Some might say that pets get all the nutrients and nourishment they need from their regular food. But just like human food, not all pet food is made equal. So much so, that some pet foods are loaded with below average ingredients and artificial flavors that serve no beneficial purpose.
That’s why it’s so important to keep a close eye on what ingredients you’re specifically feeding your pet, and if they might need more nutrients outside of their diet. If you ever feel unsure about your pet’s diet, a conversation with your veterinarian is a great place to start.
How do I know what supplement my dog needs?
When it comes to supplements, it would be great if there was a crystal ball and one-size-fits-all solutions. But just like us, each pet has different needs that vary based on age, breed, size, behavior, and health history. There’s plenty of other factors, but you get the gist!
With many health factors come just as many supplement options, which is why some pet parents are unsure of where to begin. So, here’s a few benefit-related factors you can consider when browsing around for pet supplements.
Skin & Coat: Have you noticed that your pet has dry or flaky skin, or perhaps a dull and brittle looking coat? If so, products with fish oil are a great option. Fish oil provides a rich source of Omega fatty acids that can help to soften your pet’s skin, while also giving their coat a shiny appearance. Additionally, hemp is another Omega-rich option to keep your pet looking sleek. Check out our blog about the benefits of hemp for more information!
Mobility: As every pet parent knows, it’s important to make sure our pets keep the spring in their step. Whether your pet is young and active or in their golden years, it’s always important to make sure they move comfortably. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are amazing natural ingredients that help with hip and joint function, so be sure that they’re in any mobility-supporting products you find.
Digestion: No one likes an upset stomach, and our pets are no exception. So, if you notice that your pet always appears uncomfortable after meals, gassy, or even scooting their bottoms on the floor, adding a great digestive product to their daily diet can help. Just like many human supplements, shopping for products that contain Digestive Enzymes, Prebiotics, and Probiotics make it easy support your fur baby’s gut flora and overall tummy comfort.
Immune System: We don’t know about you, but it’s no fun seeing pets struggle with hot spots, scratching, and sniffles caused by skin, seasonal (pollen), or environmental factors. Luckily, immune-supporting supplements can help. Look for products with antioxidants, Omegas, Apple Cider Vinegar, and even probiotics (since immune health starts in the stomach). Your four-legged friend will thank you for it!
These are only a few of the most common ingredients and benefits that lend pets a helping hand, but there are plenty of other supplements on the market that can support your pet. So, we encourage you to keep looking, and to consult with a veterinarian to learn more about what might be best for your pet’s specific needs.
Are pet supplements really safe?
Trust us, that isn’t a silly question at all. In fact, it’s incredibly valid when you consider just how many brands and products are out there. So, here are a few quick tips to make sure the pet supplements you want are as safe as can be:
Has everyone gone mutts? Why is hemp becoming one of the biggest health trends for dogs? Well, don’t worry. It’s not because of some hippie dog revolution! It’s actually because of hemp’s amazing health benefits.
Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. The million-dollar question is, are we talking about turning your dog into Snoop Dogg? Of course not! The hemp seeds used in many of the oils and powders popping up in doggy supplements (like ours) contain none of the trippy stuff (derived from THC).
CBD (cannabidiol) oil and hemp both come from a hemp plant is part of the Cannabis Sativa family. CBD is derived from the stalks, leaves, and buds, while hemp comes from the seeds. Usually, CBD is used therapeutically to help manage various health conditions. Hemp, on the other hand, is a nutritional supplement. With almost no CBD and tons of nutrients, it’s a no-brainer why hemp’s popularity is growing—no pun intended.
What are the amazing benefits of hemp you ask? Well, it turns out that the hemp seed is packed with beneficial properties that may support pet wellness more than you may think!
Omega Fatty Acids that Work Wonders for Your Pup of Any Age
As you probably know, Omegas are pretty awesome for pet health, and there are all sorts of great ingredients out there (like fish oils or healthy algae) that give dog supplements a boost of Omega goodness. But, did you know that hemp is one of the best sources of Omegas available?
Hemp seeds provide dogs with a near-perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which makes it one of the most naturally balanced ways to add Omegas to a doggy’s diet!
Just for a quick refresher, here are just a few of the many benefits of Omega supplements:
Promotes Overall Vitality with Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
The benefits of hemp seed don’t just stop at Omega fatty acids. This holistic ingredient also has Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is a lesser known but equally beneficial ingredient that supports a wide range of benefits for our canine companions.
GLA is essential in building a substance that’s super important for joint health and other vital body functions. So, if your pup deals with allergies, mobility troubles, digestive issues, or skin problems, the GLA found in hemp-enhanced products might be just the thing Fido needs!
This is probably starting to sound like one of those “but wait, there’s more” moments from infomercials, isn’t it? But, it’s true! Hemp seeds are loaded with even more of the good stuff.
Hemp seeds are considered to be a complete protein source, which means it contains every essential amino acid. Very few plant-based protein sources have them all, so that makes hemp seeds even more unique! Plus, hemp seeds also contain Vitamin E and healthy minerals that work together to bolster skin health, immune function, and overall nourishment.
All things considered, the question isn’t really “why hemp?”; it’s “why not hemp?” Not only are hemp seeds incredibly healthy for your pup (and for their humans, too), but it also functions as a great conversation starter with other pet owners who might’ve been just as confused as you were when you first spotted hemp-based products for dogs.
Got any more questions about hemp? Let us know in the comments below!