Avoid Supplements, with One Exception
A lot of dog owners think adding some bone-building supplements to a dog’s diet helps, but the opposite might be true.
“When a dog or a cat is provided with a complete and balanced diet with sufficient amounts of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorous, there is no need for additional supplementation,” Stockman says. And as outlined earlier, too many nutrients can cause various medical problems, some very serious. Too much can be just as dangerous as too little.
For animals who are already suffering from bone and joint problems, Stockman says, omega-3 fatty acid supplements may be helpful.
“When choosing an omega-3 product, it is important to ensure it provides EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in sufficient concentrations and not alpha-Linolenic acid, which is inefficiently metabolized to EPA and DHA in dogs and cats,” he says. This means marine sources like algae should be used instead of land-based plant sources like flaxseed oil.