Natural Dog Supplements

Dog supplements are normally not necessary to give to your dog if he is healthy and is on a well balanced diet. Whether your dog's diet is well balanced is something you may want to discuss with your veterinarian, as some commercial foods that are supposed to contain everything the dog needs actually lack many nutrients due to the processing and storing of the food. If your dog is recovering from a health condition or suffering from an illness, or if you feel that his general well being could improve, discuss with your veterinarian about introducing supplements to his diet. You can choose natural supplements that have no side effects and usually do not interfere with any other medication the dog might be taking.


Antioxidants are used to slow the aging process and generally prevent cell damage caused by free radicals in the body. By helping boost immunity, antioxidants reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease or old age conditions such as arthritis.


Enzymes stimulate the chemical reactions in the body such as those needed for digestion, new cell production and a normal hormone activity. In addition to providing general immunity benefits, the enzymes may in the digestive process and may be a support for loosing weight.

Kelp and Sea Vegetables

Kelp is a sea vegetable, rich in minerals (over 60) and amino acids (21). As a natural source of iodine, kelp is a good supplement for dogs with a risk of disorders of various glands (thyroid, adrenal or pituitary). Additional benefits include a better coat and skin and maintaining a normal body weight.


Probiotics are used to balance the bacteria in the intestinal tract. As many illnesses in dogs are caused by poor digestion, probiotics are a useful supplement for any dog. Probiotics are useful for dogs that have undergone an antibiotics treatment as well as dogs with a poor diet. Candida (yeast infection) and food allergies may also be cured through the use of probiotics.

Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are beneficial for dogs with:

  • High cholesterol
  • Risk of hearing issues
  • Cancer
  • Coat and skin problems (dryness, slow healing of wounds)
  • Inflammatory conditions (especially arthritis)
  • Recurring infections
  • Allergies

Some fatty acid supplements can interfere with blood thinning medication, your veterinarian can advise you how to avoid complications.


Glucosamine is a substance naturally contained in the dog’s cartilages. As age slows the production of glucosamine, the joints become more vulnerable to movement and effort. Supplementing glucosamine can slow down the natural decay of joints and improve arthritis. Diabetic dogs or dogs with blood clotting problems should not be given this supplement.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many benefits and can be administered both topically and internally. Applied on the skin it fights infections, improves the condition of coat and skin clearing eczema, warts or lesions. Taken orally, coconut oil improves digestion, boosts immunity, prevents degenerative conditions and helps control the hormonal balance (recommended in diabetes or thyroidism).