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Enhance Your Dogs Health: Know Which Supplements Are Best For Fido

by Dr. David Minkoff November 07, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

Enhance Your Dogs Health: Know Which Supplements Are Best For Fido

You enhance your health with vitamins & supplements because you know the benefit. If so, you probably wonder if your four legged friend can benefit from them too. Estimates say approximately one third of dogs receive supplements. Here is a list of the things to consider when trying to determine which supplement may be best for your 4 legged family members.

  • Glucosamine, the most popular supplement for dogs. glucosamine is effective in treating arthritis and inflammation in dogs.
  • Fish Oil, the second most common supplement given to dogs Fish oil has omega-3 fatty acids that improve coat quality and shine, alleviate skin allergies and are useful in treating arthritis, heart health, and joint health.
  • Antioxidant supplements are counteract the effects of aging. They’re also used as a treatment for heart disease in dogs and to reduce inflammation.
  • Probiotics have become popular as supplements for dogs. Probiotics live in the body in the form of yeasts and live bacteria that aid with digestion and intestinal health.
  • Boswellia treats arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Theanine (from tea) helps neutralize free radicals & aids in relaxation for anxious pets.
  • Valerian reduces stress, anxiety and insomnia in pets.
  • CoQ10 is an antioxidant that lessens toxicities in the body, especially relating to the heart.
  • Curcumin offers anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
  • L-carnitine beneficial for weight loss, heart disease and to support brain function in older pets.
  • Ginger is in the same family as turmeric and has many of the same benefits. It acts as an anti-inflammatory that can reduce pain.

Special Note:

  • Don’t ever assume that human supplements are good for dogs. Some, like those containing garlic or artificial sweeteners can be harmful to your dog.
  • Consult your vet before giving your dog supplements. Your dog may have an underlying condition that needs medical attention.

Food Advice:

The first known record of dogs on earth dates back 31,700 years ago to the Paleolithic era.  Throughout history canines have existed on a diet mostly comprised of animal matter.  That's a fairly lengthy period of evolution and a key fact to consider when selecting the primary food for your dog.  At no point in the evolutionary history of dogs did their diet include any significant amount of grains or other plant matter.  Conventional dog foods that have grains as an ingredient offer far lower nutritional support to your four legged friends.  As a matter of fact, a grain-free diet will optimize your dogs health as much as supplementation will.

Whether your thinking of getting a new puppy or you have a dog who's a senior and dealing with the challenges of aging, nutrition is as important for your dogs health as it is to yours.  If you are what you eat, than so is your dog.  Feed your dog a high quality whole food diet with proper supplementation to ensure they're by your side for as long as possible.

*This website, including products, articles, and educational content are not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This website does not provide medical advice. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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