Most dog breeders and veterinarians, as well as many dog lovers, will all agree that canine supplements offer a dog many lifelong benefits. Some of these benefits include improved overall health, longevity and vitality. They will also tell you that supplements alone are not enough to make sure your dog is healthy. Naturally, supplements are not enough to sustain a dog. Dogs also need complete and proper nutrition, physical activity, regular doctor visits, they need to be loved and cared for. This is important to note that supplementation is a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Generally speaking, most dog owners only give their pooch supplements in time of crisis. This means that there is an issue, whether it is a vitamin deficiency or signs of arthritis or an infection. While supplementing your dog's nutrition plan at these times is better than nothing... it can take longer to get your dog back to the healthy lifestyle he or she was enjoying. Ignore what any manufacturer may promise, of quick or immediate results if you use their supplement over another.
The fact is that in the case of a vitamin or mineral deficiency it can take months before physical symptoms are seen. So internally the body has been working at below optimal level and once it finally gets to the point that it impacts that external the damage is pretty severe. Yes, starting the supplements now will help the immune system restore itself and the body process will begin to work properly again as they are given the missing nutrients... it isn't going to happen overnight.
Think about it, if it took months for your dog to get to the point where you can visibly see the impact on the outside... it is going to take months to restore. Unfortunately many owners do not have the patience to wait months. They want results now. You have to wait about 45 days to actually see the benefits of the supplement you have started your dog on. If in 45 days you do not see marked improvement try a different supplement.
The best recommendation is to give your dog a daily canine supplement before there is a problem. If your dog is receiving a continually optimum amount of nutrients through both food and supplement when they are well, they are better able to ward off any infection or deficiency. In the long run this will not only save you money but it will help your dog live a long happy and healthy life.
Don't wait until it's too late to give your dog what they need. The longer you wait on giving your dog supplements to help its health it may be too late. Make sure they are getting a proper and complete diet that includes supplements, lots of love and daily activity. Your dog is counting on you to give him everything he needs to be with you for a very long time.