Not all supplements are created equal, and unlike the pharmaceutical industry, their safety and efficacy are not regulated by the FDA. How do you know which supplements actually make good on their claims? And more importantly, which ones are safe to give to your best friend?
Unfortunately, when it comes to many of the supplements on the market, there is simply no way for a pet owner – or even a veterinarian – to tell if they will promote positive change in your pup.
Don’t worry, all hope is not lost. These Do’s and Don’ts will help you make the right choices when it comes to the supplements you give your dog.
Do: Consult with your vet before starting any products.
If anyone knows your dog’s specific medical needs as well as you do, it’s your veterinarian. He or she can make suggestions on which products and companies are best, as well as address any questions or concerns you may have.
If your dog is on pharmaceutical medications, your vet can also determine which supplements are safe to give concurrently and at which dosages.
Don’t: Grab the flashiest bottle.
Big promises don’t necessarily mean big results. Brands that spend all their money on clever marketing may skimp on the areas that truly matter – like using quality ingredients and ordering clinical trials.
Dr. Bruce Silverman VMD, MBA from Chicago’s Village West Veterinary cautions,
“Some (products) may be of good quality, and some may be of poor quality, yet have wonderful packaging and great testimonials, even from a veterinarian paid to have their face on the label.”