Written by FOTP Team
Most people don’t think twice about taking some form of dietary supplement. Whether it is something as simple as vitamins, or something you are taking as an alternative therapy. It’s estimated that the supplement industry for humans will be worth $349 billion a year this decade.
Historically, people have been less forthright about giving their pets supplements, but more and more scientific research is showing us how beneficial certain supplements can be for your dog. Using the right supplements can be easy, affordable, and allow your dog to live a longer, healthier, and happier life!
Like us humans, diet is the first step towards a healthy lifestyle. You should feed your dog an appropriate and healthy diet first and foremost, but supplements can add an extra layer of support beyond a healthy diet, to give your dog the best chance of avoiding physical and mental stresses.
Below, we look at three of the top reasons for giving your dog supplements, with scientific research that indicates some significant and sometimes surprising benefits.
Most dogs are anxious at some stage. Even if you think of your pet as a child, you can’t communicate with them in the same way. A dog might worry when you go out of the house, or if there are strange noises such as a thunderstorm or fireworks. Even a confident dog can suffer from time to time.
If your dog has issues around barking, separation anxiety, pacing, or destructive behaviors, it is likely this roots in anxiety.
Front Of The Pack supplements contain Magnolia and Phellodendron bark extracts, sourced in the USA and manufactured by Lonza. This extract reduces the level of cortisol, the stress hormone that is present in both humans and dogs. These help to take away the anxious feelings your dogs might have, whether they suffer daily or just occasionally experience a noise that triggers anxiety.
Other extracts, such as Ashwagandha, are found in the supplements, and this can further combat the cortisol stresses dogs all feel at some point. Remember, there is no way that you can tell your dog it’s just thunder or that everything is going to be okay, your pet has to work it out for himself. Some natural help in the form of a supplement can go a very long way.
Joint pain is not just something that older dogs experience. After a lot of exercise, any dog can feel aches and pains. Just like us humans, they’re also prone to strains and discomfort.
Luckily, scientific studies have shown that supplements can help hugely with joint pain, both by supporting the joints and alleviating the pain itself.
The totally natural substance of MSM, found naturally in fruit and vegetables, is concentrated in Front Of The Pack’s The One, a tailor-made solution to supporting your furry friend’s joints!
MSM has been shown to help to stabilize the network of connective tissues in the body, and this can reduce pain and inflammation. It even supports hair growth and may help with your dog’s coat. It has been widely studied in humans, with substantial research proving these benefits. Front of the Pack’s MSM is sourced from the USA.
Your dog’s joints and tissue can also be helped by other ingredients found in supplements. Collagen and Curcumin use in dogs have also been studied in-depth, and they are proven to support canine inflammatory response, and help with balance. This might mean fewer injuries and aches and pains in the first place.
Once again, this extra assistance should come alongside a strong, balanced, and dog-specific diet. As your dog ages, it can be especially useful to give their joints an extra level of support.
Many dog owners have seen the incredible benefits of substances such as Krill on their dogs. Antarctic Krill from Norway is included in Front Of The Pack’s The One supplement and has numerous benefits including fighting disease and reducing inflammation.
In one study, sled dogs were given Krill for five weeks before a race and showed reductions in inflammatory markers compared to dogs who hadn’t taken Krill.
Krill has one of the highest concentrations of Omega-3 out of any fish products available. It’s stronger than fish oil, plus, it has more bioavailability. Front Of The Pack’s Krill has been made specifically for pets and this means it is structured to deliver Omega-3 more effectively.
Krill isn’t just an anti-inflammatory though, it can help to support healthy heart function, and to fend off diseases that a dog might catch.
Taking Krill has also been shown to produce choline within canines. Dogs can produce choline naturally but do not produce enough for their body’s needs. Like choline within humans, supplements can help. Choline has a healthy impact on brain development, liver and muscle function, and even heart health. You can see why this is included in The One, and why Krill is so incredibly good for dogs!
It is true that your dog can get most of what they need from a healthy diet. Every dog’s lifestyle is different and around the world, more and more people are realizing the need to tailor a dog’s diet to give them a long, healthy, and happy life by your side. One of the best ways to supercharge this is with supplements, and more proof of the benefits is available today than ever before. It can also be simple and convenient to administer these supplements as numerous natural and healthy ingredients can be blended into one powder.
Whether your dog is having health problems or not, you can start to see the numerous benefits of supplements in a matter of weeks.