German Shepherds Dogs are active, intelligent, and do best when performing at their best, both mentally and physically. The most common type of Supplement for a German Shepherd Dog (otherwise known as a GSD) is a hip-and-joint supplement. Hip-dysplasia and osteoarthritis are conditions of concern for nearly all Large Breed Dogs. Still, German Shepherds are unique in that it is not uncommon for them also to develop elbow dysplasia. It is, therefore, essential that German Shepherds, especially those with high activity levels, including working dogs or in K9 units, have proper joint support early in life, even as puppies.
Skin support supplements like fish oil are also commonly used to help German Shepherds maintain a healthy skin and coat. Like all long-haired dogs, German Shepherds have three separate coats of fur, and keeping their skin healthy with a supplement helps their coat function properly; essential for any gsd living in colder climates. German Shepherd owners will get the added benefit of a faster blow-coat season if they help their Dog avoid dry skin.
The Right Supplement Can help German Shepherds Perform at their best and avoid common health problems if the supplement can:
One bag of WoofWell Supplements contains 60 soft chews and should suffice as a 30-day supply for most German Shepherds. The recommended dosage for Shepherds up to 70 lbs. is one chew twice daily. (Or two chews per day) Since the Supplement is designed to help reduce inflammation, it is the most effective when given at steady intervals throughout the day. (Instead of 2 chews every 24 hours, give one every 12 hours.) Consistency is crucial for senior dogs who might be experiencing joint pain. Since the supplements contain Glucosamine, which can cause stomach upset if taken on an empty stomach, be sure to give it during or after mealtime, especially when helping a growing German Shepherd puppy develop healthy joints.
The most common ingredients found in the best dog supplements include Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Fish Oil - Omega 3's, Antioxidants, Lutein, Coenzyme Q10, and in some cases, CBD and turmeric. Different enzymes are required to break down calcium, so it is not as prevalent.
While every Dog is different, nearly all dogs like to be rewarded and prefer supplements they see as a 'treat.' If the chewable Supplement tastes good, administering it is a breeze. In general, when taken as directed, supplements are usually safe for German Shepherd Dogs. If your GSD is taking medication, it is always advisable to contact your veterinarian before starting any new supplement or vitamin.
Dog supplements are relatively new to the consumer market, and the best supplements are regulated by the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). The NASC works closely with FDA and AAFCO to make sure companies who sell Animal supplements are acting in good faith, placing the proper warnings on their labels, reporting adverse events, and keeping in good Manufacturing practices.
Chances are you are reading this article because you are aware of the benefits that supplementation offers. Whether it is protecting the vision of working dogs at night or alleviating stiffness in your best friend/security system, Be very skeptical of any supplement that claims it can “treat, prevent or cure” any disease. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Answer- The active ingredients in supplements have been put to the test through many years of research for their various benefits seen in animals, from allergy mitigation to osteoarthritic support. These ingredients are not found in pet food due to their potency and should always come with dosage instructions.
WoofWell® Breed-Specific Health Support Supplements are designed to give every day. For most German Shepherds, two chews per day are sufficient. Please be sure to check the label to match your Dog’s weight to the number of recommended chews. Be sure to feed at steady intervals. For Example: if the recommended dose is two chews, give one chew every 12 hours instead of 2 chews every 24 hours.
Answer: Always check the cautions and warnings on the label. By law, all known medication interactions must be labels in the cautions or warnings. Disclaimer: reading warnings on a label isn't a substitute for contacting your Veterinarian to be sure the medication and Supplement are safe to be taken together. We recommend contacting your Vet if you have any concerns about medication interactions.
Answer: If your pet is allergic to ingredients listed on the label, do not use the product. If your pet is allergic to certain ingredients not listed on the label, it does not necessarily mean the product is not safe to use, but it is always wise to ask. We are available to answer your questions about ingredients found in our products. Still, We will always encourage you to call your vet if your pet is prone to severe allergic reactions before starting any new supplement.
Nope. WoofWell® Breed-Specific Health Support Supplements only come in delicious bacon-flavored soft-chews.
Answer: if your Dog is eating good dog food and taking a supplement, chances are you don’t need to give your Dog additional vitamins. Dogs do not have the same threshold for vitamins as humans when it comes to toxicity. There was a recent recall on dog food that contained vitamin D. Unlike humans; dogs create their own vitamin C. Remember that the purpose of a vitamin is to get a particular response from your Dog’s body to perform a specific function. Rarely is this function best achieved through feeding your dog simple vitamins.
Answer: If you do nothing else, at a minimum, make sure your Shepherd is taking a joint-support vitamin. The GSD is one of the active Dog breeds and it isn't uncommon for a German Shepherd to get as much activity as Labrador Retriever during their lifetime. So there MUST be an emphasis on joint care. There have been hundreds of studies done on the pros and cons of the ingredients in joint supplements. The side-effects are next to none and even have a GRAS status, meaning it is tough to overdose on them, but the evidence is there. Backed by multiple peer-reviewed studies that dogs prone to osteoarthritic problems will benefit from ingesting ingredients like Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM. Your Dog is worth it.
Answer: Every Dog is different, and common sense tells us that some dogs will benefit greatly. Dogs on a healthy diet, who get plenty of exercise, who don’t live around allergens, are free from injuries, and are free from genetic diseases will benefit only slightly from supplements. In this day and age, while the veterinary food industry is still debating about whether or not grain-free is good, we believe it is a time in history where supplementation is absolutely necessary.
Answer: Just like with Dog food from a store, stick with the same Supplement you would use regardless of if your Dog’s diet consists of kibble in a bag or custom-made meals. You won’t find properly sourced supplement ingredients in your pantry.
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