German Shepherd Supplements

Types of German Shepherd Supplements & Dog Supplements:

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.

Benefits- How Supplements Help with German Shepherds:

The Right Supplement Can help German Shepherds Perform at their best and avoid common health problems if the supplement can:

  • Support joint health and flexibility, maintain healthy elbows and hips and relieve occasional joint stiffness.
  • Enhance the functions of joint and connective tissues to support peak performance using the best source of GlucosamineChondroitin, and MSM
  • Support GSD skin health with Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Help maintain normal eye function, healthy vision development, and long-term ocular health.
  • Provide a complete way to optimize overall health and improve quality of life, whether working dogs or not.
  • Support normal immune system function.

Dosage- How Long Do Supplements Last, and How Many Do I Feed My Dog?

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.

Ingredients- Common Ingredients and Compounds Found in Dog Supplements:

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.

Safety- Do German Shepherds Like Supplements and Are They Safe?

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.

Things To Be Aware of With Dog Supplements

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.

Guide to Choosing the Right Product

  1. For Maximum Efficacy, choose a Supplement for Your GSD with Multiple Active Ingredients
  2. Always Check the Amount of Active Ingredient used. Companies trying to save a buck will often skimp on the milligrams of active ingredients in their products.
  3. Always Buy Made In the USA. Not every country considers dogs to be man's best friend. Companies will label the country of manufacturing on the label, and if buying online or from Amazon, this information is usually easy to find.
  4. If Your German Shepherd Has Allergies or Food Sensitivities, choose a Hypoallergenic Option
  5. Taste and Format Matters. There are a lot of supplements on the market. Instead of using a powder that needs to be mixed with wet food to mix in, or a pill you must shove down your Dog's throat, we believe that if you have a superior, quality, effective Supplement that dogs love, you've won the whole battle. It is challenging to make great-tasting Hard chewable tablets. Soft-Chews provides an elegant way to create a high-quality joint supplement for dogs with vitamin a and vitamin e without compromising taste.
  6. Results Will Vary Based on Your German Shepherd’s Age and Condition. It takes a while for your Dog to show signs of increased energy and mobility. There is no magic pill that gives increased mobility overnight. With consistency and time, owners report increases in energy and mobility, especially with their older dogs. Differences are more difficult to “see” in younger dogs since most are pretty active for most of their lives. The better the Supplement, the less of a difference you will “see.”

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.

F.A.Q.s Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Include Vitamins & Supplements in My Pet’s Diet?

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.

How Often Should I Give This Supplement to My Pet?

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.

Is This Supplement Safe to Use with The Medication My Pet Is Currently Taking?

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.

My Pet Is Allergic to Certain Ingredients, Will This Product Be Safe to Use?

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.

Does This Product Come in Other Product Forms?

Nope. WoofWell® Breed-Specific Health Support Supplements only come in delicious bacon-flavored soft-chews.

How Do I Make Sure My Dog Is Getting Enough Vitamins?

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.

What Supplements Should I Give My German Shepherd?

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.

Are Supplements Necessary for Dogs?

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.

What Supplements Should I Add to Homemade Dog Food?

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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