Dog Supplements | How Useful Are Probiotics/Hemp Dog Supplements?

Dog supplements are confusing to many dog owners. A direct answer to the question of whether or not a dog needs additional supplements is, “it depends.” Unfortunately, it can become pretty confusing as to what exactly would be right for one particular dog and not for another. The following list of supplements should help pet owners overcome this problem.

Probiotics, a different kind of dog supplement

Not exactly your daily dog supplements, probiotics are perfect when your dog is experiencing regular stomach problems like indigestion, acidity, and loose poop. The capsules/tablets contain a healthy dose of beneficial intestinal bacteria that can help to restore the essential bacteria count in the digestive system. As mentioned earlier, they are not given n a daily basis, so consult your vet before administering them.


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Some probiotics are considered natural building blocks for a dog’s immune system, differing from the dog supplements above. And … this type needs to be given every day. In the Dogs Naturally Magazine, Patricia Jordon DVM wrote an article about the top natural probiotics that are best for your dog. She describes how they are considered good bacteria in a dog’s body.

Good probiotics, or bacteria, are live microorganisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract, the oral cavity, vagina, nasal cavity, respiratory organs, and even on the skin of your pet. Keeping it balanced is crucial for the health of the dog. But how do you go about it? By feeding the probiotic bacteria with prebiotics, various types of preferred foods. By doing this, your dog will develop symbiotics.

We know this word better through the term “symbiotic relationship.” Symbiotic relationships are a particular type of interaction between species, a balance achieved by working together. According to Patricia Jordan, prebiotics and probiotics form a perfect relationship by working together to keep your dog’s body top-notch healthy.

Here is a list of prebiotics, starting gradually with everything but garlic. Garlic is in moderation.

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Garlic (feed fresh, organic US-grown garlic, up to 1 tsp per 30 lbs of your dog’s weight per day)
  • Green leafy veggies (dandelion leaves are particularly useful)
  • Mushrooms

If your dog is taking antibiotics, give probiotics two hours after the dose of antibiotics to repair the damage.

Hemp Supplements

Often confused with marijuana supplements, hemp seed, and oil supplements are nothing of the sort since they contain none of the addictive hallucinogen THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Instead, hemp supplements like Canna-Pet are rich in CBD (cannabidiol); a product that’s perfectly legal in every state and has the following positive effects on dogs:

  • Reduces anxiety, aggression, and stress
  • Improves the appetite and skin conditions
  • Helps with neurological and muscular disorders that cause pain, seizures, and spasms
  • Improves immunity

You should give it a trial period to see how your pet reacts to the supplement first. Amazon has hemp supplement oil in small bottles for this purpose. Hemp is an essential fatty acid. The description of essential fatty acids is that the dog cannot produce it by itself. 

Hemp supplement oil contains the perfect ratio of Omega-6 (linoleum acid) to Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) fatty acids, in addition to high in an essential Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA).  People and dogs alike who do not have enough GLA in their system are shown to develop cancer, diabetes, skin allergies, and joint issues.

Omega 3 and Omega 6

Sunflower oil, fish oil and omega 3/omega 6 supplements in capsule form are all good and might be particularly helpful for dogs who suffer from frequent allergies. They also have other benefits, of course, and they are as follows:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids reduce allergic reactions
  • Omega 6 fatty acids keep doggy coats healthy and shiny
  • Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation
  • Both provide a general boost to cognitive functions, bone health, kidney function and heart function

As you can see, some dog supplements can indeed help your dog, especially if it needs special care. The key is in combining the right dog food with a few key dietary supplements. Consult with your vet and together, you can devise the perfect diet plan to keep your pooch in the best health condition possible.  It is true that most modern dog foods have enough vitamins and nutrients in them to fulfill most of your dog’s nutritional needs. However, depending on the health condition, breed and age of the pet, additional dog supplements might be necessary to maintain optimum physical condition.


The US-Canadian Goldenseal is an extremely potent dog supplement. It is excellent  when it comes to getting rid of watery eyes in dogs. The strong but harmless antibacterial plant extracts are almost medicinal as opposed to supplemental, to be honest, but they offer an excellent way to clear bacterial skin infections and other parasites. Goldenseal can basically be mixed with any food and it will clear out the bacteria which is responsible for causing the infamous weepy eye syndrome, making it ideal dog supplements.

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