If you walk into any grocery or health food store, you are likely to see an entire row of multicolored pill bottles of human multivitamins and supplements. They will all be lined up neatly, advertising different things like “complete nutrition!” and “plant-based energy!”
We all know we should be taking a multivitamin. They are the world's most popular dietary supplement, raking in about 14 billion dollars annually. Doctors started recommending them in the early 1940s and now around one-third of all Americans take a vitamin pill of some kind every day.
There are always questions about the safety and efficacy of multivitamins. You will find as many different opinions as you will find people: some believe it is good insurance against nutritional gaps in your diet, while others suggest it is simply a way of making expensive urine, and still, other people recommend taking dozens of supplement pills every day.
With so many people using them, it only makes sense that you may be wondering if your pet needs a multivitamin too. You may be hesitant to start giving him one, however, because of the same concerns people have about human vitamins: are they worth the money? are they safe and pure? what should my dog be taking, and why?
What Are The Advanced Multivitamin Chews?
Your dog needs the same vitamins and micronutrients every day that you do. He can suffer from the same deficiencies as humans, which can lead to some dangerous health conditions, both acute and chronic.
Medical issues caused by malnutrition (a severe, chronic, long-term lack of sufficient nutrition) can include:
- Anemia, an iron deficiency causing fatigue and easy bruising and bleeding
- Osteoporosis, a bone health problem caused by lack of vitamin D and calcium
- Scurvy, which is a lack of vitamin C
- Rickets, stemming from no vitamin D intake
- Many common chronic ailments like diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease
- Discomfort and inflammation in the body
- Lowered immune function
- Cancer and tumor growth
The importance of solid nutrition can NOT be overstated. Proper intake and balance of a large array of nutrients is the key to long-lasting health.
As a responsible pet owner, we know you already feed your dog the best diet you can; a multivitamin can help ensure he gets all his nutritional needs met regardless of how his day progresses. We created our Advanced Multivitamin Chews to make it simple to give your dog the gift of good health!
A Superior Product For Your Pet
Our ingredients are all backed by solid scientific research and are all-natural, containing no artificial flavors or preservatives.
They are produced in the United States, come in BPA-free packaging, and are totally environmentally-friendly, with no harsh chemicals used at any point during the process.
They taste great, with a natural bacon flavor your dog will be excited to eat every day!
They are grain-free for dogs with allergies and have very few calories so there is no need to adjust his food intake to avoid obesity (and its subsequent health problems).
With our 6-in1 formula, your dog gets the immense benefits delivered straight to his:
- Skin and coat. His fur will be thick and lustrous, not dry and brittle and falling out. His skin will be firm and supple. Dandruff and itchy dry skin will be a thing of the past.
- Hips and joints. His hips won’t ache, his joints will stay cushioned, and he will maintain his full range of motion. If your dog has been diagnosed with arthritis, our multivitamin formula may help alleviate the pain and inflammation.
- Digestive system. He will be able to better digest his food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate digestive upset. Since so much of his immune system is in his intestines, he may not get sick as often either!
- Immune system. His body will be better able to fight off infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi that could otherwise make him sick.
- Heart and circulatory system. His heart will pump blood more efficiently, normalizing his blood pressure and heart rate.
- Brain and memory. He could learn faster, think more clearly, and escape the potential neurodegenerative disease.
They contain over 20 essential vitamins and minerals as well as omega-3,omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids from krill oil, prebiotics and probiotics, and digestive enzymes.
Our vitamins are chock-full of antioxidants, molecules that fight free radicals (untethered electrons) in the body that can destroy cells and tissue and cause rapid physical aging and disease.
All of our ingredients are safe and effective. They are all pure and of the highest quality possible.
What Are Hemp and CBD?
Our Advanced Multivitamin Chews also contain hemp extract. Hemp is rich in cannabinoids, or CBD, and is safe and legal and can positively affect his overall health by:
- Bolstering his immune system function
- Eliminating inflammation and pain in his entire body
- Decreasing the frequency and severity of seizures, migraines, and tremors
- Cutting down on the digestive upset he experiences, like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Encourage healthy restful sleep and muscle recovery
- Slash his risk of cancer and tumors
- Help alleviate the symptoms of many chronic health conditions
There is some misinformation floating around about what CBD is, so you may be hesitant to give anything including hemp ingredients to your dog.
CBD is NOT marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are related but hemp does not contain significant concentrations of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that induces a high.
Instead, the cannabinoids extracted from hemp interact with a highly-specialized system in your body called the ECS, or endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate all your routine bodily functions. Processes like breathing, digestion, muscle contractions, and waste elimination are all affected by the ECS.
Many people and their animals enjoy a boost in energy and feelings of overall wellness when they begin using CBD.
Hemp extract comes in many different forms, including tinctures and oils, but we made it simple to give your dog by including it in an edible. Your dog will think it’s a treat and will not even recognize how amazingly healthy it is for him to be snacking!
Why Does My Dog Need Multivitamins?
Some of these nutrients are not found in adequate amounts in food, and his body can not store enough of them to quickly make up a deficit. A varied, well-rounded diet can provide most of what he needs, but what if your dog is picky, or has food allergies that limit his intake, or is just really busy playing and can not always find the time to eat a full meal?
Our Advanced Multivitamin soft chews for dogs can help!
Vitamins are essential micronutrients your dog’s body can not create itself (or can not synthesize in large enough quantities to sustain life). He must get it from his environment, with the most common source being food.
There are two types of vitamins, and they’re categorized by how your dog’s body uses and stores them.
Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in (you guessed it!) body fat. They tend to build up and the body can store them, but regular intake keeps his body from assuming it is starving.
If your dog’s dietary fat intake is abnormally low, or he is dangerously thin, he may not be able to absorb and metabolize fat-soluble vitamins. Because they can accumulate in his body, it is possible to have too much. They can be toxic if taken in large amounts.
Vitamin A and vitamin D are both fat-soluble and it is common for them to be out of balance.
Water-soluble vitamins, on the other hand, are flushed out of the body if they go unused, thanks to the kidney and liver function they support. This is why your own urine turns yellow after a multivitamin, and why often opponents of vitamin supplements will cite ‘very expensive pee’ as a reason to not take them at all.
B vitamins are water-soluble. There is very little to no risk of an overdose of water-soluble vitamins as long as your dog’s excretory systems are in good working order.
There are 13 essential vitamins, and they each provide a unique set of benefits to his body:
- Vitamin A helps the body form and maintain healthy teeth, bones, and skin. It also contributes to healthy eyesight and reproduction, as well as being the defining factor in how well his internal organs function.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) enables his body to use carbohydrates as energy and is essential for proper nerve and muscle function. Thiamine deficiency can cause permanent loss of memory and muscle tone.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) breaks down the energy stored in the macronutrients that you eat (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and allows the body to effectively carry oxygen in the blood.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) is necessary for the function of every single part of his body. It is a major component in the two crucial coenzymes involved in cellular metabolism.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) is necessary for making red blood cells, sex hormones, and stress-relief hormones. It is also a body-wide anti-inflammatory.
- Vitamin B6 helps his body create neurotransmitters, which are the messengers that carry instructions from his brain to the rest of his body.
- Vitamin B7 (biotin) aids in the maintenance of mucous membranes (which are essential for breathing and digestion) and liver metabolism (which keeps toxic substances from building up in your body).
- Vitamin B9 (folate, or folic acid) assists in the formation of new proteins like DNA and RNA. Higher levels of folate are recommended during pregnancy because it allows the fetus to develop red blood cells and eliminates some of the risks of neural tube defects.
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is actually stored by the body and deficiencies are extremely rare. Nerve function depends on B12; without it, his risk of developing dementia and neurodegenerative diseases sharply increases.
- Vitamin C is necessary for muscle growth and repair, iron absorption, and wound healing, among other things. It is a powerful antioxidant that boosts his immune system’s ability to create white blood cells (the boots-on-the-ground defense against infection).
- Vitamin D works with calcium and phosphorus to keep his bones strong and healthy. While it is available in small amounts from food, his body can make vitamin D when his skin absorbs direct sunlight.
- Vitamin E deficiency can cause severe, recurrent, irreversible nerve pain and damage, so it is best to make sure his body gets all it needs. A highly potent antioxidant, vitamin E is also important to reproduction function, vision, and the creation of blood fluids.
- Vitamin K is responsible for appropriate blood clotting in his body, as well as promoting good heart and brain health. Human babies are usually given a shot of vitamin K at birth to eliminate the risk of internal bleeding.
There are also a number of micronutrients present in our formula. Trace minerals help your dog’s body perform many important functions, like regulating bone growth, stimulating hormone production, ensuring fluid and electrolyte balance, and help prevent chronic illness.
In addition to the major vitamins, our Advanced Multivitamin Chews contain many of the essential minerals your dog needs to function, including:
- Iron is part of the hemoglobin molecule, which enables your dog’s red blood cells to carry oxygen from his lungs to the rest of his body. Hemoglobin holds around two-thirds of the iron in his body.
- Manganese helps metabolize cholesterol and allows his body to use vitamins C and E.
- Copper is found in every tissue in your dog’s body. It maintains nerve cells and helps his body form collagen.
- Iodine is the base of most thyroid hormones, which controls your dog’s metabolism and reproductive health.
- Phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in cell membranes and provides structure to nucleic acids. It is essential for energy and metabolism.
- Calcium not only makes for healthy bones but also is required for your dog’s blood to clot and for all muscle contractions including heartbeats.
- Choline helps your dog’s brain regulate his memory and mood. Choline also forms part of the membranes inside your body.
- Potassium regulates blood pressure and can protect against stroke, as well as regulates the balance of fluids inside his body.
How To Spot A Deficiency In Your Dog
Vitamin deficiencies can present as a wide variety of non-specific symptoms and can be life-threatening.
Things to watch for include:
- Dry skin
- Dry eyes
- Frequent infections
- Poor wound healing time
- Constant skin irritations like acne or ingrown hairs
- Brittle nails and paw pads
- Mouth ulcers or cracks, bleeding gums
- Patchy hair loss not due to flea or tick infestations
Many times a blood test is the only way to accurately detect a nutritional imbalance. Talk to your pet care team. Mention your concerns and any symptoms you see your dog displaying.
Your veterinarian can test for one vitamin in particular or he can do a complete blood panel to test for deficiencies in any area. It is also a wise idea to run your dog’s iron count and complete blood count (CBC) as well.
If he finds your dog is experiencing low vitamin and mineral intake or is not able to use them properly, he may suggest a multivitamin as the first step to solving the problem.
All of these essential nutrients and more are found in a high-quality multivitamin like Advanced Multivitamin Chews.
Note that it is absolutely essential that you do not ever feed your dog a human multivitamin or supplement without medical instructions and oversight.
Humans metabolize their vitamins differently than dogs do and the concentrations of minerals in people's pills may be dangerous. They may also contain additives that are unhealthy for your pet.
Your vet may suggest human-grade supplements, but it is important to talk to a professional before giving your dog any multivitamins made for people.
How The Advanced Multivitamin Chews Work
We know you are busy.
It is hard to remember to do everything you already have on your plate, and adding new to-do list items feels impossible sometimes.
That is why we made using Advanced Multivitamin Chews as easy as possible. They require no measuring, mixing, or anything fussy to prepare- you simply dump a couple of chews into your hand and feed them to your dog! That’s it!
Our Advanced Multivitamin Chews are suitable for any age, from puppies to seniors, and are especially useful for pregnant or nursing mothers. Dosing is calculated by weight- up to three chews a day- so you can be sure your dog is getting the perfect amount of every nutrient he needs.
You and your pet are absolutely going to love them, but just in case they also come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
If you think your dog may need a multivitamin, talk to your veterinarian. He can guide you in making the right choices for your pet.
We care about your dog as much as you do and we strive to make quality products available to everyone at an affordable price. We also want your life to be easier because of our products.
A simpler product leads to a more sustainable routine for you and your dog, which ultimately leads to better health care.
Sources:Safety Evaluation of Vitamin A in Growing Dogs
The Role of Thiamine and Effects of Deficiency in Dogs and Cats
Studies of Pantothenic Acid Deficiency in Dogs: Three Figures
Clinical Study on the Effect of Biotin on Skin Conditions in Dogs
Safety Evaluation of Vitamin A in Growing Dogs