Supplements and multivitamins have become a common addition to human diets. As our food intake varies daily, we often add supplements to meet certain nutritional requirements.
One-third of all dog owners add supplements to their dogs diet and there are professionals who recommend them when a dog might be missing essential vitamins and minerals from their diet, just like humans.
It is essential to note that different dogs have different requirements so nutritional needs will vary. For example, supplements can be particularly beneficial for dogs with specific conditions, like skin problems or arthritis, which a standard diet of commercial dog food cannot solve.
Supplements are best used in the following conditions:
- Your dog is elderly and needs extra nutritional support
- Your dog has a nutrient deficiency or a particular condition
- Your dog refuses to eat properly, due to ageing or sickness
Dog supplements are not medication to cure disease, however they may prove useful in providing relief or preventing certain conditions from getting worse. Here are some of the active ingredients found in each of Bioflow’s new dog supplement range and how they can be beneficial to your pet.
Bioflow Joint Care For Dogs
Designed to support your dog’s joint structure and promote mobility, Bioflow’s Joint Care capsules contain the following key ingredients:
Glucosamine and chondroitin
Glucosamine provides support to the cartilage, tendons and ligaments that make up the joints. The results of clinical trials suggest that glucosamine is an key component of connective tissues and therefore contributing to the maintenance of proper joint function. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin is often recommended by veterinary practitioners as a supplement. Together glucosamine and chondroitin work to maintain the normal viscosity of the synovial fluid that surrounds the joints.
This plant is found in the tropical regions of Southern Asia. The active ingredient of turmeric is called curcumin and is a member of the ginger family. Known for its orange/yellow color, turmeric is most commonly used for cooking, herbal medicine, and dyes. As a supplement, Turmeric has been known to help arthritis and other joint issues due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Bioflow Digestive Aid For Dogs
Bioflow’s Digestive Aid capsules are developed to support your dog’s digestive system. Amongst other vital vitamins and minerals each capsule contains:
Prebiotics are substances that aren’t digested by your dog but can stimulate and promote growth of beneficial bacteria. They help to support the welfare of the beneficial bacteria living in the gut, further cutting down on discomfort or digestive problems.
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that can help the gut regenerate so that it can absorb nutrients correctly.
L-Arginine relaxes the smooth muscle fibres of the blood vessels. Arginine supplementation may have beneficial effects in heart or kidney disease.
Bioflow Calming Aid For Dogs
Bioflow’s Calming Aid capsules contain the following ingredients that can help reduce stress and calm nerves in your dog,
Lemon Balm Extract
In dogs, lemon balm can be used for numerous health issues, including stress, anxiety and depression. In older dogs, lemon balm can be used to address sleep disorders and reduce agitation and anxiety caused by canine cognitive dysfunction.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that can nervous tension and many of the negative and destructive behavioral patters associated with anxiety in dogs.
L-Tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin which plays a vital role in supporting your dog’s wellbeing by regulating stress and anxiety in the brain
Bioflow Skin, Coat and Nails Formula For Dogs
Designed to help thicken and strengthen your dog’s skin, coat and nails, Bioflow Skin, Coat and Nails Formula For Dogs supplement contains the following ingredients:
The Omega-3 fats found in fish oil help to reduce inflammation, which can lessen the intensity of many allergies. Bioflow Skin, Coat and Nails Formula contains Fish Oil along with Marine Collagen Type 1. Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and connective tissues like joints, tendons, cartilage and ligaments. As dogs age, their capacity to produce collagen diminishes making them more susceptible to injuries, painful conditions of the bones and joints, and poor skin and coat health.
Co Enzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is antioxidant supplement used for the cardiovascular system for dogs. It is a compound that is made naturally in the body and it is important for cell growth and protection.
Bioflow Multi-Vitamins For Dogs and Multi-Vitamins For Senior Dogs
These advanced multi-nutrient supplements have been expertly formulated with a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals to support the health of your dog. They include:
Ginseng Siberian Extract
As pets age, their ability to absorb nutrients can decline, creating under-nourishment. This results in loss of energy and alertness, and an increased risk of illness. Not only is ginseng known as an appetite stimulant, but studies also show it can increase the ability of the intestine to absorb nutrients. Ginseng, found in Bioflow’s Multi-Vitamins for Dogs contains strong antioxidant components that help the body recover from stress, fatigue and illness. It also contains anti-inflammatory saponins that can also help regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Another component in ginseng root is geranium, which has a powerful hydrogenating effect on the body, especially the liver.
The B vitamins provided by Bioflow’s Multi-Vitamins for Senior Dogs allow for the proper utilisation of proteins, carbohydrates and fats supplied by the diet, facilitating the release of energy from food, and the synthesis and maintenance of tissues.
Zinc supports a dog’s immune defences and reproductive health by providing a beneficial level of zinc, which is an essential trace mineral distributed throughout the canine body. Zinc can be found in both Bioflow’s Multi-Vitamins for Dogs and Bioflow’s Multi-Vitamins for Senior Dogs