by Will Hatoum April 07, 2019 1 Comment
Most animal medications have instructions regarding when to give them to your pet, but vitamins can be tricky in not only administering them to your pet, but knowing when to give them to your pet. In general, you will want to give your pet their supplements with food. Here are some tips on how to give vitamins and supplements to your pets.
Talk with Your Veterinarian
The first thing you'd want to do is speak with your veterinarian regarding your pet's specific needs.
Read the Label
The label will have a lot of information about when and how to give the vitamins to your pet. Some will say with food, some will say between meals, and some will say how many hours before or after meals to give it to them. If your pet is like mine, you may have to trick him or her in to taking their vitamins by putting it in food. Read below to learn what type of food you should use.
Ditch the People Food
Some people like to put pills in hot dogs for their dog. The problem is, hot dogs are highly processed with lots of salt and other ingredients that your dog does not need. In fact, your dog only needs to eat the food that is designed for them each day to ensure their safety. Therefore, if you want to give your dog their vitamin with their food, put it inside real dog food. You can also use liquid vitamins to mix it undetected in their meal.
Get the Right Form
Every animal is different. Some will respond to vitamins and some will not. But one thing is for sure; each animal has a preference of how they will ingest the vitamins and supplements you want to give them. This is where speaking with your vet would be of a benefit. There are supplements in chew (treats), pill, and liquid form. You may have to try more than one type before you find a way to get your pet to take it. It depends on how picky your animal is.
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