Medications have instructions regarding when to give them to your pet, but vitamins sometimes don’t offer much guidance. Here are some tips on how to give vitamins and supplements to your pets.
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. Make sure they have fresh water too.
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 and no more.
Therefore, if you want to give your dog their vitamin with their food, put it inside real dog food. You can 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.
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.
If your pet has a very easily disturbed digestive tract, then giving your pet vitamins with food will usually help, but in some cases, it can cause more problems so you’ll need to test it. If the supplement label says with food or water, try both to find out which works best for your pet. If it says absolutely with food, then you’ll need to follow the label and serve it with their meal.
It’s important to discuss with your vet which vitamins you’ll be giving your pet so that you can discuss how and when the vitamin will be given. In fact, as a safe guide, always consult your vet before giving your pet any supplement.