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Dog Multivitamins: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Dog Multivitamins: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Let’s talk about multivitamins for dogs. Do they need them? Yes, they do. Do we as humans take multivitamins? Yes, we should. Dogs are no different. Let’s face it, our personal diets are not exactly perfect nor is our dog’s diet. Multivitamins are a bridge between daily food and whole-body health. 5Strands® fixes that gap to heal from within.

Consider this: we may not know what our dog is lacking because they can’t tell us how they feel, though dogs can show us based on outward signs of wellness. When partnered with the 5Strands® test kit, we are able to tailor your dog’s food for better vitality for our companion.

The 5Strands® Multivitamin is specially formulated using natural, proven ingredients selected based on science. Should your dog have a food intolerance, we got you covered -- the 5Strands® Multivitamin is available as a single protein in 2 flavors and does not contain corn, soy, wheat, dairy, or GMO’s. It is hypoallergenic in a soft chew format delivering 22 nutrients with a simple 10-in 1 multivitamin --- we take the guesswork out for you.

5Strands® Multivitamin supports 10 vital areas:

Digestion & Breath. Through a trilogy of chicory root (prebiotic), Bacillus species (probiotic), Saccharamyces (postbiotic) we can achieve amazing things in the gut. Threonine, an essential amino acid, is crucial to enzyme production, many of which affect insulin, metabolism, and healthy appetite. These ingredients work in concert to keep your dog’s gut healthy, allow him to digest, to absorb nutrients consumed, and to maintain vitality. The intestine is the largest and most important organ in the body, let’s keep it happy and strong. A great side benefit to adding postbiotics is also less odorous breath – we all love dog kisses, but not stinky ones.

Brain Function

As our dogs age, we often see a decline in cognition. It may be subtle, yet we know it happens. Our 5Strands® Multivitamin supplies omega 9 fatty acids typically called medium chain triglycerides sourced from coconut oil. Additionally, we add L-carnitine which known to help with weight control but is it can also support an aging puppo. These 3 ingredients are not typically added to pet food.

Organs, Heart & Vitality

Organs are the lifeblood of the body. Heart – pumps blood. Liver – cleanses the body. Kidney – eliminates toxins. Organs are affected by diet, environment, illness, and stress. There are many whole foods rich in nutrients such as flavonoids, B-vitamins, and amino acids. These are the nutrients required to fuel the body for long term vitality. Just because a pet food claims it is complete and balanced does not mean it has what I would call “extra goodies” based on your dog’s test result. Taurine is an amino acid found in meats and is needed for heart, eye, muscle, digestion, and immunity. The plethora of B vitamins we add are for critical organ functions such as hormones, energy, metabolism, and fur to name a few. The challenge is making sure they have ample amounts using a multivitamin.

Mobility & Vision

A true concern for all dog owners is mobility, especially as our dogs age and can no longer jump on the bed. Whether you have a big dog or little dog, they are all at risk for mobility issues. Obesity often damages joints from extra weight stress. Let’s be honest, we spoil our dogs with extra treats. Just as we pack on pounds from extra calories, so do dogs, worsening the fact they may be unable to exercise. In conjunction with proper caloric intake, providing a supplement for mobility support may help extend the playful days or long walks. That is why we add 2 key nutrients -- glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate. These are building blocks of cartilage or the protective surface on bones between joints and vertebrae. Loss of cartilage is often the cause of arthritis. The previously mentioned L-carnitine assists with fat metabolism for preoper weight. For vision, beta carotene is added. Naturally found in many fruits and vegetables. Once in the body, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A, an essential vitamin for healthy eyes and assisting better light detection in darkness. We add both sweet potato and supplemental beta carotene.

Immunity/Skin and Coat

We live in a world littered with toxins, visible or not. Toxins come from food, shampoos, furniture, where we live, etc. Dogs are prone to not only food intolerances, but also seasonal and environmental allergies. A robust immune system is crucial to staving off symptoms. A 5Strands® Multivitamin may provide needed support from free radical reducing ingredients and antioxidant rich ingredients including vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta carotene. Zinc and biotin support healthy skin and coat. Signs of sensitivities manifest as itchy skin, dull coat, paw licking, and hot spots. Coupled with the 5Strands® test kit, we are able to help identify what the food trigger may be, come up with solutions to resolve it, and make a happier puppo.

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