There are mixed answers on the subject, but the majority are a resounding "Yes".
I am briefly going to highlight some of the reasons why. Most owners are not feeding their dogs a well-balanced good quality dog food. Therefore, dogs are not receiving vitamins and minerals they need.
There are an abundance roughly 120 or more of vitamins and supplements advertised as being "All" beneficial to the growing needs of puppy developments. These can be overwhelming and even confusing in choosing, "Which one is best". So, I did some research and looked up vitamins and one brand listed I noticed was a supplement called, NuVet Vitamins and it was the most listed vitamin among breeders and surfing the web as "the best supplement". So, out of sheer curiosity I wanted to look up this NuVet and compare it against other named Vitamin companies to see, Just what makes this the best vitamin out there?
After a lengthy and almost exhausting comparison, I discovered that NuVet vitamins are a mixture of ingredients that have not been shown to be safe and effective in treating or preventing any disease in dogs and other animals, as NuVet is advertised. They are advertised as treating many diseases not limited to: cataracts, cushion's diseases, diabetes, allergies and a list of others, with good results and no risks.
Well, after a diligent search. I found there is NO reliable evidence to support the health claims NuVet makes for a number of their ingredients and being most important, is there appears to be absolutely NO published research evidence of any kind evaluating the safety of purported benefits of their product! What else I found interesting is that their products are listed as "using natural, human-grade ingredients." This simply means: good for human consumption, not animals. We all know, or at-least everyone should know is that: "What may be good for humans is not always good for dogs or animals."
During my search I found a supplement called, NuTri-Vet Vitamins and here's why I choose to give our dogs, NuTri-Vet Vitamins:
NuTri-Vet is a "veterinary formulated animal supplement" that promote health and well-being in dogs and other animals. They are a leading provider of "natural animal products" in America. NuTri-Vet does not advertise as being able to treat or prevent any disease in dogs or other animals. They are members of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) a nonprofit industry group dedicated to "Protecting and Enhancing the Health of companion animals" throughout the United States.
NuTri-Vet was just the best fit for our dogs and puppies and we give NuTri-Vet to all breeding dogs and puppies as a weekly (one-day-a-week) supplement. We "highly recommend" they stay on the supplement during their first year of life, that's how much we believe in the health of our extended family members. We have started all puppies on the path of disease protection with NuTri-Vet puppy chewable because, our puppies are born with an enhanced immune system, not only because of their ancestry, but also because when puppies are weaned they are given a high quality puppy food and supplementation.
We know that very often, new owners change their puppy's food and it is usually because of the price of the food. When you change the puppy's food to a lesser quality food the puppy is not receiving all the needed vitamins, minerals or antioxidants required during the development stages in their 1st year of life and "all dog foods are not created equal."
It is for this very reason we require all puppies to remain on Wellness or another high quality puppy food their first year of life and beyond. Isn't your four-legged loved one just as important as your health is to you?
"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart"