Irish Setter Dog

Question: I have a dog who is getting older and wanted to know if vitamins would be of benefit and how much should a dog take in relation to humans.

Answer: Many dog owners like to give vitamins and herbs to their pets. It is difficult to know the proper dosages for a dog. One option is to use a weight ratio compared to humans. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds and your dog weighs 50 pounds, the dosage for your dog would be a third of your dosage. Nutritional supplements for pets are sold at many stores, but not enough research has been done to determine whether some of these products are appropriate for your pet. Some companies may place products for sale without much thinking into product development and may provide a dosage on the label that could be too low or too high.

Disclaimer: People should be taking the least amount of prescription drugs that provide adequate treatment, and to regularly monitor and review what is being taken and how much. This applies to most supplements, too. Please do not make any changes in your treatment without first discussing it with your health care provider. Statements made, or products sold through this website, have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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