10 Nutrients your Pup Needs to Thrive

10 Nutrients your Pup Needs to Thrive

Just like humans, our canine friends could sometimes use a little nutrient boost in their lives. While they can get a lot of the nutrients they need from natural digestion and good food, giving them supplements can help them complete their health puzzle.

Read on for the nutrients your pup may not be getting enough of, and how you can provide them so you and your pup live long, happy lives together.

 

Magnesium

As the second most abundant mineral in a dog’s body, magnesium is an essential nutrient for many health functions in our canine friends. It works in tandem with calcium to ensure strong bones and teeth. It also aids in DNA replication, organ health and functioning, metabolic processes and nerve function.

Magnesium is also closely tied to proper muscle functioning, including the heart. That’s why magnesium plays a key role in heart health. 

In addition to many physical functions, magnesium also can have a calming effect when it’s abundant enough in the body, making it an excellent nutrient for dogs with anxiety problems.

Magnesium is found naturally in foods like soybeans, whole grains, and raw wheat germ. It’s also found in our Pawlific Pets Rehyrd8 Soft Chews!

Potassium

Potassium is a primary electrolyte for dogs. It works with sodium to regulate fluids and help create homeostasis in the blood. Potassium regulates blood pH and helps move water in and out of cells. It also regulates water levels and helps prevent dehydration.

It also has a positive influence on muscles and nerves. It minimizes contractions in muscles and helps to facilitate nerve signal transmission. 

Potassium is found in foods like bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, spinach, squash, and salmon. If you want an easy way to get more potassium into your dog’s diet while helping them rehydrate, our Pawlific Rehydr8 Soft Chews are just the ticket!

Calcium

Calcium is famously a crucial nutrient for healthy bones, which is especially important for bigger dogs that are more prone to poor bone health. It’s an essential building block for bones, teeth, nails, and coat. Making sure a dog has enough calcium is also critical to preventing issues like osteoporosis and rickets.

Calcium is also important for muscle health. It plays a role in muscle contraction to help the heart function correctly. When a dog has enough calcium, it can also prevent heart disease. It also helps muscles in the legs as well as the smooth organ muscles that help organ function.

One issue is that in many cases, dog foods are higher in phosphorus than they are in calcium, while for healthy bodily function, dogs need more calcium than phosphorus. That’s why supplementing the calcium in your dog’s diet can be very beneficial.

Zinc 

Zinc is everywhere in your furry bestie’s body– organs, muscles, and bone. It has a wide variety of functions. In fact, it’s an essential nutrient for over 300 physical functions! It helps with metabolism and the immune system. Good zinc levels in your pup will promote:

  • Immune system strength
  • DNA and RNA replication
  • Cell division
  • Hormone production
  • Healthy skin and coat
  • Good eyesight
  • Memory, learning, and cognitive function

Zinc deficiency can lead to all sorts of health problems including skin conditions, sores, hair loss or dull coat, excessive itching or scratching, weakened immune system, and slower healing of skin wounds. Puppies, pregnant, and nursing dogs could have other symptoms, including stillbirth, birth defects, and stunted growth,

Zinc is naturally abundant in meats like duck, chicken, and beef, fish like salmon and sardines, and vegetables like spinach and broccoli. It’s also found in one of our favorite supplements for boosting your pup’s energy and hydration.

B Vitamins

Just like for humans, B vitamins are crucial for a dog’s health. Some of our favorite B vitamins can be found in our Pawlific Rehydr8 Soft Chews, including:


Vitamin B6: responsible for glucose generation, red blood cell and nervous system function, hormone regulation, immune response, niacin synthesis, and gene activation. Regulates sodium and potassium levels, promotes healthy cognitive function, important for erythrocyte production.


Vitamin B2: helps facilitate enzyme function, supports eye health and plays a function in red blood cell synthesis, works closely with muscular system to preserve strength.


Vitamin B12: helps facilitate enzyme function, impacts nerve function, required for myelin development, which covers the nerves and is crucial for proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. It also works in tandem with folic acid to synthesize nucleic acids. It’s not naturally synthesized in a dog’s body so, adding B12 to your dog’s diet is crucial for their health.

Probiotics 

Probiotics aren’t just for people! Probiotics can also help a dog’s digestive process, support their immune system, reduce allergic reactions, and prevent negative digestive symptoms. Probiotics do this through the promotion of good bacteria in the gut. Our Pawlific Pets Probiotic & Enzymes Soft Chew contains some of our favorite, most beneficial probiotics, including:


  • L. Acidophilus: ease digestion issues
  • B. Lactis: promotes healthy immunity, supports healthy digestion, healthy cholesterol levels
  • L. salivarius: Reduces colonization by pathogens in the gut, in humans has been used to prevent and treat a variety of chronic diseases, including dermatitis, halitosis, asthma, cancer, and asthma. More study is needed for canine benefits, but research so far shows good signs!
  • L. plantarum: lead to the production of antibiotics as well as lysine, an amino acid that promotes healthy digestion
  • L. Rhamnosus: maintain healthy elimination processes

Help your pup’s gut by making sure they have plenty of healthy probiotics supporting it!

Digestive enzymes 

Digestive enzymes are getting more attention, and for good reason. Cooked food contains less digestive enzymes than raw food, and a lot of dog food on the market is cooked. A lack of digestive enzymes can lead to lowered resistance to disease and stress and organ problems, including pancreatic problems.


Digestion affects the whole body, including elimination, hormones, gallbladder function, and the immune system. We’ve carefully selected some of our favorites to aid canine health in our Pawlific Pets Probiotic & Enzymes Soft Chew, including:


  • Amylase– breaks down starches
  • Protease– breaks down proteins into amino acids
  • Lactase– breaks down lactose, a sugar found in milk
  • Lipase– helps digest fats 
  • Cellulase– breaks down fiber from plants and grains

These digestive enzymes will help your pup break down their food and gain maximum nutrients.

Yucca

Yucca is an evergreen shrub found in deserts such as the Mojave, Sonora, and Chihuahua. In Native American traditional medicine, it’s used for a variety of health benefits, including treating arthritis.


Pets and their owners can see amazing benefits from incorporating yucca into their healthy lifestyle. It’s becoming a more popular ingredient in dog food and supplements like our Pawlific Pets Probiotic & Enzymes Soft Chew because it can help reduce the odor of pet stools by altering the production of hydrogen sulfide, which is an odorous gas. 


It also contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects, as well as being a good source of vitamin C, B vitamins, protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium. As well as containing many nutrients of its own, it also helps digestion and makes vitamins and minerals more bioavailable.

Pumpkin Powder

Pumpkin is great for digestion, since it contains soluble fiber. It’s also packed with vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as minerals like iron and potassium and fatty acids. Vitamin C is an excellent immunity booster, vitamin A and fatty acids help boost skin and bone health, and vitamin E works with antioxidants to help fight oxidative damage by fighting free radicals.


We included it in our Pawlific Pets Probiotic & Enzymes Soft Chew because it’s also a prebiotic powerhouse, which means that it supports the presence of bacteria that aids digestion. The benefits of pumpkin also include helping with weight loss by helping a dog feel more satiated. This is especially important for older dogs, who are prone to obesity.

Love!

We had to say it! Our canine companions deserve the best love and care we can possibly give them. They give us unconditional love and their best selves at all times, and they deserve the same from us! That’s why every Pawlific product is carefully designed with lots of love to help our furry family members live the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible.

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