My Dog Has No Energy

 

My Dog Has No Energy
Many commercial dog foods lack essential nutrients. Symptoms such as scooting and an upset stomach may result from a digestive or nutritional imbalance. You may need to provide a vitamin supplement to help support your dog's liver, eyes, kidney, heart, and brain functions. Supplements containing antioxidants and minerals also contribute to improving your dog's energy level. Always consult with your vet to conclude if your dog needs a supplement.

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How do vitamins help
If your dog exhibits signs of energy loss due to aging or illness, a vitamin supplement can be beneficial to his immune system, eyes, kidneys, liver, and help promote overall health. Senior dogs particularly benefit from vitamin supplements. Energy-producing foods in your dog’s diet are essential when you observe sluggish responses in your dog. Modifications should introduce a correction in the balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and natural or vitamin supplements.

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What causes low energy in dogs

  • Anemia
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  • Obesity
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  • Boredom
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  • Diabetes
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  • Poisoning
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  • Depression
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  • Heatstroke
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  • Liver disease
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  • Kidney failure
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  • Hypothyroidism
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  • Intestinal worms
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  • Nutritional deficiency
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  • Inappropriate or inadequate diet

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Do vitamins increase energy
Dogs, similar to people, obtain their energy from nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in their diet. Iron and B vitamins are essential for energy, particularly B12. Both are available in meat products. However, if dogs get more protein than necessary for muscle and energy, it is either stored as fat or excreted in the urine.

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Does it matter what food I feed
Many dogs count on their food to provide energy, and most eat commercial dog food. While the majority of packaged dog foods provide a reasonably balanced diet, if your dog has particular dietary requirements because of a health condition, you should discuss which type of food is best to feed your dog with your veterinarian. For instance, you should feed puppies a brand of dog food formulated specifically for puppies because they need more fat and protein in their diet than older dogs.

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Why should I add supplements to my dog’s food if the bag indicates it is packed with vitamins and minerals?
To ensure your dog stays in optimal health, choose a high-quality, healthy dog food, and supplement with vitamins when needed. Adult and senior dogs tend to absorb fewer electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins through the digestive system and lose a lot of them through the urinary tract and kidneys. Also, some older dogs eat less because of situations such as oral disease, and may not obtain recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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