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Should I Give Supplements to My Dog?
Anthony N. • March 15, 2013

Should My Dog Take a Multivitamin or Supplements?

I've asked myself this question a few times over the past year. I take a multivitamin. My wife takes a multivitamin. My kids take a multivitamin. My dog doesn't take anything. Something just didn't seem right with the equation. To make matters worse, our dog doesn't exactly get "Top of the Line" brand dog food either.


Meet Marlowe

Marlowe is about 2 1/2 years old. We adopted from a regional shelter. We're not quite sure what type of dog he is. We think he has some Border Collie, Lab, possibly Spaniel... and each person we talk to seems to think he has something else in him. All we know is that he's a pretty good dog. Even if he's a bit camera shy sometimes.



Marlowe is at his best when he is riding in the canoe or going for a swim at the lake. Unfortunately, lake season is under 1/2 of the year around Fargo, ND.


After some careful consideration, I decided to buy Marlowe the Active One Multi-Nutrient for Dogs as well as Brewer's Yeast for Dogs (or cats, but I'm not really a cat guy beyond looking at funny pictures on the web). Both products made by our new brand, Swanson Pet Nutrition.


First Inspection


Marlowe was immediately interested. A bit extra excited when he realized he wasn't going to be yelled at for jumping on the table.

I used Instagram on this photo. Did you know Swanson is on Instagram? Check us out here and say hi to Kaitlin, who runs our profile.


A Better Look at the Packaging


Awaiting the First Bite


Close Up of the Dog Multivitamin


I put a few of the multis on the floor for a closeup. Complete with a few dog hairs. A dog of Marlowe's size (about 50 pounds) can have between 2 or 3 of these a day. His weight falls right in the middle. That makes one bag last about a month.


The Verdict


When given the chance, Marlowe decided to take his bag with him. We didn't let him get too far, but I don't think he would've been able to open the zipper seal. Marlowe's the type of dog who will eat basically anything. This just seemed like another treat to him. He loved it.


Should You Buy Your Dog Supplements?

That's up to you to decide. The total cost of the Multi (general nutrition) and the Brewer's Yeast supplement (hair, skin, digestion) was about $15. Combined with the average priced dog food we purchase, we still come out ahead compared to buying a top of the line dog food brand. 

Now, I can also feel a lot better about his nutritional needs being met.


Do you have any tips for keeping your pet healthy? I'd love to hear them.