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Should You Give A Dog Supplements? – PetVi Nutrition Giveaway

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Note: That Mutt and PetVi have partnered to bring you this post. We’re giving away FIVE bags of PetVi’s supplements & 5 jars of probiotic treats. Leave a comment to enter.

Should you give a dog supplements?

We all hear about the benefits of dietary supplements for dogs, like glucosamine and probiotics, but it’s easy to ignore those recommendations and hope for the best.

I understand this.

Joint and digestive supplements for dogs are expensive, so like most dog owners I’m not very motivated to make changes with my dog’s diet unless he has an actual health issue like sore hips or tummy troubles.

Most of the people who read this blog are already spending at least $75 a month on dog food (and some, a lot more than that!) so we would hope our dogs are getting the nutrients they need from the high-end food we’re buying.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Most dogs can benefit from dietary supplements because:

1. When commercial dry dog food (kibble) is made, the cooking process removes many of the beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

2. Every dog is different with unique needs. Supplements allow me to adjust the diet for my individual dog.

PetVi Nutrition sent my dog Ace and my cats several of its supplements to try. These are focused on digestive health, allergy relief and joint health. Below are the products available through PetVi. Leave a comment below to enter our giveaway.

Should you give a dog supplements? My dog Ace with PetVi's supplements

PetVi Digestive Health Supplement for dogsSupplements available through PetVi:

Use code THATMUTT to save $2 per supplement at checkout.

Supplements for all types of diets

PetVi’s supplements can easily be added to any type of dog or cat food. You simply sprinkle it over the top of your pet’s food and mix it in. You can add water if your pet prefers.

Dry or canned dog food

We’re lucky there are so many brands of healthy dry and canned dog food available. But even when the food contains high-quality ingredients, many of the natural enzymes and vitamins are lost in the cooking process.

PetVi’s supplements can help because they naturally replace many of those vitamins.

PetVi’s digestive supplement includes:


  • Probiotics: Live microorganisms for digestive and immune health.
  • Prebiotics: 100% pure sundried California alfalfa + trace minerals and vitamins.
  • Omega-3 rich flaxseed for skin and coat health + organic zinc.


Should you give a dog supplements? PetVi Nutrition

Homemade dog food

Some dog owners choose to make their dogs’ food themselves. That way, they know exactly what their dogs are getting and where each ingredient comes from. This can be helpful for managing a dog’s food allergies.

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Of course, with homemade dog food you still run into the problem of losing some nutrients when the food is cooked, so that’s where certain supplements can help.

Raw dog food diets

PetVi Health Supplement hip and jointraw diet is the healthiest option for most dogs (and cats too!). Real, fresh food is generally best for everyone, and dogs and cats are obviously meat eaters!

But even pets on a raw diet can benefit from supplements. For example, I like to give Ace a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement because he’s a Lab mix and unfortunately prone to joint issues.

Plus, if you make homemade raw dog food, supplements can give you some peace of mind for providing your dog with properly balanced meals over time.

Beamer with PetVi supplements

Of course, feeding our pets shouldn’t have to be complicated. That’s why PetVi’s supplements are designed to make everything as simple as possible. Just mix it in with your pet’s food. Done.

And don’t forget, PetVi makes supplements for kitties too! 🙂

Readers’ feedback – PetVi digestive supplement

Some of my readers entered to win a free bag of PetVi’s original supplement last month, and some of you took advantage of the $2 off coupon code THATMUTT.

If any of you would like to send me your feedback on the products, I’ll add it in a future post – a sentence or two with a picture of your pup.

Use code THATMUTT to save $2 per supplement

Giveaway: Win a FREE bag of PetVi’s digestive supplement

PetVi is giving away a prize pack to FIVE readers of That Mutt.

*The winners have been notified.

Each of the five winners will receive:


  • a supplement of their choice (original, hip & joint or cats)
  • a jar of probiotic treats


To enter, just leave a comment below to let me know your dog wants IN on the drawing. Which of your dogs (or cats) would benefit most from this product?

I’ll choose five winners at random on Wed. April 13. Must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address to win. 

Probiotic treats for dogs from PetVi Nutrition

Do you think your dog would benefit from PetVi’s supplements?

Let me know in the comments!

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Lynn Enriquez

Friday 15th of July 2016

Our older dog has been having issues, I think this could help him.

Charles Kemp

Friday 3rd of June 2016

I think dog supplements would be nice to have just because they would at least be getting everything that they would need. I like that you mention how every dog has different needs. Basically, there is no one diet fits all for dogs.

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Congrats to the winners Tanika C., Carol S., Richard W., Andrea D. and Dawn K.

Robert Keenan

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Thanks again for the blog, Lindsay. It's always informative and fun. I am actually in the process of determining which supplement will be right for Murphy. He is four years old, a Beagle-Cocker Spaniel mix. He's active and healthy. Recently I have started making his food and I feel like he will probably need a supplement to go with it. Is that a correct assumption? He was eating Origen Red since he was a pup, but he got very bored with the food and I was always having to add something to the food. I understand he doesn't want to eat the same thing every day. Or maybe I am just imposing human nature upon him. So now I make his food and he loves it. It's made from boneless chicken thighs, ground fat-free turkey and loads of fresh vegetables that he loves. So I'd love to be able to try some supplements, more than that I am pretty sure that Murphy needs to have them if I'm going to continue to make his food. He is thriving on the food, I have been feeding it to him for two months now. Is it necessary to add a supplement if I am making my pup's food?

Michelle Smietana

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Would love to try something new. My boy has not tolerated the vet recommended glucosamine substitute well.