5 Key Ingredients to a Dog’s Eye View

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Just like us, our dogs are happiest when they can see our loving smiles, not to mention enjoying the sightseeing during their outdoor adventures. But unlike us, they can’t exactly throw on a pair of sunglasses or prescription glasses to give their eyes a break.

That would look cute, though.

With that said, it’s crucial to make sure Fido’s diet includes vision-supporting ingredients that keep them ready for all their places to go, and pups to see. So, here are five great ingredients that are sure to help them out!

1. Fish Oil for Omega-3s

Fish Oil can support eye health thanks to its DHA (or Docosahexaenoic Acid), a fatty acid that is naturally present in the retina. So, as dogs grow from puppy to senior, dietary DHA supplementation is a great way to maintain healthy retinal DHA levels to support their overall macular function. Salmon, Krill, and Cod Liver Oil are all effective (and tasty) options that support your dog’s DHA levels.

2. Lutein (with Zeaxanthin)

Lutein has antioxidant properties that have been shown to boost retinal response and visual function for dogs. The same can be said for Zeaxanthin, which is another carotenoid that provides similar benefits. Both Lutein and Zeaxanthin are naturally found in leafy greens and vegetables, along with supplements by extracting Lutein and Zeaxanthin from marigold flowers. Don't miss this one!

3. Vitamin C

We all know that Vitamin C is practically a must-have to support the overall wellness of our furry friends. Among its many benefits, this vitamin contains antioxidant properties that have been shown to support eye health for dogs that need some extra TLC from prolonged oxidation. That said, any pet vision supplement worth its weight in belly rubs should include this incredible vitamin.

4. Astaxanthin

While we’re on the subject of antioxidants, Astaxanthin is widely considered to be one of, if not the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant that mother nature has to offer. Just for perspective, Astaxanthin is said to be 6,000 times stronger than Vitamin C! So, when it comes to protecting your dog’s eyes from free radicals and oxidation, adding Astaxanthin to their diet is a must.

5. Vitamin A (as Beta-Carotene)

For many dogs, maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin A levels is essential for keeping the eyes healthy. That’s because Vitamin A is what the brain draws from to register what the retina sees, just like how an electrical power source is required to turn on a TV. In both its active and beta-carotene form, Vitamin A rich foods (such as carrots) or supplements can help to support macular health, retinal function, and even night vision.

As you can see, these nourishing ingredients can truly support your dog's vision and overall eye health. For dogs with pre-existing eye conditions, we always recommend consulting a veterinarian to help your pet based on their specific health history. But, we're always happy to help you learn more about these ingredients, and how our supplements may help.

Feel free to leave a comment below to ask! Or, you can reach out to us directly at (800) 940-1972 or bark@zestypaws.com.


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  • Judy Clark

    Ocu-Glo has prevented cataracts in my Diabetic dog. Way higher values per gel capsule.

  • Zesty Paws

    Thank you so much for sharing your feedback, Judy! We are so happy that your sweet pup is benefitting from his/her regimen as there is nothing better than seeing your pup live their happiest and healthiest life. All of our products, including our Vision Bites are designed to help support the overall health of our furry family rather than to treat or cure anything. With that, our Vision Bites are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids (with EPA and DHA) to support eye health.

    I encourage you to reach out to us directly so that we can learn more about your pup’s health goals. :)

  • Judy Pohlod

    Our 15 year old miniature poodle has gone blind. Breaks our hearts. Was hoping you had something for cataract or brown stop on other eye

  • Zesty Paws

    Hello, Judy Pohlod! We are so sorry that your pup has gone blind. Our hearts are with you during this tough time. While we would first recommend speaking with your vet about your options, and before using our products to help with your pups eyes, we would love for you to check out the Zesty Paws Senior Vision Bites. They are formulated with as many ingredients as possible to help senior pups with overall eye health! Also, remember that you can reach out to us directly through Facebook and Email to get more specific questions answered at any time.