For loving dog parents, there’s no such thing as “too early” or “too late” when it comes to helping our canine companions feel healthy for the long haul. So, whether you have a rambunctious puppy or a senior dog enjoying their golden years, any time is a good time to plan a new dietary regimen that supports all ages and stages of your dog’s life.
In case you missed it, we posted a blog that discussed why supplements are so helpful for dogs of all ages, along with some of the most common areas of canine wellness that supplements can help to support. But, we’d like to cover another aspect of your dog’s well-being that you should definitely keep an eye on.
One of the most important, yet overlooked areas of canine wellness happens to be eye health. 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
As you know, Fish Oil provides an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids that support skin, coat, joint, immune, brain, and heart health. But, many people aren’t aware that Fish Oil can also support eye health. Omega-3s contain 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. Alternatively, if you're looking for a vegetarian-friendly options for your pet, hemp and algae-derived sources of Omega-3 are just as helpful for those puppy dog eyes that you love.
2. Lutein (with Zeaxanthin)
Lutein is a carotenoid with 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, which is a great option for dogs on holistic superfood-based diets. However, these carotenoids are also used in health supplements by extracting Lutein and Zeaxanthin from marigold flowers. You and your doggy can’t go wrong either way!
3. Vitamin C
We all know that Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 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 Vitamin C to support visual health, along with the additional benefits it provides for skin, immune, bone, and joint health.
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. Just like with Lutein and Vitamin C, Astaxanthin can be found in foods (salmon, krill, algae), or extracted as an isolated ingredient for pet health supplements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.