Does Dinovite Work?

Almost every dog food manufacturer aims to improve the nutrient profile of their food by adding vitamin and mineral supplements.

Some dog owners choose to provide their dog a supplement themselves (in the same way that we buy Vitamin C tablets, or Fish Oil capsules).

One commonly used supplement is Dinovite.

There are many different supplements out there that are supposed to improve your dog’s overall health – Dinovite being one of the most well-known of these.

What is Dinovite?

Dinovite is a powder supplement that is added to your dog’s food to improve his health.

According to Dinovite, the supplement contains:

  • Delicate Vitamins – for vibrant  life
  • Enzymes – to aid digestion
  • Fatty Acids – for skin and shiny coat!
  • Zinc – for skin and immune system
  • Live Direct Fed Microbials – immune system
  • Trace Minerals – proper body function

The supplement is said to help the following symptoms:

  • Terrible itching
  • Sores and lesions
  • Crusty skin
  • Bad odor
  • Excessive shedding

This is rather extreme and if your dog is experiencing some of these, a trip to the vet might be warranted.

However, note that there are increasing amounts of research showing that early introduction of probiotics can help your dog.

How Does Dinovite Work?

You add a scoop to your dog’s food and add a little water to it. The powder turns into an  “gravy” of sorts.

From there you just have to make sure your dog gobbles it up.

Many cheaper pet foods are nutritionally deficient, and can be the cause of skin irritations and itchiness.

The actual ingredients are:

Ground Flax Seed, Dried kelp, Yeast Culture, Dried yeast, Ground Grain Sorghum, Fructooligosaccharide, Zinc methionine complex, Alfalfa nutrient concentrate. Along with a series of probiotics including Aspergillus, Lactobacillus.

How Much Dinovite Should I Give My Dog?

Boxes are sold in 90-day supplies for small, medium and large dogs and each comes with an appropriate sized scoop.

Dinovite recommend a generous amount rather than underfeeding.

For example, if you have a small mix breed who weighs 23-25lbs, you are better off buying the “Medium Dog” box than the “Small Dog” box in order to ensure your dog gets enough of these essential nutrients.

Is there a Cheaper Alternative to Dinovite?

Dinovite is not cheap – with a 90-day supply for medium-sized dogs retailing at around $60.

Other alternatives include:

PetVitalityPRO Probiotics for Dogs

This 60-day supple retails at around $20, with a similar ingredients list to Dinovite, and is fed in a similar way to your existing kibble or dry food.

(See at Amazon)

Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites

Zesty Paws have a range of supplements for specific conditions, and this one is for digestive issues. Based on Pumpkin and Papaya, it also includes a host of probiotics.

(Discounted at Amazon)

Should You Give Your Dog a Supplement?

This is very much a personal choice.

  1. It’s important to get high-quality food as the first step.
  2. If your dog does suffer from significant food issues, you might also try a limited ingredient food – this will help eliminate a specific intolerance.
  3. If your dogs symptoms are significant, it will take more than a supplement to get them to full health. See your vet.
  4. Gradually introduce the supplement.
    Just like humans, sudden changes can cause upset tummies and gas!
  5. Change one thing at a time.
    Don’t introduce a new food and a new supplement. First try the new food for 2-3-weeks. Or keep the same food and introduce the supplement.

Do Supplements Help?

Yes and No.  A high quality and complete base diet means that the need for supplementation is reduced.

However, specific supplementation (such as probiotics) are often only available in supplement form.  As the body of research grows, we are seeing that probiotic supplementation can help with digestive issues.