Do you ever wish you could give your hunting dog the canine equivalent of a large coffee before heading into the field because his or her lethargy slows you down? Hunting dog energy supplements are nothing new, with many formulations on the market that promise sustained endurance or energy. But, are they effective? Here, how to treat the cause of your dog’s lethargy for improved endurance will be discussed, as well as the common ingredients in hunting dog energy supplements and whether they provide your dog with additional energy.
Hunting dog energy supplements are marketed to provide your dog quick or sustained energy for the duration of time they are in the field. They are not intended to be fed for nutrition; rather, to be used to supplement a complete diet. Energy supplements contain a variety of ingredients to provide energy either on a macro- or micronutrient level and should only be fed as instructed.
As the name implies, hunting dog energy supplements are designed to provide your dog with more energy. The most common ingredients are sulfur (MSM), maltodextrin, l-carnitine, or fat (lard, vegetable oil, fish meal, etc.). Each ingredient has a different purpose.
Sulfur (typically in the form of methylsulfonylmethane) is used to block pain receptors so that dogs can push themselves for an extended period and is believed to improve energy levels. Maltodextrin, which is a type of sugar, is given to dogs for extra energy as a carbohydrate. However, there is dispute over whether maltodextrin truly provides energy to dogs since their metabolic pathways are primed for using fat as energy instead of carbohydrates. For this reason, fat is often the number one ingredient in hunting dog energy supplements, such as in the form of lard, vegetable oil, or fish byproducts.
However, there is little evidence that fat provides immediate energy, given that dogs expend energy to digest food. Finally, l-carnitine is often found in energy supplements because it can improve energy metabolism in dogs and has been shown to have good results.
If you look at the ingredient list of common hunting dog energy supplements you will see that many are a bandaid for the problem of low energy and do not address the underlying cause. Assuming you are feeding your dog an adequate diet for his or her high energy needs, low energy in the field is indicative of a systemic problem, namely, chronic inflammation.
High inflammation levels, which could be caused or exacerbated by Leaky Gut Syndrome, allergies, chronic illness, injury, or anxiety, among other reasons, and will result in low energy levels for a dog. Chronic inflammation is caused by an overworked or overactive immune system. The energy required to continually release white blood cells and other immune system mediators can lead to body aches, brain fog, joint pain, increased allergies, weight loss/gain, and lack of energy.
Many of the ingredients found in hunting dog energy supplements do not address the underlying causes of lethargy, such as inflammation. Few ingredients have scientific backing to support the claim of immediate energy, and unless the supplement has been third party verified (such as through the National Animal Supplement Council) there is no guarantee of what ingredients are actually in the product.
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