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Old 08-20-2012, 03:52 PM
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Default What do you add to their kibble? Or do you?

What do you add to your dogs kibble? Or I guess just food in general?

Sometimes I feel like I'm not giving Jackson enough... I always hear of people adding fish oil, coconut oil, and all kinds of other supplements. Maybe he's being deprived! LOL.

Jackson just gets his kibble and wet food mixed in. Usually breakfast is kibble/wet and at dinner time I pour the rest of the kibble in his bowl and he eats it within an hour dry.

The only thing he occasionally gets is some egg, but that's probably only twice a month when I make scrambled. I had made a thread not too long ago about giving him a raw egg once a week or so - still haven't started that. Also, if we ever eat chicken or beef, etc, he gets a little bit of our leftover meat in his dinner.

But as far as daily, I don't give any fish oil, or omega's, or vitamins, or anything. Should I be? I mean, he's doing well as is (very active, no knee or joint problems, good weight, good coat, etc). He does get a half of a stick of one of these glucosamine sticks every night before bed:


He will be 4 in October, so not old by any means, but he certainly runs a LOT and is pretty active, I wonder if anything should be used as a preventative measure?
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:12 PM
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They get coconut oil in the morning, sardine or salmon oil in the evening, and the Dobes get Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning and evening. They also get a raw egg (no shell - they won't eat it) two to three times per week. I also try to make sure the Dobes get some raw stuff (meaty bones, some of Dance's ground stuff depending on what I've thawed for her) in their diets now too a couple times a week (not mixed with their kibble). It just makes me feel better to know they're getting something that's not processed.

The ACV is a new addition, trying to see if it helps Ripley's skin issues at all. And I figure it can't hurt Keira, so she gets it too.

Dance eats raw, but she gets all of those same things minus the ACV and I also give her dried kelp in the mornings.

I never used to give my dogs anything extra at all, but the Dobermans inparticular seem prone to dry skin, which is why I originally started adding fish oils to their diet. The coconut oil is new - I just started that a few months ago. Not really for any real reason other than I wanted to try it and it's supposed to be good for them. But, seeing as I am also giving them fish oil, I can't really tell if it's doing anything or not.

I've considered adding a joint supplement to their diet as well, but I don't know if I should or not. None of them seem to have any issues, and they aren't sport dogs or anything. Just active pets. So I haven't done it yet, but might start. The Dobes will both be middle aged for their breed next year, and of course I want Dance to live (healthy) forever so want to do what I can to help her do that!

And aside from all that, they often get leftover people food thrown in too if it's something they can eat. I have dogs with sensitive tummies, so have to be careful. Occasionally I'll buy them a tub of yogurt too to share, but that's just a "when I feel like it" thing. We'll see if the ACV does anything.

My dogs don't seem any different now with supplements than without. I just like knowing they're getting a little extra. And their coats are more shiny with oils in their diet.

If I am feeling nice I also sometimes add canned food to the Dobes' kibble. It's obviously not a supplement, but they think it's just the best thing ever.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:44 AM
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Breakfast-
ACV
Salmon Oil
Plaque Off.

Dinner-
Plaque Off.

Seasonaly-
Benadryll in both meals (and, recently at bedtime, too).

Saturdays-
Raw egg, shell and all

Wednesdays-
a can of Sardines
vitamin E

I also add some chicken gizzards to a meal (when I remember to defrost them).
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:23 PM
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Nothing--she's doing great on just kibble alone, so with all her food intolerance issues I don't want to rock the boat!

She had seasonal allergy issues for a while, and the vet suggested fish oil, but it was near impossible to get her to eat it. We had to cut open the pills and hide it in little cheese pillows and it was messy and gross and sometimes still she'd sniff and avoid it. (And this is my dog who eats EVERYTHING she can get her mouth on). I gave up--it didn't seem to be making a difference anyway.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:04 PM
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Nothing consistently. They get canned Merrick or Wellness stew on the weekends (the only time I feed them) but that's about it. I don't really see the need for my dogs to have any supplements added, they're doing fine as is.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:16 PM
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Nothing consistently. They get canned Merrick or Wellness stew on the weekends (the only time I feed them) but that's about it. I don't really see the need for my dogs to have any supplements added, they're doing fine as is.
Yah i only feed rosey on weekends too, or else she comes to expect food daily... much cheaper this way!

Rosey gets nothing mixed in... she gets some meat thrown in once a week.

The ferrets get melatonin
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:10 PM
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I feed Acana Pacifica and I add an egg and SG Seameal in the mornings. Bit of water, too, because I don't like a loose powder over dry food.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:15 PM
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All five get Vitamin C and Fish Oil. Stryder and Kiba and Glyco-Flex I (soon to be II), and then Kiba gets Duralactin twice a day.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:24 PM
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In the evening, they get some premade raw mixed in with their kibble, along with some water.

In the morning, they get canned food (a wide variety), water, and supplements. For supplements, they get kelp/seameal, liquid fish oil, digestive enzymes, and a hip/joint supplement daily. They also get pumpkin about three times a week.
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Elsie gets an egg in the morning and an egg in the evening.
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