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Old 11-02-2011, 08:40 PM
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Default Raw feeders - do you give a vitamin?

I have been feeding Steve kibble in the AM and raw at night for a couple months now. We finished his last bag of kibble and he's completely on raw. I bought him a bottle of doggy vitamins because I'm so paranoid that I'm going to mess him up, but I'm guessing they're kind of... superfluous?

Do you guys give vitamins or are you comfortable/confident that you're providing everything your dogs need through their diet?

Am I just being overprotective/paranoid mama?

(Probably.)
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:45 PM
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No, I don't use a vitamin but I do on occasion use showstopper during major shed sessions.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:47 PM
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Some of our raw customers like to add in Missing Link or digestive enzymes. It's certainly beneficial and can't hurt, but you don't have to. Your call!
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:08 PM
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I don't, I feel pretty confident that it's not needed.
The only thing I'd consider adding would be omega 3s, if fish doesn't go well when we get to that point.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:13 PM
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Omega 3 capsules if Steve isn't getting grass-fed meat would be a good idea.

Pet Naturals of Vermont has a really good daily vit, but when I do PMR the only supplement I give is Omega 3 because I can't afford grass fed meats.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:20 PM
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He does get a fish oil supplement as well as glucosamine/chondroitin and those I'll continue with regardless.

I used to feed the pit bulls raw. I don't remember stressing out about it this much
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:30 PM
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I can't find a multivitamin that I like. We sell PetTabs at the clinic but I really don't like the ingredients at all. I did use a multivitamin when Gavroche was eating less than a cup a day because I figured that a dog his size can't possibly be getting everything he needs from such a small amount of food. And when Logan ate chicken and rice early on for diarrhea I put a multivitamin in.

I don't feed full raw but right now I do fish oil, vitamin E, glucosamine, kelp and occasionally digestive enzymes. Logan gets ShowStopper during shedding - he used to be on Seameal but I lik the Showstopper better. When they eventually get switched to raw, I'll probably stick with the same supplements I'm using now.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:37 PM
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Izzie gets fish oil occasionally and a Recovery SA joint tablet, sometimes i throw in some Mercola Pro-Biotics.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:27 PM
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Fish oil pills and essiac tea are the only other things he gets besides his raw. I keep thinking I should add in a glucosamine pill, then I remember I'd gone off the essiac, add that back in and he limbers back up.
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I do salmon oil every night, but that's the only supplement I use.
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