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Old 04-05-2006, 03:40 PM
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Do you give your dog vitamins? If so what kind?
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:59 PM
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The girls get supplements. They each get glucosamine (my arthritic dog gets extra), vitam E, vitamin C, flaxseed oil, salmon oil, and a kelp/alfalfa vitamin (gotta order more). My dog with kidney and liver problems gets milk thistle, and other special supplements for her kidneys and liver, heart, lungs, and intestines. One of them also gets a little bit of slippery elm.
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Old 04-05-2006, 04:44 PM
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I give a puppy multi-vite that my vet made sure that I walked out with (for like $45) and I put 2 brewers yeast tabs in every cup of food.
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Old 04-05-2006, 04:47 PM
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I really should start...they probably don't need much, but I'm sure a bit of Vit C and brewer's yeast wouldn't go amiss.
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Old 04-05-2006, 05:54 PM
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If a dog eats a good quality commercial dry food, a general vitamin supplement isn't necessary. If it is fed a home prepared diet, depending on the formulation it may not be a bad idea.

Some additional vitamin C is always good and anyone who feeds fish oil should also give extra vitamin E.

Most multivitamin supplements marketed for pets are poor quality gimmick products that are actually quite a waste of money. It's better to supplement individual things on an as-needed basis.
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:10 PM
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Great advice....Thank you for posting...

Zoom: I was told if you supplement yeast in your dogs diet you have to supplement calcium too....do you know if this is true?

Mordy: I am feeding Innova Large Breed Puppy to my pup and my vet, like memyselfandmiahs, is pushing these vitamin tabs on me everytime I go. From what you have posted I am thinking I don't need to buy them....what would you suggest?
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:22 PM
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You only really have to add a calcium supplement if you are feeding yeast in larger amounts for any particular reason and the diet otherwise doesn't have a large enough calcium reserve. The ca/ph ratio in the innova large breed puppy is about 1.3:1 if I'm not mistaken, so a few tablets of brewer's yeast per day aren't going to throw it off by all that much.

Say you fed a home prepared diet and would include a supplement like Dr. Pitcairn's Healthy Powder, it is true that you'd include a calcium supplement to balance it out.

The Innova LBP has a very nice vitamin supplement included, so no, I don't think an added multivitamin is necessary at all. If you want to give something extra, vitamin C (preferably as Ester C) and some good quality fish oil or wild salmon oil plus vitamin E would make a lot more sense.
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:35 AM
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Thanks Mordy. I value your input.
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If a dog eats a good quality commercial dry food, a general vitamin supplement isn't necessary.
It may not be necessary, but could it be helpful? I have been putting two teaspoons per day of Dr. Pitcairn's healthy powder on kibble.
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It certainly doesn't hurt, and the nutritional yeast has a taste most animals really like.
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