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Question Do you supplement when feeding kibble?

I took my golden retriever to the holistic doctor today as I wanted to hear about diet and supplement options for a strong immune system (my golden had a spindle cell tumor removed from her leg about a month ago).

The holistic doctor is very-pro raw diet and not a big fan of kibble. Personally, I am not comfortable feeding raw because of the risks of bacterial contamination (E. coli and salmonella) it poses to the human members of our family (which, as I understand it, could be transfered to people from doggy kisses and contact with dog feces).

Anyhow, the holistic doctor advocates supplementing the diet of all kibble-fed dogs with: 1. probiotics (found in acideophilus, contained in yogurt, gel or capsules); 2. enzymes; 3. fatty acids (found in cod liver oil); and 4. whole food source vitamins and minerals (from whole herbs, vegetables and fruits).

I am wondering if anyone is supplementing their kibble diets, and, if so, with what?

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I just use Missing Link sprinkle in their food and some olive oil. I tried fish oils but they backed away from it. They will not eat yogurt or cottage cheese, either.


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Kubrick gets Salmon oil in his kibble as a supplement. That's all. I feel like Fromm's has enough vitamins (look at the label) and does not need supplemental minerals and vitamins.


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I add Missing Link, 1/2 hard boiled egg yolk twice a week, one teaspoon olive oil every other day to their kibble. I also feed them 1 teaspoon of yogurt every other day.

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I add in the morning- usually seameal, frozen veggies defrosted then sometimes meat and egg- depending on left overs or what I made for breakfast. They just love breakfast!

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I supplement Maddie's kibble with powdered egg yolk (recommended by her breeder), a doggie fish oil cap (which she'll eat straight she loves it so much), and a little seameal (which has some enzymes). Her coat is soft and looks great.

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I'm feeding Fromm's and just ordered the Chicken A La Veg ~ I sure hope he likes it! We add the powdered egg yolk and usually a tablespoon of mixed veggies maybe with a little apple.. Fromms has plenty of the veggies, Rufus just begs alot when I feed the parrots!

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... a doggie fish oil cap (which she'll eat straight she loves it so much), and a little seameal (which has some enzymes). Her coat is soft and looks great.
tell me about this fish oil cap? I have fish oil in a liquid pump that we give to Ayla and it makes such a smelly mess! The container is so sticky and so is her dog dish. How often do you give this to Maddie? Is it for her coat? her joints?
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I supplement Maddie's kibble with powdered egg yolk (recommended by her breeder), a doggie fish oil cap (which she'll eat straight she loves it so much), and a little seameal (which has some enzymes). Her coat is soft and looks great.
Jeanne,

Can you tell me where you get the doggie fish oil caps? Do they smell or make Maddie's breath/body smell like fish? Do you know what kind of fish oil is in it? I am very interested! Thanks!

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I'm interested in the fish oil caps too. I just started missing link with Cash-- see if it helps him not eat poo--

I give my boys an egg yolk every other day and about a teaspoon of yogurt with each meal.




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Jane- I'm giving Maddie DermCaps from 1800petmeds.com. I bought the ones for petite and miniature breeds. I think they have fish oil, safflower oil, borage seed oil and Vitamin E in them. Its made for the skin and coat. Maddie's breath isn't fishy nor do the capsules smell bad. I tried the salmon oil before, but her breath was so fishy! As I said, she'll gobble down the capsule straight, so it evidently tastes good to her.

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