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Supplement additions to a raw/cooked home diet

I'm looking for suggestions for supplements to a raw or cooked home meal.

Miss T won't touch kibble and rarely will touch any canned food (I've tried all the organic ones and high end cans but she takes one bite and then won't come back again)

At the moment I am only supplementing with bene bac (she's on antibiotics from being spayed) and chlorophyll and vitamin e and a multi vitamin (the multi is actually all non-synthetic natural human one - Megafood whole foods brand - I give her about 1/10th of a tablet)

I'm considering getting Balance IT - has anyone had experience with this?

She won't eat the purina probiotic so I've resorted to mixing it up and syringing it into her mouth.

I know with a home cooked meal you are supposed to supplement - I'm curious to hear what supplements you guys have tried/like.
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the ONLY way to do homecooked RIGHT is to go through a dog nutritionist!!
There are so many minerals and trace minerals and vitamins and we as thier doggie parents need to make sure they are eating right!

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I'm not going to a nutritionist.

Just tried Instinct Raw - the beef flavor and the chicken flavor. She won't touch it. So I guess preformulated raw is not my answer!
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I'm not going to a nutritionist.

Just tried Instinct Raw - the beef flavor and the chicken flavor. She won't touch it. So I guess preformulated raw is not my answer!
You may need to let her get REALLY hungry, and then just stick to a food you know is good for her. Eventually she will cave, and unless there's something wrong with her physically, it won't hurt her to go a couple or three days without food.

It's tough love, but the best thing for her in the long run.


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She's got 2 more days of antibiotics (which might have something to do with the not wanting to eat certain things) so I'm going to wait a few more days and then try being stricter about food. At the moment I just want her to eat anything. But its not a good long term solution. Is it bad if they don't eat for 2 days? Can they get hyperglycemic?
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the ONLY way to do homecooked RIGHT is to go through a dog nutritionist!!
There are so many minerals and trace minerals and vitamins and we as thier doggie parents need to make sure they are eating right!
ditto, you've got it backwards. YOu pick the diet first and the suppliments second, because they depend on the main diet.

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I HAVE chosen the diet - raw/homecooked - actually she chose it because she won't eat any of the commercial preparations. See my original post.

So my question is does anyone on this forum have any recommendations to supplement that? Please DO NOT tell me go to a nutritionist, because I'm not going to.

I've ordered The Honest Kitchen Preference supplement which is designed to add to the homecooked or raw meal so I'll have to see if she finds that palatable.

As I mentioned I'm supplementing EFA, probiotics, chlorophyll. I plan to stop supplementing the multi if she eats The Honest Kitchen.
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I HAVE chosen the diet - raw/homecooked - actually she chose it because she won't eat any of the commercial preparations. See my original post.

So my question is does anyone on this forum have any recommendations to supplement that? Please DO NOT tell me go to a nutritionist, because I'm not going to.

I've ordered The Honest Kitchen Preference supplement which is designed to add to the homecooked or raw meal so I'll have to see if she finds that palatable.

As I mentioned I'm supplementing EFA, probiotics, chlorophyll. I plan to stop supplementing the multi if she eats The Honest Kitchen.
I'm sure there is lots of ways to research on your own. Have you goggled to see if their is more information for you to read?Your baby seams like a picky eater hope she feel more like eating after the antibiotics . Her stomach may just be upset. Maybe yogurt . I really don't care to feed raw because of bacteria but that's just me.

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Everyone has to do what they feel is best for thier dogs, but I am very curious as to why you are so against consulting a dog nutritionist? Not the one recommended here even, but ANY dog nutritionist?? just curious why you are adamantly against it?
we pay big bucks for these companion animals and we all want the best for them and to keep them healthy.

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My thoughts are if their is nothing really wrong with you dog like allergies and such. Why pay to have someone hand you a recipe when you can find good information for free. A good holistic feed store could get a person started in the right direction.IMO

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