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Best Doggie Supplements?

I'm hoping she'll eat and do well on Nature's Variety medallions, but even so, I feel like I should add some things occasionally - raw egg, cod liver oil, and some sort of high quality supplement to make sure all the bases are covered. Maybe something with dark leafy greens and other nutrients. I know Daniel uses a particular supplement, but I've misplaced the link and can't remember the name. I also ran across one called "Missing Link." (LOL- no pun intended.)

I'm gong to talk to my vet about it, but any other suggestions or products you like?
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Here's another one I'm thinking about, it has Transfer Factor which is a colostrum product, supposed to be good for immunity. My yorkie was on straight Transfer Factor for awhile toward the end of her life when her kidneys were failing and it did seem to improve her health for awhile. https://drfalconer.my4life.com/produ...x?id1=5&id2=95
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Hi Diane,

Beamer has been on a commercial raw diet for 19 months now and I never added anything additional to his food until recently. I bought a powder suppliment called Nupro which is similar to missing link and gave it to him for a couple months as directed. No change in him tht I could see, so I stopped giving it to him. I'm feeding it to him again just to get rid of it.. lol (and it was $$$$$$$) I also was giving him the cold fish oil sometimes, but again I could not see any dif. The commercial raw already has everything you need. If you oreoaring your own raw, then you might have some homework to do. (if you belive that they need extra suppliments..some people do and some do not)

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Diane, the very definition of supplement means that it is supplying a deficiency (something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole). If you think your dog food isn't complete, you might want to change foods or be sure what your dog is missing first.
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Thanks, Ryan, that's the supplement I was remembering.

Kimberly, I was thinking more in terms of re-inforcing and extending nutrition, not that I think the food is lacking, but something to boost and support immunity in particular. I found the Transfer Factor supplement on the website of a holistic vet whose philosophy about canine nutrition and health makes sense to me. I'm going to speak with my vet about it when I take her for her first exam, but I remember her telling me a number of years ago that all our pets are damaged by vaccinations and drugs (I was surprised to hear a veterinarian admit that), so in my mind they could probably use some extra support. She's not totally "alternative," she still vaccinates but spreads them out more, and does some stuff with homeopathic products, nosodes and herbs.

I don't take the same supplements and nutrients every single day, I vary it, take breaks from certain things unless I know I'm really deficient in something, since that's a more natural way of getting nutrients. I would imagine a similar approach would work well in dogs, as would rotating the protein source, etc. Again, I'll speak to my vet about it, because I'm not going to "experiment" on my dog. The last time we talked about canine diets, she was very open minded in the sense that in her experience, no one diet worked for all dogs, some did very well on raw, others seemed to need cooked food, some grain, some no grain, etc., so I guess we will see what works for us and what she's been noticing in her "patients" on different diets. I'm trying to be open minded in the same respect because while raw diet makes the most sense to me, if she does not do well on it or refuses it, I'm prepared to change course.
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Personally I like the Nupro. I don't really expect to necessarily notice a different in their coat or health right now since I know they are doing well on the raw. But I want to make sure that over the long term their health stays at the optimum. Plus it makes a great flavour enhancer.

I didn't think it was all that expensive. You only need to feed about a third of a spoonful.

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