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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.