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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Do I need Vit E supplement?

I feed my dog a mix of prepared raw and whole raw, I will throw in a chicken back, chicken/lamb/turkey neck etc.

I don't see in the prepared raw food that any fish oil is added, so I feed a bit of herring oil on top. I was reading up and an article said that if you feed fish oil, you need to also feed Vitamin E?

Is this correct?

How much should I feed? I have a 70lb female, the instructions on the herring oil say to feed 5ml per 50 lbs, so I feed about 7 ml of the oil.

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fish oil depletes the vitamin E dogs store....so yes, supplementing with a human grade 400iu E gelcap(with mixed trocepherols)every few days is recommended when giving omega oil. E is fat stored so you don't really need to give it daily....eggs and many organs contain E so the dog does get it in whole food form if you are giving organ and eggs.
I don't give the herring oil so don't know the recommended amount on that...sounds like you are doing it correctly!

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Ok thanks! Maybe I should add a couple of eggs a week.

The prepared food does contain some organ meat though, so maybe the Vit E is not a problem?
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I am also a little confused about the vitamin e.... Do I have to give a supplement or is there a way to supply it through diet?

And if I don't add fish oil supplement, how do I give her the omegas she needs?

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This also brings a question to mind if I am giving fish oil and feeding TOTW do I need to also supplement with vitamin E
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My vet advised me to give Lola Vitamin E everyday to Lola for your thyroid/skin issues.

I used to buy human grade capsules but found this expensive, so I buy a power online used for dogs and horses Online Horse Supplies - Natural VItamin Supplements for animals - Vitamin E is much more economical.


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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Vitamin E is fat stored, so I personally don't think it is necessary daily. Organ meat and eggs contain E, best if you can supplement it thru foods instead of packaged vitamins.
If you do supplement it as a capsule make sure to get the e with mixed tocopherols

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My vet advised me to give Lola Vitamin E everyday to Lola for your thyroid/skin issues..
?? I should learn to proof read my typing!

Should say - my vet advised me to give Lola Vitamin E everyday for her thyroid/skin issue.

Agree raw eggs are very beneficial, mine get an egg a couple of times a week.


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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It would be great if Lola could help my skin and thyroid issues by taking E...lol

I would prefer giving E to Stella thru diet, just not sure how much to give. Will an egg a day be enough E? Or is that too many eggs? Her raw food contains organ meat....

I noticed that the kibble and/or canned food has Vitamin E.

Do dogs need fish oils? Omegas?

Wow, it was so much easier to feed kibble....

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unless you are feeding oily fish, yes, fish oil is recommended. the dosage is in a sticky at the top of the forum.

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