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Old 06-14-2010, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 8 month old boy is currently on Royal Canin German Shepherd puppy food, and after research on this site I will be switching him to Orijen large breed puppy. The breeder suggested 2 supplements - Prevention Plus and NuJoint Plus, which I have been giving every day. Does anyone have experience with these supplements? Should I discontinue giving him these once the switchover to the better food?

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Old 06-14-2010, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say you shouldn't have to give him the supplement each day once u switchover to the better food, though it would still be good to give it to him now and then the new food should take care of everything. orijen is a very good brand, another brand i recommend is blue buffalo.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It would be my opinion that no matter what you feed, brand or formula, a complete supplement for general health with digestive enzymes, ingredients for better skin and coat would be very helpful. Animal Naturals Show Stopper and Joint Strong would be my choice. It's the best supplement I have found so far. Here is a link for more info.
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I was told if you buy a good brand dog food you don't need supplements. You are just spending twice the money for supplements that are already in a good dog food.
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Prevention plus I am not familiar with but I have heard mixed results on giving a puppy or healthy dog joint supplements like glucosamine . I like the idea of salmon oil and yogurt every day and I am trying the showstopper which I am happy to hear that Mike really likes because I was wondering if there was something else perhaps I should try. My girls both have had surgery so I do give them cosequin and smart flex which I also was thinking of trying something else but just don't know what is best.
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I was told if you buy a good brand dog food you don't need supplements. You are just spending twice the money for supplements that are already in a good dog food.
Forgot to add that I do give my boy Salmon oil for his coat and he does not itch at all!!
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I was told if you buy a good brand dog food you don't need supplements. You are just spending twice the money for supplements that are already in a good dog food.
I think you are largely right. A very high quality diet should provide everything they need. Totally agree about the exception of fish/omega 3 oils.
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A good food does provide everything they need, but not in large enough quantities to make a large difference. You should still be supplementing some sort of calciums, oils, and glucosamine, at least.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for the replies. It seems that it will not hurt to continue with the supplements and the breeder highly recommends both so I will go with her experience for the time being.
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ZAYDA, If your dogs need a joint supplement, Joint Strong by Animal Naturals is a great product. Read about it here. Joint Strong by Animal Naturals
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