|10-17-2013 08:40 PM|
|10-17-2013 08:19 PM|
|shelli563||Any opinions on the digestive enzymes when feeding kibble?|
|10-17-2013 02:46 PM|
It is perfectly fine to feed a puppy a high quality kibble as long as it is specifically for Large Breed puppies. Large Breed puppy food is specifically made for puppies that are going to be a large breed, they make sure the puppy doesn't grow too big too fast.
|10-17-2013 01:47 PM|
|Nikitta||Be careful giving a puppy TO high end of nutrients. I was feeding Natures Balance AND Nuvet vitamins. NB claims its from puppy to adult but Xerxes was growing to fast and his joints were wobbly. My vet told me to cut back on everything. He was getting way to high end nutrients. I was in tears thinking I had ruined my puppy but when I cut back, his growth slowed down and he is 1 and 1/2 years old now and turned out wonderfully. hes a full grown gorgeous dog now. ( Okok I'm prejudice. ) LOL|
|10-17-2013 01:38 PM|
Feed a high quality kibble or go RAW.
I also fed some canned tripe to my GSD when he was a puppy.
|10-17-2013 01:19 PM|
|Freddy||The best thing you can do is feed your dog high quality nutritionally complete food. Acana Ranchlands has been great for my two, and I rotate in the other formulas about every third bag. Some prefer raw, I travel and my wife has her hands full as it is so it's kibble for us.|
|10-17-2013 01:10 PM|
I'm not sure about supplements for sure, but sometimes I think a lot of that stuff is overkill. Spending money for very little or no benefit. I can tell you that we gave fish oil and digestive enzymes for a while...and didn't see any difference in the coat or the poop. So we stopped.
I don't think any of those things would hurt...but you're also not probably going to prevent huge genetic diseases by giving those things. I'd actually worry about overloading the dog's system with vitamins more than not giving them enough. Giving too many vitamins isn't such a great thing either.
|10-17-2013 12:38 PM|
After the loss of our first beloved 14yr GSD earlier this summer, we are taking the plunge again and starting all over with an 8 week old pup. With our first boy, I didn't start giving supplements until his later years in order to help/prevent arthritis and to promote general overall health. What I've learned over the years is mostly for an adult dog... so I may be a bit lacking when it comes to puppies!
I gave Fish oil, Vit C, turmeric, Vit E, MSM, probiotic, glucosamine complex (Synflex), Vit B, ACV, coconut oil, kefir, garlic. I was thinking of giving the young pup most of these for overall health, probably leave out Vit E, MSM, Vit B. What do you think? Any other suggestions that may be beneficial for a growing pup?
We were feeding our dog Acana which he did great on, but I'm thinking of trying RAW as well as kibble for the new pup. On the days that I feed kibble, I'd like to add some digestive enzymes... any particular ones that work well? Or is there a whole food I can give that's a good source of digestive enzymes?