Re: New gsd owner needs good advice...
Congratulations on your new addition!!
For an ear cleaner, you shouldn't need one if the food is right and he's not having problems with water in his ears from swimming, etc.
I too use a dremmel for the nails.
For the supplements. The first step is to first make sure he's on a good food that is working for him. Food is pretty controversial to some - my recommendation is always start with a food that has no corn, no sorghum, no wheat, and no by-products, and then go from there.
You don't want to add anything until you are sure that he is digesting the food well, good stools, etc.
My dog needed a multivitamin at a young age -- she was kinda a mess. Most folks don't want to mess with the balance of the diet for a young dog. If you decide to go with a multi, we had good success with vetrisciences Canine Plus. Or you could look at some of the more whole food products, like Missing Link.
I like being proactive with joint supplements. For a pup, you could give a half dose, as I do believe that they have some preventative action. Some products, like Nupro or Missing Link have versions with glucosamine and chondroitin in it already that might help. Normally, I don't think there is enough of the joint stuff in products like those, but for a pup with no symptoms, it might be just enough.
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