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First time GSD owner-- should I be giving my pup vitamins?

I have an 8 month old (where does the time go?!) female GSD pup, and I'm currently feeding her Fromm LBP. I'm wondering, as an anxious dog mom, if I should be giving her any supplements or vitamins to help with future hip problems? Unfortunately, my local vet does not seem to have an opinion either way, so I was hoping to hear from some of you experts Sometimes I worry that she's bunny hopping or seems hesitant to want to jump in the car (though that could very well be her clumsiness). Again, I asked my vet and was told that hips shouldn't be worried about until one year old. Thoughts on adding anything to her diet as a preventative measure? Thank you!!
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Yes, I would suggest giving supplements.

These are the supplements and vitamins I am giving my Baron for skin, digestion, and joints:

Nuvet Plus (required by breeder in purchase contract)
Liquid Health Naturals K9 Glucosamine I like this because of the aloe which also is good for the skin and digestion
Nordic Naturals Omega 3 for pets
Turmeric (I make the gold paste recipe here Healing Golden Turmeric Paste Recipe For Your Dog) I don't add the pepper since I read that it can sometimes cause stomach issues.
Coconut oil (1 tsp per 10 lbs. of weight)
Optagest which is prebiotic for digestion

I did give my Sting NuPro Silver with Glucosamine. It does have flax but he had no problems with that. It also is cost effective and he did like the taste - I used to mix it with coconut oil, turmeric, and yogurt.
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Thank you so much! That's really helpful!!
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Yes, I would suggest giving supplements.

These are the supplements and vitamins I am giving my Baron for skin, digestion, and joints:

Nuvet Plus (required by breeder in purchase contract)
Liquid Health Naturals K9 Glucosamine I like this because of the aloe which also is good for the skin and digestion
Nordic Naturals Omega 3 for pets
Turmeric (I make the gold paste recipe here Healing Golden Turmeric Paste Recipe For Your Dog) I don't add the pepper since I read that it can sometimes cause stomach issues.
Coconut oil (1 tsp per 10 lbs. of weight)
Optagest which is prebiotic for digestion

I did give my Sting NuPro Silver with Glucosamine. It does have flax but he had no problems with that. It also is cost effective and he did like the taste - I used to mix it with coconut oil, turmeric, and yogurt.


I am actually hearing mixed reviews about NuVet. My breeder recommends it but does not insist on it. How has your dog done with NuVet and will give it to him/her for life?


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I've been giving NuVet K9. My breeder said she used it and recommended I use it as well. I will at least buy a 2nd bottle (one bottle is 90 tablets which is 3mos worth), and will decide on a 3rd from there. I think once she's an adult, I'll prob stop giving it to her
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OP, if you are concerned, take her to a veterinarian orthopedic specialist for evaluation and follow that advice. It will be worth your peace of mind. You cannot turn back damage by either feeding or not feeding supplements at this age. This is the internet and we haven't seen her and most of us are not nutritional specialists or vets.
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I am actually hearing mixed reviews about NuVet. My breeder recommends it but does not insist on it. How has your dog done with NuVet and will give it to him/her for life?


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I started my puppy on NuVet as per the breeder's contract when I first got him at age 8 weeks. He did have trouble with soft stools so I did stop it as it has liver and I didn't know if that was causing it. The soft stools were solved with a food change so when he was 12 weeks I started it again and he is now 6 months old. I do split the wafer up and give it to him twice a day. I do plan to continue the supplement. I like that it has human grade ingredients and the first ingredient is Blue Green Algae as explained in this article: http://www.hardypet.com/Blue-Green-A...food_b_10.html


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I have an 8 month old (where does the time go?!) female GSD pup, and I'm currently feeding her Fromm LBP. I'm wondering, as an anxious dog mom, if I should be giving her any supplements or vitamins to help with future hip problems? Unfortunately, my local vet does not seem to have an opinion either way, so I was hoping to hear from some of you experts Sometimes I worry that she's bunny hopping or seems hesitant to want to jump in the car (though that could very well be her clumsiness). Again, I asked my vet and was told that hips shouldn't be worried about until one year old. Thoughts on adding anything to her diet as a preventative measure? Thank you!!
I see nothing to be gained by feeding vitamins and supplements if your puppy is healthy and eating a balanced nutritious diet.
For dogs with specific issues that need to be addressed that's different. I know lots of people add supplements but I don't know why you would. Since evidence seems lacking for any definitive proof either way.
I asked a pharmacist about vitamins for me and the first thing he asked about was my diet. If a person is eating good, healthy food and a balanced diet, vitamins are pointless.
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You shouldn't have to supplement a puppy's diet that's eating Fromm. A joint supplement can't hurt but isn't necessary, I wouldn't give it to healthy puppy. A little goat milk or soft boiled egg now and then and quality fish oil is a good idea. Your pup is at the age where they can injure themselves easily with over exertion or move awkwardly.
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I do split the wafer up and give it to him twice a day.
Ahh, see, my breeder said to just do it once a day and break up the wafer, so that's what I've stuck with
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