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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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Olive oil daily, raw egg every other day or so. When Franklin was teeny tiny, I gave him Vit C.
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Sardine oil and plain yogurt, occasionally raw eggs.
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Glucosamin + Chondritin since 6 months of age.
Lots of raw bones with cartilage and meat.
Canola / flax seed / EVOO / Salmon oil (from Norway only) for Omega 3 & 6.
Turmeric once in a while.

My pup used to get diarrhea from raw eggs, though he was fine with raw meat. So half-boiled eggs.

Teeth brushed twice a week.
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Fish oil and a hard boiled egg now and then.

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I feed Proplan Savor every meal and add one tab of multivitamins in the breakfast every day. The vitamins are supposed to be one per 20 pound of body weight, but we just give our girls one of them per day. This eliminated the poop scavenging and doesn't loosen their stools like high doses of vitamins tend to do. So a bottle of 180 tabs does last a reasonable time and the supplement along with a pretty high quality food seems to be the ticket for my two. The guaranteed analysis is 26% Protein, and 18% fat. We may start moving to a lower fat food because miss Dixie has a tender stomach and we don't want to make a trip to the vet for a stomach pain shot a regular occurrence. I think consistency with feeding is the key to long life and happy meals...

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The ones that are found in high quality food.
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Idon't give any, but am wondering about Glucosamine/Condroitan. If my guy is 1 1/2 years and weighs about 90 pounds, how much would I give?

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I guess all the supplements I'm considering are to promote overall health (in humans and dogs ), so I'll just continue with them but at smaller doses to start.

To Tar Heel Mom... I used to give my adult (he was only 70lbs though) a recommended human dose of Synflex. He did very well on it.
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