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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-01-2018, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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Are supplements necessary?

My pup Jase will be 5 months old this month. I have him on the best large breed puppy food available (it is also the food that the breeder uses and recommends). He comes from a really good breeder with the highest breeding award in the country, and I know that all of her dogs are checked carefully for any possible hip problems to determine whether they will be bred with or not.
Despite this, I have still had a few people tell me that my dog needs to be on supplements for his joints. Reading up on it hasn't really cleared things up. Does anyone here use supplements? Is it even necessary for young dogs, or something that is given to help elderly dogs?
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I'm looking for the same info you are.
We have a 4 month old female and I have read different things online about suppliments for puppies.
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There are people here who are far better versed in nutrition than I am, but I do not supplement my dog food, except maybe some omega-3/fish oil. I feed Fromm, heartland gold. I don't give any, but Glucosomine/chondriton (spelling?) supplements for their joints probably couldn't hurt.
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Expensive urine, excess protein. Did you need joint supplements as a child?
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I donít think supplements are necessary for healthy dogs as long as theyíre on a good diet so I donít use them. I did use glucosamine (canít remember brand) years ago for a dog diagnosed with HD.
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Expensive urine, excess protein. Did you need joint supplements as a child?
Good point!
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Thanks for the help!
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No. If your puppy is otherwise healthy and on a good kibble then he is already receiving the nutrients he needs. If you want to supplement for joints, give him poultry feet or beef tracheas for chew treats.
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Some fish oil and a possibly a probiotic once in a while aren't a bad idea for any dog on kibble. EFAs may not survive the heat of the extrusion process, and the probiotic liquid spray they use to coat premium kibble with after it cools likely doesn't have enough in it to do much good. That's not about joints, though -- just about rounding out some of the issues that can commonly happen with kibble.

I have yet to see any good research suggesting glucosamine/chondroitin does anything protective for healthy joints. I keep telling people if they find a vet journal or human medical journal (peer reviewed) article on that, please post it...but so far, we've come up empty AFAIK. It's possible someday new research will come out.

I totally agree about just giving the dog things to eat that its body knows what to do with -- like chondroitin-rich natural chews. Most young chewers love going to work on big trachea tubes. Those tubes are a nice, healthy alternative to disgusting, dangerous raw hide. You can find them for a good price at BestBullySticks.com (they send out good coupon codes regularly).
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No. If your puppy is otherwise healthy and on a good kibble then he is already receiving the nutrients he needs. If you want to supplement for joints, give him poultry feet or beef tracheas for chew treats.
And keeping him lean is crucial.
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