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    DefaultWhat do you use to supplement diet, and why?

    There are lots of posts here about different items used to supplement a dog's diet... fish oil, salmon, cranberry caplets, vitamins, green beans, etc... For healthy coats, UTI's, and digestive ailments... It has me wondering if there is something we should be doing, but are not?

    What do you supplement your dog's diet with, how often do you give it, and what benefit does it give?

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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

    No need to supplement if a dog is doing good on a complete food IMO. I would only add things like fish oil if the dog was having skin issues, glucosamine for joint issues, etc. Complete food is just that...complete. Adding unnecessary supplements to a dogs diet can upset the balance. That said, I feed a lot of raw, but I don't really consider that supplementing. Just my opinion.

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    I give my dogs fish oil and glucosamine supplements with their food. As long as you feed them good dog food, you really shouldn't have to supplement too much. Mine get fish oil for their coat....my chocolate lab has allergies and I heard that fish oil helps allergies. And Glucosamine for the joints just for preventative measures.

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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

    Thanks - I currently only supplement with "treats" in CoCo's Kong, such as green beans, peanut butter and/or yogurt mixed with her kibble, and a few biscuits (although we've recently cut these back).

    Tangelo - At what age did you start giving them glucosamine?
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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by CoCosMom
    Tangelo - At what age did you start giving them glucosamine?
    We started Ender about a month ago on Glucosamine... more as a preventative "just in case" kind of thing.
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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

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    Tangelo - At what age did you start giving them glucosamine?
    We started Ender about a month ago on Glucosamine... more as a preventative "just in case" kind of thing.
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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

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    Tangelo - At what age did you start giving them glucosamine?
    We started Ender about a month ago on Glucosamine... more as a preventative "just in case" kind of thing.
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    Interesting! We should pick up a big bottle next time we are at Costco... What's the dosage?
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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

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    Tangelo - At what age did you start giving them glucosamine?
    We started Ender about a month ago on Glucosamine... more as a preventative "just in case" kind of thing.
    Just like me!
    1500 mg per day? (I think) don't have it on me.. but Ender gets a pill each meal... twice a day.

    Interesting! We should pick up a big bottle next time we are at Costco... What's the dosage?
    ~Lindsay

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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

    I don't supplement. I used to...when Rider was on a different food, he had dander. I don't have that problem anymore.

    Edit to add: Rider is on Cosequin DS for his hips...he does have mild HD.
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    DefaultRe: What do you use to supplement diet, and why?

    Puff eats Kirkland C&R (sold only at COSTCOs) -- very similar to Diamond C&R Natural.

    I supplement that with one G&C (Costco brand) as a preventative, plus one Costco Fish Oil cap -- both are given with her evening meal.* Also with that evening meal, I mince up a small slice of salmon (about the size of one-half a typical slice of raw bacon) in some hot water, let it cool until it's tepid, and then add her 1¼ c. of kibble.

    Why?* As a preventative against joint problems and for a shine in her coat.
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