Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
tweedlap

Vitamin Supplements

6 posts in this topic

Does anyone give their dogs vitamins? Is there a site where some good information on this subject can be found?

I give my lab fish oil, vitamin E, flax seed oil and gluchosimine/chondroitan.

I am not sure it that much but he is a healthy 5 year old.

Thanks for any input.

tweed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

High quality dog food has everything a dog needs. Some vitamins at larger doses can accumulate and cause problems (like Vit E). Personally I like proplan for most of the year and go up to performance food during hunting season for a faster recovery. Does you dog have some kind of coat problems?

Some people give dogs energy bars during a hunt, to keep them hunting longer.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin suppliments like cosequin are good for dogs with joint problems, but may not be necessary in healthy 5 year old that is kept properly conditioned. Many senior dog foods have glucosamine in them at lower levels.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

mamohr686,

He has had a bad shoulder for many years. It doesn't slow him down. I just don't want it to get worse as he get older.

As far as the coat goes, I know that looks much nicer, since he has been taking the oils the last year.

Thanks for the heads up on Vit E. I will look into it a little further. I thought that it was a soy oil.

tweed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will preface this by saying talk to your vet and see what they recommend.

With that said, a good quality fish oil (Omega 3's) and glucosamine can be beneficial to joint issues and are often recommended if your dealing with a joint issue (not age dependent). I know if I had a dog with a joint issue (which I do) he will be on a good, quality source of Omega 3's (fish oil) and on a good glucosamine/msm supplement (recommended by a orthopedic surgeon at the U of MN). I would also make sure the dog is getting the proper amount of Vit E with the Omega 3's (fish oil). If you are supplying fish oils to the dog you need to make sure enough they are getting enough Vit E to protect against free radicals. If your supplying fish oil make sure you are also supplying Vit E. Also, fish oils should contain the proper EPA:DHA ratios.

Most dog food do not supply enough supplements to be worthwhile (ie. glucosamine). It's just a sale pitch more often than not. Just calculate how much that are actually getting. Many would require feeding the dog a large amount of food per day to actually supply the needed amounts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree 100% in call the vet, I do the same as far as the feed, and the performance but probably mor performance, I run trials and we train all year so I need to keep the weight up more and will mix 50/50 during training and feed performance during trial season and hunting. Some fish oil because my male gets dry skin once and a while. I give him a tab once every 4-5 days or so and that seems to work fine, Some dogs can benifit from salmon based foods too like proplan sensitive skin and stomach salmon based.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0