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« on: September 01, 2009, 06:24:48 AM »

Ok, so a friend of mine is raw feeding two rottweilers who are both dealing with health issues.  They are no longer comfortable with their vet recommended supplement, and would like some advice.

I don't supplement my raw fed guys (or at least, I don't use a multi-vitamin type supplement) so I was hoping that someone here would have some suggestions as far as brands to look into.

So - what do YOU use?   Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 07:13:22 AM »

Mine only eat occasional raw,mostly homecooked which I supplement myself [not a multi vitamin or mix].Hopefully someone doing all raw will answer. Poco used to do all raw,maybe she would know. When I did use a multi,it was always Ark Naturals or Dancing Paws.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 10:14:12 AM »

Babysweet,

I use Vetriscience vitamins (NuCat) for my cats. Maybe have a look at their site and see if there's something there for these dogs:

http://www.vetriscience.com/
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 11:50:17 PM »

Good site maybe your friend can find something for a supplement on there. I half home cook and feed organic dog food. Do not supplement as did search and incorporate food that contains nutrients that dogs require with home cooking.
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 12:30:58 AM »

Thanks for all the advice guys. 

I once again suggested that they let me know what levels of what compounds they were looking for, and I could devise them a whole food additive.  I think they still want a multivitamin.

Any other recommendations, please feel free to leave them!   Cool
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 06:19:54 AM »

For a year or so, I didn't add any supplements to my dogs' homecooked meals.  In addition to meat, veggies and carbs (potato, oatmeal, rice), I added a Vit A source (carrot, orange squash or liver) to each meal, and yogurt & oil (coconut, olive) to one meal a day.  Calcium a few times a week - beef knuckle bones lightly cooked to kill surface bacteria, raw chicken backs, necks, wings, &/or eggshell.

I worried they might be missing something although they did well on that mix.  So for the past 4 months I've been adding The Honest Kitchen mixes to one or both daily meals.  It's an expensive way to supplement, but it also serves as a backup food and relieves some of the cooking load. 

When I don't use that, I add a people multi-vitamin to their food.  Big dogs get one tab and little guy gets half a tab every other day.  Most recipes say to give a tab a day.  Seems like Centrum Silver is the most often recommended brand I've run across in pet food recipes, but I use a basic multi-vit from a health food store.

I also use individual human supplements for my cats' home cooked meals per the Cato/Kaffe recipes here - B-50, taurine, salmon oil & Vit E.  Liver and eggshell provide the Vit A & calcium.  They seem to be doing well on it.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 09:34:19 AM »

As far as the Centrum - they added SOY to the vitamins over 4 years ago so I stopped taking them because of this. If your babies do ok with the soy thats great. But it may disrupt thyroid function among other things and 89% of soy is genetically modified with Round-Up ready weed killer
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