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Old 01-09-2018, 08:05 AM
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I'm just asking which one to get - that is shipped from Canada or has reasonable shipping charges.

I think I should get a powder. What is the dosage/for small dogs? 10 lbs... I read that it's 1/4 of a tps but the pet store said 1/8. I better confirm and read up on that but have time since I still haven't decided on one yet.

I apologize for the tone of the previous post but I get anxious whenever I worry about my dog. I feel bad that I haven't decided on something / haven't ordered yet.

I think I should choose a powder that is (supposedly) originating from Hawaii ('Hawaiian Spirulina) or California. The NOW brand rep said it's pure and safe - but, it is from 'Inner Mongolia and India.' I figure, with some of them from Hawaii and California, I should go with one of those. I read that all the 'Organic' ones are from the same place - China and India. One of my questions was, 'What do you think of that?'

What about these possibilities?
https://www.amazon.ca/Pure-Hawaiian-...ZS15ZK898&th=1

https://www.amazon.ca/Thompson-Spiru...pson+spirulina

The Thompson one is cheap but can't find much info on it yet. The bottle displays 'Hawaiian' though if that means anything?

I'm not trying for the cheapest but just something that is relatively affordable and not exorbitant shipping charges. That's why I am kinda of stuck with Canadian vendors and/or Amazon (unless there is another site I'm not aware of).

Springime's product looked fine but I will reiterate, the shipping would cost the same as the product.
Anything from China or India would be a no go.

If you are worried about shipping from the U.S., then coming from California or Hawaii would probably be high. The only shipping amount I have ever seen from springtime is $8. I'm not sure what that is equivalent to Canadian. You may could call them, or the other two you are looking at and ask someone about it.
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Anything from China or India would be a no go.

If you are worried about shipping from the U.S., then coming from California or Hawaii would probably be high. The only shipping amount I have ever seen from springtime is $8. I'm not sure what that is equivalent to Canadian. You may could call them, or the other two you are looking at and ask someone about it.
You misunderstood. Being knowledgeable about Spirulina, you should have known what I was talking about?!? :-)

I believe the reality is that all (at least, most?) organic spirulina is from either China (Inner Mongolia) or India.

Other sites where it's produced include California and Hawaii. So, some companies will state right on the bottle, if it's grown/produced in California or Hawaii.

The Earthrise brand states that theirs is from California.

The cheap Thompson brand I mentioned shows Hawaii. I was told that the ones from Hawaii are very high quality but also read the same about those from California. It's likely more safe and there's less concern about quality with those two locations.

The company I would buy from is a Canadian one, a health food store and the rep said they are out of stock or don't carry that particular one in store but I can order from their online site. The shipping charge would be $5 so $30 total with taxes for 90g of the Earthrise Spirulina Powder (not a great price but I'm learning towards it, anyway). Its spirulina is from California.

Springtime shipping throughout the U.S. is $8 I noticed that, too. But, not for me as I already explained. .
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From my understanding , springtime gets theirs sourced from California. I think. But, it's priced in the middle for me, and I can afford it. I have investigated others, but as of now I'll stay with them. I have gotten positive results with it, so I'm fine. If I were you, I would just pick the company you are most comfortable with, and go with it.

I am aware of the benefits of spirulina, but springtime is the only brand so far, I have used. If a company point blank says they source from china, etc... I would reconsider, yes.
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From my understanding , springtime gets theirs sourced from California. I think. But, it's priced in the middle for me, and I can afford it. I have investigated others, but as of now I'll stay with them. I have gotten positive results with it, so I'm fine. If I were you, I would just pick the company you are most comfortable with, and go with it.

I am aware of the benefits of spirulina, but springtime is the only brand so far, I have used. If a company point blank says they source from china, etc... I would reconsider, yes.
I'm sure Springtime is good and I would have bought it if I could have had reasonably priced shipping. In Canada, you only get good shipping if you buy from China (on ebay) or if you buy the product and it's coming from a Canadian location - or if it's sold out of the U.S., the weight of what you are buying is so low, you are not charged much. Even then, there's no gurantee.

I asked the NOW brand company and they at least, admitted, that it's from Inner Mongolia or India. They insisted it's tested, etc. etc. but with other choices (even if not as plentiful if I was a customer living in the U.S.), I am going with one that is 'made in California' or Hawaii. The NOW brand is sold in a local pet store and I was told at the store it's from Hawaii but I didn't believe him. He said he 'asked' but I am not sure about that either.

I did read a claim that it came from Hawaii (online) but that was on a site showing it was dated 2002 (a forum or site with a post, dated 2002) - so maybe the NOW brand produced there around that time. It's definitely not originating there any longer.

I'll probably go with the Earthrise for now - made in California and it would be shipped by the same Health food store chain in Canada so it probably wouldn't take long to get to my place.
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Update: I bought the Earthrise.... I ordered one and then decided I don't want to wait and found the same thing, locally, so I bought that one!

Oh well. So, I have a question....what is the correct dosage?

Slightly under 10 lb dog - is it 1/8 tsp? I read 1/4 and 1/8 on different sites.

I think I will try 1/8 unless someone has an idea or can confirm?

This spirulina is California-grown, 90g, powder. I think I just put it on the (raw) dog food?

Hopefully, she won't care. I was even thinking of trying some.
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It doesn't take much, so you can start with the lowest dose, and adjust from there as needed. I haven't ever given powder form, mine are tablets so honestly I'm not sure what the dosage would be. I would adjust it to the point where you are seeing results. I hope it works for you!

You can sprinkle it on the food, or make little meatballs with them. I have some who love it, and eat it straight as is, the others I put their tablets in little raw meatballs for them and they take it fine that way.
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An update: Sorry for the delay. If you're interested, I am not seeing results or I don't think so. I am not sure if I should add more powder to the food. She still rubs her eyes or the top of her head (she puts her paw over her ears to rub her head). I thought the spirulina would result in her not doing it at all. :-( Well, I was hoping that would be the result.

I'm not sure what to do now. Any ideas? I am not sure whether the pill form would be better but I don't think so. I think I read that the powder was better for absorption.

I'm kinda disappointed that I didn't get to witness what I was hoping. I sprinkle what I think is the right measurement so would a bit more help, I dunno. What to do...
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It doesn't take much, but it won't hurt to up it and see. I don't remember what brand you ended up going with, but that can also make a difference. That's why I'm sticking with the brand I use, because I have seen the results.

And, there are a lot of posts so I'm not going all the way back through them, but food could also be an issue. May have both food and environmental allergies going on.
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Vets do allergy testing which tests for both food and environmental allergies and tells you what your pet is actually allergic to so you don't have to randomly keep guessing and keep them on potentially harmful medications like steroids longer-term. Prednisone and other steroids suppress the immube system which is great for allergies but means they also can't fight off any other infections. Long-term use of high doses of Prednisone is what actual killed my last dog, a sudden severe infection that he couldn't fight off. Granted he was almost twelve and had other health issues, and an awful vet the last day. But I won't give any long-term steroids to any of my pets ever again.
My cat is allergic to basically everything. He's had the allergy testing as he had chronic raw bloody spots for over a year from itching and scratching. The treatment I'm doing is allergy immunotherapy injections. This can be done in liquid oral form too but since he's a cat and tough to medicate the subcutaneous injections are much easier. Twice I've allowed him to have a mild long acting steroid shot at the vet (lasted four to six weeks each time) to stop the itching and let his wounds heal) while starting or restarting his immunotherapy shots. Since I know what foods he's allergic to, I buy only foods he's not allergic to and he's allergic to everything in the environment so the injections make sense. He's allergic to pine, cedar, Timothy, oats, and a while bunch of other environmental things. My horses eat timothy hay so I know I bring particles of that home on my shoes and coat and clothes and can't avoid it. It's New England so there's pine everywhere year round.
Doing the testing makes sense after everything else you've tried. Then you'll know whether the immunotherapy also makes sense. If you live in an environment where you can't remove things he's allergic to, it may be the only answer. The testing was around $300 here. A vet dermatologist is very helpful.
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My dog has allergies she takes Apoquel 16 mgs per day. It costs a lot of money $68.00 for 30 days. I looked for a generic Oclacotinib, but the price is the same. If Anyone find it cheaper please let me know. Its the only thing that helps her licking her feet & itching all over.
Then she takes Omeprazole for Vomiting up her food, $36.00 it works well, its been a long time since she vomited, it was an everyday occurrence prior to this medicine. The price is not to bad. The important thing is it works. Then she is on Hills Prescription Z/D for digestion made w/ Lamb. Anything else does not work. But cost $80.00 for 27.5 lb bag. I never had a dog cost me so much money.
I think she is allergic to everything.
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