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Old 12-11-2016, 11:04 PM
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Hi, I am planning to give my dogs some supplements or vitamins, any suggestions you can give? If you have some suggestions, can you also state what it is for?

I appreciate your reply. Thank you.
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I cannot really give you a specific brand, but you may take note these things in choosing the right supplements for your dogs.

Look for a brand that specializes in one area, or that has commissioned clinical studies of their products.

Read labels. Know the name of the ingredient you’re looking for, so you won’t be deceived by sound-alikes.
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You don't need supplements or vitamins if you're feeding your dog a high quality food. A quality kibble (or a raw diet) provides everything your dog needs. I cannot stress this enough: DO NOT skimp on what your dog eats. Don't get your food from Walmart. About 99% of food and treats offered there is garbage. Go to your local farm & home store, or a pet store in your area and get your food there.

Here's a great site to learn more about quality kibble: dogfoodadvisor.com.

If your dog has some health issue, then yes, I would happily recommend some supplements and/or vitamins. For instance, my dogs receive joint supplements because one has a luxating patella, and another has generally weak knees. A few years ago my youngest had a persistent skin issue, and I was recommended some immune supplements. You get the idea.

I hope this helps.

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You don't need supplements or vitamins if you're feeding your dog a high quality food. A quality kibble (or a raw diet) provides everything your dog needs. I cannot stress this enough: DO NOT skimp on what your dog eats. Don't get your food from Walmart. About 99% of food and treats offered there is garbage. Go to your local farm & home store, or a pet store in your area and get your food there.

Here's a great site to learn more about quality kibble: dogfoodadvisor.com.

If your dog has some health issue, then yes, I would happily recommend some supplements and/or vitamins. For instance, my dogs receive joint supplements because one has a luxating patella, and another has generally weak knees. A few years ago my youngest had a persistent skin issue, and I was recommended some immune supplements. You get the idea.

I hope this helps.
Farm supply and pet stores sell the same brands Walmart does, and worse. Just because it comes from there, doesn't mean better.
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Hi, I am planning to give my dogs some supplements or vitamins, any suggestions you can give? If you have some suggestions, can you also state what it is for?

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What are you feeding now? Chances are, all you may need is to add an omega 3 supplement, since kibbles are full of omega 6's, but the omega 3's are destroyed by the high heats used to cook kibble.
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Farm supply and pet stores sell the same brands Walmart does, and worse. Just because it comes from there, doesn't mean better.
I apologize, I did not extrapolate far enough, apparently. What I meant was, there are virtually zero quality kibble brands available at Walmart. There *ARE*, however, quality kibble brands available at farm & home stores and at pet stores. For instance, Taste of the Wild is available at farm & home stores in my area; and TOTW gets 4.5 stars out of 5 at dogfoodadvisor.com.

Again, please see dogfoodadvisor.com for an explanation as to what constitutes quality in kibble.
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I apologize, I did not extrapolate far enough, apparently. What I meant was, there are virtually zero quality kibble brands available at Walmart. There *ARE*, however, quality kibble brands available at farm & home stores and at pet stores. For instance, Taste of the Wild is available at farm & home stores in my area; and TOTW gets 4.5 stars out of 5 at dogfoodadvisor.com.

Again, please see dogfoodadvisor.com for an explanation as to what constitutes quality in kibble.
I see what you are saying now, they have more variety of different foods.
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