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Supplements I Give to My Raw Fed Dogs

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Each year, I like to update you with what supplements I give to my dogs.  My list of supplements doesn't change much because my dogs don't change much, but it's nice to learn (1) what works best for each dog and (2) what my nutritionist recommends for each dog.

Why I Supplement a Raw Food Diet

I add supplements to my dogs' raw diet to fill in any nutritional gaps that they're missing.  Although an 80/10/10 raw food diet is supposed to give dogs everything they need, not all dogs are the same.  Whenever I see raw feeders pushing the myth (in my opinion) that all one needs to do is add meat, organ meat, and bone to their dog's dish and everything else will be fine – I scratch my head.  How can one diet be okay for every dog?  In the wild, wolves (and yes, I know dogs aren't wolves) search for what they need, and I think that need has been inherited by our modern canines.

Rodrigo needs additional digestive support.  Sydney needs additional joint support.  Zoey needs additional mental support.  And Scout is our one dog who can thrive on the basics.

The Risk of Over Supplementing a Dog's Diet

When I began feeding a raw diet, I made two mistakes: (1) I listened to everything people told me about feeding a raw food diet, which left me confused and frustrated and (2) I threw every supplement I read about at my dogs.  I figured the more they got, the healthier they'd be, and the longer they'd live.

I was wrong.

What I didn't understand was that by adding extra vitamins and minerals to my dogs' meals, I was risking vitamin toxicity with fat soluble vitamins which are stored, not washed out in the urine like water soluble vitamins.  I didn't understand that some supplements conflict and cancel each other out.  And I didn't understand about quality and sourcing and that some canine supplements are just placebos jumping on a trend and some human supplements are dangerous for dogs.

So I threw everything in my cupboard away and started with the basics, adding supplements as I saw a need or as instructed by my holistic veterinarian and nutritionist.

Supplements I Give to My Raw Fed Dogs

Please keep in mind that despite earning a certificate in Pet Food Nutrition from Dogs Naturally Magazine, I am not an animal nutritionist or veterinarian.  I'm a dog nutrition blogger and dog mom.  The following supplements were chosen after years of research and under the guidance of our nutritionist and veterinarian.

Basic Supplements

These are the supplements that I add to all of my dogs' meals.  I don't add all supplement daily unless directed by our veterinarian or nutritionist.  Although many of the supplements have multiple benefits, I've added why I add them to my dogs' diet below.

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Fish Oil or Sardines for skin and coat health, anti-inflammatory – 4 days a week because I also feed green tripe, which is a great source of fatty acids

Raw Goats Milk, Kefir, or Fermented Fish Stock for digestive and immune systems – 3 days a week (only one of these, not all three at the same time)

Raw Eggs for vitamins A, D, E, and more – 3 days a week; always from pasture raised chickens

Duck Feet, Beef Trachea for joints and ligaments – 3-4 days a week

Turmeric Paste with Coconut Oil for arthritis, skin health, digestion, immune system, and cancer prevention.  The coconut oil also helps with healthy weight, thyroid health, and nutrient absorption – 4-5 days a week.

Spirulina for immune system healthy and energy – 4 days a week.

Ester-C for vitamin C, immune system, and healthy joints – 3-4 days a week.

Ocean Kelp for metabolism and thyroid healthy – 4 days a week.

Milk Thistle for liver health and detox – detox quarterly (using entire container); Sydney gets milk thistle 3 days a week.

Rodrigo – 6 years old (7 years old in March 2017)

Rodrigo is the reason I switched our dogs to raw.  He has a history of GI issues that were improved with raw feeding, but not cured, so he needs a little extra support.  He also has increased anxiety and a stressed immune system due, in my opinion, to breed, vaccinations, and the commercial kibble diet I fed to him.

Sydney – 6 years old (7 years old in March 2017)

Despite being Rodrigo's littermate, Sydney never had the chronic issues that he had other than yeasty rashes.  Those went away when I transitioned my dogs to raw.  Today, she has arthritis and she's overweight.  The below supplements supplement her joints and a diet of 1/3 vegetables combined with 2/3 80/10/10 raw dog food is helping her lose weight.

 

To learn more about the turmeric paste and diatomaceous earth, CLICK HERE to read about the joint supplement regimen that I created for Sydney.

Scout and Zoey- 3 years old (4 years old in October 2017)

Scout and Zoey were transitioned to raw dog food at six weeks old.  In the morning, they were dining on Purina with their littermates and in the evening, they were eating a meal from Darwin's Pet.  I credit the diet for how healthy Scout and Zoey are today.

As Needed Supplements for Dogs

The following supplements are added as my dogs show a need.

  • Ewegurt for anxiety and fear: given before vet appointments, exposure to new things, thunderstorms and fireworks.
  • CBD-Hemp Oil for anxiety and pain relief: given before thunderstorms and fireworks; when Sydney or Rodrigo over does it and are experiencing pain.
  • Duralactin Chews for anti-inflammatory: when the dogs over do it and are experiencing muscle ache and joint pain.
  • DGP for Pets for joint pain relief and supplementation:  for Sydney and Rodrigo who have had arthritis since two years of age.

 

 

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