Re: Have you been to the vet this year?
posted at 11/30/2011 3:26 PM EST
In Response to Re: Have you been to the vet this year?
[QUOTE]Kar, what kind of supplements beside the zinc do you give gracie -- as you know i raw feed emma and i give her fish oil and sardines -- she always has very itchy skin - no fleas - i flea comb every day to be sure - she did get flea alergic dermitatis recently - must have been bitten by a flea outside - and apparently she is allergic to fea salivia - that's what the vet said - he put her on a steriod for a week - kills me to do that - but it stopped the itching for about two weeks - but now she is so itchy it is driving me nuts -- i have bought homeopathic remedies for itch, i have given her kelp, vitamin c, but nothing seems to help -- she has a beautiful coat - shiny, thick but her skin is horrible -- do you give more than one supplement a day - does gracie take it no problem - emma has to have meat wrapped around her glucosomine very day and sometimes still managers to spit out the quarter of a pill in the pieces of meat sometime - i put the kelp in raw hamburg and make sort of a meatball out of it -- just curious how many different supplements you give on a regular basis and how gracie takes them - thanks
Posted by lukeseri58[/QUOTE]
Hi, lukes, so sorry to hear Emma is suffering. The Longevity is the way to go imo.
Gracie loves the taste of this one, and while it's expensive, check out the long list of expensive ingredients and benefits on the website. I'd recommend this for Emma's skin problem. It is a huge immunity booster and has proven anti-allergy, and anti-inflamatory ingredients. I mix it in with her dry food, and I add about 1/2 cup of water to the bowl with it (not letting it soften, just wetting it). They also have spirulina wafers
that is technically for horses but they recommend it for dogs, as well. But, the Longevity contains spirulina. Call them and ask what they think you should start with given Emma's situation. They are very customer service oriented, friendly and helpful.
It's a very small amount of powder that she doesn't seem to notice mixed in with her food. She had cracked pads from hiking in the snow that were healed within 2 weeks of starting this, and I just kept it up to protect her pads all year. Zinc is also good for skin problems and inflamation so I highly recommend that. It's very cheap since you only use a tiny amount per day.
Trader Joe's Dog Joint Tablets
She likes the taste of these so I just add them whole to her food. (She HATES the Springtime Inc. joint tabs - she will NOT eat them no matter what I do.)
Trader Joe's PEOPLE Salmon Oil Capsules
I don't trust that dog fish oil supplements aren't full of mercury. She likes these and eats them whole in her food.
She hates these and spits them out if she comes across them in her food. So, I pulverize the one she takes (less than the recommended dose works for her) per day in a mortar and pestle and mix it into the food. The Longevity overpowers it, and she eats it that way.
She likes these, too, so I add them whole to her food. I only give her one a day because her food also has these vitamins just not enough imo.
If I have to give her a capsule (antibiotic, for instance) or anything else she doesn't like, I dip it in TJ's no-salt peanut butter and cover the tips of my finger and thumb with peanut butter. When I put the peanut butter-covered pill in her mouth, she starts licking my fingers and swallows whatever is in her mouth by reflex.
HTH and that Emma's itching goes away pronto.
ETA: We feed her Blue Buffalo's "Fish and Oatmeal for Large Breeds."