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At what age if any do you start with supplements? My breeder suggested to use Missing link plus in the food and was wondering if anybody else uses it I have been using it since I got Harley.I feed her eagle large breed.

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Flax seed, glucosamine sulfate, blackstrap molasses, freeze dried liver, rice bran, primary dried yeast, sunflower seed, dehydrated alfalfa, dried carrot, freeze dried bone, dried fish meal, freeze dried oyster, sprouted green barley, dried kelp, lecithin, garlic, yucca schidigera extract and nettle.
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Hi Bernadette!

 

While it is not necessary to enhance a good quality kibble with any supplements, many owners ~ including myself ~ choose to do so. I also feed table scraps, fruits/veggies, etc.

 

The question of when to start supplements is tricky as many supplements can do more harm than good with a growing Mastiff puppy. But, the Missing Link is a good overall health supplement. Personally, I use Ester-C and have been using "Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility" as a health supplement/joint support. 

 

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I hope that more join in on this thread with their opinions.

 

I am a believer in high quality supps for myself and my family. 

 

I also give a few supps to my older horses for thier joints.

 

I have never supplemented a dog until Monty got growing pains.  I thought about the "Missing Link" supp because it is supposed to be a good quality supp but decided on a supp that I give to my horses by the recommendation of my vet.

 

Some feel that supps should not be given to growing mastiffs.  I am admitting I have not had time to do research on this topic - there are only so many hours in the day.  BUT I am also admitting that I trust the research of the person who thought giving supps was not a good idea for growing mastiffs - so I just stopped, recently.  I stopped until I research.  I may find that I want to start them again or that I concur with the opinion of the other person.

 

Anyone have any research that they've done and would want to share or just opinions to share? 


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Thanks Erica just wanted to make sure it was not going to hurt her.Hope the weather was not that bad for you yesterday we had no power all day boy that makes you hate well water thankfully we have a generator I hated that wind took some trees down at the neighbors .Congrats on Marla I bet you are excited she is a great girl and the boys send hugs.
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I start mine on supplements at about 6 months of age, but in smaller than adult doses.

I use Solid gold Seameal, Ester C, Fish Oil, gluc/chon/msm in liquid form.

Bou is also getting Yucca shidigera and they all get garlic in the summertime to help deter the mosquitos.

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I give my adults 2 fish oil caps a day, and glucosamine.  I don't like to give puppies any kind of supplement.  Not even vitamin C.  Like Erica, I will add goodies to their kibble - table scraps, juiced vegies and fruits, yogurt, etc.  I also give them some raw - sometimes beef hearts or liver for a treat.  Chicken backs or leg quarters...and they get a new marrow bone once a week. 

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What are the downfalls to giving puppies supplements, i.e. glucosamine?

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Jann,

 

I don't think there is any downfall to giving glucosamine to a puppy.  I just don't do it b/c I don't think it's necessary.  I know some like to give vitamin C and other supplements to their puppies.  I am not one of those people.  With male Mastiffs, vitamin C is not a good idea unless you know that boy is Cystinuria negative (or you can cause the condition to worsen).  Of course, you cannot truly know if your dog is negative until he is at least 18 months or older.  I will sometimes give Glycoflex (green perna) to puppies, but that's it. 

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Thanks Kristen. 

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I give 4 Salmon Oil (1000 mg) per day, 4 Glucosamine/MSM/Chondrotin per day and 1/2 tsp of Kelp per day.   
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I prefer to give 'supplements' as a whole food and part of the diet....unless it is indicated as part of a treatment for a particular issue the dog has.
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