German Shepherd Supplements | German Shepherd Vitamins
Vitamins and supplements you can use to keep your German Shepherd healthy.
We have had a quite few people contact us (including our past puppy owners!) and ask what we give our own German Shepherds as a vitamin or supplements as all of our dogs have excellent health, shiny coats, bright eyes - of course, this includes our own 10+ year old dogs! While I do believe a large part of our dogs' good health does come from genetics, giving them the best in terms of food, vitamins and supplements also helps them reach their full potential. I used to email this information to people who inquired, but because it seems like it would be of good use to anyone who was looking to supplement their own German Shepherd (or ANY breed, for that matter!), as well as my puppy customers, I have posted online what we personally use for our own dogs. Remember, your milage may vary and always consult your veterinarian regarding supplements for your specific pup before trying them.
* Nu-Vet Plus - 1 daily per dog, this is a general all-purpose vitamin that boosts the immune system and contains not only important antioxidants, vitamins and minerals but enzymes as well. Because it's made with chicken liver, it's a very palatable chewable. I've never had a dog dislike it and it smells very "clean", not a chemical smell like some vitamins. If your dog seems to be under the weather or feeling ill, you can increase the dosage to 2 per day but I've never had to as our dogs tend to be rather healthy in general.
* Nu-Joint Plus DS - 6 per day for Ash because he's a LARGE dog at 145 pounds, smaller dogs are adjusted accordingly, with 4 tablets given to a dog at 100 pounds. I like to give a little bit more versus less. It is a combination of glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM/Ester C and is specifically used to treat arthritis, inflammation, aches and pains. I also recommend it to my puppy customers as a preventative if they tend to work their dogs or they are on the more active side as it will help keep the joints lubricated in order to help avoid them breaking down to begin with. This is also a chewable that contains chicken liver so the doggies usually love it. Puppies and young dogs can take this to help prevent issues later on in life, and the anti-inflammatory properties can sometimes help during bouts of pano, but for the more severe cases veterinarians tend to give medication. However, I personally try to go the natural route first, and if that doesn't help then look towards a more potent medication.
NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus can only be purchased if you call and give the breeder code or do it through the specific link on their website, as they keep it selective by referrals from veterinarians and breeders.
http://www.nuvet.com/24324 or you can call them at 1-800-474-7044 and give breeder code 24324
* Turmeric 95% curcuminoids - 2 per day, total 900mg. One in the morning and one in the evening, this is NOT a chewable so I wrap it in a piece of cheese. I order mine from Amazon, and purchase the kind that contain "Bioperine" pepper as it's supposed to help with absorption. Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory antioxidant that also has anti-cancer properties. I take this myself as well. Be aware though that it can be a mild blood thinner, not that this is an issue with dogs but I know if a person (or the rare dog) has clotting issues, they would want to avoid it. You can also combine powdered turmeric (they sell it in 1 pound bags purchased on Amazon) with water, freshly ground pepper as well as some coconut oil to aid in absorption, into a thick paste that can be mixed into dog food or even (depending on the doggie!) be given directly by spoon.
* Fish Oil - this contains important omega-3 and omega-6 fats, I give it along with the turmeric as fat aids in the absorption. I've used both salmon oil squirted directly on top of their food (but not all of the dogs seem to like this) as well as the capsules that usually us humans take, which I combine with the same piece of cheese as the turmeric.
* Gelatin - sprinkled on food 2x a day, you can moisten with a little bit of water or broth. You can find this in the grocery store as Knox gelatin, though I purchase mine on Amazon under "NOW beef gelatin". There is also a brand specifically for dogs but I don't think it's any different than the kind you buy in the grocery store. I believe 4 teaspoons 2x a day would be the dosage for a 100 pound dog. Gelatin helps with the ligaments and tendons, as well as joint lubrication and can even help improve their skin and coat. Because vitamin C is supposed to help gelatin absorb, I make sure to always give this mixed in food right before I feed the Nu-Vet.
A word of warning, please be aware that with newer sugar-free sweetener options out there, there is one that will KILL a dog. Xylitol is becoming more commonly used, and while I do not think it is in Jello it is in some types of sugar-free gum as well as candies. Please be aware and make sure anything you give your dog does not contain this sugar alcohol as it WILL kill them. Personally I would only use the unflavored form of gelatin, not Jello or any flavored alternative as dogs do not need the added sugar anyway.
* Diatomaceous Earth (food grade ONLY!) - this can be mixed into food to be taken internally as well as applied topically to their skin/coat to be used as an all-natural insecticide to help with fleas/ticks/other buggies. When taken internally, it helps eliminates worms and other parasites by microscopically piercing their protective shell/coating/skin and because of this they eventually dehydrate and die. Applying it topically produces the same effects for whatever may be lurking within the fur and on the skin of the dog. One of the benefits of taking it internally, aside from parasite prevention, is that it can help improve joints, ligaments, skin, nails and hair/fur due to the silica within the DE.
Be aware, you need to purchase the FOOD GRADE version of diatomaceous earth. There are other varieties out there that can be used for swimming pools, do NOT get this. ONLY purchase the food grade varieties, and you can enjoy the benefits as well!
* Apple Cider Vinegar - This can be given both internally topically over food as well as used externally. Make sure you purchase the unfiltered kind "with the mother". It is a natural antibiotic, I've diluted it 50/50 with water and put into a spray bottle to apply to hot spots and itchy skin, just make sure you don't apply to open sores. You can also this solution on a cotton ball to cleanse the ears. Internally, it is used to help improve digestion, detoxify the kidneys, produce a thick, shiny coat. I personally purchase Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar.
Or call 1-800-474-7044
You must use order code: 24324
We do occasionally try new vitamins and supplements and for that reason it's not a complete list of everything we use. We may be periodically updating this page. Remember, what is posted above are just suggestions and guidelines, but not specifics. Past puppy customers please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more specific information.
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