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    I have never given Iggy any supplements. He is two yrs and weighs 48 lbs. He had been at this weight since about a yr old. We free feed him and he is in great shape. Not overweight at all and very active. I would say he is on the smaller side of most EB's. We feed him 'go" by petcurean. Grain free. Treats are wheat, corn and soy free, carrots, blueberries, frozen green beans, cheese, and his fav yogourt! Should I be giving him any vitamins, oils? I am reading about coconut oil currently. Any ideas for supplements, would be appreciated. Wondering if it's needed. Vet loves his weight and health, so she says he is fine?????

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    Default Re: what supplement should i give to my two year old EB

    It doesn't sound like you need to add anything. We give coconut oil as a treat and Hulk loves it. We started giving it to him shortly after we got him just for the added health benefits.

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    Hi, you have Iggy on a great quality food. I also fed my Jack Russell Go, but my bullies didn't tolerate it. It was too rich for Bulldozer, and Blossom is allergic to chicken, which Is the protein source of the Go food. We feed our guys Fromm's Lamb and Lentil. Your treats of fruits and vegetables are also excellent, you can also add watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower, cut up apples, bananas, and strawberries. I give all these things to my guys as well. The yogurt is a very good source of Probiotics which aids in digestion, and it boosts the immune system. I also add 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water, there are a lot of benefits to ACV such as its a natural anti inflammatory, it is a natural anti bacterial, so kills the bad bacteria in the body, so boosts the immune system which helps fights both infections and allergy symptoms, it also balances the Ph levels of the blood. For vitamins, we give Kelp, it is the only supplement your dog will need for vitamins, and we add coconut oil for the Omega Fatty Acids. This is good for skin, coat, and brain. You could also use salmon oil or cod liver oil instead of coconut oil as a source of Omega Oils. I like adding these supplements because they are beneficial and good for their health and for preventative purposes, and also because they are natural so are safe.
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    Thanks so much, he does love bananas and strawberries, never tried cauliflower or broc, so that will be interesting. Great advice on oils. Thanks.

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    Default Re: what supplement should i give to my two year old EB

    You have him on a good food, so you really don't need to supplement that much. NuVet Plus and HardyPet Complete are both great supplements.
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    Default Re: what supplement should i give to my two year old EB

    I'm looking for a different supplement too. He has another yeast and bacterial ear infection.

    I thought about nuVet Plus and HardyPet Complete, but they both have alfalfa, a grain, and I'm getting ready to try grain free. I currently give Charley Missing Link skin & coat, yogurt and coconut oil. The coconut oil is good, but only provides a medium chain fatty acid. I'm thinking of giving salmon oil for omega 3 once he is done with antibiotics. I do clean his ears weekly, but that doesn't seem to keep the yeast away! Aargh.


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    Hi Sharon, I make a homemade ear cleanser using equal parts of warm water, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. I use a squirt bottle ( the kind you would use for mixing hair colour) you can find them at the dollar store.
    The peroxide acts as a drying agent, and the apple cider vinegar kills the yeast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikinggirl View Post
    Hi Sharon, I make a homemade ear cleanser using equal parts of warm water, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. I use a squirt bottle ( the kind you would use for mixing hair colour) you can find them at the dollar store.
    The peroxide acts as a drying agent, and the apple cider vinegar kills the yeast.
    I think I'll try that next time. This was a nearly $200 vet trip!


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    Default Re: what supplement should i give to my two year old EB

    Hi Sharon I also wanted to add that adding apple cider vinegar to his drinking water or his kibble will also has a lot of benefits. ACV is a natural anti Inflammatory, it kills the bad bacteria in the body, so boosts the immune system, and it balances the Ph levels of the blood.

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    By Singing The Praises Of Apple Cider Vinegar on Jul 6, 2008 in Dr.Jeannie, Dog Health - Immune System, Dog Breeders Corner, Dog Heart Health, Dog Nutrition, Doggone Home & Garden Stuff


    Apple Cider Vinegar


    Apple cider is known around the world as Mother Nature’s miracle medicine, a powerful weapon in the war against aging and disease that is more effective than many high-priced prescription drugs. When God created this fruit He designed it be a food and a medicine!
    Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is golden liquid concentrated with the healthy goodness of apples. It contains more than 30 important nutrients, 12 minerals, over 6 vitamins, essential acids and several enzymes. Moreover, it has a large dose of pectin for a healthy heart, and thus, healthy as a whole.
    Many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and substances are available in ACV to improve the health of your dog. ACV can provide them with enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine,
    phosphorus, iron, silicon and other trace minerals. The vitamins contained in ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin (fiber) are also contained in ACV.
    ACV is cheap, easy to use and it really benefits our health in numerous ways. ACV can benefit both people and their pets. It is antibacterial and anti-fungal and gives the immune system a good boost. As a high potassium electrolyte balancer, it remineralizes the body and helps normalizethe blood’s alkaline acid balance.ACV is the natural king of skin remedies. It is wonderful for itching and scratching pets as well as a superb skin and hair conditioner. Good old apple cider vinegar either straight or diluted 50/50 with water can be applied directly to the affected area and allowed to dry. It will kill bacteria on hot spots, eliminate dandruff, rejuvenate hair, skin and help sweeten and balance the pH levels in the body. When giving your dpg a bath, shampoo, rinse, then apply ACV either straight or diluted, followed by rinsing with water. Notice, any residue shampoo will be washed out and you will feel and see an increased softness and sheen to the coat.
    Apple cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent. It breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. By breaking down these substances it improves the health and function of the vital organs, such as the kidneys, bladder and liver, by preventing excessively alkaline urine. Put a tablespoon of ACV in your dog’s drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog’s urine.


    This powerful potion also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination, all the while neutralizing any toxic substances that enter the body. Cider vinegar has been found to ..neutralize any harmful bacteria that may be found in certain foods. While dogs and cats do not have to worry too much about the bacteria in raw meat, if YOU are in doubt, you can pour a little Apple Cider Vinegar over thier raw meal.
    Cider vinegar can also be beneficial for symptoms such as tooth decay and splitting of your dog’s toenails, which can be symptoms of potassium deficiency. Potassium is essential for the replacement of worn-out tissues within the body. This mineral is also important to soft tissue repair, as calcium is to the bones and teeth which makes it a wonderful supplement for senior dogs.
    Tests have proven that when potassium, in the form of cider vinegar is fed to livestock their appearance improves and their stamina increases.
    Cider vinegar is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, as a supplement added to your pet’s daily water supply (or poured over the food) or with compresses soaked in hot vinegar applied directly to the joints. It is also thought to be helpful when used to treat allergies, osteoporosis, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, constipation, muscle cramps, colitis, diabetes, diarrhea, depression, dizziness, ear discharge, eczema, fatigue, kidney stones, kidney and bladder problems, metabolism, and stiff joints.
    The supplementation of ACV has been known to naturally remove red tear stains from the inside out. It is also used by many to prevent fleas when used in a rinse for the dog’s coat.
    Recently, Dr. Louis Ducarre of Geneva, Switzerland, author of the fairly new book,Natural Cures, Natural Life states that when mixed with honey, apple cider becomes potent enough to cure cancer, heart disease and other deadly ailments .
    Natural apple cider vinegar is found in health food stores. It should be a rich amber color with the “mother” quite visible as sentiment on the bottom. The strength of vinegar is important. All varieties of vinegar contain about 4 to 7 percent acetic acid, with 5 percent being the most common amount. Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its tart and sour taste.
    There is nothing beneficial about commercial distilled vinegars except for pickling, cleaning and disinfection —they have no health value!
    Bragg, Paul and Linda, N.D., Ph.D., “Apple Cider Vinegar, Miracle Health System”, Published Health Science, Santa Barbara, California
    Jarvis, D.C, M.D., D.C. “Folk Medicine”, and“Arthritis and Folk Medicine”, Published Fawcett Publications, Inc., Greenwich, Connecticut
    Puotinen, C.J., “The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care” Published Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut
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    Thanks for the article. ACV is great for sure.mI tried ACV in Charley's water bowl last year. I started with just a tiny bit, but he hated it. We had the hardest time getting him to drink water again! For quite some time I had to put about 1/4 cup water in his dry food. I've wanted to put a tiny bit of ACV on his food, but would hate for him to have the same reaction. Maybe if I start with 1/4 teaspoon in his food?


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