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    Multi-vitamin for humans okay for dogs?

    I could have sworn I read or heard on TV somewhere that you can give a multi-vitamin for people to your dog? Is this true?

    I've been looking around for a good supplement for Bella - but OMG! Average price is $20.00 for 100 tabs!? Yowza. I also wanted to take the advise of some people here and start her on a pro-biotic supplement. Was hoping I could get 2-in-1 but that doesn't seem to be an option that I can find.

    I'd also like to get something in powder form to mix with her food since she can be very difficult to pill.

    I'll absolutely spend what I have to, but if I can get her the same vitimins for less, that would be ideal.

    Any advise?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Multi-vitamin for humans okay for dogs?

    Probiotics can be found in powder form (or in a dairy form, like yogurt), as can glucosamine. Both can be found in human health food stores.

    I would NOT give a human multivitamin to a dog. Their needs are not the same as ours and the dosages would be hard to manipulate. If you have the dog on a good quality food you shouldn't have to supplement at all vitamin wise. The nice thing about probiotics is that you can't OVERDOSE them so adding them is not an issue.
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    Re: Multi-vitamin for humans okay for dogs?

    That's what I thought...it didn't seem right to me either.
    I feed her Eukanuba Adult Maintenance which should have what she needs I guess. I do want to try the probiotic for her though...maybe that would help to keep her regular and allow her to absorb the nutrients better.

    I am a little worried about her. There may be another trip to the vet in the very near future (like tomorrow). She seems to tire easier than normal and her gums seem a little pale. Maybe I'm just paranoid...it's been a rough few months for her!





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    Most human multi vitamins are pretty worthless for humans and could be very dangerous for a dog.

    Eukanuba in my opinion is not a very high quality dog food and its minerals are all in a very hard to digest form so your dog may very well not be getting what she needs. What you are getting is very expensive poop and pee.

    There are a lot of pro/prebiotics and other supplements out there to choose from that can be really confusing. You can get an idea of the quality of the product both for dog food and supplements, by they type of minerals they use along with the type of ingredients. An amino acid chelated mineral is the easiest to absorb and you need to use much, much less. It is also harder to over do it as well as the body is able to use what it needs and get rid of the rest very easily.

    Stay away from all by products, preservatives and inorganic minerals. Lower grain amounts are better and the quality of the meat and grains are vital. Many of the foods out there use the garbage meat and rancid grains that can't be used in the human market place. Some even use euthanized dogs and cats from shelters.

    The best thing I can recommend is to find a company that is highly reputable and small enough to be held accountable. Go to the FDA website and look up the pet food recall and don't ever use a brand that was on that list because that will tell you their dedication to quality. Eukanuba was recalled.

    For my fur children I searched high and low and I have been using Flint River Ranch dog and cat food for some time now. For supplements for my horses and dogs I use Dynamite Specialty Products. They have an amazing pre-biotic called Dynapro. Both of these companies started out as a family company dedicated to producing products of the highest quality and have been around for a long time. Flint River Ranch was never recalled. Dynamite has fueled Iditarod champions and champions of many other species and disciplines as well.

    These products may seem expensive at first but that is an illusion. You feed less and use less supplement and they are highly absorbable so there is almost no waste. A healthy, well nourished dog is less like to end up at the vet's office so that is a savings as well.

    Hope that helps a little.

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    Re: Multi-vitamin for humans okay for dogs?

    I like Springtime, Inc's supplements and they are very reasonably priced. Their Fresh Factors chewables could be what you're looking for.


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    Re: Multi-vitamin for humans okay for dogs?

    Hi BellaPup!

    You may already know that probiotics are live, beneficial or good bacteria supplied in some form (treat or supplement) to the animal that provide a health benefit. Prebiotics feed (or support) the good bacteria in the gut, helping the good bacteria to grow.

    Let me say up front, I work for Eukanuba. The last thing I want to do is spam you with marketing junk, but I want to make sure that any claims posted about our products are accurate.

    If you're feeding Eukanuba, there's no need for a multi-vitamin, AND Eukanuba Adult Maintenance contains a prebiotic--Fructooligosaccharides, or FOS. We (Iams/Eukanuba) have used a natural form of this ingredient in selected diets since 1994. Recently, we've added FOS to nearly all of the Eukanuba line.

    FOS is a fiber, and the bacteria in the intestinal track break it down and use it for food. Here’s what’s really cool: Fructooligosaccharides does NOT feed the bad bacteria. So the net result is that FOS feeds the good bacteria and starves the bad bacteria, helping to create the right balance between good and bad bacteria. This can be imporant because a dog’s immune system is influenced by the right balance of good and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract. If the good bacteria (like Bifidobacterium, and Lactobacillus) are outnumbered by the bad bacteria (like Salmonella and Clostridium), the dog may end up sick—probably with diarrhea.

    Has Bella been sick? From your post, it sounds like she may have had some diarreah?

    Again, it's not my intention to be a marketeer here, but I want to mention that we make a probiotic suppliment called Prostora Max. It contains a unique and patented strain of bacteria called Bifidobacterium animalis AHC7. Bifiobacterium is naturally present in the dog’s gut and probiotics originating from the target species (the dog) may be better adapted to adhere and colonize. We have more information on the Iams website, if you're interested. I've used it with my own dog, Bailey, and it really helped her get past some diarreah issues. But it's not cheap and you would need to buy it from your vet.

    To add clarity to a point made by Hazak Farms, none of the Eukanuba dry formulas were recalled in 2007.

    There are many differing opinions posted to this board about the quality of Eukanuba. Having worked for the company for nearly 15 years, I personally think it's the best food there is. And if we can be of any further assistance, don't hesitate to give us a call at 800-426-7226.

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    Re: Multi-vitamin for humans okay for dogs?

    For me, the recall of 2007 revealed a glaring lack of commitment to quality and safe ingredients by many companies. It didn't matter if it was Old Roy or Science Diet, they were using the same ingredients from China. Not exactly a place known for high safety standards.

    We entrust the health of our animals to these companies every time we fill the food bowl. While a every line of pet food may have not been recalled for these companies, the same underlying attitude that ignored a system of checks and balances and the lack of quality control which allowed these poisons onto the market and into our homes was in effect.

    I personally would never choose brand of dog food that had any of its lines involved in this kind of recall. That is just my opinion and I don't mean to offend anyone.

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