Our first Q&A for Dog Talk Tuesday is on dog supplements. When are they needed? What would we recommend? Where should you buy them? We've got you covered on this one.
First though, I'm going to share my weekly picture.
I love this picture. I'd like to introduce you to Ted King.
aka - Teddy to those of us who adore him. He's Sandra's youngest who loves the outdoors no matter the weather. Happy to do a five mile walk every day. . . sun, rain or snow. Here he is asking for more.
In case you're wondering, he's a Labradoodle. He was given to Sandra as a pup because he had a 'defect' no one could fix.
Sandra followed her own advice. Time and patience...
She fixed it.
Let's get to the video and I'll add more afterwards about dog supplements.
Next; the why about those dog supplements we talked about in the video.
As in why they're a good choice and more about what they do. Ready? (I know you are. It's just that as I write I always feel like I'm talking to you and you're here with me. )
Probiotics are just as important for our dogs as they are for us. (So Lulu and I share). If you've ever wondered where the immune system is inside the body - most of it is in the GUT. Yup, those miles of intestines are there for a reason and to work properly they need a balanced flora.
Know what shocked me when I learned it? We have more bacteria than genes. We (us and the dogs) have literally millions of bacteria. Bacteria is both good and bad. We can't live without the good and probiotics feed the good guys so they can overpower the bad guys. Yup, I'm always scientific with my explanations.
I keep two types on hand:
NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans Probiotics (#6109-3)
I know. That's a lot to say isn't it? Well, Bacillus coagulans is a strain of friendly probiotic that is
naturally heat-stable and a good way to begin providing targeted support to the
intestine and maintaining balance in the microbiome. If a dog has been ill or just not up to par, it helps in these ways:
Probiotics Eleven (#1510-1)
These 11 strains of good bacteria take off where the Bacillus Coagulans left off because they are additional strains that help both dogs and their people.
Probiotics Eleven is a mainstay in my household refrigerator and a great everyday supplement. (Dogs under 30 lbs. can use one every other day.) The body will tell you. If there is diarrhea, lower the dose so you slow down the bacteria balancing act.
If your dog is sick, or the stools are still too loose, go back to the basic builder Nutribiome B.C.P.
To read more on the topic, go to bacteria.
Liver Support - Your dog's liver has to filter and detox all waste and it gets overworked. Think foods, drugs, flea and heartworm meds just to list a few. The fact is the liver has 500 different functions to perform everyday so stand up for it! Her whole body will thank you.
My favorite for dogs is aptly named Liver Cleanse (#1010-3)
To read more about liver function, visit Dog Liver Health.
Whole food micro nutrients - What we're talking about here are superfoods like Spirulina. Quality super foods provide a full range of micro nutrients and co factors. These are health and immune system boosters that can take health to the next level.
My personal choice is an NSP formulation called Green Zone (#1103-6) because I like a scoop of it in my morning green drink. I'm big on sharing the health with Lulu.
This is a full range vitamin and mineral supplement containing whole foods and super foods. Easy to digest, full of naturally occurring enzymes, high in antioxidants
and prebiotic fiber. Provides micro minerals and macro minerals, extra
nutrients, aids in waste elimination, boosts immunity and energy.
Enzymes - While most of us know enzymes are needed to break down food, there are several other things enzymes do as well. In fact the list is long so you'll have to read it on an earlier page I did. Go ahead and read about Enzymes for Dogs.
My favorite is Proactizyme (#1525-0)
We don't use dog health supplements, we use top of the line people supplements. Watch the video so you know why we trust them.
We have learned which work for dogs; how to combine them for the best results and how to use the right dosage for our carnivore babies. Know what I really get a kick out of? When someone calls NSP asking them about their dog product line only to hear they don't have one. Obviously those folks were only half listening to me.
Sandra and I are the only ones who use specific NSP products for dogs through our websites. There are a few in private practice but that's it. At first it felt kinda lonely... until I realized we are actually on the cutting edge doing what we do.
Now that's cool.
Note: By clicking on the video it will take you to the NSP website. Because this video is unlisted on YouTube I must respect their wishes and not imbed it on this website.