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Has anyone started their puppy on this supplement ? My breeder told me I should start him on it now and he’s just 4 months old . Still figuring out his diet since he’s on antibiotics every other week or having diarrhea . I would hate the add another thing to his diet he might not need . Thanks !
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Is a bit early, but like yours mine had problems with digestion and had diarrhea so much I used those natural supplements I mentioned in your dandruff thread. The one you posted is a hip & joint supplement I actually use a hip & joints treats so there you go. Figured well, have to reward his training and although he seems happy with his kibble still may as give something different & good for him now & again as a jackpot reward.
 

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Hi BRD

I'm a big fan of add-ons to my dogs' basic kibble diet. But, as a rule, I like to wait until about 6 months before adding anything other than maybe a bit of yogurt, cottage cheese or something else that is fairly benign. And I certainly would not start adding anything at all until my pup's digestion was reliably good and his stools were consistent and firm.

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What does your vet say about the digestive troubles?
 

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It’s from abx and food changes . He’s been so picky and my breeder had him on a crazy diet with all these unnecessary additions so we’re trying to get him used to just good quality kibble .
 

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^ What Kansa said. Additionally, if your vet thinks that his puppy diet at the breeder caused some of the current issues, I would not likely listen to the breeder's advice on supplementing.

I personally don't "supplement" my dogs' food with vitamins. They only get things like fish oil, a joint supplement, and things like some hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, sardines, etc. added to their food on a rotating basis. Their kibble is perfectly acceptable and they don't need any additional vitamins for it to be nutritionally complete.
 

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Yeah I use royal kanin giant puppy kibble ( vet recommended) we had given him fish oil and he had explosive diarrhea for 2 days :(
Then breeder recommended puppy shakes ( goat milk , kefir , yogurt , pumpkin , colostrum , and he had diarrhea non stop … so now it’s just kibble , Rice and chicken and whatever the vet says .
 

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If he is having frequent diarrhea, then you need to avoid anything that is not absolutely necessary, like the supplements, as it will complicate the situation. Your vet may want to try a prescription hydrolyzed protein diet for a period of time (the protein source is broken down so as not to provoke any food allergy), such as Royal Canin makes:

More expensive, but you really need to know what is going on, and eventually you will likely be able to find another protein source he can tolerate . My dog who continued to have diarrhea through 6 wks of chicken breast and white rice, then had normal stools in 3 days. Turns out he was allergic to the chicken!
He later in life went on to have an inflammatory bowel problem called Protein Losing Enteropathy, diagnosed by colonoscopy, (which can also be present in young dogs).
Don't give up-there is an answer!

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