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Q&A on Nutritional Supplements

Q&A on Nutritional Supplements

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  1. I have a 4 year old beagle and she sometimes gets a little over excited and anxious. Would one of the calming or anxiety pills or supplements help out a bit? Which one is best?

  2. Is it too early to start giving my dog Glucosamine and if so, do you have any recommendations as what to start him on as a preventative? Also is it necessary?

  3. Is it okay to use the herbsmith clear allergy supplements on a dog that is nursing puppies?

  4. Would syn-flex or grand flex be best for my dogs progressed hip dysplasia?

  5. My dog is licking & chewing her feet, will your new herbal product for allergies work for her?

  6. What type of supplements do you recommend for an elderly shepherd who has been neglected and who has degenerative hip disease?

  7. Can your Calm Anxiety tablets be given to cats?

  8. Does Grizzly test their salmon oil for heavy metals and PCBs?

  9. I just received the Probios that I ordered. The directions said to give 1 tsp daily if dog is over 1 0lbs. Is it safe to do this everyday or just when they have a problem? Also, should I give any to the puppies?

  10. What can I give my dog for discomfort due to hip dysplasia? The vet mentioned a anti-inflammatory/pain killer, which we used but then stopped due to possible affects that can impact the liver. Do you have any suggestions?

  11. How much Vitamin E do you recommend for a 30 pound Standard Poodle?

  12. I just ordered two products, the Joint Aid for dogs and the Grand Flex Glucosamine supplement. I have an 8 year old working line Shepherd that is starting to have some trouble when walking (this is sporadic). Can I help my dog by giving him some of these products?

  13. For Vitamin C and Vitamin E supplements, is there anything specific with them to seek out for? Should I get a natural Vitamin C supplement or is any Absorbic Acid powder sufficient? And for Vitamin E, is the D-Alpha sufficient or do you recommend all the tocopherols?

  14. I have a Walker Coonhound who is extremely afraid of thunder. Any suggestions for how to comfort her or train her to settle down and finish the walk if there is no storm on the immediate horizon?

  15. I am interested in purchasing your Atlantic Kelp. My dog has a lot of allergies and although you have the ingredients listed, I wanted to know the process by which you make the kelp. Are there any animal ingredients in this?

  16. My GSD eats raw and gets several supplements. The vet told me to give him Glucosamine; he has arthritis in his back legs. Should I also add joint Aid 4 dogs, or should I stop the Glucosamine and give him grand flex?

  17. I have a 22 month old boxer diagnosed with hip displacia level D and disk problems level 3. My question is, what else can I do to prevent her condition to get worse over the years? Do you think supplementing with a good glucosamine/condriotine product is OK?

  18. My vet told me that it's a good age to start my 8 year old lab on supplements. Do you have any suggestions?


1. Question:

Cindy,

I was looking at the biweekly newsletter and saw the herbal and holistic vitamins. I have a 4 year old beagle and she sometimes gets a little over excited and anxious when I bring her out to places. I am a trainer and she is getting much better with the help of training. She has no phobias or extreme anxieties, but I was wondering if maybe one of the calming or anxiety pills or supplements that you have may help out a bit. As long as its 100% natural I have no problem giving it to her. If not, I rather keep moving forward with just the training. But I was wondering if you ever had a situation like this and what your advice is and if you do advise one of the herbal supplements, which one is best?

Thanks,
-Lisa

Answer:

Depending on how often you take her out, would determine which product I recommend.

If you take her out regularly (multiple times a week) I’d use the Calm Anxiety. This product is given daily, and takes several weeks to show results.

If you only take her out occasionally or she only becomes anxious once in a while then I’d recommend Rescue Remedy.

Cindy


2. Question:

My Daughter thinks she's noticed a problem without almost six year old male Aussie's rear leg. Is it too early to start giving him Glucosamine and if so, do you have any recommendations as what to start him on as a preventative for future years. Also is it necessary? Our previous two male dogs really had problems in the end with arthritis. Thank you.

Beverly

Answer:

It’s never too early to give glucosamine; it can be given whenever the dog needs it.  Have you had the dog to a vet to determine what the issue is? If it’s arthritis, I do have some recommendations for your dog. If it’s an injury, glucosamine probably won’t make a noticeable difference.

I’ve started a new regimen with my old dog here, I give the supplement Soothe Arthritis AND our liquid Syn-Flex. Those 2 products together have a made a big difference in my dog’s mobility. Glucosamine wasn’t doing much for her when I tried it alone.

Cindy


3. Question:

I was just wondering if you guys have ever used the herbsmith clear allergy supplements that you sell with your dogs at your kennel? I am just looking for something to provide some relief to Sierra for her allergies. She has something that has definitely worsened since we moved out here to Arizona, and she is in absolute misery right now. The problem is, she's nursing the puppies and I don't want to give her anything that will harm them, but she needs something! I don't vaccinate her except rabies every 2-3 years as required by state and she eats an all-natural diet.  

Answer:

I spoke with Dr. Bessent, the Herbsmith Veterinarian, regarding your question.  She told me that she would have to advise against giving Herbsmith formulas to nursing mothers because there hasn't been any studies done on that particular situation and she has no finite evidence either way.

Cindy


4. Question:

Hello Cindy,

Do you have any good referrals for my needing to buy helps for my 12 year old dog who needs a rear harness to help her get up, and other such equipment?

Also, would syn-flex or grand flex be best for her progressed hip dysplasia?

Thank you so much.

Dodie

Answer:

I don’t know where to get the rear harness, I’m sorry.

For a dog with hip issues and pain, I would actually prescribe a combination of supplements. I have an older dog that takes this combination and it’s helped her so much

Syn-Flex
Soothe Arthritis
Acute Trauma

It may take 2-3 weeks before you see major improvement but with my own dog, I saw her attitude improve after about 10 days. I am getting similar reports from others who are using this regimen as well.

I hope this helps.

Cindy


5.Question:

Cindy--

I have a 2 year old yellow Lab (Daisy). She began to lick and chew on her feet/pads about 6 months ago. Although she hasn't done any damage to herself, I'm sill concerned. Trying to figure out what is causing it has been a real chore. I started with changing to food with no grain, and a new single protein source. After six weeks this hasn't changed the chewing/licking issue. Now I'm wondering if it's environmental. I'd like to get Daisy some relief.   

I read a response you gave to a question regarding allergies. You said you just started carrying a product called Clear Allergies. I'm interested in the fact that its ingredients are natural herbs. Do you have experience with this product? If so, do you think it might help? Our vet suggested using one of the foods they carry there (Science Diet), but in my opinion that food is crap and I won't use it. It has also been suggested that I try using Benadryl, but I'm not interested is doing that either, because of the side effects.

I'm not asking you to be my vet, but any suggestions you might have would be appreciated. There are no Holistic vets in my area, or I might give that a try.

Incidentally, the E-collar DVD along with the Dogtra E-collar have worked miracles in re-training my dog and myself regarding some bad habits she began to develop. Those bad habits were a direct result of some bone head things I was wrong. I think we are both straightened out now.

Thanks,
Skip
Salem, Oregon

Answer:

Our customers that are using Clear Allergies are giving good reports. The way to know if it will work for your dog is to try it, I don’t know of any other way to determine how your dog will do on it. It takes about 20 days to see results. If you search our website on Clear Allergies you’ll find some feedback on our forum on this. The search box is in the upper left hand side of the website on every page.

Good for you for turning down Science Diet, it’s absolutely one of the WORST foods out there. I can’t believe that vets sell it actually, it’s so bad.

I’d stick with a grain free diet and try the Clear Allergies and see how it goes. 

Cindy


6. Question:

Hello:

I am adopting an elderly shepherd who has been neglected and who has degenerative hip disease. I want to help him lead a decent life and you have a number of products which may give him some relief. Could you possibly recommend the best options among your products for hip disease? I am willing to purchase more than one product. Thanks. Cory

Answer:

I've had great results with my older dog (has degenerative joint disease in her neck) using the following combo.

Syn Flex once daily

Acute Trauma twice daily (it's like an herbal Rimadyl type supplement, without the health risks)

Soothe Arthritis

I'd also make sure to put him on the highest quality grain free diet possible, as grains in any form can aggravate arthritis and joint inflammation.
We have a great section on feeding dogs.

I hope this helps.


7. Question:

Hi: Can your Calm Anxiety tablets be given to cats? (adjusted for weight of course).

Thanks.
Cory

Answer:

Yes, cats get 1/2 tablet daily. It also comes in powder form.
http://leerburg.com/75.htm


8. Question:

Does Grizzly test their salmon oil for heavy metals and PCBs?

Answer:

Yes the oils are tested.

Grizzly Salmon oil does not contain measurable amounts of heavy metals.  Grizzly Salmon oil is tested by The National Food Laboratory, Inc. The mercury level is below the MDL (Method Detection Limit), which is 0.020 pm. That means that the level is so low, that it cannot be measured. Grizzly Salmon oil is also tested for PCB's and related chemicals; none of them can be detected.


9. Question:

Hi Cindy,

I just received the Probios that I ordered from Leerburg. I have 4 dogs & a litter of puppies that will be 2 weeks old on Friday.

The directions said to give 1 tsp daily if dog is over 10lbs. Is it safe to do this everyday or just when they have a problem?

Also, should I give any to the puppies? Right now they weigh between 2.5 lbs. & 3.5 lbs.

I thought I would start giving it to them when they are weaned unless you suggest I start earlier.

Thanks.

Deb

Answer:

Hi Deb,

It’s safe to give this everyday if you want to. For puppies, I start by sprinkling it on their food when I start weaning (usually around 3 ½ - 4 weeks).

I hope this helps.

Cindy


10. Question:

Hi there,

I am a fan of your web-site and I have 2 West-line German Shepherds. My female will be 3 years-old in March and the male will be 2-years old in February My female has hip dysplasia that recently started bothering her within the past 6-months. When taking her to the vet after two opinions, we were told to do surgery and said it would not be a sure fix. The vet mentioned a anti-inflammatory/pain killer, which we used but then stopped due to possible affects that can impact the liver. This would not be a problem if the dog was much older, but only being almost three I have a difficult time with this. I was wondering what you recommend that we can give her? Could you please let me know...we love our dogs so very much!!

Ed's Answer:

Julie,

There are too many variables here. Without seeing the x-rays I can’t really comment too much.

I do agree that RYMADYLE is a terrible terrible drug – I would never use it for anything.

In the summer months you should make an effort to swim your dogs. This helps muscle them up without stressing the joints. You can try some of the Chinese herbs we carry. They work very well for us and our dogs – remarkable on one of our older GSDs. I have copied Cindy into this she will send you the items we use.

Regards,
Ed Frawley

Cindy's Answer:

I give all 3 of these supplements to our older dogs, and they all have pretty severe joint issues. I give the 2 tablet products twice a day, and the Syn Flex once a day. It’s made a world of difference for these dogs. One of them is 14, one is 11 and one is 10.  I think you’ll see a positive difference in your dog within a few weeks, although I saw a difference much sooner with my own dogs. The vet that formulated them says it may take up to 20 days to see full effect.

Acute Trauma
Soothe Joints
Syn-Flex

I hope this helps. Cindy


11. Question:

Mr. Frawley,

We have enjoyed browsing your website... great information. A question: how much Vitamin E do you recommend for a 30 pound Standard Poodle? I am aware that it is a fat soluble vitamin and can accumulate in tissues.

Thanks,
Jean

Answer:

• 0 to 25 pounds - 100 IU
• 25 to 50 pounds - 200 IU
• 50 to 75 pounds - 400 IU
• 75 to 100 pounds - 600 IU

You can try using the search function on the website to find the answer to any additional questions.  It is located in the left hand corner of every page on our website. Simply type in your search terms or key words and you will be directed to articles, question & answers, free streaming videos and posts on our forum.


12. Question:

Hi Cindy,

First let me thank you in advance for your help in this. I just ordered two products from your kennel, the Joint Aid for dogs and the Grand Flex Glucosamine supplement for horses and dogs. I have an 8 year old working line Shepherd that is starting to have some trouble when walking (this is sporadic). I have taken him to the Vet but he can't give me a definite prognosis since my dogs limping problem is very sporadic. Can I help my dog by giving him some of these products (specifically the two that I just ordered)? If so, how should I give it to him? Which one would be more helpful the Joint Aid for dogs or the Grand Flex? Cindy, thank you for your help. I have been a long time reader and admirer of your Leerburg web page.  My doggie Plato will thank you forever!

Juan

Answer:

I would try the grand flex first. I'd also look into his food and make sure he's eating a quality grain free diet. I've found my dogs do best on the liquid glucosamine in conjunction with a few other supplements.

A raw diet it always my first recommendation. Here is a Q & A section on raw feeding.

If you can't or won't do a raw diet, then I would recommend a grain free kibble.  Grain in any form can cause inflammation in the joints and can aggravate arthritis.

For my older arthritic dogs, I use the following regimen twice daily, every day. I have 3 senior citizens, one 10, one 11, and one almost 14.

Soothe Joints, Comfort Aches, Syn-Flex (I give this in place of the Grand flex), Salmon oil, Vitamin E, MSM.

I hope this helps.


13. Question:

Hey how are ya?

For Vitamin C supplement and Vitamin E supplement, is there anything specific with them to seek out for? For example, should I get a natural Vitamin C supplement or is any Absorbic Acid powder sufficient?

And for Vitamin E, is the D-Alpha sufficient or do you recommend all the tocopherols?

Thanks,
Sincerely,
Bobby

Answer:

In reference to Vit C, I would recommend an all natural Vitamin C that doesn't contain additional fillers. Many Vitamin C supplements contain sugars and other fillers. One of the advantages to using Azmira's Super C is that there is 2000mg in a 1/2 teaspoon and it is from all natural sources without other additives.

I’d recommend all natural d-alpha tocopherols and not the synthetic form of Vit E like Azmira Vitamin E.

Cindy Rhodes


14. Question:

Cindy,

I have a Walker Coonhound who is extremely afraid of thunder. She is a rescue and I have had her for 3 1/2 years. We are guessing that she was about 3 when she was hit by a car and ended up in an coonhound rescue. She was in very bad shape and had a badly broken leg. She has had five surgeries and lots of physical therapy and is doing great but the threat of a storm or the actual rumbling sends her into hiding with trembling for hours. She is a very mild mannered girl and is a joy to have in our family. I have talked to all of her vets (she has 5 with all of the special care she has needed) and none of them recommends giving her any kind of sedation, but I hate to see her get so upset. If we are out for a walk and it even looks like we might get a storm she becomes very difficult to control and drags me home. Any suggestions for how to comfort her or train her to settle down and finish the walk if there is no storm on the immediate horizon?

Thanks very much--Paula

Answer:

Hi Paula,

This is an extremely common issue and it tends to get worse as dogs get older. I’d recommend using a crate and Start with our groundwork program. Dogs with anxious tendencies do best when they have very predictable structure and leadership all the time.

I’ve had good results using Rescue Remedy as needed. It can be given any time you anticipate anxious behavior. I know it works as I have taken it myself when I’m anxious about something.

You may also want to check out Calm Shen. It’s a daily supplement given twice a day, every day. I’ve used this for a dog that has generalized anxiety and it’s helped her a lot.

you might benefit from learning to use our SEARCH function, which is located in the top left corner of every page of the website. If you type in your key words or question it will find you articles, Q&As, free streaming video and links to threads on our discussion forum. Our website has over 16,000 pages and it’s very likely you’ll find the information you are looking for. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


15. Question:

Hi! I am interested in purchasing your Atlantic Kelp.

My dog has a lot of allergies and although you have the ingredients listed, I wanted to know the process by which you make the kelp. I've read on other web sites that many of them are organic and processed a certain way and in a certain time frame to ensure vitamins are not depleted. Can you please verify that. Also, are there any animal ingredients in this?

Thanks,
Kim

Answer:

Our Kelp is rich in minerals and vitamins.

To quote our supplier "Sealife Food Grade Kelp Meal is made from the sea plant Ascophyllum nodosom, responsibly harvested from the Maine coast. The live plants are quickly dried at low temperature to preserve valuable vitamins,minerals,trace elements, amino acids, and alginates."

There is nothing added to our natural dried kelp (there are no animal ingredients).


16. Question:

My GSD eats raw and gets several supplements. The vet told me to give him glucosamine; he has arthritis in his back legs. I give him the human form, should I add joint Aid 4 dogs, or should I stop the glucosamine and give him grand flex?

Answer:

If he has arthritis I would continue with the glucosamine and add Soothe Joints. I use this combo with some of my arthritic dogs, with good results.  If he seems to have pain I would also add Comfort aches.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


17. Question:

Hi Cindy,

First of all, thanks for all the wonderful information on your site, books (4 of them), and your DVDs (I have 5 already) as well the nice training equipment you sell.

I have a 22 month old boxer diagnosed with hip displacia level D and disk problems level 3. The x-ray were taken at the age of 16 months.

The father and grand-fathers were free of hip displacia, the female ancestors didn´t have x-ray certificates.

I just found your website this last year so I made some mistakes with this dog, and one was over exercise. This dog is a typical "dog from hell" tons and tons of all the drives. Until she was 16 months she wouldn´t even sleep during the day, she would only want to run, jump and play on my big garden and backyard all day. To make it worse I would take her, for 1 hour, every day for a off leash walk on the woods to "discharge" the energy, and she spent all those hours running and jumping like crazy.

She has never been overweight, in fact she has always been quite slim, and a bit smaller than other boxer females; she is on RMB since she was 10 months and I give Omega 3 as supplement; and no more vaccination after the first ones, I do titer tests do.

The only symptom she displays (from 14 months old) is a slight movement inflection when she gets up from being laying down for a while. Besides that she is "healthy as a horse."

So now I am doing everything I can: smaller walks without the other dog, walking boards on stairs, no jumps, a "leerburg style" dog house (although I live in a tempered climate).

My question is, what else can I do to prevent her condition to get worse over the years? Do you think supplementing with a good glucosamine/condriotine product is OK?

Many, many thanks and keep up the outstanding job

Luìs
Portugal

Answer:

Here is what I do with my dog that has joint issues:

Raw diet (which you already do)

Every day I give:

I use Comfort aches for pain, as needed.

I hope this helps!

Cindy Rhodes


18. Question:

Hello Cindy,

I would like your opinions on a good vitamin supplement for my 8 year old black lab mix, Java. She is currently in great condition, good weight & tone, shiny coat, bright eyes, good energy, etc. but my vet told me that this is a good age to start supplementing to keep her that way. While I have not been able to feed her a raw diet (time and money) I have always fed her a natural, higher quality food (Innova Evo dry and Merrick canned). Please share your suggestions.

Michele

Answer:

I give salmon oil and Vitamin E to all my dogs, regardless of age. Once they hit about 6 (or earlier if I suspect they need some joint support) I add Syn-Flex and Soothe Joints.

If you notice some pain, stiffness or limping as she ages Comfort aches is a safe alternative to NSAIDs. 

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

Thanks:

Thank you.

You and your website are absolutely the most valuable tool a dog owner can have. I am a dog walker/ dog sitter and I refer people to your website all the time. They are always in awe of the abundance of useful, and most importantly RELIABLE information you make available for free! You and Ed are truly doing a great community service. Know it is very much appreciated.

Michele


Comment:

Hi Cindy,

I e-mailed you a while ago with questions re: feeding my vizsla with IBD. More than anything else, your probios probiotic powder has helped him. He hasn't had diarrhea in over a month now since we started him on it and for him that's amazing! It's finally easier to keep weight on him even though he is eating less now :) I did add the powder to an already well-rounded raw diet, based on Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs, which he had been doing alright on (certainly better than anything else we ever tried).

I also got a few more Michael Ellis DVDs for Christmas - definitely my best gift, thank you guys for all your work!

Thanks for all your time!
Jenn


Thanks:

Hello Cindy!

Just wanted to send you a note of thanks for recommending synflex for my bernese mountain dog. I've been giving it to her for a month now (along with salmon oil, and vitamin e) and she seems to be doing well! She even walks a mile with me in the evening - voluntarily! I just ordered 2 more bottles.

Thanks!

Missy



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