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Do Your Pets Get Vitamins or Supplements?

Whether masked in peanut butter or in a pill pocket, there are plenty of tricks to getting a pet to take his meds. In addition to pills to treat health issues, some people use capsules like Omega-3s to treat other less serious ailments like dull coats. With herbal remedies for everything from allergy control to stress relief, I am curious to know if your pets receive any special supplements. Share what they are (and what they're for) in your comments below!


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amers230 amers230 9 years
Missy the big black mutt gets glucosamine chews twice a day now (poor dog's getting old and had horrible hips.) I think they're beef flavored so she looooves them. We'll give her benadryl when she starts chewing her paws during allergy season too. We have to put any sort of pill she needs in a dab of peanut butter on a cracker in order to get her to eat it. She figured out how to eat around the meds when we'd stick them in a hunk of cheese or a piece of lunchmeat lol. Sneaky dog...
miz66 miz66 9 years
I give Tilly 1/2 glucosamine vitamin (because of her size) with her dinner every night only because she gets a stiff leg, the vet thought she was starting with arthuritus when she was about 2. She's now 8 years old, her leg's basicly fine but does stiffen up now and then especially in winter.
j4everlasting j4everlasting 9 years
Netwon & Axle both get Omega 3 & 6 pills each morning. We live in a very dry climate, so it does their coats and skin wonrders.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Only occasionally. One hurt his knee, so I gave them both glucosamine & chondroitin for a few months. One has a sensitive stomach, and I give them probiotics when it acts up. And one goes on poop eating binges from time to time, so I'll give them both a supplement until he stops.
Sassy_1 Sassy_1 9 years
My Jack gets salmon oil for his skin.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I did give my Emma a multivitamin when she was ill with lymphoma, as she wasn't absorbing nutrients like she should. But Oliver is doing great on his dry and canned foods. We do share a cup of berry yogurt on most days, though! :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
They get: Vitamin B complex (including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Pyridoxine, Cyanocobalamin, Biotin, Choline, Folic Acid, Inositol, and Para-Aminobenzoic Acid), natural Vitamin E, kelp (which contains over 60 minerals and 21 amino acids), salmon oil, and a pro-biotic blend. These are all things that were added to their raw food when they were on a raw diet, but since they decided to stop eating that, I now give them smaller doses in supplement form with their canned food.
wren1 wren1 9 years
My dog takes Melatonin for his skin.
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 9 years
Lulu was recently started on 3V Free Form Liquid (fish oil supplement) as suggested from her vet. She gets one pump each morning on her food. It's too early to tell if its working but I have my fingers crossed. For anxiety I bought "Sleepytime Tonic" by Happytails ( I have yet to try it because I bought it for an upcoming trip that will have her in the car for 4 hours though I suppose I should test it out beforehand to make sure she doesn't have a bad reaction.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
we do fish oil
ILovePugs ILovePugs 9 years
I would give Chase Benadryl if needed...and I will give Glucosamine when he gets a bit older to prevent serious joint problems. I always thought that as long as you were feeding a good food there was enough of it in there, but just learned the whole process of making kibble renders it somewhat ineffective :( As far as vitamins and minerals I feed a holistic food with lots of veggies and fruit so I don't think he needs any extra. And he gets 2 spoons of plain yogurt everyday to help with gas and bad breath (which must be coming from his tummy, since his teeth are perfect!) kind of similar to the probiotic supplement idea.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
My cats don't, but the guinea pigs we took care of did get Vitamin C solution in their water.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
yep, those skin supplements b/c my dog Kobe has the worst skin ever right now.
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
btw...not everyone can afford to feed their pets a proper raw diet.
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
Kasey gets a pro-biotic every day to help his digestive system which can be a little sensitive. We've really noticed a difference in his *you know what* for the better since we've been doing this. And his vet says it's a great idea.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
B-Bop has really dry skin so I put some salmon oil on his food. It helps a lot. I feed him a good food, so he gets his vitamins an such there. I do give him benadryl every so often, when he gets itchy and starts rubbing his face on the ground. I know some people are against packaged food and supplements and such, but my dog is healthy and happy and that's what matters
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Nope, haven't had to do this with either kitty as of yet. We used to give my dog arthitis supplements and they helped a lot.
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 9 years
Harley gets a hip and joint vitamin for her bum hip and some doggy probiotics.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
You shouldn't be giving yiour animals any of these! Red this site : and you will see why!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Oh and when she was a baby she was given Flax Seed Oil for her itchy skin. It helped.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Nope. Storm gets Benadryl when she has an allergic reaction to something. Usually bee stings, lol! She doesn't learn to leave them alone. Their food has a ton of minerals/vitamins so they do not need a supplement.
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