I rotate homemade recipes that don’t require a multivitamin and mineral supplement in order to be balanced with recipes that do require a multivitamin and mineral supplement. And I rotate Isabella’s proteins, 3 minimum.
The recipes that don’t require a supplement to be balanced have more whole food ingredients that fill in the blanks of the required minerals and vitamins. You may have heard the term “Balance Over Time”, I use this method of feeding, it’s working great for us. I also give daily supplements.
On my trusted resources page, you will find two multivitamin and mineral supplements I rotate in my recipes. They are Hilary’s Blend and Meal Mix. Meal Mix is formulated by Dr. Karen Becker for Mercola Healthy Pets. Dr. Becker is one of my primary trusted resources. So, I have full confidence in using Meal Mix to balance Isabella’s recipes.
On my recipe page, you will find balanced homemade recipes and more information about the importance of rotation and variety.
Note: Daily supplements are different from a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Daily supplements are just that, daily supplements. They should be given daily. A multivitamin and mineral supplement is used to balance homemade recipes or to balance your dog’s diet.
Daily Supplements I use for Isabella:
- Love Bugs (probiotic) 1/8 Tsp daily
- Actistatin Joint Supplement – 2 soft chews daily with meals
- Phyto Synergy (phytoplankton) 1/16 Tsp every other day
- Jamieson’s Omega 3’s – dogs need 150 mg of combined EPA/DHA per 10 lbs of body weight daily (as per Mary Strauss – Dogaware). This was affirmed by Dr. Karen Becker in a facebook live in September 2018. Jamieson’s is a very high-quality Canadian Brand for humans. Based on her raw fresh food diet Isabella is definitely getting some very healthy and necessary Omega 3’s from her diet. So with this supplementation, we are ensured she will be getting the minimum she needs daily and then some. See more on Omega 3’s below.
- Vitamin E – 30 IU daily (I give 100 IU capsule every 3 days) you can read more from Mary Strauss at Dogaware regarding recommendations on IU’s per lb, but here are her general guidelines:
DogAware general conclusions regarding appropriate doses of vitamin E for dogs
For healthy dogs, particularly those eating a fresh food diet, 1-2 IUs per pound of body weight daily (or an equivalent amount less often) is likely plenty. Healthy dogs eating kibble, especially small dogs, might benefit from slightly higher amounts.
For dogs with a variety of health problems, including kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, cataracts, allergies, skin problems, arthritis, and other diseases involving inflammation or the immune system, and for dogs receiving high doses of polyunsaturated oils (PUFAs) such as fish oil or vegetable oils, dosages up to 3-4 IUs per pound of bodyweight daily for large dogs, 3.5-4.5 IUs per pound of bodyweight for medium-sized dogs, and 5-7 IUs per pound of bodyweight for small dogs, may provide additional benefits. Examples of maximum amount of vitamin E recommended on a long-term basis based on body weight:
- 10 lbs: 50-70 IUs daily, or 200 IUs every 3-4 days, or 400 IUs once a week.
- 20 lbs: 85-115 IUs daily, or 200 IUs every other day, or 400 IUs twice a week.
- 30 lbs: 120-150 IUs daily, or 200 IUs every other day, or 400 IUs every 3 days.
- 40 lbs: 150-200 IUs daily, or 400 IUs every 2 or 3 days.
- 50 lbs: 170-230 IUs daily, or 400 IUs every other day.
- 60 lbs: 200-265 IUs daily, or 400 IUs every other day up to 5 times a week.
- 70 lbs: 220-300 IUs daily, or 400 IUs every other day up to 5 times a week.
- 80 lbs: 250-330 IUs daily, or 400 IUs up to 6 times a week.
- 90 lbs: 265-360 IUs daily, or 400 IUs up to 6 times a week.
- 100 lbs: 300-400 IUs daily.
- 125 lbs: 340-470 IUs daily.
- 150 lbs: 400-525 IUs daily.”
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More on Omega 3’s
Jamieson’s Omega 3 – Jamieson’s is a very high-quality Canadian Brand for humans. I have tried many different Omega 3’s including ones made for dogs.
Why I chose this Omega 3
I have chosen this one because it is high quality, clean and is in the bioactive triglyceride (TG) form which is more bioavailable. This is an anchovy, sardine, and mackerel blend, therefore, lower on the chain for mercury contamination. Plus this product is molecularly distilled meaning they purify it. So, any contamination including from mercury is cleaned out. Based on Isabella’s weight she needs 270 mg of Omega 3’s (combined EPA/DHA) daily.
I also like these because they are capsules so less chance of going rancid. Once the air hits the oil is when it starts to oxidize and begins to go rancid. As soon as I open the bottle I put it in the fridge as an extra precaution. No chance of these oxidizing as I’m only using what I need as soon as I prick the capsule and discard the rest. Plus the container is one that light can not get through.
I use a 1/4 capsule daily for a 150 mg dose (as they contain 600 mg) and discard the rest of the capsule. You can also use sardines in place of fish oil supplements; one small sardine supplies over 100 mg EPA/DHA. I supplement with canned sardines approximately 4-5 Tsp daily = 100-125 mg depending on what she is eating that day. Based on her raw fresh food diet Isabella is definitely getting some healthy and necessary Omega 3’s from her diet, but not enough. So with this Omega 3 fish oil supplementation, we are ensured she will be getting the minimum she needs daily and then some.
Benefits of Omega 3’s for your dog
Multiple clinical studies have shown that Omega 3’s are beneficial for:
- Reducing Inflammation, therefore, assisting with good joint health. Helping with conditions like osteoarthritis
- Helps with neurological health
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Improves cognitive health especially as your pet ages
- Alleviates inflammatory skin disorders
Another great way to reduce inflammation is Laser Therapy. Don’t miss our article: Laser Therapy for IVDD Dogs: Best Protocols. And our article: 3 Instances Laser Therapy is Effective in IVDD Dogs.
There are omega-3 essential fatty acids (both EPA and DHA) in phytoplankton too, plus many other great things such as:
- Amino acids
Finally a happy comfort level with supplements!
To be honest, this is the most comfortable in her whole life (12 years) that I have ever been with her blend of supplements, brands, types, and dosages. Boy, it takes a long time to fine-tune things for their individual needs. And their needs change over time as well. What worked when she was 5 is different at the age of 12. Not to mention sourcing the best quality and the right supplements for your individual dog. It’s a moving a target to be sure.
I think an article is warranted on the process of selecting an Omega 3 as this seems to be the trickiest one. Stay tuned!