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With only reading a few pages, I am going to comment on this old thread.

I have fed sea meal to my dogs as a supplement for many many years.

Many years ago, I had a dog (Samson) that would not eat kibble for a bit of a stretch.
He had lost a lot of hair from a food called Eukanuba and it was no wonder he would rather starve.
I then changed his food to something called WySong and the sea meal.

I started mixing the suggested amount with some water to his bowl of kibble.
He instantly changed his habit and started eating all of his food when fed.

I cannot remember how long exactly, but it was fast that his hair grew back.
His hair growing back like that was probably more attributed to his food change, but the sea meal gives many vitamins and promotes a healthy immune system in many breeds of dogs.

I think it is worth the time to look it up for those who struggle with immune and thyroid issues in their dogs.
 

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I'm wondering what everyone thinks about fish for puppies? Coco had her first shots recently and the very young vet asked what I was feeding her. We had been giving her a little biodynamic plain yogurt daily and every once in a while poached fish and poached egg. She was adamant "high quality puppy food and nothing else". I felt totally vindicated in ignoring her advice when she said 12 wk old puppies need to be fed just twice a day. We never discussed how much food, just how many times which I thought was silly. But.... I could be totally wrong!

We do a fair bit of fishing. All the big dogs eat bloodlines when we are filleting fish. We can't afford expensive fancy food but we can supplement with things like fish, eggs, yogurt, etc and always have. The only thing I'm worried about is that Coco may develop hip problems if she gets too much protein.

So what say you guys? Can I give her fish? And how much how often?


Thanks,, Ann
 

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The vast majority of those holding the DVM credential are not experts in canine nutrition. I have asked a couple of them some questions regarding the type of food that they push and what they are paid to sell it.That being said, our neighbors have a working border collie that eats whatever it comes by on the farm and is healthy. I see no problem feeding your pup some fish.
 

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I thought puppies would need three times a day as well. We are continuing a three time a day regime.
I had booked the appointment so that my son could be there and hear what the vet had to say. It sort of backfired as I then told him we would be ignoring a large portion of it lol. Next set of shots I'll book in with one of the more senior vets.

And thank you both I can't see how a bowl of kibble would be more nutritious than a piece of fish in moderation. My main worry was too much protein would be bad for a big breed puppy. But on my net research today I found it's actually a good protein source low in calories. Apparently, if you freeze fish for a week it kills all parasites which means I can sometimes give it to her raw.

Gotta love these petfood companies getting into the ears of vets!

Cheers, Ann
 

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I see nothing wrong with supplementing her food. As the old saying goes,
"everything in moderation". Any left over beef, chicken, fish, eggs, etc. with some left
over veggies mixed in makes a good feed with an inexpensive kibble. In days before your
more expensive kibble came into being, this was the preferred way to feed a dog.

Here is an article that may be a helpful guideline: Home-Prepared Dog Food – How to Make a Balanced Diet - Whole Dog Journal Article
 

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Thanks for the article. Organ meat was something else I was interested in. Our big dogs get it but I wasn't sure about feeding it to Coco. Now that she's at the 3 month mark I'm not so worried. Our local butcher slaughters his own cows and processes on site, sells cheap pet mince that is mostly organ meat and I buy a bit every once in a while for the girls.
 

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Thanks for the article. Organ meat was something else I was interested in. Our big dogs get it but I wasn't sure about feeding it to Coco. Now that she's at the 3 month mark I'm not so worried. Our local butcher slaughters his own cows and processes on site, sells cheap pet mince that is mostly organ meat and I buy a bit every once in a while for the girls.
Organ meat is fine, but again, in moderation. It is richer than regualr meat and so you want to keep it to a lower percentage to the food mix. Easier on your dog's kidneys.
 
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