I was just reading the reviews for a dog food on Chewy and one of them said their dogs yeasty ears were clearing up with the dog food, meds from vet, and geneflora (probiotics). So naturally I decided to look this up, which I actually had heard of before, and then Amazon suggested some other stuff, we all know how that goes. I had heard of those too so ordered all 3. Then I was thinking of making a post seeing if anyone heard of it and was trying to think of some hip supplements I'd heard of and couldn't think of them. Well turns out I had saved them in a wish list on Amazon. So found those and bought those too after I had ordered the other stuff, though one review said the basic one wasn't a great concentration for large dogs so I upgraded to the L-5000 (you'll see what I mean).
Anyway, this is everything I ordered. (ETA: At the end, rambled longer than anticipated). I know it seems like a lot and some of the stuff certainly is very expensive but the thing is is that some of these were recommended to me months ago and I avoided buying them due to the cost. Well, I figured I may as well just shell it out since I waste money buying lots of little things anyways. I will be honest though it was nothing more than an impulse purchase. BUT. I wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't all come highly recommended previously.
I am hoping it helps him and he eats it.
He is actually very healthy and doing well rotating between Wellness CORE original and Zignature dry dog foods, sometimes other brands. For Zignature we have only tried 4 flavors out of I think 7. One or two he hated, the others he loved. Hoping to try them all.
But anyway, my point was he's healthy but he gets ear infections occasionally and the last one he was on meds and the vet cleaned his ears and said they were really dirty and a little bit yeasty. He had one off and on recently that went untreated but seems better now and will hopefully go back to the vets soon.
So I am hoping the probiotics and the food help with his ears.
Then he also has a bad hip/leg that he injured a few years ago and was having some issues even before the injury and occasionally still limps. Just has some bad hips I think since he came from a BYB. They were very nice, couple with a son and had a small farm, but I think they just didn't really do any testing, which woulda been fine but clearly there's something wrong somewhere in the lines, one hip was a little loose and vet said it was genetic. Could be a big breed thing too. I don't know. He has bad hips though.
I am really really hoping that these can FINALLY help him feel better!!!
Like I said, his ears don't seem to bug him atm but good preventative care anyway, but his hips seem to bug him just a bit. He is still a very happy active boy, running around in short bursts, very playful, can leap up onto beds and things, but if you look closely I can just tell. Plus it will prevent issues as he ages.
Speaking of which, he was also neutered at 4 or 5 months, I,think 4, because our old vet had said he was "plenty big enough" and was humping everything. A few years later we learned of all the issues associated with early neutering, especially large breeds, and deeply regret it. I believe this has maybe caused some issues too. Not to mention, young hormonal puppies humping stuff is normal and we could have managed it but oh well.
I also wish we had known about this for our yellow Lab. We put him down in 2009 at 13 (we got him at 18 months) because he couldn't even get up anymore and it was "time" but also my aunt was coming down and he had a gross hump on his back. He was also on **** food his whole life and I don't think we ever did his nails (which is also very important and can have huge impacts on arthritic dogs. That may be contributing to Gators problem, he hasnt let us do his nails in months). If only we knew then whatwe knew now maybe Bailey could have had a few more years of life. Sad too because I remember saying that he still had life in his eyes and that in his mind he was a puppy but his body was telling him no and that it was "time." Wonder if it really was. Oh well.
Anyhow, I talked way more than I intended to so very sorry. But does anyone give their dog supplements and if so, any of these ones or others?
Also, I don't even know if it's even safe to feed all of these together?
Edited by KDOGG331 - 3/10/16 at 10:48pm