Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Yes, We Give Our Kids A Daily Multi-Vitamin

The meals and treats our kids eat are all homemade. We don't rely on store bought. All of their meals are made with a variety of lean meats, cooked and raw vegetables, raw fruit, whole grains, and sweet potatoes. We prep, cook, slice, dice, and mash every other day making enough for 2 days at a time. Their treats are baked fresh twice a week.

On occasion someone reaches out expressing an interest in transitioning their fur-kid/s from store bought to homemade. They ask for tips and advice, suggestions, recipes, and everything between. I'm always more than happy to share any and all.

That includes the one piece of advice I share with everyone...check with your veterinarian first before changing your pup's diet.

One of the most asked questions is, "Do you give your fur-kids a daily vitamin? If so, what kind?"

Yes. We. Do.

Even though their meals and snacks are loaded with good stuff and essential vitamins and minerals, they still need a daily vitamin.

Kind of like us humans do.

We've tried a handful of brands over the past few years. The kids really liked a soft vitamin chew that we had purchased a little over a year ago. It looked like a soft, meaty store bought treat...only smaller. Unfortunately, we had to search for another brand. The kids would inhale the soft vitamin without chewing. Minutes later, they'd vomit up the vitamin.

During our search we found these vitamins at Petco. At the time, I was a bit hesitant to purchase this brand because they're in pill form. The pills are about the size of a nickel.

Sophie and Lobo get 1/2 a pill. Coco gets a whole pill. None of our kids eat the vitamin as is. Disguising the vitamin with cheese or a homemade pill pocket isn't an option because even split in half, the pill is too big. If swallowed whole they'd probably vomit.

In addition to a daily vitamin, Coco also takes a joint health vitamin for his floating knee cap. It's the same size as the multi-vitamin.

We decided to crush the vitamins and mix it in with their food. The pills crush fairly easy. At first we were worried that Coco would smell the vitamins in his food and refuse to eat. However, much to our surprise, that didn't happen.

All 3 kids have eaten their crushed vitamin and food with no problem so this is the brand we've chosen to stick with.

There's a world of vitamins and supplements out there for dogs and they're available in a variety of flavors and forms. Pills. Chews. Powders. Liquid. Once you've consulted with your veterinarian, the next step is finding the right one for your pup/s. Some do fine with pills while others prefer a liquid.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments! Leave us a message on the Our Bodacious Dog Mom Life Facebook page or email at ourbodaciousdogmomlife@gmail.com.

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