Why would your dog need that? Is he old or does he have hip dysplasia?
you really need to be careful about giving supplements. People can really do harm to their dogs, AND themselves, by taking too many supplements. Since you are feeding Iams, I'd recommend an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or salmon oil. But that's about it.
Hey sienna. I give the Newfs vitamins, Glucosamine/MSM and Salmon oil. Yes, you do have to be careful as to what supplements you give them, because too much of any vitamin/mineral can be harmful, just like in humans. If Max is fat, you can get him down to his "approved" (haha) weight, which will take some stress off the joint/patella. You will have to do this by cutting back snacks (if you give him alot), maybe changing the brand of food to a healthy weight type. Also, the vitamins you talked about may or may not be helpful, depending on what type of food you feed Max. Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin may be helpful as a preventative for arthritis in the affected limb, and may help presently with mobilty of the affected limb. I would ask your vet before giving any supplements, though. Good luck!
I don't like dry foods, not even the so-called "premium" foods; these foods are not policed and they can pretty much add what they like, most vitamins and minerals that are used are of a scare quality and the food can change from batch to batch depending on product availability, also they mostly consist of cereals, once again of scare quality....most pet foods contain all the rubbish that would otherwise belong in the tip! I prefer the BARF diet as I can be sure that my dogs are getting fed quality foods and to that I add vit. and minerals a few days a week. Glucosamine is great for aching joints and has made a considerable difference both to myself (I'm 28 yo) and to my 12 yo rough collie; it is a good preventative measure if you start now even though your dog may not be elderly; as far as asking your vet, I am not so sure as most don't like to recommend these natural products, they would much rather give a dog with aching joints a batch of tablets of NSAID which have nasty side effects than to go the natural way.
I should add that I much rather give my dogs vitamins meant for human use as I find myself questioning the purity and quality of animal products. I give them VIT. B, C, fish oil, Evening primrose oil.
***Edited By: Ruby on 5/23/2006 1:43:24 AM*** Reason: added