First of all, let me say that I am NOT a veterinarian. Everything on this page comes from my own research, discussions with professionals at NuVet Laboratory, discussions with other professional breeders and groomers, experience with my own rescue dogs, and experience working with client's dogs over the course of 20+ years. If you ever have a situation where you feel the life of your pet is at stake, please call your veterinarian immediately! If you have questions about how best to use NuVet supplements to enhance your dog's health, please check out the helpful information on the NuVet website and/or call them at 800-474-7044 (they really are nice and helpful!) -- or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will do my best to get your questions answered! Please click here for more information about ordering directly from NuVet Labs.
Introduce your pet to NuVet as a special treat that they earn during their daily training, just like any other "high value" treat. This will keep them interested and make taking their vitamins a reward! For some dogs, I keep vitamin halves in my training treat pouch with the liver bites so they are smelly and yummy!
Even though NuVet tablets are coated in liver to make them enticing to your dog, eventually most dogs will get tired of the taste and refuse to take them like a treat. There are several ways to handle this reluctance, but here are the top strategies I use when this happens: (1) Quit giving them the tablets for a couple of weeks. For a healthy dog this isn't an issue and usually the dog will be happy to see his "treat" back when you re-introduce it. (2) Break the tablet in half at the scored line and then "hide" the tablet halves in something that your doggo thinks is yummy. In my house this is usually a glob of peanut butter or a small piece of cheese. Dogs respond strongly to smell, so the stinkier the food/treat, the more appetizing they will find it! After a week or so of hiding the tablet in food, I return to using the tablets without the extra coating. (3) Hustle your dog. Take out the vitamin and two treats that you know your dog loves (or even two pieces of cheese, two small pieces of bacon, etc.) and make sure your dog sees that you have three treats in your hand. Use the vitamin as the second treat -- usually your dog will be so focused on getting the third "high value" treat that he won't even notice what the second treat is! This works with heartworm pills, too!
(4) If all else fails, you can grind up the tablet with the back of a spoon (or use the powdered vitamins) and mix it in with his regular food.
Please remember that NO supplement can make up for poor nutrition. All dogs require daily exercise, available fresh water, high quality nutrition, basic companion obedience training, and love to thrive. Of all of these requirements, it seems that good food is often the most difficult for owners to supply. Please, please do your own research, using reputable sources of information and feed your dog the best food you can - it truly will have a huge impact on your dog's quality of life! Do not just take the word of the salesperson in a "big box" store (99.9% of them have no clue about pet nutrition & just repeat whatever the latest sales rep said at that day's morning meeting) and please do not assume nice packaging equates to good quality food. Good marketing is no substitute for good nutrition! I also recommend that everyone go to www.dogfoodadvisor.com to start their research and sign up to receive email notices of pet food and treat recalls.
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