Has anyone tried nutritional supplements for their dogs? To be honest, I've tended to think that many of them are just snake oil with a couple of exceptions. I've heard Prozyme is great but it's not generally available from my local pet stores. Sure I can order it online. I just haven't bothered since I know very little about supplements.
However, I saw Solid Gold Seameal at Petco one day. I would have just past it up since it's a supplement but I have a lot of respect for the quality of Solid Gold products. I took a look at it and saw that it contains Prozyme. Though I'm still not sure how useful these products are, it seems that a lot of people on various forums feel they have had great results with both. I haven't found any negative comments so far.
Most of the comments were from owners who had dogs with problems such as dull fur, balding, itching, and other possibly digestive issues. But some owners didn't have dogs with serious problems at all; they used it for a healthier coat, for their show dogs, etc. I found some recommendations by vets and some nutritional articles and while all them are persuasive to a degree, I wouldn't say I was totally convinced.
There's nothing wrong with my dog, healthwise. He always gets complements about his coat being shiny and soft. But I like to think there's always room for improvement since on several occasions, I have stumbled onto products that give good results on an otherwise healthy dog.
So, I decided to buy a one pound container of Solid Gold Seameal at Petco. It's pricey but the recommended dosage for a 25+ pound Corgi isn't that much - 1/4 teaspoon per meal, twice daily for dogs up to 25 pounds, 1/2 teaspoon per meal, twice daily for dogs up to 50 pounds. I emailed the Solid Gold with some questions. They said that 25% of Sold Gold Seameal is Prozyme. The rest of it has other supplements though, such as omega 6 essential fatty acid. Both companies say it's safe to increase the dosage to at least twice that which is recommended normally. I'll probably try 1/2 teaspoon per meal since Prozyme gets a lot of great reviews too.
For those of you have tried these products or similar products, what do you think? Is this stuff worth it?
BTW, I'm posting my experience with Solid Gold Seameal on my blog about raising and caring for dogs: http://thepracticalpooch.blogspot.com/