Food and Supplements
The first keys to canine health and wellness are quality food and supplements. Don't fall for hype. There are lots of extremely expensive dog foods out there that a spend much more on advertising than they do on quality products and most of all on testing their products.
NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus
These are the supplement requirements in our health guarantee
All the information for ordering can be found in your puppy kit.
Nuvet.com/40831 to order
Siberian Huskies - NuVet Plus, one wafer per day for optimal health and development. NuVet Plus, one wafer per day for optimal health and development.
Yakutian Laikas - Nuvet Plus, one wafer per day. NuJoint Plus one wafer per day.
We use and suggest NuVet Supplements especially because our breeds have a specific requirement of extra zinc and certain vitamins to avoid deficiency health issues. We will consider approving another supplement if you send us the information. We use and highly suggest NuVet.
We really love the NuVet products and use them ourselves. We also do recommend their shampoos and deodorizers.
We are always open to allowing owners to use a different supplement of their preference, we just ask you send us the information for approval.
All of our dogs, from puppies to adults are fed Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice or the Costco equivalent which is the Kirland Chicken and Rice. This is an all life stages food and is what we have found over the years that our dogs do best on. We have tried many many more expensive foods and have found this to best fit our dogs needs and it is moderate in price, not cheap and not over-inflated.
Through years of working with these bloodlines and receiving feedback from other puppy owners we have learned much about what does and does not work well for our puppies. We do not suggest Grain Free dog foods, both our Carolina Dogs and Siberian Huskies have done best with a Chicken and Rice type dog food complimented with proper supplements. We do not encourage using large breed formulas.
Kirkland available at Costco
Kirkland Chicken, Rice and Vegetable
This is what we use on a daily basis it is a twin to the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice, made by the same company.
Diamond Naturals available at Tractor Supply, other feed stores and some pet retailers. It can also be purchased on chewy.com.
Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice
This is the same as the Kirkland food, it is slightly higher priced at retail. It is a quality food but will cost you about the same as a lower quality food.
Please note this is an all life stages food, we do not generally use puppy food, we use all life stages foods.
Recommended foods: We have tried many more expensive brands but find our dogs do best on Diamond brand foods, please feed your puppy Diamond Products if posssible.
*Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice (it says adult but is an all life stage food)
*Kirkland Chicken and Rice Puppy or Adult - Available at Costco, also made by Diamond.
Other approved brands;
Purina Pro Plan (Pro Plan or Purina One only, no other Purina foods), Wellness , ProPac, Merrick, Chicken Soup For the Pet Lover's Soul, Exceed Chicken and Rice (sold at Sam's Club), Rachel Ray Nutrish. If you are considering a food which is not listed, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions before feeding.
Do Not Feed! Feeding the below listed foods will violate your purchase contract and void your health guarantee, this is very important information. If you would like an explanation of why certain foods are restricted contact us.
Do not feed; Blue any formula, Pedigree, Dog Chow, Purina (any variety other than ProPlan or Purina One), Old Roy, Old Yeller, Kibbles & Bits, Science Diet or any store off brand. Boutique brands, exotic ingredients or Grain Free Diets. No foods which have any variation of corn as a first ingredient are approved.
These are some of the treats and chews that we use for our dogs and recommend.
The first photo are all items that can be purchased at Costco. We use the chicken jerky regularly for training treats. We also make our own beef jerky for the dogs. The lamb jerky treats are used more sparingly, never more than a couple of them per dog per day. The checkups are great for dental health, they are similar to Greenies. The Kirkland Dog biscuits are made similar to the Kirkland food, our dogs will not eat most dog biscuits, but they love these. Our dogs get one of these each night and they really look forward to it, it's also part of their training that it's night time and time to settle down.
If you cannot get to Costco, these chicken strips are available at Walmart or online from Amazon. Again, these are chicken jerky. We do not recommend the dehydrated chicken strips as there have been many issues with them over the past few years.
This is something everyone should see.
When you get your 8/10 week old puppies, please keep this image in mind. Although this image is a very young puppy it is here to show you how undeveloped puppies are. Their bones do not even touch yet. They plod around so cutely with big floppy paws and wobbly movement because their joints are entirely made up of muscle, tendons, ligaments with skin covering. Nothing is fitting tightly together or has a true socket yet.
When you run them excessively or don't restrict their exercise to stop them from overdoing it during this period you don't give them a chance to grow properly. Every big jump or excited, bouncing run causes impacts between the bones. In reasonable amounts this is not problematic and is the normal wear and tear that every animal will engage in.
But when you're letting puppy jump up and down off the lounge or bed, take them for long walks/hikes, you are damaging that forming joint. When you let the puppy scramble on tile wit no traction you are damaging the joint.
You only get the change to grow them once. A well built body is something that comes from excellent breeding and a great upbringing-BOTH, not just one.
Once grown you will have the rest of their life to spend playing and engaging in higher impact exercise. So keep it calm while they're still little baby puppies and give the gift that can only be given once.
A bit of back-story: This is a baby puppy who had a knock to his elbow and wasn't using it properly, so he was taken to the vet. There is nothing wrong in these x-rays, thankfully it is a soft tissue injury and he is expected to be fine.
Please share for educational purposes.