Originally Posted by Ruso
In Spain it's quite difficult to find good kibble options; I think the best available here is Orijen, and it's what I'm using right now. But I don't like to give only dry food, so I add cans (good quality too) and some raw or cooked, but trying not to unbalance the whole.
A last question: giving a canned sardine or mackerel (canned in olive oil) once or twice a week could be an option for the omega 3?
You can add a small sardine a couple of times a week if you want, just to give the puppy some variety. One small sardine contains, on average, 178 mg of omega 3.
I just went and had a look at the ingredients/analysis of the puppy Orijen. It has a lot of fish in it and contains 1.2% omega 3. This means that one gram of kibble contains 12 mg of omega 3. I'm not sure how much your pup is eating but even at the low end of the recommended daily amount, she's already getting just over 700 mg of omega 3. She probably doesn't even need an omega 3 supplement but since you've already bought the fish oil, use it. Just don't give more than recommended since she's already getting a good amount from her Orijen.
As you can probably tell from my posts, I'm a bit on the anal-retentive side when it comes to dog nutrition. I feed a homemade cooked diet and balance it to the recommended nutrient amounts in the US National Research Council's 2006 report "Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats". My spreadsheets make my head spin! Thank goodness for Excel because I flunked math all the way through school. LOL
I think I've gotten so detail-oriented about it because my previous two dogs, both Rottweilers, had inflammatory bowel disease. Neither could tolerate any kind of commercial food and both had to have extremely low-fat diets of very limited ingredients because of food sensitivities. Because of their dietary limitations, it was not possible to feed a diet based on a percentage of meat, organ meat, etc and hope to give them all the nutrients they needed from food alone. Their diets needed a lot of supplementing and I didn't just want to add vitamins and minerals willy nilly, I needed to know how much the dog needed, how much was coming from the foods and supplement the appropriate amount. It was time-consuming and expensive, but I kept them both off of long-term medication by feeding this way, so it was worth it.
I think a healthy adult dog can do well with a lot of different dietary approaches but I'm always extremely cautious to make sure to feed a properly balanced diet to a growing puppy or to a dog with a health problem.
I've noticed that most new owners really want to add supplements of one kind or another to their pup's food. I understand the impulse, you want to do the best you can.
If you're feeding a good quality commercial food like you are though, supplements aren't needed.
If you want to feed anything extra, I always think it's a good idea to offer tiny bits of fruits and vegetables as treats. They don't contain enough vitamins and minerals to affect the balance of the overall diet. They don't have a lot of calories and they do contain some important antioxidants. Cali wouldn't touch a piece of fruit or veggie when I first got her but I kept offering and now she loves little bites of green beans, carrots, apples and bananas.