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Nutra Cal is when you have young pups that are prone to sugar level drops. Nutra Cal can quickly raise those levels to avoid hypoglycimia (I am murdering the spelling). By feeding your chi small meals thru the day it wont be necessary so much. I am certain each dog is different. I do give Kemo supplements either from Vita Dog or my own. I am into that for myself so I want Kemo to live as long as possible. Having a strong immune system will ward off lots of parasites and diseases. :D
 

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right well thats what I want to do do. what do you reccomend?I Nemo has his food out all of the time I feed him once in the morning and it lasts him all day he eats every so often but doesnt over eat. I guess thats ok right?
 

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right well thats what I want to do do. what do you reccomend?I Nemo has his food out all of the time I feed him once in the morning and it lasts him all day he eats every so often but doesnt over eat. I guess thats ok right?
As long as he does that and doesnt over eat then that is great. Add some Vita gravy on top too. I dont know what you feed him but I believe in top food. But not all dogs will eat that, some are too rich for certain tummies. It took me alot of time and $$$ to find what works for Kemo. :wave:
 

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I use Iams puppy little bites food. he likes it but prefers the cat food so I have to hide it lol. I add a little water to it sometimes thats all he eats though.
 

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I still have some nutrical.....we only used when Stella was very little and she had low sugar. (She went into a coma a few times :( )
 

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I use Iams puppy little bites food. he likes it but prefers the cat food so I have to hide it lol. I add a little water to it sometimes thats all he eats though.
When he gets older consider moving up to a different brand that offers more nutrients etc and vitamins/minerals. As he is a puppy he should be ok now.
 

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My vet told me it is ok to give them a 1/2 inch 3 times a day for a vitamin suppliment.
I add some to their food with a little water and stir it up. It makes kind of like a gravy.
I know they both have very soft shiney coats.
When I first got Koke her coat was kind of wirey and stiff. But not any more!
 

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We leave Neville's food out all day for him and it seems to be fine for him. He is a healthy weight and has a nice coat. I personally have never given him any kind of supplements. I guess it all depends on the dog and the preference of the owner.
 

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I baught some when I first got Tequila and it lasted me through Kylie and Ginger. I didnt give Tequila or Kylie as much as I did Ginger because Ginger was under a pound when I got her. I was sooooooooo worried about her because of her size so I made sure she got Nutra-Cal three to four times a day until I was sure she would eat 4 times a day. I just baught another tube and I give it to them as a treat, maybe 4 times a week. They only get a pea-sized portion. My family had two dogs before I got my first chi and the Papillon we had (Sammie) ended up getting really sick as a puppy. I had to take him to school with me b/c my family worked and I had to give him Nutra-Cal like 5 times a day because he didnt eat. Even with my force-feeding him and giving him Nutra-Cal he still went into hypoglycemic shock. I thought he was dying! It is the scariest thing to witness! The vet got his sugar levels up and got his temp. normal and did tons of blood tests...just to figure out his protein levels were extremely low...I had to start feeding him an egg a day (cooked) and after a week of getting eggs, AD, and nutra-cal he bounced right back.
So ever since then I have been super paranoid about hypoglycemic shock. It definately doesnt hurt them just as long as u dont give them too much. It has TONS of calories in it.
I have two pics of Sammie..the first is when he was really sick (sleeping with my family's first dog Bailey) You can just see how sick he was by looking at his face...poor boy! The second was taken on his first b-day..somethng we werent sure he was going to make it to. (and you thought chihuahua's had big ears...lol)
 

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Oh yes, we still have Sammie. He is doing great. He still has problems from time to time, but the vet is tributing that to food allergies. We have since gotten another Papillon (Mozart) and those two love eachother. We still have to give him Nutra-Cal and eggs, especially when he gets sick (about once a month...throws up/loose stool) but this new food we have him on seems to be doing wonders!
 

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My vet said that if the dog isn't eating as he should be, about a half inch portion would be a good idea to supplement.

Using a pea-sized portion as a type of vitamin wouldn't hurt.

It is HIGHLY caloric, though. And it gives both of my dogs diarrhea. So I have a tube sitting around doing nothing. For real--even if I give them a pea-sized portion it makes their stool loose.
 
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