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I haven't had the need to try customized supplements or vitamins although I am open to non-traditional medical options for both humans and dogs.

A couple of thoughts come to mind. I would want to thoroughly check out the compounding pharmacy recommended to you. A custom designed vitamin or supplement wouldn't be regulated or tested. The nutritionist would need to know exactly what levels of vitamins and mineral your dogs are getting in their daily food in order to make any recommendations for daily supplementing - although a calming herbal medication that you mention should be fairly straightforward. Is the nutritionist someone with special course work in canine nutrition or is this a nutritionist working with people's meds?

Also, I'm not aware that a dog's vitamin A level can be accurately determined by an energy field test. It's not something you can afford to be wrong about, because there are side effects from too high of levels of vitamin A.

Have you explored working with a canine nutritionist (in coordination with your vet) to develop a home-cooked diet to address some of your dog's medical issues?

In other words, I think there are a number of unanswered questions to explore - which I guess you're beginning to do by starting this thread.
 

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Thanks for the extra background information. You're certainly covering your basis in checking with the BBB and state board - sounds just like what I would have done. It should be very interesting, and hopefully helpful, to have a consultation with this nutritionist.

What a lucky dog Barkley is to have you caring for him. I hope others respond to this thread also, but please keep us updated after you have the consultation. It would be very helpful for a lot of us.
 
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