5 vitamins your dog needs
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A like most other vitamins is essential for proper metabolism in the pet’s body. Vitamins are divided into two categories namely fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins. Some of the fat soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K while some of the water soluble vitamins include vitamins C and B. Vitamins are present in several foods like meats, vegetables and oils. Since they’re present in small quantities and are sometimes lost during the cooking process, it becomes necessary to supplement the pet’s diet with other sources of vitamins. Read more
- Vitamin B12
The B12 vitamin is an essential vitamin for dogs. A lack of B12 can lead to health problems such as anemia and eventually gastrointestinal disease. Vitamin B12 is not a vitamin commonly found in plants or vegetation. The most abundant source of vitamin B12 is meat products, specifically organ meat. Organ meat is not a typical ingredient in dry or canned dog food. In fact, most commercially produced dog food contains mainly cereal. That’s not a bad thing for most dogs, since dogs obtain a great deal of their energy from carbohydrates. However, for dogs that are not getting enough B12, a B12 vitamin supplement may be necessary to improve your dog’s health. Read more
- Vitamin C
Wendell O. Belfield, DVM, is perhaps the world’s best-known and most ardent advocate of vitamin C supplementation for dogs. In his book, “How to Have a Healthier Dog,” Belfield describes how he first came to experiment with (and appreciate) the power of vitamin C in his veterinary practice. Read more
- Vitamin K
Many pet owners have questions about vitamin K in dog food. What does vitamin K do? Is it good for my dog? How do I know it’s in my dog food?
Let’s look at the answers.
What does vitamin K do?
Vitamin K provides support to several integral tasks within the bodies of humans and their pets. It is needed for proper blood clotting and helps protect against osteoporosis. Vitamin K is also a cardioprotective and helps protect against oxidative cell damage. Read more
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in supporting pet health. Pet food alone does not contain enough vitamin E to meet your dog’s needs. Supplementing your dog’s diet with natural vitamin E can help prevent serious health problems created by vitamin E deficiency. Read more