Do Our Pets Need Vitamins?

Edmund R. Dorosz, BSA, DVM

Yes, our pets need vitamins. Just like for us, vitamins are very important nutrients. In our modern environment they may need them more than we had originally thought. Vitamins perform many important functions for our pets.

Vitamins are classified into 2 main groups

Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble dissolved in fats.
Liver is an excellent food source for these vitamins

The B group and Vitamin C are water soluble. This means that they are easily lost through cooking and processing. However overdosing is not as big a concern as it is with the fat soluble vitamins.

Carnivores can make their own Vitamin C but lately we are suspecting that they may not be making enough especially in stressful situations.

Again Liver and kidney are good food sources.

How would we suspect a vitamin deficiency?

The dog or cat will show us the signs. For example:

poor skin and hair coatVitamin A and/or B
anemic and tiredmaybe vitamin B
cancers and heart problemsVitamin E
weak bones and poor teethVitamin D

Yes vitamins are essential nutrients for our pets.

If they are short they will show us the signs.

About Edmund R. Dorosz, BSA, DVM

This article was originally published on the Our Pets Inc. Home Page.
Reprinted here by permission.

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