Are there benefits of Vitamin A for dogs? Yes! The builder of body tissue, dry itchy dog skin and a dull coat are typical signs that supplemental doses are needed.
There's also liver, kidney and lung benefits.
Internally, Vitamin A is like motor oil for the lining of the liver, kidney and lungs. It keeps those organs working smoothly and helps ward off disease common to them, such as pneumonia and hepatitis.
Since the liver is the main organ in the body for metabolic and detoxifying work, Vitamin A is an important choice to avoid and also treat dog liver problems.
There are two basic sources of Vitamin A you can use. Vegetable and fish liver oil for dogs.
The beta-carotene found in orange colored vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes are popular treats in my house.
Since dogs are not naturally herbivores, I cook all sweet potatoes and pulverize most of the carrots so the beta-carotene is available for my canine kids. I like the fiber in those choices too.
Good choices of fish oil for dogs are cod liver oil and halibut liver oil.
Be sure to keep these in the fridge so they don't go rancid. (You can tell by the smell. Once an oil is rancid it won't help at all, so throw it away.)
Read the dosage for people and divide that for your dogs weight. If you use capsules and your dog doesn't readily eat them, just puncture the jell cap and squeeze the oil onto his food.
Unless a specific dosage is given by your vet, stay on the low side of the scale since too much Vitamin A is harmful.
One of the best things you can do is add sardines at mealtime. Bought by the can, you can rinse of any added oil or sauce and add it to your dog food a few times a week, or, if you make your own raw dog food, you will find it in a recipe on my free raw dog food recipes page.
Not only will your dog receive the benefits of vitamin A, but much needed essential fatty acids as well.