Vitamin C for Dogs

Vitamin C for Dogs? A healthy dog can make his own vit C but after years of commercial dog foods, many dogs show a deficiency.

Both kids and dogs need vitamin C for the immune system and much more.

How can that be? No matter what advertisers tell you, highly processed foods simply are not enough to maintain health long term.

Both kids and dogs need vitamin C for the immune system and much more.

When I was a kid, my mom always had Vitamin C in the cupboard.

She insisted we ate raw fruits and veggies every day but if we got the sniffles or any signs of illness, we got the C.

While it seemed cruel from my child's point of view that we were not allowed junk food, fast food or candy; Mom was right. I only saw the doctor a handful of times growing up and we should use this strategy for our canines as well.


What Does Vitamin C Do?

Here's a short list of basics:

  • antioxidant
  • boosts immune system
  • synthesizes calcium

  • aids brain function
  • helps rebuild bones, tissue and blood vessels
  • speeds the healing process
  • helps prevent heart diseases, cataracts, joint disease and hip dysplasia
  • helps kill viruses, bacteria and candida (yeast)

 Now you want to run over to the cabinet and take some right? I know, me too.


Here's a few more perks:

Unlike other vitamins, an overabundance of the right vit C does not get stored in the body creating toxicity. The body simply rids itself of any unused portion of this vitamin.

If you or the dog get diarrhea after taking it, that's your sign to cut back.

As a preventative, C helps deter dog hip dysplasia and other joint inflammations. How? By enabling the body to properly mobilize calcium and helping keep bones and joints from deteriorating.



  Are all Vitamin C Pills the Same?


Absolutely not.

Nearly all vitamin C tablets are made of artificial Vitamin C because this good guy  is killed by heat. (Yup, that means your orange juice has the fake stuff added since it was pasteurized.)

Now that you know all the wonderful things this vitamin does, do I think you should start giving it to your dog every day? If you still feed a commercial diet of kibble or canned, a few times a week should suffice. Honestly I'd rather see you give him my favorite supplement below and save the vitamin C for you because us humans are always in short supply.

For that I have two suggestions. Either the timed release Vitamin C with real food (rose hips and acerola fruit extract); or the Rose Hips Vitamin C which I think is better for dogs.

Of course the best vitamin C is the natural stuff in food, hence my recommendation of NSP products which are always a cut above.

Being a natural, whole food kind of person (thanks Mom) I don't usually use isolated vitamins for my dogs. Instead I like whole food supplements with lots of natural vitamins and minerals in them.

A top favorite for dogs is spirulina, so if you want to know what is so wonderful about it, head on over to The Benefits of Spirulina.



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