Vitamin E for Dogs
Friend or Foe?

What does Vitamin E do? Vitamin E for dogs helps the heart, slows  the aging process and helps cure skin problems but don't use it as a cure all.

And please, know which forms work and which ones are dangerous.

The right form of Vitamin E affects the capillaries, circulation, hair, skin, heart, liver, muscles and red blood cells.



What Does Vitamin E Do?


Vitamin E  is the oxygen facilitator at the cellular level.

Bodies need oxygen at every level.

Here are some of the things that increased oxygen does:

  • The more oxygen, the less oxidation (cellular decay)
  • Keeps connective tissue like skin and muscle from losing elasticity
  • Promotes circulation of the heart and arteries
  • Enhances hormones


I realize most of us connect the word hormones with estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, but hormones do far more than give us sex drives, mood swings, muscle strength and menopause (oops, menopause is me, dogs don't do menopause). Anyway, the point is, hormones are needed for nearly all bodily functions!

They are messengers dispatched by an organ or tissue into the bloodstream to carry orders for various physiological activities - even metabolism.

If hormones become unstable, they oxidize, become toxic to the body and cause aging and deterioration.



The Right Kind of Vitamin E for Dogs


Okay, now we're at the fun part. Well, maybe not fun but I'd feel better if you remember this part.

In this day of man-made everything, some forms of this vitamin are not readily usable by the body and some studies are suggesting they are in fact toxic. What can you do?

Look for products containing the d-alpha tocopherols  because the  dl versions are synthetic.

Note the subtle difference because they are two entirely different things.

Good = d-alpha tocopherols

Bad = dl-alpha tocopherols




Healing Burns on Skin

I have to throw in this little tidbit that my mother taught me. I remembered it a few weeks ago when I burnt the heck out of my knuckle.

I was taking sweet potatoes for the dogs out of the toaster oven and I actually heard my knuckle sizzle as it pressed against the heating element. Gawd, it smelled and immediately turned a golden brown like cooked chicken skin.

I stuck it under cold water from the tap for several seconds to lower the temperature of the skin, then popped open a Vitamin E capsule and rubbed it on the burn. I repeated the application 3 times a day for two days because the knuckle kept cracking open.

Guess what? It's gone without a scar! Amazing stuff!

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If you are looking specifically for Vitamin E,  I suggest the ultimate from NSP.  Natures Sunshine's  Vitamin E Complete with Selenium. This supplement has far more than d-Alpha tocopherol.

Vitamin E Complete with Selenium contains alpha, beta, delta and gamma tocopherol; alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols, rather than isolated alpha tocopherol as is found in most vitamin E supplements.

Now if you are reading up on vitamins to decide what you may want to add to your dog's diet, please don't use a single vitamin. I truly believe whole food supplements such as spirulina do far more because they have a multitude of vitamins and trace minerals that work in unison inside the body.


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