Vitamins for Dogs

You want to improve dog health right? Understanding the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins for dogs will improve dog health, save your wallet and avoid toxic overload.

I know you want your dog to be the best he can be and you probably know commercially prepared foods lack vitamins and minerals.

Lack of quality ingredients, cooking at high temperatures and then adding back vitamins which are usually synthetic leave it rather non-nutritional.

Whether you feed commercial dog food, home prepared or barf, understanding more about vitamin and mineral supplements is like money in the bank.

On this page you will find links to pages about specific vitamins for dogs and what each one does. 

Our world has become full of synthetic vitamins. Some work for the body and some work against it. The scariest being Vitamin K-3 but we'll get to that. (If you don't think your dog gets it, I'll teach you its sneaky names on the label.)

I'll also talk about several supplemental foods like kelp and alfalfa because they are packed with vitamins, minerals and have an advantage being from a whole food which is always more nutritious than isolated vitamins.

I hope you enjoy the following information. Take your time. When I start reading about individual vitamins I wanted to go out and buy them all. Don't fall prey to that.

The best approach is to serve real food. Then you can find a good supplement (preferably a whole food type supplement)  that is packed with nutrition. You're not just looking for vitamins but trace minerals as well.

I only suggest Nature's Sunshine because they are the only company I can trust. Remember I said there are lots of synthetic vitamins out there? Nature's sunshine knows which work and which don't. Please read Why NSP and you'll understand why I use only human grade vitamins for dogs.

Okay, we'll start out with the job of some specific vitamins. Keep in mind that foods with these vitamins will have more value than a grocery store vitamin pill:

  • First we have the Benefits of Vitamin A. 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.
  • Vitamin C for Dogs. Even though a healthy dog body makes its own Vitamin C, many dogs are now showing a deficiency. They reap the same benefits we do from this vitamin.
  • What Does Vitamin D Do for Dogs? This sun activated vitamin is actually a hormone that helps protect against arthritis and ...oh you have to read the page to find out silly.
  • Vitamin E for Dogs. I love Vitamin E. It's a wonderful antioxidant, hormone enhancer and wound healer. I hope you have some for yourself too. Just be sure it's the right kind because some are useless!

 

The next group is minerals and superfoods you can use for supplementation:

  • Calcium is a must have mineral for dogs but trace minerals are also very important. When I wrote about Calcium for Dogs I found benefits I had no idea about before. Whether your dog gets this mineral through food or supplement, it is imperative that he gets the right ratio of calcium to phosphorus for proper assimilation.
  •  I no longer suggest kelp for dogs simply because the iodine content isn't good for all dogs. Instead there is another superfood with a trace of iodine which is better. Go ahead and read about the benefits of spirulinaCaution:  Like kelp, much of it is harvested from  contaminated areas which will do far more harm than good. The only source I completely trust because they test each and every batch is NSP Spirulina.
  • In Benefits of Alfalfa you will find out it is second only to spirulina for dogs, but a worthy addition to the canine diet. I even tell you how to grow your own in four days because I'm a thrifty gal.

Other essentials for dog health are:

  • EFAs or essential fatty acids. These can be found in things like flax seed oil and Fish Oil for Dogs. Think Vitamin A.

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