Benefits of Vitamin A for dogs abound only if you use the right source.
Otherwise, you could do more harm than good. Let me explain.
Not all forms of this vitamin are good for dogs.
Let's start with the good stuff then I'll share an awesome easy tip that's super safe.
What's the purpose?
Vitamin A is the builder of body tissue. Dry itchy dog skin and a dull coat are typical signs your pooch isn't getting enough.
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.
Since the liver is the main organ in the body for metabolic and detoxifying work, Vitamin A is an important choice to both treat and avoid dog liver problems.
We want that liver working at peak performance since it has 500 daily jobs to do!
But source is everything.
Now here's where we go wrong. A vitamin supplement is not the same as a naturally occurring vitamin within food. Not even close.
Most vitamin supplements are synthetic. That makes them harder for the body to synthesize and and too much of this form of vitamin A is toxic, actually having the potential to kill your dog (or you).
The beta-carotene found in orange colored vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes are popular and great for us humans but don't work well for dogs.
Since dogs are naturally carnivores, the best source of usable vitamin A should be from the animal kingdom. Doesn't that make sense?
This is where fish oil has gained popularity. Choices abound but the good stuff is pricey and must be refrigerated so it doesn't go rancid.
And rancid fish oil is toxic so now what?
One of the best things you can do is add sardines at mealtime several times a week. Simply go to the section in the grocery store that sells can tuna and get water packed sardines.
Is that easy or what?
Plus you'll be adding that wonderful Omega 3 essential fatty acid that dogs must have.
Now if you want your dog to have lots of natural vitamins and minerals, go raw. I can't believe the difference it's made in the health and vitality of my dogs.
I share easy raw recipes on my free raw dog food recipes page.