Iron is essential for dogs too, but supplementation typically isn’t needed. Pets get sufficient amounts of this key mineral from their food.
Deficiencies of iron are usually linked to medical problems. Giving your dog extra, without a diagnosis, is questionable and possibly dangerous.
Thankfully iron toxicity is rare. Nevertheless, involve a vet if you think your dog is lacking. You certainly do not want anemia to develop.
Can I Give My Dog Extra Iron? Answer: Yes, if a vet finds a deficiency
Discovering the underlying reasons for low levels is very important.
We give our youngest dog a quality canine-formulated iron supplement after it was confirmed that she was mildly deficient. A good vet will provide an iron supplementation plan, if required, for your dog’s particular needs.
There’s an excellent supplement made for dogs already suffering with anemia.
Some dogs lack a quality diet and don’t get their iron needs met. Losing lots of blood, either internally or externally, is another reason for low iron. This can occur, for example, if your dog has a bleeding ulcer.
Puppies can have low iron levels if the mother lacks this mineral. Less common causes involve parasite infestation or urinary tract infections.
Too little iron is problematic. Have your dog checked out if you suspect something is wrong!
Iron and Anemia
Dogs can get anemia due to an iron or vitamin B12 deficiency. It’s important to identify early on. Anemia, or low levels of red blood cells, may be a sign of something more serious.
Ideally, a vet should begin a treatment plan for the underlying issue. This usually requires more than iron supplementation.
Either injectable iron dextran or ferrous sulfate, taken orally, may be prescribed.
Know the Symptoms
If you suspect that your dog is deficient in iron then get them evaluated. Blood and/or urine testing could be needed.
Any treatment must be appropriate for their illness or deficiency. Your dog may not even need an iron boost.
Poor appetite, lack of playfulness, constipation, change in stool coloration, depression, general weakness or lethargy are signs of low iron levels.
Check Iron Levels
Check the inside of your dog’s mouth to see if parts of the tongue or gums have turned light pink or a whitish color. This can be cause enough to look for other symptoms.
Some owners instinctively know when a pet isn’t quite right. Evaluating the type of dog food being provided is never a bad idea.
Iron is Automatic
A quality diet, under normal circumstances, will cover your dog’s iron requirements. Then you simply need to stick the same daily diet routine.
This simple strategy is beneficial for both you and your dog. You won’t have to worry about an iron deficiency situation.
Conclusion on Iron
Dogs don’t normally need additional iron unless there’s a medical reason. Perhaps your dog suffers from something that causes their iron levels to dip. A diagnosis is highly recommended in order to get them the best treatment.