Can I Give My Dog Vitamin D?

Can I Give My Dog Vitamin D?Dogs don’t get their Vitamin D needs met in the same way us humans do. This is why owners often wonder if supplementing sometimes makes sense.

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The truth is your dog may lack vitamin D3 (more likely) or actually be receiving too much (less likely). Avoiding these scenarios is obviously your concern.

If you are feeding a quality dog food then no doubt your sweetheart is getting enough vitamin D. Synthetic human-grade supplements aren’t recommended.

Can I Give My Dog Vitamin D? Answer: Yes, careful though

Too much can cause severe damage to the kidneys to the point of failure, in which case death is possible.

After much research, we’ve come to the conclusion that Osteo-Form tablets make a lot of sense. They will ensure your dog will be safely supplemented with both Vitamin D3 as well as Vitamin A.

A Deficiency in Dogs

Several studies indicate that roughly half of domesticated dogs are lacking vitamin D to some degree. These pets are prone to Rickets which is basically unhealthy bones.

While inconclusive, there are other negative health consequences associated with vitamin D deficiency in dogs – one being increased cancer risk. That’s why quality dog food is important.

D3 & The Difficulties

The sun makes it easy for people to receive vitamin D. Not so for dogs. At the same time, food is increasingly lacking in this vital vitamin. Be selective when you choose a diet for your dog.

Besides free-ranging fresh animal meat, one recommendation is cod liver oil. It is great for topping up on vitamin D. Your dog will benefit in numerous other healthy ways too.

Dog Dosing Dilemma

One reason why you should not add extra vitamin D, in the form of a human grade supplement, is because dosage is debatable, a bit tricky and could lead to pet poisoning (more on this momentarily).

0.1mg for every 2 pounds of your dog’s body weight is considered the upper limit. Ask for professional advice before providing a pet pooch with vitamin D or just go with a supplement that’s designed for dogs.

Note: Dosing is often given in International Units and so the equivalent is 4,000/2 lbs.

Too Much Vitamin D

As with most supplements, excessive vitamin D can seriously harm your dog. Internal organs, especially the kidneys, are at risk with wrong amounts of iron or even vitamin C and the same goes for D3.

Hypercalcemia is a condition whereby there is too much calcium in the blood. Vitamin D can cause this and your dog would suffer as a result. Feed a good, consistent diet and you won’t need to worry!

In any case, if you are concerned that your dog has overdosed on vitamin D you need to bring them to a vet ASAP. Urine testing, IV fluids, an ultrasound and decontamination are possibilities.

Conclusion on Vitamin D

Sufficient vitamin D should come from wild prey animals or a quality dog food. Canine consumption of natural meat means plenty of vitamin D3. It’s best to avoid supplements designed for humans. Be careful not to overdose your dog with vitamin D as it may cause serious medical problems.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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