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Are you wanting to ensure that your dog is getting enough biotin?
You’ll be happy to hear that this type of deficiency, while entirely possible, is a rare occurrence.
It is almost certain that feeding your dog a healthy diet will provide all their needs in terms of biotin.
Make sure your pet’s regular meals are up to standard and there is no need to worry. Of course, there are always special situations.
Sometimes Dogs Do Require Extra Biotin
And, if need be, there would be significant benefits.
Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7 and vitamin-H, can greatly improve the quality of your dog’s nails, skin and hair ie. a healthier fur coat.
What The Data Shows
A clinical study of 119 dogs found that most of them (91%) benefited from Biotin. The results, “confirm the favorable effect of biotin for treatment of fur and skin conditions in dogs”.
Skin conditions or fur problems were either totally cured (60%) or improved (31%).
So a biotin supplement may be worth trying, but it really depends on your dog’s situation.
Sometimes even serious conditions such as diabetes and depression respond (though these benefits are less proven).
FYI: Worth looking into is a canine-formulated concentrated Biotin supplement.
Signs of a Biotin Deficiency
It is not easy to confirm a lack of Biotin, but there are a few signs you can look for.
Does your dog have a dull or dry coat, anemia, lesions, pruritus, dry or scaly skin?
Other indications include a lack of energy or depression.
Of course, none of these observations would confirm a low biotin scenario.
There could be an entirely different deficiency or medical condition at play. The problem could even be genetic. Sometimes a solution is as simple as a tailored diet and healthier lifestyle.
Have your dog checked out if you are truly concerned!
Standard Dog Dosing of Biotin
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for a Biotin supplement that’s designed for pets.
Otherwise, there’s a general rule of thumb:
5mg of biotin daily for every 20 pounds of your dog’s body weight.
This is actually the approximate amount used in the previously-mentioned clinical study.
Again, get your vet’s diagnosis before you do anything!
Be Selective With Supplements
To be very clear:
Extra biotin does not make much sense unless there is a good reason to provide it.
Try to keep your dog as bound to nature as possible. This way you’ll reduce a possibility of unintended consequences.
Topping Up Biotin From Food
It cannot be stressed enough:
This important vitamin is in a very wide variety of foods including pretty much all meats, innards (internal organs) as well as quality canine chow.
So you really should not have to worry about Biotin supplementation.
Of course, get premium dog food rather than the cheap stuff. In any case, supplementing afterwards is the wrong approach!
The Bottom Line
A Biotin supplement could help your dog in several ways. Improvement in their coat or skin would be the most obvious benefit.
But you should get a diagnosis first!
For now, do an evaluation of your dog’s food. Perhaps it lacks natural Biotin.
In other words, find out if a deficiency is really an issue! Providing extra could be unnecessary and unhelpful.