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Owners often get conflicting info about their dog’s vitamin C needs.
While it is obviously healthy, rarely do canines require extra.
The thing is your dog actually produces their own vitamin-C!
People typically require this vitamin much more so than their pets. However, there are cases where supplementation makes sense.
Your dog may have poor glandular function which, in turn, could mean their ascorbic acid needs aren’t being met.
Keep reading to learn more about vitamin-C as it applies to four-legged friends…
Some Dogs Can Benefit From Taking Vitamin C
The sodium ascorbate version makes sense when there is good reason to provide extra.
But for deficient dogs, we recommend Pet Organics Ester-C due to the antioxidant properties. It also won’t irritate the GI tract.
Vitamin C for Canines
Certain medical conditions respond to vitamin-C supplementation. This is especially true for older dogs.
A serious deficiency may warrant a vitamin C injection.
Normally though, powdered form is what’s used.
If your dog is under stress it could indicate low levels of vitamin C, but it’s difficult to definitively determine.
You should involve your vet if you’re really concerned.
A Powerful Supplement
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient. It can help dogs with:
- Joint inflammation (arthritis)
- Kennel cough
- certain infections
- Upper respiratory conditions
It can also play a role in recovery of injuries, provide an immune system boost and even fight canine cancer.
Again, some dogs certainly benefit from additional vitamin C when appropriate.
Potential Side Effects
Be careful about giving vitamin C to your pet dog.
It cannot be stressed enough:
Often times, they don’t need it. And it could harm their ability to produce their own (perhaps permanently).
Some dogs may become internally stressed, meaning their organs may be working extra hard.
It’s important not to inappropriately give this vitamin. Too much means they’d have to rid their body of it.
Diarrhea is just one sign of excessive vitamin-C. And serious complications involve kidney stones and organ failure — specifically the liver and kidneys.
S. Ascorbate & Ascorbic
Confusion also surrounds vitamin C, partly because there are several different forms. Dogs, the way their systems function, are better suited for sodium ascorbate.
Ascorbic acid is an inferior form of vitamin C for both man and canine alike.
The concentration and highly acidic nature of ascorbic acid can affect your dog’s kidneys and liver.
Non-acidic sodium ascorbate, in theory, is desirable for dogs. There’s also evidence to suggest it is more effective because it is better absorbed.
The Bottom Line
Supplementing with vitamin C is questionable for healthy dogs. They produce their own!
Too much could be harmful.
Be sure to discuss with your vet the possibility of giving your dog extra vitamin C.