We take vitamins to supplement our diets because we don’t always have a balanced diet. Are you sure your dog is getting all the nutrients he/she needs? Have you ever considered vitamins? Are they necessary?
Are vitamins needed for dogs?
If we eat a balanced diet, we don’t need vitamins because food contains all the nutrients we need. The same is true for dogs, and most ‘complete’ dog food brands contain all the micronutrients necessary to prevent nutritional deficiencies.
In some instances, this might not be the case as different dog foods are created for dogs based on age, size, breed, activity level, and so on. Owners are responsible for buying the right type of dog food, so if you have a large dog, dog food made for small dogs will not do the trick.
Deficiencies can also happen if your dog is a picky eater and isn’t eating all of his/her food. In many cases, the next step is to supplement the dog food with homemade diets.
Can vitamins be harmful?
Though the purpose of vitamins is to contribute to overall health, it can be dangerous if too many vitamins are consumed.
Fat-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamins A and D can be toxic. Vitamin A poisoning can cause weakness, constipation, and excessive bone development. Vitamin D overdose can lead to elevated calcium and phosphorus which can cause acute kidney failure.
Just be careful and keep the vitamins in a safe place.
Can dogs take human vitamins?
Do not give your dog human vitamins. Human portions and dog portions are different and you can end up putting your pup in harm’s way.
When to give your dog vitamins
Only give your dog vitamins at the recommendation of your vet. Vitamin K is an exception and is used as an antidote for rat poison. Vitamin B12 may also be used for dogs with SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Most dogs do not need vitamins, but they can be beneficial for dogs with chronic illnesses such as joint pain, skin or digestive issues, and anxiety. These are often combination supplements that helps to treat conditions such as:
- Joint issues
- Digestive issues
- Skin and coat health
- Heart health
- Immune system support