To C Or Not To C

Photo Evan-Amos, Wikimedia CommonsThe subject of whether we should give Vitamins to Keep Dogs Healthy can be far more controversial than the same question in humans. One of the reasons being is that folks sometimes mistakenly transfer the nutrient needs from a human to that of a dog. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate seem to be the most popular to fix issues, but for your fn of the mill “alphabet vitamins,” our systems are just very different.

For example, a healthy human with a normally functioning system and moderate and reasonable sun exposure does not have an emergent need to heavily supplement Vitamin D. The human body manufactures it with help from the sun on its own. When we are deficient or lead a housebound lifestyle, that is when supplementation is called for. Conversely, canines produce their own Vitamin C and a healthy dog has no need to receive a supplement.

Most experts agree that it is appropriate to administer Vitamin C to a dog who is fighting cancer or is fighting other disease or compromised immunity for a temporary period of time. Where the cloud gets thicker is when the subject of daily usage comes up. Will supplementing C cause the dog’s body to cease producing it for itself, including any other secondary acids or aminos produced alongside? To “C,” or not to “C,” that is a very good question.

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