What Vitamin C means for your Pet?
Vitamins are organic compounds that are necessary to sustain life. Most are found naturally in food. Like us, animals’ bodies need vitamins for growth and maintenance.
You are probably familiar with most of the vitamins human and animal bodies need: Vitamin A, vitamins B (biotin, folate, niacin, antithetic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B-6, and vitamin B-12), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, and Choline.
Our pets need these vitamins, too, although it is very important that we realize they may need them in different amounts than we do before we go popping them our supplements.
Today, we will be focusing on vitamin C as a pet nutrition supplement and its importance in promoting optimal pet health. We will talk about its influence on your pets' health and why it should be used as a supplement in your pets' food.
So, if you really love your pets, and you're absolutely sure you want them to stay healthy and strong, read on!
Unlike humans who depend on fruits and vegetables for their source of vitamins, dogs and cats produce their own vitamin C from their bodies when fed the raw ingredients. This means our furry friends don’t suffer from scurvy and this is why pet food manufacturers don’t add vitamin C to their recipes.
However, veterinarians have advised that pet parents should regularly supplement their pet's food with this nutrient.
One would ask, "if dogs and cats synthesize their own vitamin C, then why should it be added as supplements in their diets?". The answer is simple:
Veterinarians have advised that when a pet is stressed, sick or worn out, it gobbles up its own vitamin C stores as part of its repair process. This runs down the body’s reserves of vitamin C, and replenishing it with supplement is necessary and beneficial.
Why is Vitamin C important to pets?
The same way vitamin C is good for humans, animals also need it for their well-being. Unfortunately, our furry friends only eat what we feed them, and they can’t tell us what they lack or need.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. In its purest form (ascorbic acid), it serves as an acidifier of PH in the body. Asides from being an antioxidant, it helps build strong bones, joints and immune systems. Everyone knows to take vitamin C for overall health and well-being!
So, how is Vitamin C good for your pets?
As a pet owner, it is important to know the benefits of vitamin C for your pets. Vitamin C is beneficial to your pets in the following ways:
- It helps to relieve them of allergies. If your pet suffers from allergies, just give him a dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antihistamine - a compound that counteracts histamine and are used to fight inflammation and any other allergic reaction your dog might be having. In fact, if your dog frequently gets allergies, doses of vitamin C can help clear the reactions completely.
- Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant for your pets. They need it to keep their coat prim and lustrous. Vitamin C usually combines with vitamin E to maintain your dog’s vibrant appearance.
- Another benefit of Vitamin C is boosting your dog’s immune system. When absorbed in the body, it helps in boosting the number of antibodies responsible for fighting toxins, bacteria, and viruses. Moreover, this mineral also boosts the levels of interferon in your dog’s body, which is a natural antibody that helps fight viral infections and cancerous growths.
- Vitamin C in dogs helps in the production of collagen. Collagen is a vital tissue that helps in joint and bone health. In addition, enough collagen in the body prevents your dog from developing hip dysplasia, spinal issues or degenerative joint disease.
- It increases the activity of certain white blood cells, making them more vigorous and seeking out and killing undesirable invaders, and stimulates other cells to make more interferon.
- Lastly, the amount of vitamin C used is linked to the absorption rate of the diet (or supplement). Which is why, at PureForm, we've always included a therapeutic amount of this power-house vitamin.
There are various forms of Vitamin C. According to Whole dog journal, the sodium ascorbate form of vitamin C appears to be the best choices in terms of cost, bioavailability, and effectiveness. Among all the vitamin C supplements on the market, ascorbic acid has the poorest absorption rate by the body.
However, the salt forms of vitamin C, known as ascorbates, are easily absorbed in the intestinal tract of humans, dogs, and other mammals. Before you start shopping for a vitamin C supplement, it is important to be aware of the differences between the various forms.
There is also this controversy about synthetic and natural Vitamin C.
Is natural vitamin C really better for you than synthetic C? Is a molecule of vitamin C produced by a natural biological factor like an orange or a bell pepper different from a molecule of vitamin C synthesized in a man-made chemical factory?
The basic answer to this is that all foods, vitamins, and nutrients, and all the other substances of Life, are chemicals and all life is made of chemical molecules, a chemical's structure, not its source, determines its function.
Dosage and Administration
Excessive Vitamin C in pets leads to pet diarrhea. Therefore, it is important to give your pet the right amounts of the mineral so that he can reap its full benefits. Normally, the age and size of your pet will determine how much vitamin C they require in their diets. However, it is advisable to seek the advice of a veterinarian in knowing the right dosage for your pet.
For cats, puppies, or small dogs, a daily dose of 250mg is enough for their health benefits. Medium-sized dogs will do with about 500mg of vitamin C each day. For large dogs, about 750 mg of Vitamin C each day is enough to fight diseases and infections.
Dogs in their senior years require the largest amount of Vitamin C. This is because their immune systems are getting weaker thereby making them susceptible to diseases. A daily dose of 500mg to 1000mg per 40 to 50 pound of body weight is necessary to help them retire strong.
Our pets have the ability to synthesize their own Vitamin C. However, supplementing their meals with Vitamin C is necessary as their bodies sometimes run low on this nutrient.
Vitamin C supplementation for pets is an incredible method to help their organs function correctly, fight off your average illness, fight diseases, decline irritation, help rout malignant growth, advance joint well-being and give the body a lift amid times of pressure.
However, we should make sure to give them in the right measures to avoid side effects such as diarrhea.
PureForm Pet Health focuses on manufacturing pure supplements to help your pets live a longer, healthier life. Our supplements contain only active required ingredients for a healthy life such as Glucosamine Hydrochloride, MSM, Amino-Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins, and Minerals. With no added sugars, flavors, fillers, known allergens or preservatives, we only include the essentials. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, so you can trust our supplements as the best bet for your pet.
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