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Vitamin C & Dogs

by Kimberly Caines
 

If Rascal is stressed, vitamin C might help.

A healthy dog is a happy dog, and what you feed him greatly contributes to his well-being. Although you might be tempted to supplement your dog's diet with vitamins and minerals, doing so is not always necessary. Supplementing vitamin C, for instance, isn't necessary, because healthy dogs are able to make their own vitamin C internally. However, in some cases providing your dog with vitamin C can be beneficial. Always get your vet's approval before you begin supplementing or before you make any changes to your pooch's diet.

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The Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C keeps your pet companion's immune system strong. It makes collagen, which is essential for healthy gums, wound repair and support of the ligaments, tendons and cartilage that hold your dog's body together. Supplementing vitamin C is beneficial in dogs that are stressed. Stress can be triggered in dogs by various things, including diseases, surgery, trauma, reproduction, weather changes, lactation, weaning, aging and rapid growth.

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Supplementing Vitamin C

Vitamin C is nontoxic. Any excess is secreted through your dog's urine and feces. However, giving your pet companion too much vitamin C at one time can trigger diarrhea. Vitamin C comes in tablet, capsule and powder form, and can be mixed into your dog's food. If your dog suffers from stress, consult your veterinarian regarding vitamin C supplementation, and have him provide the appropriate dosage recommendations.

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About the Author

Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.