Why A Balanced Multivitamin For A Dog

Why A Balanced Multivitamin For A Dog

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Information from Douglas Kneuven DVM

vitamin003Vitamins and minerals are nutrients the body needs to function properly and cannot manufacture enough on its own. As we have seen, nutritional deficiencies have been found in commercial diets. Although the deficits are corrected as they are discovered, more are possibly lurking in the next bag. Besides, the vitamin and mineral content of pet diets is based on “average” animals. Stresses such as surgery or illness, change in environment/schedule, and athletic performance such as agility cause a need for extra nutrition.

Additionally, the nutrition in pet foods is linked to calories. For example, if the food bag says that, based on his weight, a particular dog needs three cups of food, then that is what he needs to get the required vitamins and minerals. If the dog gains too much weight on this quantity of food (a very common situation) and the owner cuts the amount fed, then the animal’s nutrient intake will likely be deficient. For these reasons we recommend that all pets get a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.

To understand a specific choice of vitamins, you need to look more closely at the vitamin industry and research. Most vitamin supplements consist of synthetically made chemicals. However, if you listen closely to the reports on nutrition you often hear statements like, “Researchers have found that people eating foods high in such and such nutrient have such and such health benefit.” Many times when studies are done using the same nutrient from a synthetic source, there are no health benefits. It is difficult to improve on Mother Nature so supplements made from whole foods are best.

Feeding Directions For Adult Dogs And Puppies:
Under 20 lbs: 1 tablet daily
20 – 70 lbs: 2 tablets daily
Over 70 lbs: 3 tablets daily

When more than one tablet or chew per day is required, dividing between AM and PM is optional

vitamin002DL-Methionine 7.5 mg- essential amino acid, important for skin, coat, eye and heart health, urinary acidifier, not good for dogs with liver or kidney damage

Linoleic Acid 3.75 mg- unsaturated omega 6 fatty acid

Calcium 75mg- essential for bone formation, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and nerve impulse transmission

Phosphorus 37.5 mg- necessary for the absorption of calcium, aids in bone and teeth formation, promotes kidney health

Potassium .375 mg- necessary for the proper functioning of enzymes, muscles, nerves and proper fluid balance

Magnesium 37.5 mg- necessary for the absorption and proper use of certain vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium and phosphorus, sodium and potassium, necessary for proper bone growth, and functioning of enzymes and production of proteins

Iron 4.5 mg- primary function combines with copper and protein to form hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen, also necessary for certain enzymes to function normally

Copper .0045 mg- necessary for the formation of collagen, bone and connective tissue, absorption of iron, the development and maturation of red blood cells, functions as an antioxidant and the development of the pigment in hair

Zinc 1.5 mg- essential mineral for protein and and carbohydrate metabolism and hormone synthesis in the liver and throughout the body

Iodine .0060 mg- necessary for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and the production of thyroid hormones, thyroid hormones regulate the rate of metabolism in the body and play an important role in normal growth

Selenium .00525 mg- antioxidant which functions with vitamin E and certain enzymes to protect cells

Vitamin A 900 IU- fat soluble vitamin, important for vision, hair, skin and other functions, can be toxic if overdosed

Vitamin D3 75 IU- fat soluble vitamin, regulates calcium and phosphorus levels within the bloodstream, important for skeletal growth, muscle control, and nerve functions

Vitamin E 7.5 IU- fat soluble vitamin, plays a role in the formation of cell membranes, cell respiration, and in the metabolism of fats, antioxidant and protects various hormones from oxidation

Thiamine (vitamin B1) 7.5 mg- water soluble vitamin, helps metabolize fats and proteins, convert food into energy, essential for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 3.75 mg-  essential for normal growth, muscle development and hair coat

Panthothenic Acid 7.5 mg- B vitamin, the acid enables the body to create usable energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, deficiency has been associated with abnormal graying particularly in black coated animals

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Niacin 7.5 mg- B vitamin, plays a role in helping enzymes to function properly

PyridoxineHCl (vitamin B6) 3.75 mg- used by the body in utilization of amino acids

Folic Acid (vitamin B9) .003 mg- necessary for the bone marrow to produce red blood cells

Vitamin B12 .003 mg- necessary for the bone marrow to produce red blood cells

Choline 7.5 mg- helps with detoxification pathways of the liver, promotes healthy brain function and prevention of cognitive disorders and seizures, aids in urinary incontinence

Cobalt .060 mg- required in the manufacturing of red blood cells with vitamin B12

Biotin .003 mg- maintains healthy skin and hair, necessary for growth, digestion and muscle function

Medadione .003 mg- source of Vitamin K activity

Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) 18.75 mg- involved in bone growth and bone mineralization, makes urine acidic so may discourage the formation of most bladder stones

Para-amino-benzoic Acid 3.75 mg- part of the molecule of folic acid is required for the synthesis of this vitamin

Inositol 3.75 mg- helps in the peristalsis (contraction of muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract) in the stomach and small intestine

Lecithin 7.5 mg- essential components of cell membranes, a natural emulsifier

Betaine HCL 7.5mg- helps break up fats and proteins

Pepsin (Porcine) 6750 FCC Units- degrades food proteins into peptides

Protease (Aspergillus oryzae) 40.0 HUT Units- digestion aiding enzyme of proteins

Bromelain (Pineapple) 1.35 GD Units- protein digesting enzyme of proteins

Lipase (Aspergillus oryzae)- 0.375 FIP Units- digestion aiding enzyme of fats


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