Recommended Vitamins For Your Pet
When we talk about pets, the two that come to mind are cats and dogs. Both these animals are not high maintenance and easily blend in with the family. We all love our pets and want to do everything to make them feel happy and loved. When we give them gifts, good food, and affection, we forget that they also need regular examinations and supplements like us.
According to research, only 12% of pet parents in the United States give their pets vitamins and other supplements. If you are a cat or a dog parent wondering about the best vitamins for your pets that will keep them healthy and fulfill all their nutritional needs, stay tuned. At the Humane Society Of St. Lucie County, we are proud to be a no-kill shelter and always want the best for the pets in our community, which is why we always like to provide you with all the necessary information that you need about your pet friends.
Essential Vitamins For Your Pets
Before giving any vitamins to your pet, consider visiting our veterinarian for a proper checkup to know the actual deficiencies. Apart from that, here are all the beneficial vitamins that doctors generally recommend for cats and dogs.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A should be a part of your pet’s diet because it helps with overall body functioning. It is known to be great for enhanced night vision and has regeneration and development properties. If we talk about the sources; fish, liver, eggs, milk, cheese, and carrots are on top of the list.
Vitamin B: Vitamin B, especially Biotin, is essential for cats and dogs, so it should be part of their regular food intake. For instance, Cobalamin helps them synthesize protein, increase production of red blood cells, and better the overall cellular functions. Riboflavin and Niacin are great for the activation of multiple enzymes in their bodies. Thiamine is good for the metabolism of complex sugars and the regulation of energy in them.
Vitamin C, D, & E:
Most people believe that vitamin C is harmful to dogs and cats, but the fact is that both of the animals need as much as any other supplement. However, we do not provide them with vitamin C because their own body can produce it. Vitamin E similarly is necessary for the eyes and muscle strength in dogs and cats, while also having fat metabolism properties. Vitamin D is excellent when it comes to maintaining the mineral balance inside the body of our pets. The amount of Vitamin D required by them is relatively low, and in any other scenario, it can cause complications.
Additional Supplements For Your Pets
Omega-3,6 Fatty Acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids will provide a protective coating for skin and fur to your pets, while increasing resistance to any skin allergies. Omega 6 fatty acids are a vital and integral part of cell membrane functioning in both cats and dogs. Both of these fatty acids are necessary as they don’t get produced in your pets naturally.
Apart from the vitamins and fatty acids, many minerals are responsible for performing various functions in your pets’ body. For example, calcium is good for the bones and manganese is suitable for energy production and improved reproduction. They need phosphorus for RNA and DNA, and zinc for their healthy and fresh skin. There are a couple of other supplements that you can give to your pets after the proper consultation with the vet.
We want to conclude the article by saying that excess of everything is bad even if it is a supplement for a good cause. So, because you have the responsibility of taking care of your pet friend, you need to get them properly checked, and only after that, you can take care of their health.