Vitamins in Dog Food

Vitamins in Dog Food

Vitamins in Dog Food

Vitamins are very diverse and perform many different functions in a dog’s body, such as the creation of DNA, bone development, blood clotting, normal eye function, and neurologic function.

There are five characteristics for a nutrient to be considered a vitamin:

The nutrient must be an organic compound that is not a fat, carbohydrate, or protein.

It is a required component of the diet.

It is essential in small amounts for normal function.

It causes a deficiency or decreases normal functioning when missing.

It cannot be naturally synthesized (made in the body) in quantities sufficient to support normal function.

Consuming too many vitamins over the recommended dose can lead to toxicity and other complications. Deficiencies in one vitamin can also cause a cascade of issues since multiple vitamins are sometimes needed to complete a reaction.

It’s very important to monitor sources of vitamins in a dog’s diet since deficiencies and excessive amounts can occur due to the inconsistencies in natural food products (liver, lungs). It may be preferred to use a vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure proper amounts.

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