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    9 things you should know about vitamins for dogs

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food.

    Not all vitamins are created equal

    Have you ever walked into a pet store or health food store and felt completely overwhelmed? When it comes to essential supplements such as minerals, vitamins, omega oils and probiotics, choosing the right product can be daunting.

    Today, I would like to focus on vitamins because, while most people understand their importance, there are still many misconceptions. I hope you will find the following list helpful for choosing the right product for your dog.

    Here are 9 things you should know about vitamins for dogs

    1. There is a difference between synthetic vitamins and those found in food. Most people are unaware that unless marked otherwise, vitamins are made chemically from crude oil and coal. They are a mock version of food-based vitamins. It is true that synthetic vitamins may correct major problems, but the body does not process them the same as natural vitamins. They can cause stomach upset and can be easily overdosed.

    2. It would be impossible to make vitamin supplements solely from plants and fruits. The cost would be very prohibitive and the product would likely be incomplete. The pile of food that is needed to make one jar of multivitamins would be huge.

    3. Naturally cultured vitamins are a reasonable compromise. They fall into the whole food category because they are cultured on a probiotic media. This process bounds these vitamins into bio-proteins, and the body recognizes them as food. They are unlikely to cause stomach upset or overdose.

    4. No one can really say with absolute certainty how much of each vitamin each dog needs. The recommended doses are just an estimate. Offering a broad-spectrum, naturally-cultured multivitamin is the most reasonable solution. Remember, nature never gives an exact amount of vitamins. The mantra here is abundance and variety, but not excess.

    5. Nutrient soil depletion is a serious problem. Food is transported long distances and minerals and nutrients do not return to the soil. Some people mistakenly believe that feeding healthy raw or cooked food is enough. This statement may be true in the zero waste natural system of the Serengeti, but not in real life. Even if dogs were fed meat from animals that are raised in a pasture, they can’t roam freely to get a balanced diet. Why? Because different areas have different nutrient and mineral content.

    6. Vitamin manufacturing is one of the best-kept secrets of many supplement companies. Most people do not realize that a vast majority of synthetic vitamins are made with low quality ingredients in countries where ingredients and organic certification processes do not meet our high standards.  

    7. Vitamins work the best when the body has a good source of minerals, amino acids and omega oils. Without these building blocks, the vitamin's effect will be greatly reduced.

    8. Mega doses of synthetic vitamins can be toxic and cause side effects. Especially fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K can cause serious problems because they can’t be easily eliminated, unlike water-soluble vitamins such as C and B complex.

    9. Smaller dogs have higher vitamin requirements because of their higher metabolic rate.

    important bonus info!

    Plastic packaging exposes vitamins to toxic chemical residues. Choose certified organic vitamins packaged in glass whenever possible.


    To learn more about Soulfood® the only certified organic vitamin for dogs, and read customer reviews click here

    Recommended reading:

    How to choose the right vitamins for your dog

    How many supplements are too many for your dog

     © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

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    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the Czech Republic and obtained the Canadian Certificate of Qualification in 1995. He is currently licensed in the European Union, and his unique approach to healing and nutrition helps holistically minded dog lovers worldwide.

    Dr. Dobias strongly believes that disease prevention, natural nutrition and supplements, the right exercise and a drug free approach to medicine can add years to your dog's life.

    As a formulator of his all-natural vitamin and supplement line and co-inventor of natural, chemical free flea and tick control, FleaHex® and TickHex®, his unique healing system and products currently hold the highest independent five star customer rating. For more information click here.

    Any general recommendations that Dr. Dobias makes are not a substitute for the appropriate veterinary care and are for informational and educational purposes only.

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