Why Doesn’t Beef Flavored for Pets Contain Vitamin C?
Vitamin C for Dogs – Not the Best Idea
Your dog can manufacture all of the vitamin C its body needs. A dog’s glandular system is different than the glandular system of a human. Your furry friend is able to synthesize (manufacture) its own vitamin C through the liver, using trace minerals in his or her diet. The human's glandular system cannot manufacture vitamin C like dogs, so our bodies need to have a supplemental dietary source such as fruits.
Side Effects of Vitamin C for Dogs
First, it is important to note that our Synflex® Liquid Glucosamine Original Formula does not contain enough vitamin C to harm your pet. Since both humans and pets use our original formula, we have included vitamin C for the benefits for humans.
Vitamin C is a natural laxative. Giving your dog too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea, at the least. Too much vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, can cause stress to your dog’s organs because your dog’s system naturally works to rid itself of ascorbic acid. Long-term excessive doses can contribute to kidney stones as well as kidney and liver damage.
When to Give your Dog Vitamin C
Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog vitamin C supplements.
In some cases, it may be beneficial to give your dog high doses of vitamin C. Particularly, dogs with immune deficiencies and dogs with vitamin C deficiency will benefit.
Signs of vitamin C deficiency include an increase rate of infections, slower healing, and joint problems. Your veterinarian can tell you the amount of vitamin C to give your dog to combat the specific problem. Typically, the dosage will be high and only last for a few days.