Vitamin E For Dogs: Supplement Your Pet!
Read the following to learn about the use of Vitamin E for dogs, the dosage for dogs, side effects, safety precautions and other useful information is included.
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Vitamin E is a powerful supplement with a vast array of benefits. Typical benefits of vitamin E includes a lowered risk of developing cancer, strengthening of connective tissue, strengthening of the heart. It is also considered very safe for dogs when given at the recommended dosage.
Vitamin E dosage for dogs
Typically, you should administer 400 IU daily. Speak to the vet first before you begin giving this supplement to your pet.
Is vitamin E safe for dogs?
Some studies have shown vitamin E to be safe for use in dogs with quantities as high as 4000 IU a day! However, such large dosages may result in vomiting when given orally, and consistently exceeding the dosage may heighten the risk of your pet developing serious illnesses and diseases.
- Stick to the recommended dosage despite its apparent safety at heightened amounts
- Speak to the vet before you begin giving vitamin E to your pet. He/she will discuss the benefits with you as well as recommending a dosage specific to your dog
- If you are attempting to use vitamin E to cure specific symptoms in your dog, always speak to the vet and get those symptoms checked over first
Though studies have shown the apparent safety of vitamin E dosed at 4000 IU in dogs, this does not mean you should exceed the recommended dosage. Long term megadosing of supplements and vitamins can lead to ill effects, and even one off megadoses can do more harm than good. The recommended 400 IU a day (dependant on your dog’s age) is perfect for helping your pet feel the benefits of this great vitamin. Any more than this could lead to serious side effects and illness. If your dog has specific symptoms which you believe vitamin E may help, consult with your vet first.
Uses of vitamin E for dogs
Vitamin E is a safe, versatile supplement when used with veterinary approval, and is used to:
- Strengthen the heart
- Strengthen connective tissue
- Reduce the risk of developing cancer
It is also considered an antioxidant and may improve general health by eliminating free radicals.
Side effects of vitamin E use in dogs
When you exceed the recommended dosage, your pet may display symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain, headache and impaired vision. It is also believed that consistently exceeding the recommended dosage may increase the risk of stroke.