Vitamin K For Dogs: Treat Vitamin K Deficiency

Read on to learn about the use of vitamin K for dogs, the dosage, as well as the side effects and safety precautions can be found here.

Vitamin K deficiency is rare in dogs, but may be brought on by ingestion of rodenticides, for example, warfarin. Vitamin K can reverse the anticoagulant effects of the poison over time and stop your pet’s bleeding. Aside from such problems occurring as a result of poisoning, dogs may also develop a vitamin K deficiency as a result of chronic antibiotic use, malabsorption in the intestinal tract and biliary obstruction.

Pet Poison Helpline: 800-213-6680 (operates 24/7)

Vitamin K dosage for dogs

The dosage to be administered is dependent on the condition being treated. You should always call the vet for advice before giving your dog vitamin K.

Dogs in the past have been treated for brodifacoum poisoning using a dosage of 2 mg/kg body weight daily. This translates to around 0.9 mg/lb body weight. The substance may be administered via oral tablets or intramuscular injection. Again, make sure you have approval from a vet or poison control specialist before administering any dosage of vitamin K.

Is vitamin K safe for dogs?

Vitamin K is a naturally occuring substance. It can be used safely in cases of poisoning or in the treatment of several medical conditions.

Safety precautions:

  • Always seek immediate veterinary attention or call the animal poison control hotline on 800-213-6680 if your pet ingests a poisonous substance
  • Speak to your vet before giving vitamin K to your dog
  • Notify the vet of your dog’s medical conditions
  • Notify the vet of any other medication your pet is taking
  • Take extra care if administering the substance via injection

Vitamin K may be given to dogs in oral or injectable form. If supplying the vitamin through injection, ensure that you thoroughly understand the process as it is important that injections are administered to the muscle, and not directly into the bloodstream. Also, it should be noted that being aware of common poisoning symptoms can help you to act faster and give your dog a much greater chance of a swift recovery.

Uses of vitamin K for dogs

Vitamin K has several uses, it is often employed in the treatment of:

  • Poisoning
  • Vitamin K deficiency

Side effects when giving vitamin K to your dog

As vitamin K is a naturally occuring substance, side effects are unlikely. However, if your pet has ingested rodent poison you can expect heavy bleeding (blood will also be present in vomit and stools), bruising, swelling of the abdomen, wobbling, and difficulties breathing.

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