Vitamins & Minerals for Dogs
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Best In Show Vitamins and Minerals for dogs is specifically formulated with a balance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, and other factors that work synergistically to help maintain the physical well-being of your canine.
Best In Show Vitamins & Minerals provides rapid conditioning of sick or postoperative dogs, and helps to maintain optimum health in dogs and puppies of all breeds, sizes, ages, and activity levels.
Best In Show Vitamins & Minerals for dogs incorporates over 55 synergistic factors, not always found in dog food or ordinary dog supplements, including:
- Water and fat-soluble vitamins, including Vitamins A,C,D,E, and a complete and balanced Stress B Complex including all 11 B Vitamins in their proper ratios.
- Enteric-coated digestive enzymes to support absorption and utilization of factors from the canine’s diet.
- Linoleic Acid (Omega 6 Fatty Acid) to support healthy skin and coat.
- 11 vital minerals to support proper composition of body fluids, formation of red blood cells and bone, and maintenance of healthy nerve function.
- Antioxidants (A,C,E and Selenium) to support the immune system.
Feeding Directions for Adult Dogs and Puppies:
Under 20 lbs: 1 tablet, daily.
20-70 lbs: 2 tablets, daily.
Over 70 lbs: 3 tablets, daily.
*When more than one tablet per day is required, dividing between AM and PM is optional.
The Importance of Antioxidants (Vitamins A,C,E) and Vitamin D in your Dog’s Diet.
Vitamin A is found is several forms such as retinol, retinaldehyde, retinoic acid and in the liver storage form, retinyl palmitate. Once Vitamin A is ingested it is stored in fats cells mainly within the liver where it remains until needed by the body. Vitamin A has many roles and is important for vision and other functions. Deficiencies may lead to poor low-light vision (termed night blindness), retarded growth, poor-quality skin and hair development, and reproductive failure. Vitamin A’s link to growth is a prime importance to those who are raising puppies. Since puppies are born with no liver storage of Vitamin A it is essential to supplement them with this vitamin. The lack of Vitamin A in puppies directly relates to low growth rates, muscle weakness, poor vision, and loss of coat hair. Skeletal and nervous disorders such as hydrocephalus and cleft palate are also common results of a Vitamin A deficiency. While colostrum (first milk) is rich in Vitamin A, once a puppy has been weaned it is necessary to provide them with Vitamin A supplementation. Also, females will not ovulate properly and males may become sterile if they are deficient in Vitamin A.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a pollution fighter that cleans toxins from the blood and tissues. It helps protect against the side-effects of some veterinary drugs(including steroids/cortisone), and it is a major pain reliever. Vitamin C helps keep teeth strong in aging dogs and retards the aging process. A deficiency in Vitamin C is a deficiency in the healing, glandular, circulatory, immune, and regenerative abilities of the dog’s body. Vitamin C is a major factor in the formation and maintenance of bones and tissues, prevents cancer, and may prevent arteriosclerosis. The classic Vitamin C deficiency is scurvy, with gum disease, loss of teeth, weakened bones, bleeding, bad breath, and general debilitation. Signs of clinical scurvy have been apparent under stress. In dogs, (Vitamin C) can totally resolve the problems of dysplastic hips in younger dogs and arthritis in older ones, as well as help or cure spinal myelopathy, ruptured discs, allergies, viral infections (including distemper), and skin problems. Supplementing with Vitamin C is a major disease preventive; therefore it’s emphasized in the daily feeding plan.
Vitamin D plays a major role in regulating the calcium and phosphorous levels within the bloodstream. Vitamin D stimulates the kidney conservation of calcium and therefore helps the body retain it. Because of its interplay with calcium, Vitamin D is extremely important in bone formation, nerve and muscle control. Low levels of Vitamin D will cause a bone demineralization referred to as rickets. Vitamin D is also known as “the sunshine vitamin”. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is important to convert Vitamin D precursors in the active D form. This conversion takes place in the outer skin layers. In dogs however, this conversion is inefficient, and supplementing Vitamin D must be available in their daily diet. Suffice it to say that Vitamin D plays a major role in skeletal growth, muscle control and nerve functions so it is highly recommended to supplement this vitamin to growing puppies and adult dogs.
Vitamin E is essential for healing diseases of the circulatory system(and preventing them), including heart tachycardia and arteriosclerosis. Vitamin E promotes fertility, slows aging, prevents cataracts, boosts the immune system, protects the body against pollutants and cancer, and heals the skin. Vitamin E boosts muscle power and endurance in working dogs. Vitamin E helps in dissolving tumors, especially in breasts, and in relieving posterior paralysis and disc problems in dogs. Vitamin E also oxygenates the blood and improves the function of all internal organs; its antioxidant abilities protect the lungs. This is one of the vitamins to supplement daily for dogs with skin ailments.
The Benefits of Stress B Complex & Single B Vitamins for Dogs.
B Complex range of vitamins is necessary for a healthy nervous system in dogs. B Complex vitamins require each other to work and so are taken in the B-complex unit, and in addition with other single B vitamins. Mouth, eyes, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and reproductive organs are B deficiency disease sites, as well as behavior, intelligence, and brain and nerve functions. Stress depletes the B vitamins, as it does Vitamin C, and so does extremely cold weather.
B1 (Thiamine) can help to promote metabolism as well as strengthen the nervous system, and assist in heart and muscle functions. Vitamin B1 have also been shown to improve intelligence, trainability and ease aggression.
B2 (Riboflavin) are incredibly important for dog breeds which are prone to eye problems and can help prevent common eye-related ailments such as cataracts. Vitamin B2 can also help to strengthen the digestive system and intestinal tract. It is also believed to be essential during canine pregnancy as it helps to boost immunity.
B3 (Niacin) may sometimes be recommended by vets for dogs who suffer from extremely bad breath. Vitamin B3 can also help to increase energy levels and reduce symptoms of anxiety.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is a rare B vitamin but has many valuable benefits. For example, Vitamin B5 can help to promote the quick healing of open sores and wounds and assist to prevent infection. It has also been shown to help raise a dog’s stress threshold.
B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) is most commonly used to cure skin-related illness and can help to prevent non-threatening conditions such as dandruff and excessive shedding. Vitamin B6 can also help in the assimilation of fats and proteins.
B9 (Folic Acid) is considered by many professional dog trainers to be the “brain food” helping to increase a dog’s attention span and learning abilities. Vitamin B9 can also help to stimulate a dog’s appetite.
Vitamin B12 is a must-have for any dog who has switched to a vegetarian diet. Vitamin B12 is also extremely beneficial for puppies and can help them to produce disease-fighting antibodies and can assist to increase a weak dog’s appetite.
Key roles Vital Minerals & Omega 6 Fatty Acid plays in your Dog’s Nutrition.
Methionine is one of the essential sulfur-containing amino acids. The nutrient methionine is important for many bodily functions, including immune cell products and proper nerve function. Dietary Methionine is a potent antioxidant and an important amino acid for your dog’s liver repair and rebuilding processes.
Selenium makes an important contribution to your dog’s immune system function by promoting antioxidant activity and the production of antibodies. It helps to protect cells-especially red blood cells- from free radical damage. It assists in supporting the immune system in countering the effects of cancer, arthritis, and heart disease. Through its role in producing prostaglandins, selenium helps mediate inflammation and regulate hormones. Selenium is also known for its role in healthy heart function, reproduction, skin and bone health and pancreatic function.
Calcium is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Your dog needs to get a balanced diet that is rich in calcium. Calcium is highly important during and after pregnancy, and in the production of milk for newborn puppies. Eclampsia, also known as milk fever, is a condition that can occur in lactating mothers that are Calcium deficient. Calcium is essential in muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. If Calcium is in deficit, the dog will have slow reflexes and may also have trouble in moving. Calcium also plays a role in heart health. It works as a natural pacemaker in regulation your dog’s heart rate. Calcium works with magnesium to manage contraction and relaxation of the heart as it pumps blood through the body. Calcium helps blood coagulate and hold a proper pH balance.
Phosphorus is required in every cell in the body for normal function. Generally speaking, it plays a role in growth, healing, reproduction, and health maintenance. Phosphorus can also be found in your dog’s DNA and RNA. While Phosphorus is distributed throughout the body, it’s most concentrated in the canine skeleton structure where it helps develop and repair bones and teeth. Another major function of phosphorus is metabolism were it helps convert proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy.
Magnesium helps your dog develop strong bones and teeth. It builds resistance to tooth decay and helps the body absorb calcium into the skeletal structure. Magnesium works with calcium to support muscle strength and function. Magnesium also supports healthy heart, kidney and nerve function.
Potassium is involved in several homeostatic process in your dog’s body. It helps maintain proper pH balance in the blood and other body fluids. It helps stabilize blood pressure and it supports the balance of bodily fluids-both in the body as a whole and within each cell. Potassium supports neuromuscular activity by transfer of energy and information between the nerves and muscles. Potassium is also involved in the the transmission of nerve impulses to the brain.
Iron is well-recognized for its role as an important constituent of healthy blood. It is a crucial ingredient in both hemoglobin and myoglobin, both heme proteins which bind oxygen and carry it to tissues throughout the body. Iron is also known for its role in canine vitality. Iron deficiency contributes to muscle fatigue and poor endurance. An adequate amount of iron supports improved energy metabolism, improved cardiac and muscle performance, and overall health and wellness.
Copper is important in the information and maintenance of red blood cells and the hemoglobin within them. Copper is a component of tyrosinase, the enzyme that helps define your dog’s hair and skin color. Copper helps form collagen, elastin and connective tissue. Copper is involved in the healthy immunity and healing as well. It’s been linked to inhibiting the growth of tumors and it’s frequently used in treating arthritis. As part of the enzyme superoxide dismutase, copper also functions as an antioxidant.
Zinc plays a prominent role in supporting your dog’s immune function. In addition to building resistance to infection and disease, it helps in wound healing and treating arthritis, diabetes and liver problems. Zinc plays a crucial part in creating DNA and RNA in your dog’s body. More generally, it supports proper growth-especially by helping the body absorb other nutrients. Zinc is also known for its role in energy production, hormone regulation, vision and night vision, reproduction, digestion and metabolism.
Iodine plays an important role in regulating thyroid gland development and function. Through its support of your dog’s thyroid, iodine helps regulate energy and metabolism and prevent canine hypothyroidism. Healthy thyroid function supports proper growth and weight loss. Iodine also supports the health of your dog’s skin, coat and nails.
Linoleic (Omega-6 fatty acid) is essential because your dog can not manufacture them on their own meaning it needs to be added to their diet. Omega-6 increases the skin’s permeability which can cause the coat to become dull and brittle. By incorporating Omega-6 fatty acid to your dog’s diet it can help support healthy skin and coat condition. Omega-6 fatty acids also play a pivotal role in reproductive health in both male and female pups.