Pets require the same vitamins in their diets as humans. Daily amounts of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are all essential to your pet's health.
The majority of essential vitamins are provided in commercial canned or dry supplement vitamins (this excludes pregnant or lactating dogs). However, if your dog is fed table scraps or homemade pet foods (consisting of ground beef and rice - which are high in protein but low in calories, calcium and other essential vitamins), he may be missing out on some valuable vitamins.
Before adding nutritional vitamin supplements to your pet's diet always consult with a veterinarian for recommendations based on age, breed, size, medical history, activity level, and medication your pet is taking. If you are concerned that your pet isn't getting the proper nutrients you should also ask your veterinarian to recommend a daily quantity and nutritious brand of pet food. Discuss the following vitamins with your vet before supplementing your pet's diet:
- Vitamin A - for good eye vision, skin condition and protection against infection.
- Vitamin D - for strong bones.
- Vitamin E - keeps the coat shiny and healthy.
- Essential fatty acids - promotes healthy skin and nervous system and encourages immunity.
- Carbohydrates - an energy source found in vegetables and fiber.
- Calcium - promotes strong teeth and bones.
- Iron - helps the red blood cells work effectively.
- Vitamin C (already produced within your dog's body) - maintains skin and immune health.