A dog's eye view, Food

Do dogs need to have Vitamin C in their diet?

Although human and dogs are both mammals, there are some interesting variations in what we can safely eat. For example, chocolate and raisins are fab for us, but a disaster for dogs as they so toxic they can even be fatal.

Another example of our difference is with vitamin C. As humans, we grow up knowing how important a regular intake of vitamin C is in our diet. Without it, we develop scurvy – early signs are bleeding gums, loose teeth, bulging eyes and bleeding skin – but it’s easily prevented by including fruit and vegetables in the diet.

Dogs, on the other hand, can make Vitamin C in their own livers. However, there are a host of other vitamins they need to eat in order to stay healthy. These are grouped into 2 types, fat soluble and water soluble. Dogs only need a tiny amount of all of these, but they do need to eat them regularly, which it’s why it’s so difficult to provide the right balance without planning and thought.

The fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), which are stored in the body fat. The other group are the water-soluble vitamins – thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6) pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, cobalamin (B12), choline and carnitine. With the exception of B12, these vitamins are not stored by the body so for peak health it’s essential that a trace is provided every day.

Here at Delicious Doggy Dinners we’ve spent a long time formulating our recipes to ensure they contain the 37 essential nutrients that dogs need for optimum health, which of course includes their vitamin requirements, but also includes a tasty mix of high-quality meat, carbohydrate and vegetables. Read more about our careful blend of ingredients.