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Vitamin D

With all the hipe about Vitamin D, does anyone give this suppliment to their dobes?
I just ordered 5 bottles of 2000ui for myself.
I am thinking about starting the dobes on it also with a smaller dose.
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Isn't vitamin D the reason blue buffalo was recalled? I don't give it to my dogs but I am doctor ordered to take it myself... It seems to help me out. I get plenty of sun but still test deficient. I am very curious about it as an additive for my dogs. I have an am staff with a history of cancer. Everytime she wants to sun bathe I worry! I hope someone has insight on this

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There is something about vit d and dogs but I can't quiet remember what it was except I believe it was that you shouldn't give it to dogs.

Seems like it is a lot different than humans taking it as we don't get enough but the dogs are supplimented in dog food, but there is more to it than that too, I believe. Check with your vet and maybe they can tell you. If I run across it will let you know. It might have been in one of the Truth About Pet Foods when Susan was writing about the excess vitamin d in the Blue Buffalo.

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The foods discussed at the link below can be fed to dogs as good sources of Vit D. I don't supplement but I do feed them cod liver oil every day along with their raw diet which often includes some of the fish mentioned in this article. My dogs are outside for a couple of hours at a minimum each day except on those rare days of solid rain. I love North Carolina weather because we have mostly sunny skies all year.

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The foods discussed at the link below can be fed to dogs as good sources of Vit D. I don't supplement but I do feed them cod liver oil every day along with their raw diet which often includes some of the fish mentioned in this article. My dogs are outside for a couple of hours at a minimum each day except on those rare days of solid rain. I love North Carolina weather because we have mostly sunny skies all year.

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Thank you so much... I guess its sardines and cod liver oil for the kids

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Okay here is the best I could find from here: Dog Vitamins and Supplements: Nutrition, Joint Health, and More on MedicineNet

"2. Is there any danger in giving my dog vitamins?

Possibly. If an animal already eats a balanced diet and receives excess portions of some vitamins and minerals, they could be harmful, according to the FDA and veterinarians.

Too much calcium can cause skeletal problems, especially in large-breed puppies; too much vitamin A can harm blood vessels and cause dehydration and joint pain. Excess vitamin D can prompt a dog to stop eating, harm bones, and cause muscles to atrophy.

3. Should I check with my vet before supplementing?

Absolutely, vets say. Symptoms that look like arthritis, such as a dog with a weak rear end, could instead be a neurological problem. A poor coat could indicate skin, metabolic or hormonal problems.

“Don't forego traditional therapies, especially if it's a life- or organ-threatening illness for your pet,” says Dawn M. Boothe, DVM, MS, PhD, director of the clinical pharmacology lab at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Make sure you stick with a standard of care and use the supplements as they were intended, as supplements.”

Ingredients in some supplements, such as herbals, may interact with other medicine an animal is taking. Your vet can also assess whether your pet needs a supplement.

“If they're eating a complete and balanced diet and they're healthy and have no problems, they don't actually need supplementation,” Wynn says. She recommends fruits and vegetables to pet owners who want to give extra nutrients. Other than that, she limits her recommendations if a dog is healthy.

“We want to use things that are safe long-term,” Wynn says. “Probiotics fit that bill. That's probably all I would recommend.”"

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My dogs get lots of outdoor daylight as do I. None of us have ever taken any Vitamin D.

An old rule of thumb was to give a tablespoon of codliver oil in the Winter and Fall months and olive oil for the Summer and Spring.

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I pour extra virgin olive oil over my dog's food she licks the plate clean.....
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Please check out your supplements before taking them. I would worry less about vit D deficiency, in people at least, during the summer. I got kind of freaked out by all the supplements we were taking after seeing how many aren't manufactured in the U.S. re: lead content.
That said *they say*, whoever *they* is, that vit D is the most common deficiency in people.
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I think Vitamin D is the new "fad" supplement.
Im not one to take supplements simply because i will forget to take them everyday. I used to supplement Saph with different stuff, but have since quit.
Im almost sure i read somewhere, or heard a dr say, most people only need to be able to get something like 15 minutes of sun on the back of their hand daily to get enough vitamin D.

** I just lookd up one online source that said 30 minutes of sun exposure per day for a fair skinned person gives you enough vitamin D.

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