Health & Hygiene

Why Vitamin E is Good for Your Dog

Written by Melissa Keen

Vitamin E is good for your dog for a number of reasons. It’s an essential part of a healthy diet and you should ensure they’re getting enough of it.

Why is Vitamin E So Good for Dogs?

Vitamin E protects their bodies against free radicals. It’s also essential for a healthy immune system, liver, muscles, heart and nerve cell membranes, as well as a healthy coat and skin.

Is There Vitamin E in Dog Food?

Yes. Check the food label for phrases like “essential vitamins and minerals” or “complete/balanced nutrition”, and that food should definitely contain Vitamin E.

How Much Should My Dog Have?

Fortunately, if you’re feeding your pup a high-quality dog food the amount of Vitamin E will already be taken care of by the food manufacturer. As long as you ensure your dog is being fed the correct amount for its size, your pup should already be consuming their daily allowance.

What Are the Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency in Dogs?

Dogs who are deficient in Vitamin E will have muscle weakness. If you notice your dog limping or showing unusual fatigue (not age-related), take them to the vets.

Should I feed My Dog a Supplement?

You should only give your pup a Vitamin E supplement if advised to do so by the vet or a specialised dog nutritionist. Your dog may very well be consuming the correct amount already through their diet.

There are several foods that contain lots of Vitamin E. There include:

  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Spinach

If you feed your dog a raw diet, be sure to include these in their diet from time to time.

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Melissa Keen