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Unread 06-09-2007, 03:30 AM   #1
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Can I give my 11 y.o. Lab mix, Kayla, people multi-vitamins or plain C or E, I get free vitamins and wondered if I could share em with my dog. Does anyone know about this? Thanks

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Jody I would not give them the mutlivitamins. The reason is that often there are sweeteners in there which are fine for humans (more or less) but could be dangerous to dogs. I know of one, xylitol for example. http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=8727
Now maybe one vitamin will not kill your dog or even make Kayla sick, but it could accumulate so I would not advise it.
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Can I give my 11 y.o. Lab mix, Kayla, people multi-vitamins or plain C or E, I get free vitamins and wondered if I could share em with my dog. Does anyone know about this? Thanks
Vitamins are vitamins and dogs need some of the same vitamins as humans, but they don't need vitamins in the same amounts as humans.

A multivitamin for humans is formulated to meet the requirements of the human body, and is forumulated for the human digestive tract. Some vitamins, like synthetic vitamin D, can be quite toxic in too large a dose, and chances are that, if you gave your dog a human multivitamin everyday, you would be overdosing them on a number of vitamins, and not getting them enough of others. So, I would say not to feed the human multi-vitamin.

Dogs can certainly take human-grade individual vitamins, though some of the formulations that work well for us do not work as well for dogs, and the common doses in human pills are not necessarily the doses your dog needs. You have to do your research. For example, a time-released, non-acidic form of vitamin C seems to work better for a dog. Dogs do fine with vitamin E gelcaps, but you need to get the doseages right for your dog. Avoid minerals that are formulated as oxides and sulfates, since dogs do not take those up as readily as they do chelates (look for chelates or proteinates in lists of ingredients). Avoid pills that contain sweeteners, if you can, especially artifical sweeteners. Grind up the pills and add the powder to the food for better results. Remember that some pills may be quite bitter.
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You can give certian people vitamins to your dog but not multi vitamins. The reason for this is the iron in them. Avoid giving your dog vitamins with iron in them.

Also if you are feeding a commercial food it is best to not give vitamins. Commercial dog food companies are not required to list the amounts of vitamins they put in thier foods and that can be dangerous if you are feeding vitamins. Vitamin A the body stores along with Vitamin D is these are in large quantities already in the food you are feeding supplementing them can cause toxicity ( overload ). There are vitamins such as B vitamins and Vit C that are called soluable vitamins; they do not get stored and are not a problem; it is the unsoluable Vits such as A and D that can be an issue.

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...Also if you are feeding a commercial food it is best to not give vitamins. Commercial dog food companies are not required to list the amounts of vitamins they put in thier foods and that can be dangerous if you are feeding vitamins...

Just becareful.
This is a very important point. If you are feeding a commercial food, chances are very good that it is already fortified with vitamins and minerals. You have to be very careful about the total amount of a vitamin your dog is getting from all sources. Some pet food manufacturers will tell you how much of what is in their finished product, if you ask, but most won't or don't even know how much survives the manufacturing process.
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human suplements i heard are made for the average person... 150 lbs.... i take a multivitamin daily, even though i weight only about 100 lbs....

when i feed my dog home cooked, i crush up a centrum multivitamin pill and give her only 1/10 of the pill. She probably averages about a whole pill every other week

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