Maybe. Some human vitamins are beneficial for dogs. They’re often easier to find and more affordable that supplements made specifically for pets. But not all human supplements are ideal for your pet.
Water-soluble vitamins are the safest because only small amounts of the vitamin will be stored in the dog’s body. B-complex vitamins can offer dogs a variety of benefits, including improved heart, skin, and digestive health. Vitamin C, niacin, biotin, and folic acid are also safe for dogs.
Omega 3 fatty acids, namely fish oil, are also beneficial for dogs. But the gel caps made for humans can be a bit much for a dog to swallow. You can, however, cut off the tip of a capsule and add the fish oil to your dog’s usual bowl of food.
Vitamins to Avoid
It’s best to avoid fat-soluble vitamins because any excess not needed by the body will be stored in fat cells, rather than flushed through the digestive system. In some cases, this can lead to toxicity. Common fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K.
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.