Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"C" the differences!

As you all already know, your dogs are emotional sponges.  You all should know by now that I am a firm believer that your dog feeds off your energy, whether negative or positive.  If you're in a great mood, chances are your dog is happy and bouncing around right beside you.  If you're in a bad mood or agitated, your dog may be exhibiting some calming signals, pacing, scratching or just plain avoiding you.  Pretty much any situation that causes you stress can trigger the same response in your dog.  But did you know that stress can weaken the immune system?  Makes sense doesn't it? 

You can help calm your dog by using the Vitamin B supplements I blogged about earlier but you still need to protect his immune system.  Using Vitamin C can help.  Dogs do make some vitamin C in their bodies, but they require a greater amount during stressful times.  Since your dog's ability to produce vitamin C is slower than ours, it's up to us to help them out because they can burn it up as quickly as we do. 

There has been some controversy about the benefits of Vitamin C and if you're on the fence, I encourage you to do more reading. 

Again, not every dog is the same and you need to find what works for your dog.  An alternative to straight Vitamin C is Ester C which many pet guardians love to use as it is gentler on the dog's stomach.  I've linked an article here for your reference. http://www.yourdoghealth.com/dog_ester-c.htm

As always, ask your holistic vet about Vitamin C for your dog and proper dosage.  Be informed and aware before adding supplements to your dog's diet.

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