Vitamin C is the one of the most important vitamins out there. Your body is unable to store vitamin C, so it is incredibly important to make sure you get the right amount, either from supplements or the foods you eat. Everybody knows that it is incredibly important to get a sufficient amount of vitamin C, but something you might not know is that it is just as important to make sure your pets get the right amount too.
Vitamin C For Dogs
Yep, you read that right. For years scientists have decided that since dogs can produce vitamin C (unlike humans) that they don’t need any outside sources of the vitamin. However, recent clinical trials suggest that vitamin C can greatly benefit sick or stressed dogs. These studies have found that when dogs are sick or stressed their bodies become rapidly depleted of vitamin C.
Some of this research isn’t so recent either. One study in 1942 noted that dogs with skin diseases usually had low levels of vitamin C in their blood. Other research has provided similar results when studies were conducted on dogs with fevers and those who have exercised to the point of exhaustion.
Many have come to the conclusion that it is stress that causes this depletion of vitamin C in dogs. Physical forms of stress can include exertion due to exercise, gestation, injuries, tail docking or ear cropping. Emotional stress also plays a big role in vitamin C depletion, factors such as relocation, weaning or highly demanding training.
Many studies have also found that dogs that are supplemented with vitamin C are less likely to contract diseases and recover from injuries and illnesses faster.
What vitamin C can do for your dog
According to veterinary nutritionist Susan Wynn, DVM, giving your dog an antioxidant supplement such as vitamin C can do wonders for age-related dog problems. This includes being able to reduce inflammation, which can lead to pain and arthritis, and reduce memory loss that is more likely to affect your dog later on in years.
Wynn is not the only veterinarian who has recorded the beneficial effects of vitamin C on dogs. Wendell O. Belfield, a New Orleans native who is considered a revolutionary in veterinarian practices, was recording the benefits of vitamin C for dogs way back in the 60’s. Belfield used vitamin C to cure many of the most common ailments effecting dogs, including distemper, hip dysplasia, allergies, epilepsy and more.
Vitamin C dog treats
Now that you know supplementing your dog with vitamin C is good, you may be wondering how to go about it. As you can imagine, it would be pretty difficult to try and get most dogs to eat an orange or swallow a vitamin C pill. So, for convenience sake, here is a dog treat recipe that will provide your dog with all of the much needed vitamin C that they require.
- One cup of pumpkin puree
- Quarter cup of almond butter
- Two free range, organic large eggs
- Half cup of old fashioned oats
- Three cups of whole wheat flour
- One carrot, peeled and shredded
- One zucchini, shredded
- One cup of chopped baby spinach
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside.
- Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs using a medium-high speed until it is well mixed.
- As it is mixing slowly add in the old fashioned oats, the three cups of the whole wheat flour and the carrots, zucchini and spinach. Keep adding flower until the dough is not sticky.
- On a lightly flowered surface, knead the dough until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, rolls the dough until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Using cookie cutters or a knife, cut the dough into the shapes of your choosing.
- Place in the over and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
- Let cool