Bvitamins are essential for dogs’ and cats’ health.
These water-soluble nutrients are required for your pet’s healthy normal:
- Nervous and immune system function
- Growth and development
- Energy production
- Cell metabolism
- Organ and tissue health
- Muscle, coat, skin and eye health
- Appetite and digestion
B vitamins act as coenzymes and play a key role in the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat. When their supply is limited, the central nervous system can be the first to be affected.
Like a well-oiled machine, B vitamins work together to support energy production and the health of your pet’s brain, liver, muscle, nervous and immune systems, skin, coat and eyes.
There’s one pitfall of B vitamins that can leave your pet especially at risk... Unlike fat-soluble vitamins and the one exception, vitamin B12, excess amounts aren’t stored in your pet’s body. Rather, they pass through via his or her urine. This means your dog or cat must get the entire B complex of vitamins through diet every day. And your pet needs them in the right proportions to each other.
For that reason, Dr Karen Becker recommends a vitamin B complex rather than individual B vitamins.
Could Extra B Vitamins Make your Pet Less Attractive to Fleas and Other Biting Pests? If your pet struggles with fleas or other biting pests, you may find that extra B vitamins (especially thiamine) can help.
Experts believe B vitamins may make blood less attractive to fleas. While certainly not the most important reason, it’s just one additional rationale to add B vitamins to your pet’s diet...
So what’s the best source to add? Since most B vitamins on the market today are from feed-grade mixes of isolated synthetic nutrients, Dr Karen Becker prefers using a natural source of B vitamins like raw meat or a B vitamin complex supplement that I know contains co-factors and enzymes.
Of all the B vitamins, thiamine is the one that is most difficult to get from food in sufficient quantities. And because thiamine is so easily destroyed by heat, oxygen and alkaline pH, Dr Karen Becker likes to supply supplemental amounts.
Brewer's yeast, which is high in B vitamins, is often recommended to boost vitamin B levels, but Dr Karen Becker doesn’t recommend using it. Many pets have allergies that can be made worse with yeast.
A Summary of the functions of the B Vitamins
Thiamine (Vitamin B1): Essential for metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, energy metabolism for nervous system and muscles and healthy appetite
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): Essential for growth and muscle development, eye health and a healthy coat Niacin (Vitamin B3) Essential for the proper function of enzymes, a healthy appetite, and a healthy nervous system, skin, nails and GI function.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): A structural element of many coenzymes, plays a central role in energy metabolism and the synthesis of sex hormones
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6): Essential for the body’s utilization of protein and the synthesis of neurotransmitters
Folate (Vitamin B9): Required for the production of red blood cells in bone marrow
Biotin: Supports healthy normal growth, digestion, muscle function, healthy skin and hair and cellular health
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) : Supports protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, GI and nervous system health, immune function and the healthy production of red blood cells
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