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Pros and cons of vitamins

Do you give your Havanese vitamins? Can you give too much if their diet already has added nutritional supplements? I bought springtime fresh factors last summer. I was told it would help Zoeys coat. I would love to hear the pros and cons on giving vitamins.

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I don't really know of any 'cons', as long as you don't give them toooo much of any particular vitamin, as long as you watch the dosing, I think vitamins a great thing.

I probably give more vitamins than the average, since I home cook for Gucci and she doesn't eat vegetables, so I have to supplement for that. Right now, I give her 1/2 a pill a day of a multi vitamin, she has other supplements I do a 1-2 week, some are mineral supplements,or specialty supplements and i also give her the probiotics every day.

As with humans, a lot of disease can occur with vitamin deficiency, so I can only hope the vitamins are helping to keep her healthy,

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Hi Suzi,. From what Sabine has told me, one shouldn't just give indiscriminate vitamins or a multivitamin. Most foods have the daily requirements already. And yes it is possible to overdose. Same with any supplements. I give a couple of things she has recommended, based on what food Molly is eating. A safe product is an EFA Essential Fatty acid. which will definitely aid is coat conditioning. Just to show you a little about vitamins ,here is her article http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=vitamins And here's her article on EFA s http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=fattyacids

here's the EFA she recommends ,with two dogs should last three months. http://www.seapet.com/seapetomega3fi...ine-8floz.aspx

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Here is also something I found from Sabine.

"I know that various books and internet resources want to make you believe that commercial food
is lacking in all vitamins and minerals, but that is incorrect information and whoever makes such
claims has not researched the topic well.
While commercial food products are highly processed as a rule, and a good amount of nutrients
are altered and/or destroyed in the manufacturing process, there are certain things you shouldn’t
add – some because they have potential to do more harm than good, some because they are
useless and not worth wasting money on."

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a tidbit on oversupplimenting vit D .

Toxicity: Excessive vitamin D supplementation can result in increased calcium absorption from the intestines. This can cause increased calcium resorption from the bones, leading to elevated levels of calcium in the blood. Elevated blood calcium may contribute to calcium deposition in soft tissues such as the heart and lungs. This can reduce their ability to function. Kidney stones, vomiting

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Fresh Factors are less of a "multivitamin" (i.e. cocktail of synthetic vitamins) and more of a whole food supplement. http://www.springtimeinc.com/t_FreshFactorsDogs_info

I'm not a fan of the "daily multivitamin" for dogs or people but use & recommend these & other Springtime products as my dogs and dogs I know have benefited from them.

~Kat, Clover, CDX RN NA NAJ, & AKC/UKC Ch. William


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Thanks that helps. I looked and mine doesn't have D . And maybe it does help with what might get over processed or heated during the cooking process of there food. I forgot and that is what I liked about Blue Buffalo's food they freeze dry the added vitamins. I just wanted to make sure I'll just stick to the fresh factors for now.

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