Vitamin c is a water-soluble vitamin which is necessary for a strong immune system
and for connecting tissues, muscles, ligaments and tendons around the body. It is
also thought to assist bone growth and is used to treat a range of complaints including
hip dyspasia, urinary infections, lameness, ruptured disks, and viral infections,.
There are three common types of vitamin c: ascorbic acid, dehydroascorbic acid, and
sodium ascorbate. Vitamin c is naturally present in a range of foodstuffs including
fruit, vegetables and meat products and is absorbed naturally by healthy dogs following
a normal diet. It is an essential vitamin for a dog’s general wellbeing and is required
Vitamin c stimulates the production of interferon (protein molecules) which is essential
in the production of red blood cells as well as adrenaline. These are essential in
the fight against bacterial and viral infections.
There are considerable benefits in supplementing a dog’s diet with vitamin C in particular
in staving off infections and assisting with pain relief (most often noted in the
treatment of hip dysplasia). A deficiency in vitamin c will slow down any healing
process and can manifest in poor gums and halitosis.