Question: My dog has respiratory issues & skin issues. She is always on antibiotics & steroids. We are trying to help her every way we can. From things I have read too much vitamin c is dangerous for dogs/cats. I was thinking it might help my dog b/c her immune system is shot from being so sick & on meds all the time. Can you give me any insight that might help?
She always has a phlemy cough & sometimes a stuffy nose. We as humans usually increase out vitamin c when we need it, but do not want to do anything that will harm my pet.
Any info would greatly be appreciated.
BTW my cat loves your cat food!!!!
Answer: Thanks for writing in about your dog. Vitamin C is a proven anti-oxidant and an important part of many bodily functions and it is known that Vitamin C deficiency is detrimental to immune function. Vitamin C deficiency, while possible in humans, is extremely rare in dogs because they are capable of making their own (people are not).
There is some evidence that Vitamin C reduces the symptom severity of the common human cold (rhinovirus/coronavirus) but this is not likely what is at play in your dog with such chronic symptoms. At this point I would not necessarily recommend the vitamin C for your dog. Talk to your veterinarian about other forms of natural immune stimulants.
Dr. Donna Spector
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