Vitamin D: a required animal supplement

For a long time scientists and pet care experts thought that  animals  could get all of the vitamin D they need from a combination of healthy food and sunlight— and that the only real need for supplemental vitamin D came with old age.  Well, we were wrong.  It turns out that  all dogs and cats require supplemental amounts of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)—not just when they are old, but at all ages.  It is now known that vitamin D3  supports a wide range of  body functions ranging from nerve transmission and muscle contraction, to bone formation, healthy immune function and more.  And because vitamin D3  is susceptible  to oxidation and destruction during food processing, many commercial pet foods may be deficient in this critical vitamin.  Check out this brand new article by Greg Aldrich, PhD, published in the June 2010 issue of Petfood Industry magazine…  read more

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