Does Your Dog Need Vitamin E? 

Vitamin E supplements are an important part of a healthy canine diet as it is a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in supporting your dog’s health. Pet food alone does not contain enough vitamin E to meet your dog’s needs. Supplementing your dog’s diet with natural vitamin E can help prevent serious health problems caused by vitamin E deficiency.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that is essential for a dog’s muscles, circulatory system, and injury healing. It is also an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. 

Vitamin E is very beneficial for your pup. There is a link between deficiency of vitamin E to cell damage in skeletal muscles, the heart, liver, and nerves. 

In addition to the internal benefits, Vitamin E is also good for your dogs skin and coat. It is often found as an ingredient in dog shampoos because it can helps to reduce flakiness and can promote a healthy, glossy coat. 

There are many ways to incorporate foods rich in Vitamin E in your pet’s diet. Vitamin E is found in high protein sources like eggs and can also be found in fruits and  vegetables.  

Along with getting vitamin E from food, you can also apply it directly to your pet’s skin for healthy skin and coat. If your dog likes the bathtub, try adding Vitamin E oil to the water in the tub. Giving your pet a vitamin E supplement will also work.   

What are the benefits of vitamin E?

  • Vitamin E boosts your Dog’s Immunity. It is a powerful antioxidant that supports and improves your dog’s immune system. It does so by fighting and reducing the number of free radicals. Ensuring you dog gets enough vitamin E boosts his immune system and helps to keep him healthy especially in the cold winter months where the skin tends to be dry and itchy.
  • Vitamin E is good for your pups joints, muscles and skin, helping support the connective tissue by maintaining the elasticity of skin and muscles and also minimizing loss of mobility in joints. 
  • Vitamin E not only ensures your dog has a healthy and shiny coat but also helps prevent common skin conditions such as canine dermatitis which presents with dry itchy skin, hotspots and dandruff. Dogs given vitamin E have a healthy coat texture.
  • Vitamin E also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help deal with pain and swelling in dogs with arthritis. Elderly dogs with painful and stiff joints can benefit from vitamin E supplements to improve mobility.
  • Vitamin E can also help your pup maintain a healthy heart by promoting healthy functioning of the heart. It strengthens the cardiovascular system and enhances cardiac health. Your Veterinarian may prescribe vitamin E supplements if your dog develops heart problems such as tachycardia. Experts believe that vitamin E can reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Vitamin E oil can help if your dog has an ear infection. It can be used as a home remedy to help relieve pain caused by middle and inner ear infection. Break a vitamin E capsule and drop the oil in the affected ear or ears.

Optimal dosages of vitamin E for dogs depend on the size, age and health of the dog. Amounts between 4,000 and 6,000 IU (international units) per day are not known to have any side effects, but the general recommended dosage is 400 IU per day for small dogs and 800 IU per day for larger dogs. 

I must stress that you should ALWAYS check with your own veterinarian before adding any supplements to your dog’s diet, especially if your dog is already taking supplements or other medications. 

Sources and further reading: 

https://howtotrainthedog.com/vitamin-e-for-dogs/

http://m.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/vitamin-e-good-dogs 

http://www.dogscatspets.org/vitamins-e-for-dogs/vitamin-e-for-dogs-is-vitamin-e-good-for-dogs/