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Dog Vitamins : Vitamin D

Vitamin D

– Vitamin D deficiency leads to rickets, a bone deformity disease in dogs.

– This vitamin prevents osteoporosis and hypocalcemia, and is essential for normal teeth, bones, and growth; and in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.

– Vitamin D in nature is formed on the animal or human skin by sunlight. The vitamin is not included in most pet foods.

– Cod liver oil is a prime source.

– Little is known about animal requirements, but tropical zoo animals deprived of sunlight in northern winters need supplements to prevent crooked bones.

– Other functions include maintenance of mineral status; skeletal structure; muscle contraction; blood clotting; nerve conduction; cell signaling; phosphorous balance

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