Dear On a Mission for Nutrition,
Vitamins are vital substances that the body requires in small amounts to function normally. They are obtained from food or synthetic sources. There are two main groups of vitamins:
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Niacin (Nicotinic Acid, Nicotinamide)
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal, Pyridoxamine)
- Folic Acid (Folate, Folacin, Pteroylglutaminc Acid)
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin, Cyanocobalamin, Methylcobalamin)
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
- Vitamin A (Retinol, Retinal, Retinoic Acid, Beta-Carotene)
- Vitamin D (Calciferol, Calatriol, Cholecalciferol, Ergocalciferol)
- Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol, Tocopherol, Tocotrienol)
- Vitamin K (Phylloquinone, Menaquinone, Menadione, Napthoquinone)
When it comes to pets, feeding them a nutritionally complete diet–as is the case for most commercial diets—should meet their vitamin needs. There are a few situations when vitamin supplements may be beneficial, but there are also times when they may cause harm.
In general, if you are feeding your pet a nutritionally complete diet, adding a vitamin is not necessary. However, if you are concerned that your pet may require additional nutrients, speak with your veterinarian before adding any supplements for guidance on the appropriate use and dosing of multivitamins.