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I had my dog's Vit D levels checked in her most recent labs as I have been reading about vit D levels and overall health and longevity in a dogs' life.

I was surprised to find it was very low as she eats very high-quality dog food.  She is on an rx for vit D and we will recheck in a few months.

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@Abrowneyegirl -

That is such good information!

I wish we had known about that with my granddogs!

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Re: Now she is on Vit D too

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 Have read  studies have shown  that   healthy vitamin D levels > 25  in humans not only  help with  osteoporosis Rx   but can also have a positive effect in inflammation. Alot of  dogs   can have hip problems  or  arthritis . Maybe that's why your Vet was checking his level

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Thank you for this information @Abrowneyegirl .  Frankie will have blood work at her exam in March.  I keep a running list of things to discuss with the Vet and just added that to it.  


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I wonder if dogs absorb Vit. D from the sun like people do?  If so, I doubt any island dog around here will have this particular problem!

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@mrssweetiebear 

No, they do not.  Diet only.

The problem is that too much vit D is toxic to dogs so the dog food companies put little in the food to avoid problems.

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Well dang it @Abrowneyegirl , that's too bad.  But good to know and mahalo for clarifying! 

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My vet (holistic) checks Willie's and he is on prescription Vitamin D drops.  His levels are checked once a year.

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@mrssweetiebear wrote:

Well dang it @Abrowneyegirl , that's too bad.  But good to know and mahalo for clarifying! 


You are very welcome.

You will at times see dog food recalled due to too much Vit D in the mix.

When we got the rx Vit D they were VERY clear about the dosage as it is a liquid that gets added to her food.  The dose is literally a few drops a day.  

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@tends2dogs wrote:

My vet (holistic) checks Willie's and he is on prescription Vitamin D drops.  His levels are checked once a year.


We also use a holistic vet!!