Whenever we talk about a healthy diet for dogs, essential nutrients are always a major part of the discussion. One of those nutrients is vitamins. Here’s why, as part of a balanced blend, they’re vital for maintaining your furry friend’s physical wellbeing.

Why Vitamins Are Crucial For A Healthy Dog

Dog’s bodies need vitamins to work properly, grow strong and stay healthy.

They are crucial in boosting natural defenses so our little fur babies can fight off illness, tiredness and digestive problems.

Vitamins will also help keep their coat shiny and their skin in pristine condition, while strengthening teeth and bones.

The majority of pets will get all the vitamins they need from a high-quality, well-balanced diet.

These are the ones you should be keeping an eye out for.

Vitamin A – A dog’s coat, skin and muscles all need vitamin A to function effectively. A natural immune system booster, it also improves eyesight.

Vitamin B6 – Promotes growth and overall well-being. Also aids hormone regulation and immune response.

Vitamin B12 – Crucial for your pup’s brain health, B12 supports other vital organs, including the heart and liver. It helps maintain healthy digestion, too.

Vitamin C – Antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. Dogs, unlike humans, can actually produce their own vitamin C, so deficiency is rare.

Vitamin D – The sunshine vitamin regulates calcium levels and is vital for strong muscles, and healthy teeth and bones.

Vitamin E – Keeps the immune system strong, and is essential for muscle health and cell function.

Vitamin K – Allows blood to clot. Vitamin K deficiency can lead to excessive bleeding when they suffer a cut.

Vitamin-Rich Food For Your Dog

If you’re worried your four-legged friend isn’t getting the right amount of vitamins, here are a few vitamin-rich foods you can add to their diet for a real nutrient-boost.

Food Vitamins Benefits
Eggs A, D, E A nutritional protein powerhouse that will ease poorly tummies. Eggs (scrambled or cooked whole) are an easy to eat treat for dogs, filled with vitamins.
Carrots A, C, K High in beta-carotene, potassium and fiber, and loaded with vitamins A, C, K; carrots are seriously nutrient-dense. They’re good for dog’s skin and eyesight, and can be found in our Lamb with Zuccini, Carrot & Chickpeas in Gravy Pouch.
Celery A, B, C Celery is rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and sodium. Not only is this low-calorie, crunchy snack filled with goodness, it will also freshen any bad doggy breath.
Sweet potatoes A, B, C, E These heart-healthy potatoes pack a real nutrient punch. High in fiber, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, B, C and E, sweet potatoes are easy to digest, good for weight management, and will boost immune systems. They should always be cooked, with the skins removed. Our Beef with Green Beans, Sweet Potato & Red Pepper in Broth Pouch Taste Topper is perfect if you want to liven up mealtime.
Apples A, C Another doggy breath freshener, apples contain antioxidants, dietary fiber, and vitamin A and C. Just make sure you remove the core and seeds before serving.
Spinach A, B, C, K Spinach isn’t called a superfood for nothing. This lovely, leafy veg is loaded with tons of nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, and K, along with calcium, iron and fiber. It will look after your pup’s immune system and heart, while also boosting energy levels. If a spinach side salad isn’t all that appealing to your furry friend, try mixing it up with our yummy Chicken Breast with Broccoli, Apple & Quinoa in Broth Pouch.
Watermelon A, C Low in calories, high in taste. Watermelons are a juicy doggy treat, packed with nutrients like vitamins A and C. Mainly made up of water, they’re a perfect, refreshing snack for sunny days. Remove seeds before serving.
Green beans A, B, C, K Plain green beans are full of valuable vitamins, as well as fiber and magnesium. A tasty treat that will keep your dog’s tummy full; you can even add them to our mouth-watering Chicken Filet with Rosemary Taste Toppers for extra natural nutrition.