Vitamin E is more than good for dogs—it’s essential! Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help defend the body against free radicals in the skin and other cells. Vitamin E is also an essential, fat-soluble vitamin that is good for a dog’s immune system, muscles, heart health, liver, nerve cell membranes and healthy skin and coat.
Is There Vitamin E in My Dog’s Food?
Yes! Any dog food that mentions “essential vitamins and minerals” or “complete and balanced nutrition” on the bag will definitely have a vitamin that is as good for dogs as Vitamin E. Vitamin E (in the form of mixed-tocopherols) is also a natural preservative, so beyond being an essential vitamin, it’s a good way to keep the dog food integrity in place.
How Much Vitamin E Is Good for Dogs?
The great news is, because most pet foods are developed by nutritionists and other experts, you don’t have to worry about how much vitamin E you should provide for your dog—he should be getting the perfect amount every day to help him thrive! Dogs who are deficient in Vitamin E may show signs of muscle weakness, so if you’re concerned, be sure to ask your veterinarian.
“It’s also important to note that some Vitamin E is destroyed when the kibble goes through the extrusion process,” explains Purina Veterinarian Dr. RuthAnn Lobos. “That is why it is so important to have food scientists and nutritionists on staff to be able to adjust on the pre-cooking side so the finished product has the exact amount that the pets need.”
Can Dogs Have Vitamin E Supplements?
Only if they truly need it. Vitamin E supplements are available for dogs but, says Lobos, “it’s essential for pet owners to consult with their veterinarian to make sure they are doing it safely.” If your dog is already eating a complete and balanced diet, excess supplements could be harmful and lead to blood clotting problems.
Dog Food Ingredients High in Vitamin E:
- Safflower Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Soybean Oil