Do dogs produce their own vitamin C?

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  1. Daughter Of Maat profile image95
    Daughter Of Maatposted 6 years ago

    Do dogs produce their own vitamin C?

    Humans lost the ability to produce their own vitamin C through evolution, but do dogs (and cats) still produce their own vitamin C?

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  2. DrMark1961 profile image97
    DrMark1961posted 6 years ago

    The only animal I know of that does not have the ability to produce vitamin C (besides the human) is the guinea pig. The question really is whether dogs and cats would benefit from superdoses of vitamin C in times of illness. Obviously if it has the health benefits that some of us think it would be helpful in larger doses in times of need. It cant hurt (except for the expense). If you give too much it just passes out in the urine.

    1. Daughter Of Maat profile image95
      Daughter Of Maatposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I would assume a dog would produce as much vit C as they need, which would vary on status of health. Would it increase during times of illness? Is it possible for a dog to produce too little C? Any idea how much they actually do poduce?

    2. DrMark1961 profile image97
      DrMark1961posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have read that they produce 40mg/kg, which is way too little if you believe the megadose theories. I met Linus Pauling years ago, back in college, but there was no one even interested in the subject in dogs back then. Does it increase?I dont think

    3. Daughter Of Maat profile image95
      Daughter Of Maatposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You met Linus Pauling?? That's AWESOME! (I'm a fan can you tell?) It's a shame no one is really paying attention to vit C in humans or dogs. I'm using it as an antihistamine on my dog and myself, and the results are amazing! Way better than benadryl!

 
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