I started taking increased doses of Vitamin C a number of years ago at my doctor's recommendation for a tendency to bruise easily. One of the other unexpected benefits is that my sinuses cleared up. I used to wake up sneezing and would continue throughout the morning, sometimes through the entire day, year round. After experimenting with different dosages, I am now on a maintenance level of 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily and this keeps my allergies under control usually 50-51 weeks out of the year. Occasionally, I may have a flare-up and need something else. When that happens, I stir 1 teaspoon of ground Turmeric into an 8 oz. glass of water and drink it. Within 15 minutes, I am breathing freely once again and no more sneezing!
There are 625mg in 1/8 tsp. The dosage as stated above for small dogs is 500mg-1000mg for small dogs. I give my dogs about 1/8 per day. 11lbs and 17lbs. If your dog gets soft stools then try cutting it in half.
Ester-C for Cats and Dogs
There is Ester C I use for my cats and dogs, I have a dog that is as close to a 100 yrs. in humans age, but she is still carrying her own, there was awhile she just could not get up & walk, but with all the suppliments, I give no more than one or two per day, I also found that fresh Kale is a very strong source of vits. I give my dogs the Kale, but I love the liquid from the Kale, it tastes so different/soothing and has it's own sweetness/I make this by the gallons and drink it. It makes my dogs urinate too often but it's good as a cleansing process.
Here is someone else's review on Amazon.com on using Ester-C..
Ester C has fixed SO many problems with my dogs. For one example my girls had real thin placentas. This was a problem with multiple dogs. I put them on Ester C and totally fixed the problem. Next time placentas were nice and strong and thick and vet couldn't believe it was the same bitch. For another example I had a dog jump come down totally lame. She hurt her back somehow playing or jumping off the couch or something, but she couldn't even stand on her hind legs. I did maximum dose of Ester C for her system (everyone's is different so you have to find for each case), and did cold laser therapy and she was up and running around in two days. ALL of my dogs get Ester C sprinkled on their food with EVERY meal it is a miracle supplement in my book and I insist that ALL my puppy owners give to their dogs for life. It promotes deep tissue healing, growth and health. If you have a dog with bone problems like the hips, put them on their max dose and it will take away the pain and they will be up and running around. It doesn't fix the bones, but it does strengthen the tissue around them to support them. WONDERFUL, INCREDIBLE stuff. Some doctors will give intravenously after surgery as it promotes faster and better healing. I give max dose after my girls C-sections for the same reason. There are TONS of health benefits to vitamin C. I look forward to more studies on dogs.
(Stockton, Calif 95219)
Hi Esther, I thought that they, (unlike humans) make their own Vitamin C? Cheers, Michael
Dogs and cats can make vitamin C but only if they're eating actual meat. Dog food, no.
For supplementing pet diets, I put what I think they might need in their water. Then I put down two water dishes, one with and one without. If they need what's in the water, they'll drink some. If not, they won't. For vitamin C, I'd use L-ascorbic acid - made from actual fruit - or give them some broccoli, as treats.
If your pet is raw fed the only supplementation they might need would depend on what you feed them. Organ meat treats might be one - or if you fear giving them bones for some reason, you'll want to do something about that. Not sure what. I had a male chihuahua rescue that would only eat hamburger. He'd eat a liver treat every once in a while but no bone.
The female loved chicken thighs. Of course, initially, that's too much bone until they'd adjusted so you'd want to keep it down to smaller amounts of bone, initially. But that's not to say they won't WANT bone. They absolutely will. So be sure to dispose of it accordingly. The problem is that initially, it's too much calcium and stools can be extremely difficult until they've cleared out the grains built up from dog food and adjusted. Nearly all of the meat is digested very quickly, as with humans, so, until their intestines are cleared of grain gunk, you'd want to go easy on the bone.
Humans have two modes of digestion - one for meat and one for vegetation - so it's best not to mix them. Either eat meat or eat veggies - and be sure you give the veggies time to be processed before you eat anything else. As I said, meat is digested and put to work very quickly and, apparently, contains everything the body needs to manufacture whatever other nutrients it might require but veggies are different. You need a continuous supply. Like grazing. If you ate a pound of meat, you could go 2 days without hunger but not with veggies. I suppose, in a way, eating only veggies would keep you busy and out of trouble!! Aside from whatever time one might spend criticizing meat eaters....
Hi Esther, I started giving my cat Lypo-Spherical Vitamin C, 1000 mg a day. They are packets in a gel like form. I do it twice a day, 500mg each time. I pour the gel like form into a little water and syringe it into him. This is said to make a big difference, especially in lymphoma cats, which mine is. He has been on it for 2 weeks and he has shown vast improvement.
Your post was very informative and interesting-thank you. We don't have pets any more since the children left us for pastures new! We find them a bit of a tie if we need to go away for instance (the pets that is!! ). We used to have a small farm though, and a few cats would sometimes arrive from who knows where and "adopt us". My favorite Aunt kept a lot of animals and always cautioned me NEVER to feed cats chicken bones, as the sharp bits (after they have crunched the bones up a bit) will often stick in their throats and kill them - not a nice way to go!! I would hazard a guess that most cat owners would know this already? Family lore relates that one of my ancient relatives suffered the very same fate back in pre-history, so you have been warned!! Fish bones can be tricky too but cats seem to cope with them better than we do. Your note about the human digestion of meat surprised me though. I was led to believe that one of the arguments against eating meat (and aren't there lots these days! ) is that it can lodge in remote parts of the intestines/gut and putrefy, thereby leading to other problems of course. What might surprise some animal lovers is that KIWIFRUIT SKINS (and even mackerel innards) can kill a dog, so feeding your favorite pooch a vegetable diet is not without its challenges either. In fact, there is quite a long list of foods NOT to feed pets, such as chocolate. It is surprising how perceptive animals are when it comes to offering them food. They can sniff out subtle differences between two bowls of slightly different foods - witness those dog and cat food ads on the telly! We would have to hide our cat's antibiotic pills in a choice piece of meat before they would accept it. It even wised up to that little subterfuge after a while too!
Cheers from Down Under
You don't want to feed ANY animal COOKED bones but raw is a whole different story. But, of course, if one is afraid, then it wouldn't be a good idea - just for one's own peace of mind - but carnivores eat bone. Not because it's "there" but because they need it. It's part of their natural diet.
It's amazing how mammals survived all of those millions of years without experts to control their diets -
Ester-C for Cats and Dogs
I started giving my 7 1/2 year old Weimaraner Ester-C and it is working amazingly well.
The before Ester-C symptoms were holding up her rear leg and refusing to put pressure on it, and sleeping all the time (perhaps depressed). She is normally a very, very active dog.
Three days after treatment she is running around, energetic and putting more weight on it. Two weeks after the treatment she is as energetic as she was when she was a puppy, putting weight on her leg and 80% symptom free. This is truly amazing progress!!
I started 1000mg of the Ester-C and up to 2000mg after the fourth day. THANK GOODNESS for natural cures and the internet!!
Ester-C for Cats and Dogs
Vitamin C is great for dogs. I have used it with my Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs for years. The one thing that is really important that I didn't see above is the you can NOT give dogs normal vitamin C which is ascorbic acid. It is very easy to burn there stomachs with ascorbic acid. Calcium Ascorbate or Sodium Ascorbate are what you need. Ester C is great too.
When my male cocker spaniel was about 6 months old, symptoms of hip dysplasia showed up dramatically. In a very short time he was almost crippled. After praying (God is good!),
I began giving him 2,000 mg. of buffered C daily. Within a few days, he was walking & running like a normal pup. When I discontinued the C, the symptoms reoccurred, so I kept him on it continually.
He is 12 years old now, is quite healthy, and still walks/runs without a problem. He has an unusually healthy diet, including apple cider vinegar & other supplements, and he and his twin sister are incredibly young for their age!
Lethargy in Cats
My cat was lethargic, drinking extra water, and his coat lacked shine. I had great luck using powdered ascorbic acid (vitamin C) mixed with water for this condition. I put a half teaspoon into a small cup, added water, then used a plastic syringe (available at drugstores) to give to my cat orally.
The next morning after giving vitamin C, he was plumper, healthier, and happy. I will continue to give him 250 mg a day for now to take care of any problems he mght be experiencing with his kidneys. Apparently the max dose is 250 a day for cats.
I was getting worried about my kitty and am so happy to see him improving so rapidly! High dose vitamin C therapy prevents all kinds of human diseases as well!
I wonder if folk realise that dogs & cats don't make as much vitamin C as most other animals do?
I gave a home to a stray cat who possibly had a poor start in life. When he became very poorly, I gave him 1/4 tsp powdered sodium ascorbate dissolved in 2ml warm water, used an old syringe [no needle]to inject it into his mouth. I did this at least 2 hourly during waking hours. The effect was wonderful!
He has a tendency to get discharging eyes. I use 1tsp sodium ascorbate in 1/2 metric cup warm water & swab both eyes 3-4 times/day with great clear up. [I drink the left-over solution.]
A friend who breeds rottweilers has a prize dog that's asthmatic. The asthma cleared up with ascorbic acid several times/day. The dog came off all its meds.
Pets and Vitamin C
Everyone knows that most animals produce their own vitamin C, except that isn't necessarily true.
In the wild that probably works, but our pets eat dry food that has been processed at high temps and is devoid of probiotics and enzymes. Their ability to make vitamin C is impaired.
All dogs need a distemper shot - don't do it. Distemper is canine scurvy, and a dose of C cures it.
My friends had a little dog they were going to put down because he had arthritis so bad he could barely crawl. I watched him drag himself to his water dish and I felt so bad for him. On a shelf above the dish was a jar of chewable vitamin C tablets. I crumbled one into the water.
Next day, the day they were going to put him down, they called me, "What did you do to our dog? He is running around like a puppy! "
Now I regularly give my pets a little C powder and ACV in their water.
I was told about supplementing Vitamin C for dogs by a family that has bred American Bulldogs for over 30 years. None of their dogs that they have bred ever got hip dysplasia, something that is not uncommon in American Bulldogs. They told me to make sure that I use a naturally sourced Vitamin C with the co-factors, such as those derived from rose hips, amla etc. because they have found over the years that the results are much better than giving the ascorbic acid version of Vitamin C.
Where to Buy
Camu camu powder is sold on amazon and is the highest form of natural non synthetic vitamin c than any other fruit on the planet. I give it to my dogs daily. Look up camu camu and its wonderful benefits. Just one teaspoon is 1,080 % of vitamin c.
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The vitamin C I used is a whole food type by Healthforce Nutritionals. It's a complete form of VC, not an isolate like ascorbic acid is so the body can make use of it without having to rob the body of rutin, bioflavonoids and such, to remake a complete, useable molecule.
My 2 yr old, 80 lb Dogo Argentino gets 325 mg 3 times a day to combat arthritis and chronic ear infections.
As an afterthought ~ vitamin C works in conjunction with other nutrients for it's activation. If you aren't doing a raw diet, where they get their calcium and magnesium (along with so many other nutrients) from eating raw bones, you should supplement. If you are using ascorbic acid or some other isolate form of vitamin c you should also supplement bioflavonoids.
Lastly, Steroids medication deplete vitamin C, so you'll need higher dosage till you wean off the drugs and heat destroys VC so don't do that :o)
Where to Buy
I am desperately trying to find a good quality Vit C powder to give my animals. Value Plus in Aus used to supply it, but doesn't anymore. Can anyone help me please. Thanks, Carol