It’s not uncommon for people to hear that we need more vitamins and minerals. We might take a multi-vitamin or try to increase certain foods in our diet. But what about our pets? If you take a look at many pet food ingredients, you’ll likely notice vitamin E. You may be taking Vitamin E yourself, and wondering “can I give my cat or dog vitamin E?”
We’re breaking down the benefits of vitamin E for dogs and cats, how to give vitamin E to your pets, and which Redbarn pet products contain vitamin E.
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that is essential for a dog’s muscles, circulatory system, and injury healing. It is also an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Technically speaking, Vitamin E exists in four naturally occurring forms and refers to compound groups called tocopherols and tocotrienols. Two of the most common forms of vitamin E are γ-tocopherol, found in soybean and corn oil, and α-tocopherol, found in olive and sunflower oils.
To really get into the nitty-gritty— Vitamin E protects Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA’s), Vitamin A and sulfur containing Amino Acids from oxidation. The more PUFAs in the diet, the more Vitamin E is necessary to protect pets from oxidation increases. Which is why Vitamin E is so important!
Yes, Vitamin E is beneficial for your pet. In fact, it’s essential! There is a link between deficiency of Vitamin E to cell damage in skeletal muscle, the heart, liver, and nerves.
In addition to the internal benefits, Vitamin E is also good for skin and coat health. It is often found in dog shampoos because it can help reduce flakiness and promote a healthy, glossy coat.
Because Vitamin E is also known to boost the immune system, some call it the perfect ‘winter vitamin’ since cold weather can dry out the skin and compromise the immune system.
How Do I Give My Dog Vitamin E?
Many pet foods have added Vitamin E because of the benefits it provides. There are also many ways to incorporate foods rich in Vitamin E in your pet’s diet.
Vitamin E is high in protein sources like eggs. You can also find it in vegetables and nuts like dandelion, spinach, peanuts, and sunflower seeds.
Along with getting Vitamin E from food, can also apply it directly to your pet’s skin for healthy skin and coat. If your dog likes the bathtub, try adding Vitamin E oil to the water in the tub.
Giving your pet a Vitamin E pill will also work (try hiding it in Redbarn’s rolled food). What is the right Vitamin E dosage for dogs? Your best bet is to consult with your vet to get a personalized answer based on your dog’s size and diet.
Is Vitamin E Good for Cats?
You’ll be happy to know that they can receive many of the same perks as dogs. Vitamin E can provide great benefits to your cat’s skin, and can be used in ear mite treatment, mange, and flea allergy dermatitis.
Signs of Vitamin E deficiencies in cats can include reproductive failure and brown bowel syndrome. Cats fed all fish diets, which are naturally low in Vitamin E, can develop a syndrome called ‘Yellow Fat Disease’ because Vitamin E is essential for normal fat metabolism.
How Do I Give My Cat Vitamin E?
For skin and coat health, Vitamin E oil can be applied topically to your cat. For cases like mange, where your pet can become incredibly itchy, vitamin E can ease discomfort by easing inflammation caused by scratching. However, Vitamin E won’t kill mange mites.
Always consult with your vet about proper treatment and pet care.
Vitamin E is a common additive in cat foods because of how essential it is for good health. For food sources of Vitamin E, include protein sources like eggs in your cat’s diet.
Another option is to give a small amount of Vitamin E oil directly to your cat. You can allow them to lick it off your finger or a spoon.
Some people have reported that their cats love the taste of Vitamin E oil and want it all the time. As with anything, be careful not to over feed Vitamin E oil to your cat.
Which Redbarn Products have Vitamin E for Dogs and Cats?
For a unique combination of Omega-3s that helps support joint health and a great source of Vitamin E, try Redbarn’s Chicken Paté Joint Formula.
Redbarn’s Duck & Turkey Paté dog food is a high protein, premium grain-free dog food with Vitamin E!
Redbarn Bully Coated Antlers are a blend of two great treats— bully sticks and antlers! In addition to being a tasty chew for your dog, it is also supplemented with Vitamin E.
Check out Redbarn Salmon Stew canned cat food for all the benefits of wholesome ingredients like salmon, carrots, and cranberries along with all the health advantages of Vitamin E.
Does your cat love fish but you’re concerned about not getting enough vitamin E from a fish-based diet? Check out Redbarn Natural Grain-Free Tuna Cat Pate. The Tuna Pate pairs the tuna taste your cat loves with the benefits of vitamin E.
If you’re concerned about your cat’s weight, try the Redbarn Natural Ocean Fish Cat Paté for Weight Control is another great option.
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