The Ultimate Guide to the Benefits of Vitamin E for Dogs and Cats

The Benefits of Vitamin E for Dogs and Cats

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!

Is vitamin e good for dogs? It's essential! Is Vitamin E Good for Dogs?

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.

Growing animals, like kittens, will require more Vitamin E. This is also true for lactating and pregnant animals. Other factors, like exercise, can also affect a cats vitamin E needs.vitamin e is a common additive in cat food because of how essential it is for good health.

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 Redbarn Cat Pate Ocean FishVitamin 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.

*All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the organization. makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use.

All information is provided on an as-is basis. Please note that each situation is different, and you should always consult your veterinarian should you have any questions about your pet’s health.

There are 19 comments

  1. Sonny

    My baby girl has hetmangio sat on a. Do you have anything nutrients that help with that? She isn’t sick per say but if there are ways to help her I’dove to know. Thank you.

    1. Chelsee from Redbarn

      Hi Sonny, we haven’t found anything that will specifically help with hemangiomas but will keep our eyes out for nutritious ways to help with the condition.

  2. Sarah

    My sweet female has dry skin..she also has lyme disease and os on a strict diet..any lotions or fragrances irritate her skin..upon reading your article i thought of giving her a bath and putting the thin membrane (i also use on my face, pure vitamin E) from a few eggs into her bath? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you

    1. Allison Arcos


      That sounds like it might be something to help your dog’s skin, but we recommend talking to your vet before doing anything that could affect your pet’s allergies.

      Good luck!

  3. Maxine

    Hi our dog Ted skin has turned dark grey from pink on his tummy and he is excessively licking his paws, will vitamin e be beneficial?

    1. Chelsee from Redbarn

      Hi Maxine, we would recommend contacting your vet. It’s possible that the symptoms you described could be a sign of something more serious, so you’ll want your vet to rule that out.

  4. Toni Wyatt

    I have a question. My kitten is very young and small. I found him outside. He has the issue of his eyes matting together. Would a little vitamin oil be helpful to put around his eyes to keep moist?

  5. Val

    In the second paragraph under HOW FO I GIVE JU DIG VITAMIN E, You list avocado as a great source of vitamin e for dogs but I keep reading everywhere that it is highly toxic for dogs.
    Can you please clarify for me or consider editing that paragraph..?
    Thanks for your help:

      1. Darion Barlow

        Hi Val,

        Great catch! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.We have updated the post and have taken any mention of avocado. It is so important to us that we are listening to our audience and putting out the most accurate information for our readers to enjoy. Thanks again!

  6. Dr Jennifer Creed

    A fat-soluble vitamin which is important for the treatment of a dog’s muscles, circulation system and injury as well as an anti oxidant. It also keeps skin and coat healthy. Great blog, thanks.

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