In an effort to save time and money, many pet parents wonder if they can give their dogs the same multivitamin they are taking. Is a multivitamin for humans safe for your dog?

In a word – no.

Dr. Laura Brickman writes on that giving your dog the same multivitamin you take could do more harm than good.

“It is very important not to give pets human vitamins,” she warns. “Since animals have different requirements than we do, supplementing pets with human vitamins can actually be harmful to them. Too much calcium, for instance, can make your pet very sick. If you think your pet needs a vitamin, talk to your veterinarian. They will recommend vitamins designed especially for pets.”

One of the ingredients found in multivitamins for dogs is omega-3 or fatty acids, recommended by vets to treat many health issues, including allergies. However, there is concern about how much your dog really needs, which is why your dog needs his own multivitamin, with the correct dosage.

Dogs get most of the nutrients they need from their food, but diseases like cancer and hip dysplasia call for a supplement specifically formulated to help your dog.

For example, glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are taken by both humans and dogs for joint issues. However, giving your dog one of these supplements meant for humans will not produce the same results as one specifically for canines. notes, “A standard human vitamin or a human vitamin mixture will not be effective for a dog.  Although dogs do generally require the same nutrients that humans do, the balance of those vitamins is quite different.”

Unlike other canine vitamin brands, the entire line of i Love Dogs vitamins and supplements is tailor-dosed based on the weight of your dog. Accurate dosing is crucial to ensure your dog is getting the maximum benefits of the supplement.

The bottom line is that if you want to give your dog a multivitamin or supplement, it needs to be specifically formulated for dogs. As always, please consult with your vet if you have any questions about the right type of vitamin or supplement for your dog.

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One Comment

  1. mhikl at Mar 24, 2013 01:16:12

    I would no more question my vet on nutritional health for my dog than I would my MD for me. They are wonderfully chemical trained for pharmaceutical drugs and of course see nutrition as having very little to do with their patients’ health. The best one can do is research on your own. Allopathy is coming under scrutiny as the failure in disease and health continue to suffer in both wo/man and animal, even as the onslaught against natural products are being perpetrated more and more by the government, under the demands of corporate interests.

    Most vitamins and nutrients are the same for most mammals, it’s the quantities that are different. Water solubles usually are passed out when enough is absorbed but fat vitamins are different and more care has to be taken. As well, dogs shouldn’t have iron as they get enough from meats and check that too much zinc is not given your pets. A variety of protein from bovine and fish (salmon is very good), some green low carb veg and access to outdoor natural grasses should have your dog on to good health. Once a dog is an adult, they do not need lots of calcium other than what comes from meat and the bones from fish and uncooked non-weight baring bones.

    Since moving from animal vitamins (expensive and of questionable use) to human vitamins on alternative days, my dogs eyes have cleared up, something my vets could never figure out. She is also on MSM, glucosamine, condroidin and Sierra Sil for her joints and the pain seems to have gone away.

    We can all become healthy by doing our own study and listening to our bodies and in the case of our animals, watching them and understanding the signals they send to us. Do I worry that I am giving my pooch the wrong vitamins? Of course I did my research and of course one worries over an elderly pooch, but not like the worry I had before adding nutrients to her BARF diet. The improvements are noticeable.

  2. Laurie Cook at Mar 15, 2014 08:24:06

    I am wondering if giving my female,spayed,7 year old catahola mix,Vitamin C and Soy1000.I have given her flax seed oil for her coat and it worked wonders.I have a vet that I take her to on a year basis due to her hyper allergic reaction to fleas.He gives her a shot that is suppose to last 18 mos,along with an RX collar,costing 60+ any help that you can offer would be GREATLY APPRICIATED

    • Martha at Mar 19, 2014 10:18:41

      Hi, Laurie–If your dog is experiencing severe allergy symptoms, we would recommend giving her a Reishi with Green Tea supplement, like this one: Reishi contains natural histamine blockers, which help prevent allergy outbreaks, and is also a natural anti-inflammatory, which is critical in keeping allergy symptoms under control. Good luck!

  3. Emmy-lou at Mar 18, 2014 03:02:02

    Hi is human evening primrose oil capsules ok to give my 18 week old german shepard pup as he has funny joints in his hips and red watery eyes.

  4. Peter at Apr 01, 2014 04:46:07

    I totally agreed what Dr. Laura Brickman that giving your dog the same multivitamin you take could do more harm than good.


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