Information on B12 Supplement Shots for Dogs - Pets

For use as an aid in the management of vitamin B12 deficiencies in cattle, horses, dogs and cats.
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Treatment for both vitamin B12 deficient dogs and those with the genetic tendency to not absorb it, is a B12 . Most supplements are water soluble and can be given to your dog with a syringe, injecting it into his mouth. In severe cases the B12 may have to be administered through an injection directly in your dog's hind leg. This allows the vitamin to be more readily absorbed by the body.
*** Please follow the current TAMU (Texas A&M University) B12 protocol for EPI dogs and cats ***
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When dogs have cobalamin malabsorption, it means that the vitamin is difficult to be drawn in via their intestines. Although this malabsorption frequently appears in border collies, it's uncommon overall. Some typical indications of malabsorption of B12 include exhaustion, problems in adding weight and anorexia. These indications generally show up when border collies are between 4 and 6 months in age, according to the website PetMD. Giant schnauzers usually are a little younger than border collies when they first exhibit signs of the deficiency (between 6 and 12 weeks old). However, until we have further confirmation, at this time, Epi4Dogs position on B12 is the following:
Photo provided by FlickrFor use as a supplemental nutritive source of Vitamin B12 in cattle, horses, sheep, swine, dogs and cats.
Photo provided by FlickrFor use as a supplemental nutritive source of vitamin B12 in cattle, horses, sheep, swine, dogs and cats.
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Vitamin B12, along with iron and folic acid, work to ensure that a dog's nervous system functions properly. It is also needed for normal cell growth. When your dog is deficient in vitamin B12, he may become sluggish. It is likely he will not want to go for walks or to play. Vitamin B12 helps maintain a dog's normal energy level. Another symptom of B12 deficiency is a . Your dog may not want to eat, no matter what kind of food you put in front of him.Oral cobalamin is prescribed to human patients to avoid the discomfort, inconvenience, and cost of monthly injections of vitamin B12. In European countries, oral cobalamin supplementation is widely utilized., , Factors influencing the increase in serum cobalamin concentration after oral administration in humans are dose and time., , , , , , A daily oral intake of 1,000–2,000 μg cyanocobalamin successfully normalized serum cobalamin in all studies available in human patients., , , , Continuous increases of serum cobalamin concentrations during oral cobalamin treatment have been demonstrated in several studies., , , , Current supplementation protocols for cobalamin in dogs call for repeated parenteral injections based on pathophysiologic justification, clinical empiric experience, and specialist opinion., , Currently, studies assessing the effect of oral cobalamin supplementation in dogs with CE are lacking. However, due to reports of successful oral cobalamin substitution in humans with various gastrointestinal disorders, one of the authors (L. T.) has started to use oral supplementation. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate whether oral cobalamin supplementation can restore normocobalaminemia in dogs with CE.If your dog exhibits these symptoms, the cause could be lack of sufficient levels of vitamin B12, or it could mean that your dog has inherited or developed a condition in which he does not absorb the vitamin B12 he is receiving through his normal diet. This is a very common condition in certain breeds, including giant Schnauzers as well as beagles and border collies. In these dogs this condition is almost always inherited (genetically passed on), and can occur at different ages, depending on the breed. In this situation, your dog may exhibit an additional symptom: he may experience weight loss or fail to gain weight if he is a puppy. Like dogs that are deficient in vitamin B12, these animals . They may lose weight. If not treated, these dogs can begin to experience gastrointestinal disease.There are conditions though that inhibits the digestion and absorption of vitamin B12 in dogs. Bacterial overgrowth, increase toxic metabolites and deficiency in enzymes can play a part in the dog’s failure to digest and assimilate this vitamin.