Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin
Is an essential vitamin that plays an important role within dogs and cats. It assist with the function of the brain and nervous system, cell growth, protein synthesis, metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, and the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin B12, which is also called cobalamin, is not made by the body and must be supplied by food or nutritional supplements. Having a lack of B12 can lead to other health problems, and both dogs and cats can develop a deficiency to this vitamin. In certain breeds of dogs, B12 deficiency can be genetically passed on especially in beagles, border collies, and giant schnauzers.
It can also occur in those dogs and cats with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition which prevents animals from being able to digest and absorb nutrients from food because they lack digestive enzymes in the pancreas. Animals suffering from EPI can become deficient in multiple nutrients including vitamin B12 because they can not absorb it from the food they eat. Some common signs include weight loss, anemia, lethargy, and loss of appetite. If you suspect your dog or cat has a deficiency, talk with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may use blood tests and lab work to diagnose a B12 deficiency.
It cases is deficiency Vitamin B-12 can be prescribed as an injectable for dogs and cats that is typically given in the muscle and contains a concentrated source of cobalamin (B12).
Vitamin B12 may benefit the body in impressive ways, such as by boosting energy, improving memory and helping prevent heart disease.
9 Health Benefits of Vitamin B12
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