VITAMIN C FOR DOGS
I am a firm believer in the value of Vitamin C, and its power to heal. For those of you with an animal that has been bitten by a snake and who are unable to take the animal immediately to seek Veterinary attention, the information below may be of some use to you.
I must state here that I am NOT a Veterinarian, and therefore cannot give advice to anyone with an animal that has been bitten by a snake! It is best to contact your own Veterinarian, or other owners who have used the Vitamin C treatment with success!
There will always be disagreements about whether Vitamin C will aid snake bite victims
I suggest that you read all available material thoroughly and do your own research. Discuss it with your own Veterinarian before making any decisions!
We will not be held responsible for the accuracy of any information provided below. It is research I have done and found for my own use and used with my own dogs.
Vitamin C is cheap, easy to store and taking it on a hunting trip is no problem. All you need is a 20 ml syringe, some needles (18g) and the bottle of Vitamin C. Dogs of 30 to 50 kg will require about 10 - 15 mls* by intramuscular injection in the side of the neck.
Three quarters to 1 cm penetration is needed, and, if in doubt, get it under the skin anyway. You can repeat the treatment without risk. Vitamin C overdose results in nothing worse than diarrhoea, and anaphylaxis cannot occur.
If by chance the fang marks are detected, (it is usually damp around the bite) rub in Vit C.
Even a chewed up tablet will work. But do not waste time looking for the marks. They often only show up a few days later when the hair falls away around them.
However when the dog is really sick it will allow you to do the injecting (which can sting in small animals) without objecting. If it starts to make a fuss you know that it is feeling much better, and the subsequent doses should be given as tablets/powder in the mouth. It is a good idea to give two or three backups just to make sure all the venom has been detoxified.
IMMEDIATE ACTION: Identify the snake if possible. Restrict movement of the pet. Loosely immobilize the limb in a functional position if bitten on an extremity. DO NOT incise the bite wound to aspirate the venom and DO NOT apply a tourniquet without veterinary assistance. DO NOT apply ice to the area. Seek veterinary attention.
TUFFA THAN TUSK HUNTING SUPPLIES WILL NOT BE AND CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE
FOR THE DEATH OF AN ANIMAL IF OR WHEN USING VIT C FROM THE INFORMATION ABOVE
THE ABOVE IS ONLY ADVICE THEY HAVE RESEARCHED
Vitamin C for Dogs
You may wonder if it is necessary to supplement dogs with vitamin C, since dogs can produce the vitamin in their bodies. True - but if a dog is stressed or sick, their bodies' output of vitamin C can quickly be depleted. In fact, it has been found that stress, both physical (e.g. fever, infections, etc.) and emotional (e.g. stress caused by a change in the environment), is the best-known cause of vitamin C depletion in dogs.
In addition, it has been found that dogs supplemented with vitamin C have stronger immune systems and show greater resistance to disease, and a better ability to recover from illness or injuries.
Benefits of Vitamin C to Dogs
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It works with vitamin E and helps regenerate vitamin E, enhancing its antioxidant effect.
Vitamin C improves immune function by enhancing white blood cell function and activity. It also increases the blood levels of interferon (the body's natural antiviral and anti-cancer compound) and antibodies (proteins that destroy foreign material such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins).
In fact, many veterinarians (both conventional and holistic) now routinely include vitamin C in their treatment protocols for various illnesses, including cancer, infections such as bladder and urinary tract infections, respiratory infections (e.g. kennel cough), and others.
Some veterinarians also suggest giving dogs vitamin C as a preventative and immune booster. For example, vitamin C can be given to dogs before and after vaccination, to feeble and old dogs, to pregnant and lactating dogs, and to those that have been exposed to contagious diseases.
Dosage and Precautions
Since vitamin C is water soluble, excessive amount is excreted through the kidney. However, too much vitamin C will cause diarrhea in dogs especially if given in one dose. How much vitamin C to supplement depends on the individual dog's lifestyle and health condition, as well as the dog's tolerance level of vitamin C (i.e. the upper limit of vitamin C before the dog develops diarrhea).
- Puppies and Small Dogs: 250 mg daily
- Medium-sized Dogs: 500 mg daily
- Large Dogs: 750 mg daily
- Senior Dogs: 500-1,000 mg daily per 40-50 pounds of body weight
For specific health problems, she suggests:
- Arthritis: as high a dose as possible with diarrhea being the limiting factor, up to 5,000 mg/day.
- Ear Infections: 125 mg twice daily for small dogs; 250-500 mg twice daily for medium dogs; 500-1,000 mg twice daily for large dogs.
- Teeth/Gum Diseases: 125 mg twice daily for small dogs; 250 mg twice daily for medium dogs; 1,000 mg twice daily for large dogs.
- Upper Respiratory Problems: 125-500 mg twice daily for small dogs; 250-1,500 mg twice daily for medium dogs; 500-1,500 mg twice daily for large dogs.
- Skin Allergies: 125 mg twice daily for small dogs; 250-1,500 mg twice daily for medium dogs; 500-1,500 mg twice daily for large dogs.
- Bladder and Urinary Tract Infections: 125 mg twice daily for small dogs; 250 mg twice daily for medium dogs; 500 mg twice daily for large dogs.
- As Immune Booster: 500 mg twice daily for small dogs; up to 1,500 mg twice daily for medium dogs and large dogs.
If your dog develops diarrhea, adjust down the dosage until the stools are firm again.