Do Indoor Pets Suffer Vitamin D Deficiency?

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    It was a beautiful day yesterday–like a perfect Easter morning, that I remember back from when I was just a kid–but it lasted all day long.

    As I was sitting outside, the sun shining on my face and arms, I began to wonder if our animals–especially those who stay inside all day, missing most of the sunshine while their owners work–get enough Vitamin D–or even need it?

    After doing a bit of research, I have decided that they definitely do need it–but if you feed a quality food, they probably get their vitamins from their food. If you add in a swirl of fish oil or dairy, that’s even better, but you have to be careful about overdoing it.

    (Perhaps, use your days off to let them bask in a little bit of supervised sun time. Always leave out fresh cool water and have shelter available.)

    As with all things, talk to your vet about this issue. Compare the vitamin levels in the foods that you buy with what your animal requires per pound. If they are not sufficient, supplement their food or switch to a better quality one.

    (If percentages only are listed on the package, feel free to call the company’s customer service number and ask how much of each vitamin is in a pound of food. This will make your comparison easier. If the customer rep can’t answer your question, ask them to have a nutritionist call you back.)

    As their caretaker and advocate, you need to make sure that your animals are getting the best nutrition possible–especially starting when they are younger. When our pets age, all of the problems that poor nutrition, old injuries, etc. caused will begin to show up and the vet bills climb as the poor nutrition-caused illnesses begin to surface. Then, the need for special foods and supplements and special care becomes great. Try to mitigate some of that by starting early and making yourself aware now of what you are feeding them and find out if it is really enough nutritionally…

    Do Indoor Pets Suffer Vitamin D Deficiency? | From Under the Bridge | a Chron.com blog
     
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    As for my opinion, I think exposing them outdoors would be the best nutrition and also at the same time it is exercise for them. Like humans, pets also love the outdoors, its way different than just staying indoors,
     
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    Thanks for your input, raizza! Welcome to the forum!

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