Vitamin E is a term for a group of compounds that are one of the four fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins naturally dissolve in the body’s fat. Vitamin E has been shown to have many benefits and have no significant side effects when administered in doses that are not excessive.

Reduction of inflammation:

  • Vitamin E has been suggested to reduce inflammation of joints, which results from both the common and auto-immune form of arthritis
  • By reducing inflammation, vitamin E can also be used to reduce pain
  • For dogs with arthritis, a joint supplement containing vitamin E in conjunction with glucosamine and chondroitin is highly recommended
  • Vitamin E can also be helpful for vasculitis, an inflammatory process in blood vessels. This often affects the ear tips, eyes and skin, or can affect the whole body secondary to other diseases, such as auto-immune or kidney diseases

Effect on other diseases

  • Vitamin E is thought to have many beneficial health effects on other diseases of the liver, skin and eyes
  • Auto-immune diseases such as Lupus and skin disorders
  • Dogs with diseases of the pancreas, stomach or intestines may have a deficiency in vitamin E and require supplementation
  • Large breed dogs, particularly Boxers, commonly get a heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Many of these dogs have low vitamin E levels and supplementation may be helpful
  • Eye diseases of the retina, the back portion of the eye which is important in processing vision has been linked to vitamin E deficiency in dogs

Vitamin E is an antioxidant

  • Antioxidants help prevent damage to cells by eliminating free radicals (molecules that can damage cells, proteins and DNA)
  • May be beneficial for cancers and auto-immune diseases
  • Helps slow down the process of aging

 

You can buy our vet prescribed supplements here:

Glucosamine and Hemp Oil for Dogs – ‘Senior Large Breed’ Dog Arthritis Supplement – Soft Chew Senior Dog Vitamins

Resources:

  • Kirk, Claudia. “Top Neutraceuticals in Pet Foods and Practice”. World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings. Veterinary Information Network. 2011.
  • Rhouma, M., et al. (2013). Anti-inflammatory response of dietary vitamin E and its effects on pain and joint structures during early stages of surgically induced osteoarthritis in dogs. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research-Revue Canadienne De Recherche Veterinaire 77(3): 191-8.
  • Silver, Robert. “Clinically Relevant Neutraceuticals Every Veterinarian Should Know”. Wild West Veterinary Conference. Veterinary Information Network, 2015.
  • Vandeweerd, J. M., et al. (2013). Nutraceuticals for Canine Liver Disease: Assessing the Evidence. Veterinary Clinics of North America-Small Animal Practice 43(5): 1171.
  • “Vitamin E/Selenium.” Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, by Donald C. Plumb, 9th ed., PharmaVet Inc., 2018.

About Author: Dr. Leah Cowburn

Dr. Leah Cowburn is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a post-graduate internship and worked as an emergency veterinarian at one of the largest emergency/specialty hospitals in the country. Leah now works in private practice in Maryland that is dedicated to community outreach for an underserved community. She has a special interest in pain management, quality of life, alternative and physical therapy and is currently being certified as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

   
   
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