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Vitamin D - A Role in Health and Disease in Our Pets

Low vitamin D increases rink of:
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease and Congestive Heart Failure
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • IBD – inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Allergies / Atopic dermatitis
Vitamin D plays a big role in preventing and fighting cancer.

Vitamin D has been shown to increase production of several tumor suppressor genes, and can promote apoptosis, or programed cancer cell death. Vitamin D also interferes with insulin-like growth factor and tumor growth factor ( TGFb). Vitamin D indirectly affects growing tumors by disrupting angiogenesis or new blood vessel production – the tumors nutritional supply – and inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGf).

While humans can derive vitamin D from both sun exposure and diet, dogs and cats rely almost exclusively on diet for vitamin D. Amounts of vitamin D in diets both commercial and home-made vary widely, and other factors affecting Vitamin D levels include age, breed, sex, medications given, and concurrent diseases. As vitamin D plays a crucial role in regulating blood calcium, attempts to simply supplement the diet with vitamin D can lead to hypercalcemia, which can be dangerous and potentially toxic. Monitoring serum vitamin D before supplementation and into therapy is critical.

For these and many other reasons, Animal Healing Center encourages you to have your pet’s Vitamin D tested today. Please ask your veterinarian for this test.