Generally non-indispensable in dogs and cats, it is important to provide vitamin C in the food when the animal’s liver cannot produce enough. It helps prevent or treat diseases related to ageing, cell stress induced by physical effort and joint degeneration (arthritis)…
While scurvy – vitamin C deficiency – has been known since the dawn of time in humans (sailors consumed lemons to prevent it), ascorbic acid is not an essential vitamin in the strict sense of the word in dogs and cats, which can synthesise it in normal conditions.
Ascorbic acid is responsible for various vital bodily functions, such as:
Vitamin C is very common in nature and all vegetables contain it, especially citrus fruits (lemons, oranges), berries (blackcurrant), kiwis and strawberries. In dogs and cats vitamin C is synthesised in the liver from glucose.