Note for Pet Owners
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You should seek the advice of your
veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the
diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Vitamin supplementation to pets is widely practised, yet there is little scientific evidence to support it. In this article we shall review the importance of vitamin B complex in renal failure patients.
The vitamin B complex vitamins are water soluble vitamins which (except for vitamin B12) are poorly stored within the body, and they are excreted in the urine. A continuous dietary supply is needed to meet the body's requirements.
In human renal failure patients deficiency of two of the vitamin B complex (folate and pyridoxine) has been reported.
The vitamin B requirements of animals with renal failure have not been determined, however it is likely that animals with renal failure have an increased requirement because of:
In view of these considerations, and the fact that excess vitamin B supplementation is not associated with side-effects, the administration of soluble vitamin supplementation (in the food or as separate supplements) to patients with renal failure seems to be a rational decision.
Updated October 2013