Unlike humans who require vitamin C to sustain life, dogs possess the natural ability to make their own.1
Without vitamin C humans get a disease called scurvy — and die.
Yet dogs do just fine without it.
However, there have been some reports claiming that vitamin C could help in the treatment of bladder infections.
Or even hip dysplasia.
Unfortunately, those claims have never been scientifically confirmed by research. So, don’t worry if you don’t find vitamin C — or any of the fruits or vegetables that naturally contain it — on your dog food’s ingredient list.
Your dog can take care of that missing nutrient all by herself.
- “Ascorbic Acid”, Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, National Research Council, National Academy of Science, Washington, DC (2006), p. 234 ↩