You’re probably seen the news over the past few months about high levels of vitamin D in some pet foods, with several manufacturers having to issue voluntary recalls . While dogs and cats certainly require vitamin D in their diets, excess levels of this nutrient can indeed be toxic, leading to vomiting, excess urination and drooling, weight loss and even, in certain cases, kidney failure and death.
The Need for Vitamin D Testing
These recalls may affect some of your clients, who may then turn to you to ask whether their pets could be in danger. Of course it’s impossible to provide a reliable answer without testing vitamin D levels in their pets.
Commercial pet food manufacturers follow the standards of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) when they supplement their foods with vitamin D. There’s no way to know, however, how much vitamin D the food actually contains without testing, since the food may already contain some naturally occurring vitamin D.
The manufacturer recalls indeed are evidence that the foods in question exceed the AAFCO standards for supplemental vitamin D. Does this automatically mean your patients are receiving excess vitamin D? There’s no way to know for sure without testing. Many pet food brands may not contain even the minimum amount of vitamin D that pets require, so some pets may be vitamin D deficient. But if they have ingested excess vitamin D, the possibility of vitamin D toxicity is real.
Safe, Fast Vitamin D Testing From Rx Vitamins
Because of this uncertainty surrounding vitamin D, veterinarians should make sure that proper vitamin D testing and treatment is part of their regular screening protocols.
Rx Vitamins offers a new and improved Vitamin D Test Kit that uses a dried serum device that reduces drying time from hours to less than 5 minutes, allowing the test specimens to be immediately packaged and shipped. The results can then be viewed online within a few days.
Watch the Vitamin D Test Kit instructional video below:
That means you’re able to respond to issues of excess vitamin D as well as vitamin D insufficiency right away. The pets under your care get speedier treatment, your clients get peace of mind, and you get the satisfaction of being able to provide treatment quickly.
When pets under your care demonstrate vitamin D insufficiency, Rx Vitamins for Pets is there to help once again, this time with Rx D3 & Rx D3 Forte. These two formulations provide different potencies of pure cholecalciferol for patients with different levels of vitamin D insufficiency.
With the Test & Treat system from Rx Vitamins for Pets, you’re prepared to care for pets with vitamin D issues quickly and efficiently.