Do I need to give b12's to my dog?

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Do I need to give b12's to my dog?

Post by Mavis2021 » 13 May 2022, 14:07

My dog is a one year old german shepherd, her b12's were good with the bloodwork. I bought b12s for her anyway because I heard a lot of epi dogs need extra b12s. Is it okay to give them to her?

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Re: Do I need to give b12's to my dog?

Post by jilbert57 » 13 May 2022, 14:23

Hi Eden. Will you post your dogs test results? The B12 needs to be kept upper high range so 600 and higher. Extra B12 is excreted in the urine. Please post what B12 you have. Thanks.

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Re: Do I need to give b12's to my dog?

Post by Tuckaboo Pam » 14 May 2022, 08:28

Tucker's B12 was 666, and a staff member said to supplement him anyway, and that he would tinkle out whatever he didn't need. It's not a great expense. --- Pam
Tucker is a shepherd/lab mix; he has tested positive on the ScheBo test for EPI, as well as the fasting TLI. Results--- TLI 1.3, Folate 9.7, Cobalamin 666, Lipase 38. Currently taking Diane's Enzymes 4 teaspoons/day, Wonderlabs B12 one capsule per day, two capsules slippery elm/evening, 1 Proviable capsule/day, and Tylan 1/32 teaspoon/ morning (to hold SID at bay). Sport Dog Elite, herding dogs 4 cups/day. No more poop eating, has gone from 60 to 80 pounds, and he is a happy member of the family, though a bit of a stinker, if you ask the other dogs. Tucker is my boyfriend, and my husband is OK with that.

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Re: Do I need to give b12's to my dog?

Post by Jean » 20 May 2022, 04:39

Their b12 (cobalamin) can plummet over night, so I would definitely supplement and if there is ANY SID Small Intestinal Dysbiosis, it will deplete any b12 they store, as the bugs will feast on it
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My Kara born 21 July 2009 diagnosed with EPI by cTLI test August 2010 TLI = <1...folate 14 Cobalamin 408, shot down to 94, b12 injections every other day

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We used Panzym enzymes, Tylan and Chemeyes b12 capsules

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