Vitamin D metabolism in dogs and cats and its relation to diseases not associated with bone metabolism.
J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2019 Dec 5. doi: 10.1111/jpn.13259
Zafalon RVA1, Risolia LW1, Pedrinelli V1, Vendramini THA1, Rodrigues RBA1, Amaral AR1, Kogika MM1, Brunetto MA1.
Companion animals (dog, cats) need vitamin D too – March 2016
Hospitalized cats 8X more likely to die if low vitamin D (Vit. D helps humans too) – May 2015
Critically ill dogs with good levels of vitamin D have much better outcomes (humans too) – March 2018
Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet birds, etc need Vitamin D
Atopic dermatitis treated by Vitamin D (in dogs too) - RCT Feb 2018
Dogs, like humans, need vitamin D for many reasons – Jan 2018
Dogs with Cancer have low vitamin D, same as humans – Sept 2017
86 Human Health Problems were proven to be fought by Vitamin D by Nov 2018
Due to the presence of receptors in the cells of numerous body tissues, vitamin D is associated with several physiological functions that go beyond calcium and phosphorus homoeostasis and control of bone metabolism in the body. In humans, several studies have associated lower vitamin D concentrations with numerous diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases, and also with an increase in the total mortality rate of the population. Recently, this nutrient started to gain importance in veterinary medicine, and several articles have shown a correlation between low vitamin D status and diseases unrelated to bone metabolism. The present review aims to highlight the recent publications that investigated this relationship, bringing the evidence that exists so far in dogs and cats.