Fat- and Water-Soluble Vitamins for Animals
To maintain proper health, animals require optimal amounts of daily vitamins, especially vitamins A and D. Animals get lots of Vitamin A from grasses and other foraging foods, and sunlight is an excellent source of Vitamin D. However, these sources do not always provide enough vitamins to help animals maintain optimal health.
Benefits of Vitamins for Animals
Proper nutrition plays a vital function in your animal’s overall health and well-being. Vitamin A, also referred to as retinol, is vital for maintaining night vision in horses and other animals. It also helps their bones and muscles grow properly. In addition, vitamins A and D strengthen your animals’ immune systems so they can better fight common diseases and viruses.
Sources of Fat-Soluble Vitamins for Animals
Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble vitamins horses rely on in their daily diets. They get most of their vitamins by foraging.
Most of these fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the liver after being converted. Vitamin K is the exception, as it is converted to a water-soluble form before being stored in the horse’s liver and excreted in the urine.
A healthy horse’s liver can store fat-soluble vitamins for three to six months, depending on how much they have ingested. The liver releases these stored vitamins into the horse’s bloodstream as the body needs it.
If there is an excess of a fat-soluble vitamin, the liver will excrete the excess so the horse does not have too much of the substance in its system at any given time.
Sources of Water-Soluble Vitamins for Horses
Horses rely on the following water-soluble vitamins for optimal health:
- Thiamin, or Vitamin B1
- Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2
- Niacin, or Nicotinic acid
- Pantothenic acid
- Pyridoxine, or Vitamin B6
- Cobalamin, or Vitamin B12
- Folacin folic acid, or Folate
- Vitamins C, or ascorbic acid
Most horses can get these vitamins through a balanced diet rich in green flora and other plant material. Many of these vitamins are synthesized by the horse’s digestive system.
Supplementing These Fat-Soluble and Water-Soluble Vitamins for Animals
Many animal owners supplement these vitamins with oral formulas that are mixed with a fat-soluble solution. LIRA Vita Gold fat-soluble solution works by enhancing the vitamins your animals naturally ingest in their foods. The formula is comprised of a micro-ionized form of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins.
With the aid of a dispensing syringe, our vitamin solution can easily be administered orally on the back of the tongue. If your animal cannot swallow, we recommend administering the formula through an esophageal feeding tube instead.
The 500ml bottle of LIRA Vita Gold provides plenty of doses for horses and other farm or companion animals. For horses, you need five ml for foals and 10 ml for mares, geldings and stallions to keep them healthy all year long.
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Administer orally on the back of the tongue at the rates below, allowing animal to swallow periodically during administration. Do not administer orally to animals unable to swallow! Alternatively, administer via an esophageal feeding tube, if needed.
|Per 5 ml|
|Vitamin A, min||250,000 IU|
|Vitamin D3, min||10,000 IU|
|Vitamin E, min||125 IU|
|Vitamin B12, min||30 mg|
|Riboflavin, min||15 mg|
|d-Pantothenic Acid, min||92 mg|
|Thiamine, min||10 mg|
|Niacin, min||120 mg|
|Vitamin B6, min||5 mg|
|Choline, min||18.76 mg|