B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Vitamin B Complex is necessary for fat and protein assimilation in the dog’s body. Vitamin B Complex is made up of 17 individual parts, plus folic acid, biotin, choline, inisitol and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). Being water soluble they flush through the body quickly and cannot be stored.
Vitamin B helps promote growth, deal with stress and aids in healing, especially after surgery. It is necessary for vaccines to work correctly in the body. In fact- a lack of vitamin B can cause vaccine reactions. Some symptoms of deficiency express themselves through hair loss, early graying of hair coat, weakness in the back legs, loss of appetite, stool eating, attracting fleas, ticks, and flies. Anxiety, nervousness, edema and heart disease can all be traced to deficiencies in the B complex vitamins.
Found naturally in yogurt or kefir, molasses (sugar free) and eggs in the breakfast meal (AM Porridge) and in abundance in liver, yeast, wheat bran, wheat germ and kelp in the evening meal (PM Crumble). Vitamin B is extremely fragile. When exposed to heat, light, and air it loses its effectiveness.
If your dog has any of the following symptoms, there could be a Vitamin B-Complex deficiency: