03 Oct Vitamin D And Your Pet
Vitamin D3 can be extremely dangerous to dogs and cats when consumed in amounts greater than dietary recommendations. Excess Vitamin D causes an imbalance of calcium and phosphorus in the body leading to life-threatening hardening of organs such as the kidneys, stomach and intestines and the heart.
Sources of Vitamin D3 around the home include:
- Vitamin D3 capsules, liquids and drops
- Psoriasis creams
- Mouse and rat poisons containing cholecalciferol
- Your pet can not get Vitamin D poisoning from spending too much time in the sun.
To avoid Vitamin D poisoning of your pet:
- Keep all medications for people out of reach of pets and preferably locked away in cabinets
- Do not leave medications on bench tops or tables
- Keep handbags and backpacks closed and off the ground
- Store rat baits in pet-proof containers, up high on a shelf or in a cabinet and preferably in a secured shed or garage that your pet can not access