Dogs, Cats, Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) and Diabetic Neuropathy

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Dogs, Cats, Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) and Diabetic Neuropathy
by Dusty R. Green, M.Ed.

Diabetic Neuropathy -- Cats, Dogs, and Humans
Cats and dogs can suffer from diabetic neuropathy (an aspect of diabetes) as well as humans ... most often in older, fatter animals.  It is characterized by progressive weakness in the hind legs and walking on the back part of the legs.  Diabetes in cats occurs less frequently than in dogs.  Most cats experience type-2 diabetes and can show a gradual onset of the disease over a few weeks.  Appetite increases as well as drinking excessive amounts of water.  Fragility and thinning of the skin are also indications that the animal is metabolizing (breaking down) its own muscle and body fat to survive.  Lethargy, another side-effect (similar in humans) is another characteristic of diabetic neuropathy.

Diet and Exercise
Both diet and exercise (if possible) are suggested protocols for dealing with diabetes.  Low carbohydrate/high protein and nutrition-rich diets are recommended for cats, dogs, and humans.  Unfortunately, in this day and time, our food supplies are highly devoid of natural nutritional values.

Vitamin B12 -- Methylcobalamin
In addition, and of equal importance, is methylcobalamin, the best form of vitamin B12 available for humans and other animals.  Unfortunately, it is not included in our tainted food supplies.  And, if we want to side-step ill-health issues associated with B12 deficiencies, then it's a good idea for you and your animals to consider supplementing with methylcobalamin.

Absorption and Dose
Cat and dog owners worldwide are feeding methylcobalamin to their pets either for prevention or to deal with diabetic issues.  Most of these animals are experiencing relief within a few weeks of administration.  By mixing at least 3 droppers-full (3 mg) of the liquid or by crushing a 5 mg tablet (lozenge) in their food makes a significant difference in animals' health.  Small animals may get by on 2mg or less ... thus, the 1 mg lozenge or 1-2 droppers full of the liquid.

Under the Tongue (sublingual) for my Dog and Cat?
What are the chances of your pet holding this liquid or lozenge under its tongue for 30 seconds or so ... not good?  Well, there are studies and other information touting the benefits of eating and swallowing methylcobalamin as being efficacious when given the amounts above.  We are not in the veterinary business and do not promote the use of methylcobalamin for veterinary purposes, however, you and your dogs/cats may be happier animals than before by eating this supplement.  So, is it worth a try?

Side Effects
We have not discovered any side effects associated with most water soluble vitamins including vitamin B12 methylcobalamin.  A baseline has been established (above), however, exceeding it does not appear to be excessive since the body expels what it doesn't need.  Over-indulgence typically means wasted money, however, therapeutic amounts are paramount.  Most multi-vitamin formulas do not contain therapeutic amounts.

For more information on methylcobalamin, see this article about the human use of methylcobalamin.


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