Some Veterinary Uses for Vitamins

Veterinary Vitamins
Whether in humans, horses, hogs, or Holsteins: 1,000 mg/day of vitamin C will not cure infection any more than $1,000 will buy the Brooklyn Bridge.

Reader's Comment: 
Indeed not.  I used 2,000-4,000 mg/day on a 13 pound cat!

Reader's Question: 
What sort of C did you use for the cat?  I found they can be so picky they won't drink strong solutions of the acid, and they are particular about smells and such. I had great results but I don't remember how much I got the critter to drink.

Reader's Answer:
It's been a while, but I believe it was powdererd calcium ascorbate.   I didn't attempt to get her to drink it, but mixed it in various food substances she likes.  She was very good about it, which has been my experience in general with getting critters to eat supplemental nutrients when they most desperately need them.  It's like they "know" on some kind of deep level that they need it to get well, because the healthy ones around them won't touch it, and look at them like they're crazy to eat it!'s Comment:
Sick animals "know," all right.  First thing a sick animal usually does is go off its food.  That is almost certainly how therapeutic fasting originated.  Observing my dog twenty-five years ago certainly contributed to starting me off on the subject. The dog, who once had a high fever, just stayed in his bed for three days (except for water and doggie outdoor duties), and got up healed. I had called the vet, who said it was perfectly all right to let the dog manage his own illness.

If dogs can, humans can.  And with sufficient vitamin C, it's a lot easier, too.

And your cat *makes* vitamin C at that.  So do dogs, and wolves, and foxes.  For infection, I know people who take 1,000 mg/day, trumpets it to the world as a megadose, fail, and have no recourse left but drug-and-cut.

Biggest mistake people make when using vitamin C against illness: they take the amount of vitamin C they think *ought to* work, not the amount that *does* work.

Reader's Comment:
I used 2,000-4,000 mg/day on a 13 pound cat! Comment:
Some cats (and dogs) will take a fairly sizable quantity of ascorbic acid vitamin C in a snack of egg yolk or sour cream.  For a cat with severe bronchitis, I once used a 50cc plastic medical syringe for an oral feeding.  With gentle use of the syringe, it is possible to coax several grams of pure ascorbic acid dissolved in water into the side of the cat's mouth without too much trouble. Not all of it gets down, but enough did such that the cat was better almost overnight. Wrapping kitty in a towel before proceeding will gently restrain it.  IM injection is the other alternative, for which a vet would be needed, of course.

Dogs are easier; a day or two off their feed and they will eat almost anything, vitamin-laced or not.  My current dog will sit up and beg for ascorbic acid tablets.  She loves them.  And, except for mandatory shots, she's never had to be taken to the vet even once.

Reader's Comment:
I remember getting a lecture about the ineffectiveness of my vitamin C doses from my doctor when I was taking 24 grams daily, a gram an hour. He told me to take at least 30 as I recall. Comment: 
With more doctors giving advice like that, we'd need fewer doctors.  Way to go!

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Andrew Saul, PhD

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