Several decades ago, a veterinary colleague named Wendell Belfield, DVM, studied and used vitamin C in quite high doses in treating many pets with chronic infections, as well as various inflammatory and joint disorders. He found that by first using high dose IV vitamin C therapy and then oral therapy, that he was able to treat many difficult cases. Most people are also aware of Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientist named Linus Pauling, who also recommended high doses of vitamin C for people. And while I don’t personally recommend doses that high for dogs or cats, I do find that supplemental vitamin C in form of sodium or calcium ascorbate powder added to meals or dissolved in water, can boost the immune system of pets, as well as act as a mild natural antihistamine.
Vitamin C and Your Pet's Health - The Power Hour
Signs are, as with other kinds of distemper, lack of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting accompanied by very quick dehydration. - If a dog has parvo med size dog would get approx. 10 grams of Sodium ascorbate acid, if dog is already at the vets, ask for them to administer this Vit C by injection intravenously or muscle and repeat if necessary daily. If not at a vet, then dose given orally (mix the white powder into some small amount of water to and dissolve) syringe into side of mouth 4 x daily until symptoms improve. Defense and maintenance of Parvo - dose of vit C ( in the form of sodium ascorbate) if parvo was around for prevention of Parvo with other dogs/pups a daily dose of half a gram for small dogs, going up the scale for large dogs. 0% effective.
grams of sodium ascorbate (vitamin C)
The lactic acidosis observed after short-duration races may also lead to a failure in contractile machinery, and ultimately a decrease in speed (). Vitamin C is an acid and could have exacerbated the metabolic acidosis observed in the dogs of the present study after racing. Blood pH was not measured directly but blood pH is a reflection of the relative concentrations of cations (such as sodium and potassium) and anions (such as chloride and bicarbonate). The concentration of all these ions (including bicarbonate as total carbon dioxide) and the anion gap between them were measured. The anion gap increased 125% after racing, as expected, primarily because of the increase in lactic acid concentration. Ascorbic acid could have contributed to this increase but the effect of ascorbate on the anion gap and, therefore, blood pH must have been small because there was no statistical evidence that supplemental ascorbic acid affected the anion gap or any of the anion or cation concentrations. It is unlikely, therefore, that acidosis was responsible for the difference in speed observed in the present study.
The sodium ascorbate version is preferred